Lumia 928 goes mic to mic against Samsung's Galaxy S III in live concert video

We've seen how the upcoming Lumia 928 performs when it comes to filming in low-light thanks to a video posted yesterday. However, it seems Nokia wants to show off even more of what the phone is capable and as such we have a new video that highlights the Lumia 928's superior sound recording technology.

The video shows the Lumia 928 and Samsung's Galaxy S III going head to head while recording a live concert in New York. Then we get to listen to the resulting recording. Evidently the Lumia 928 ends up being the superior product with a lot less distortion and better sound quality.

Like it's older brother, the Lumia 920, Nokia's upcoming Lumia 928 uses High Amplitude Audio Capture (HAAC) technology, and as such it easily ends up sounding far better than competing smartphones.

The only thing that's actually left for Nokia to do now is to announce and launch this phone and that's expected to happen next week.

Source: Nokia (Youtube) | Image via Nokia

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Who cares anyway ?

When i record or take pictures with my phone it's because the quality is not important. When the quality is important i bring my camera. I might be the only one doing that tough ...

LaP said,
Who cares anyway ?

When i record or take pictures with my phone it's because the quality is not important. When the quality is important i bring my camera. I might be the only one doing that tough ...

Are all your important situations pre planned?

I see the 928 retains the same issue as my 920 when recording audio

Mono only, yes the 920 and it seems the 928 only record audio in mono and not stereo. Odd that no one seems to notice but it is true, listen more closely to the youtube and notice the complete lack of stereo in the 928 clip.

This essentially makes the 920 or 928 useless for concert recordings.

here are some articles on it

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409473,00.asp

http://nokiapoweruser.com/2012...n-stereo-like-808-pureview/

http://www.phonearena.com/news...nothing-to-sniff-at_id36267

Not sure I get your point. The position of the S3 mics doesn't lend to a useful stereo recording, nor do I assume it on any device of this size, so its two channel isn't going to be better compared to mono for general listening anyway.

Clarity > # of channels

Uh the point is this device records only in mono, mic separation or not stereo audio recording can still be done and provide good results in a very small package, their are a number of high quality stereo mics that utilize a single small enclosure.

Stereo is better than mono especially for music related recordings. This isn't the 50's I didn't think I'd have to explain the benefits of stereo audio recording when it came to live music.

It is a huge oversite or poor design decision and negates the usefulness of the device for live music recording, which it has been touted for in videos like this and other videos.

Its an exaggeration when most smartphones clearly don't have this niche feature. Where are these 'high quality stereo mic' based smartphones you speak of, that also have HAAC capability?

Sure, if the quality is the same, stereo is better. You have yet to prove that case though.

swanlee said,
I see the 928 retains the same issue as my 920 when recording audio

Mono only, yes the 920 and it seems the 928 only record audio in mono and not stereo. Odd that no one seems to notice but it is true, listen more closely to the youtube and notice the complete lack of stereo in the 928 clip.

This essentially makes the 920 or 928 useless for concert recordings.

here are some articles on it

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409473,00.asp

http://nokiapoweruser.com/2012...n-stereo-like-808-pureview/

http://www.phonearena.com/news...nothing-to-sniff-at_id36267

Uh... Not once have I thought about stereo audio recording on my iPhone 5. I havent ever needed it.

I wont turn it down if they implement it in the future... but for what its worth right now, I dont miss it and have never used it. Even then, the recordings with my phone are not important enough to require stereo.

Wow that's awesome. I wish they had compared it to the iPhone 5 as well. My iPhone 5 recordings at live events sound amazing compared to other phones... I want a Lumia 928 sooooo badddddd.

MidTxWRX said,
Wow that's awesome. I wish they had compared it to the iPhone 5 as well. My iPhone 5 recordings at live events sound amazing compared to other phones... I want a Lumia 928 sooooo badddddd.

I got a few clips from a Soundgarden concert last night. It didn't clip in the slightest. The audio recording on these phones is just crazy compared to other devices. You won't regret getting one if you like good audio/video/pics.

laserfloyd said,

I got a few clips from a Soundgarden concert last night. It didn't clip in the slightest. The audio recording on these phones is just crazy compared to other devices. You won't regret getting one if you like good audio/video/pics.

Wait you have a 928?

Eh? No. It's red lining/clipping. It's like looking at a picture that's washed out. The sound data is gone at that point and no amount of fiddling or EQ will bring it back. With the 920/928 you can always adjust the EQ/volume afterwards in some audio software.

Before anyone asks: I don't know why they're using the S III and not the S4 for all these comparisons. Most probably they had shot these clips before the S4 became available.

Vlad Dudau said,
Before anyone asks: I don't know why they're using the S III and not the S4 for all these comparisons. Most probably they had shot these clips before the S4 became available.

makes perfect sense since the 928 isnt available as well

although i think i would be worried about public perception, will people ask, why they are not going against the S4 is it because it would win?

I' spent 20 years working as a professional audio engineer - I have a pretty good ear. I use a Lumia 920. To be honest, I'm quite amazed at the Nokia audio quality - they use an arrangement of three microphones and some pretty good software. Samsung hasn't anywhere near this kind of attention to detail. My only complaints with the 920 is that I wish their DAC would put out about 3dB more on playback and I wish their software could record and play FLAC (lossless) format. I have the FLAC player app, but it can only play files that are loaded over the Cloud (too slow).

Wonder why you did not notice the 920 only records in mono? Take a closer listen to the stuff you have recorded with the 920, it is not in stereo.