Samsung just made fun of the iPhone X for not being as fast as the Galaxy S9 when it comes to download speeds. Ookla is now chiming in with proof of this with its latest Speedtest data.
As detailed by Bloomberg, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are all slower than Android rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2. The key reason for this is simple – the modem. Apple relies on a mix of Qualcomm and Intel chipsets, while the flagship Android smartphones use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 LTE.
iPhone X vs Galaxy S9
Several reports in the past have pointed out that the Intel-powered iPhone X is slower than the Qualcomm-powered iPhone X. Apple apparently throttles the second so that its download speeds are on-par with the first. This has actually become the subject of a bitter dispute between Qualcomm and Apple, with the former looking to ban iPhones in the US.
As per Ookla’s data, the Galaxy S9 has an average download speed of 38.9Mbps and the Galaxy S9+ is a bit lower at 38.4Mbps, with a sample size of 102000 and 169000, respectively. The Pixel 2 had an average download speed of 34.4Mbps, while the Pixel 2 XL managed speeds of 33.8Mbps on average.
The iPhone X was slower than all four at 29.7Mbps, based on a sample size of 603000. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were pretty much the same at 28.6Mbps and 29.4Mbps, respectively. The Ookla data suggests that the Verizon iPhone X is the fastest and the Sprint iPhone X is the slowest.
All this data may not matter as much this year since Apple is reportedly doing something about it with the 2018 iPhones. Intel’s new XMM 7560 chip is said to be much faster. Plus, the same Qualcomm X20 modem chips mentioned above are probably going to be present in the new iPhones.