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Research Suggests Samsung Customers In U.S. See Sooner Obtain Speeds Than Apple iPhone Customers on Common

Samsung smartphone customers in the US expertise sooner LTE knowledge speeds on common than Apple iPhone customers, based on a latest world examine carried out by Opensignal.

The examine checked out over three billion measurements from greater than 23 million units from April 1 to June 30, 2019, concluding that Samsung customers within the U.S. skilled obtain speeds 8.2Mb/s sooner than iPhone customers on common.


Samsung customers additionally noticed sooner obtain speeds than Apple customers in 35 p.c of nations, throughout 40 international locations analyzed. Apple customers noticed sooner speeds in simply 17.5 p.c of nations, and within the remaining 48 p.c, neither Apple nor Samsung (nor Huawei) provided the quickest units.

Apple’s iPhones had the largest edge over Samsung in Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates, the place iPhone speeds had been 8Mb/s sooner than Samsung gadget speeds. Samsung had the largest edge over Apple in Norway, the place Samsung customers noticed cell speeds that had been 14Mb/s sooner than these skilled by Apple customers.

All in all, Apple’s iPhones had been sooner than Samsung and Huawei (the third hottest worldwide smartphone) in Brazil, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and UAE.


Samsung received out in the US, Australia, Chile, India, Indonesia, Eire, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, and Sweden.

Opensignal’s testing cut up smartphone customers into three teams (low, mid, and high-tier) based mostly on every smartphone’s cell community capabilities, with the best tier representing the most recent smartphones with know-how than Opensignal says is extra delicate to cell community enhancements.

Amid higher-tier smartphones, variations in speeds between the three largest smartphone manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, and Huawei) had been smaller. Increased-tier smartphones included the iPhone XS and XS Max, together with the Galaxy S8, S9, and S10, amongst others.

Increased-tier Samsung customers noticed sooner speeds than Apple and Huawei customers with world obtain speeds of 26.6Mb/s vs. 25.1Mb/s (Apple) vs. 24.4Mb/s (Huawei), however Apple customers noticed the quickest speeds of the three within the mid-tier class, which included the iPhone XR, X, and eight, together with the Samsung M40 and A80 and others.

Center tier iPhone customers, which make up the majority of Apple customers, noticed speeds of 16.5Mb/s, in comparison with 16.3Mb/s for Huawei customers and 14.4Mb/s for Samsung customers. Samsung finally received out within the higher-tier smartphone class (aka the most recent units) and received the general velocity contest as a result of most iPhone customers have iPhones with slower modem {hardware}.

Samsung and Huawei have prioritized “Gigabit” LTE modems over the course of the previous few years, whereas Apple’s solely units with modems in that class are the iPhone XS and the XS Max. Even the iPhone XR, a 2018 gadget, does not have an LTE modem similar to the modem chips Samsung has been utilizing for the final couple of years.

Apple’s problem is that few of its present fashions are high-tier units once we group iPhone fashions based mostly on their cell community expertise capabilities. In our measurements, simply 14% of Apple customers are excessive tier. As an alternative, Apple has chosen to focus its handset designs on different capabilities corresponding to facial recognition, digital camera innovation, lengthy battery life, and intensely quick utility processors and graphics utilizing Apple’s in-house silicon designs.

Whereas all Samsung and Huawei flagship fashions for the final couple of years have featured so-called “gigabit” succesful modem designs — LTE Class 16 and above — solely the iPhone XS and XS Max have such functionality. Even the present iPhone XR features a less-capable LTE Class 12 modem, which we due to this fact class as a mid-tier smartphone on cell community expertise.

Apple’s 2019 model of the iPhone XR is predicted to characteristic sooner LTE speeds which will finally assist Apple acquire an edge over Samsung. The looming worldwide adoption of 5G can even shake issues up, although Apple will not be set to start out debuting 5G succesful units till 2020, whereas Samsung already has 5G units in 2019.

Extra element from Opensignal’s report might be discovered on the Opensignal web site.




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