IPhone XS Tests Far Better Than iPhone X in LTE Speeds

Helen Aguilar
October 4, 2018

We recently reviewed the Galaxy Note 9 and found it to be a spectacular smartphone, particularly for those that are enamored with large-display devices.

The 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9 that hit the Indian markets in August comes with internal storage expandable up to 1TB.

The tests were conducted on 20MHz channel of Band 4.

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Apple ditched Qualcomm LTE modems in favor of Intel's next-gen XMM7560 modems for this year's iPhone XS and XS Max. Hardware tests were done using the Rohde & Schwarz measurement equipment while real-world LTE tests were based on Ookla's crowdsourced Speedtest Intelligence database.

Real-world tests from Ookla's Speedtest database showed an average speed increase of 6.6 Mbps on all USA carriers on the iPhone XS as compared to the iPhone X. In Canada, that difference jumped to a much more significant 20.2 Mbps. When it comes to very weak signals or levels below -120dBm, iPhone XS is comparable to the Qualcomm phones, though a lot better than the original iPhone X. Speedtest Intelligence shows a 9.9Mbps jump from the iPhone 7 in the United States, and a 31.6Mbps jump in Canada.

Similar tests by Ookla have also revealed a similar result, with the latest iPhone duo outperforming its predecessor by nearly a factor of two but still falling short of the likes of the Note 9 and Pixel 2. Apple has improved performance and stability, even on older devices, with the iOS 12. But if high-light smartphone showed good results, in low light was worse than its competitor. This in turn would allegedly help Apple reduce its reliance on Qualcomm for devices like the iPhone. To them, we say: Don't return your phone, because we bet a fix is coming.

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