Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max vs LG V40 vs OnePlus 6T best cellular reception tests produce surprise winners

Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max vs LG V40 vs OnePlus 6T best cellular reception tests produce surprise winners
The iPhone XS Max with its large body and well-spaced antennae did best among in reception and download speeds among the phones with an Intel modem inside, but the Qualcomm side ended up with one surprise winner - the LG V40.

Armed with professional carrier equipment by Rohde & Schwarz - the type of gear that RootMetrics uses in its USA drive-by tests that Verizon loves to cite - the lab coats from Cellular Insights put six of the most popular 2018 phones to the test.

As you can easily deduce from the graphs below, there are pretty negligible differences in reception rates and download speeds, with the cheaper OnePlus 6T diving the lowest in the chart when the signal is good, but bouncing back in weak signal scenarios. For some reason, Google's new Pixel 3 doesn't shine in download speeds when the signal is less than stellar.

The LG V40 takes the crown among phones with Snapdragon 845 chipsets and the respective Qualcomm X20 modem which can reach up to 1.2Gbps download speeds. Among Intel-inside phones like this year's iPhone crop, the XS Max did best, while the iPhone XR which sports an older (up to 600Mbps) modem from Intel, did worst.

Last but not least, each newer modem version manages to eke out better download speeds compared to its predecessors in the same network conditions, as exemplified by the last, Note 5 to Note 9, chart.

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V40 ThinQ
  • Display 6.4 inches
    3120 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    LG UX UI
Galaxy Note9
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
6T
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3700 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    OxygenOS UI
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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