Samsung Galaxy S9 download speeds are 37% faster than those of the Apple iPhone X?

Samsung Galaxy S9 download speeds are 37% faster than those of the Apple iPhone X?
Ookla, the developer behind the Ookla Speedtest app found in your local iOS or Android app store, says that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have the fastest download speeds among currently available smartphones. Of course, there are many variables that have nothing to do with the phone being tested. Different carriers have data speeds that vary from each other, and certain areas of the country are bound to provide faster or slower download speeds.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ both carry a CAT 18 LTE modem, supporting data speeds as fast as 1.2 Gbps. Based on Speedtest results on major U.S. carriers' 4G LTE networks from February through April of this year, Ookla determined (using a weighted moving average to smooth out the results) that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ download speeds were:


Another survey conducted by Samsung last week of 1,000 U.S. smartphone users 18 years of age and older, found that 85% of those planning on traveling this coming Memorial Day said that they need to have shows, videos, or movies to watch on their journey. 67% said they have rushed to download a video just before their plane took off. Samsung's point, of course, was that the faster download speeds on their 2018 flagships. This information dovetails with a new ad that Samsung will debut this week called "Moving On." The ad follows a woman traveling to visit her sister. Fed up with how slow her phone is, she dumps it for a Samsung Galaxy handset.

source: Samsung

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26 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

In most cases, the culprit for slowdown is the network congestion, not the max speed of the wireless chips.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Hope it is faster I also hope we soon get to take advantage of those speeds in real life on 5g on all platforms

20. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The maximum download speed is only part of the equation. The Cat 18 modem is also capable of better aggregation and reception in areas where signal and/or bandwidth at certain frequencies is less than optimal. That's why those faster chips also have real world benefits (in less than ideal conditions). This was already true (lower ping, faster downloads) based on tests (real life averages at the same time, same location, averaged over 3 tests) when comparing the older S8 (Cat 16) to the iPhone X too:https://bit.ly/2Ks1qz5 https://charts.tweakzones.net/uIOI6/2/index.html

22. fatTony

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

We don't have access to their methodology, but I assume they conducted the tests side-by-side, once for each of the major networks, in multiple locations, at different times.

5. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1259; Member since: May 01, 2017

Why compare download speeds to the S7 that’s 2 years old and not the S8

7. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Because X is at the same level with S7. See data. LOL

11. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

why would they lose

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Another proof that Apple is 2 year behind Samsung... X can't even beatS7

16. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 190; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

I think its so it shows how many years behind Samsung Apple are.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I miss my dial-up modem with a whopping 5kb/s (0.04 Mbps) data speed... Most millennial are unaware of that classic rhythmic 'whine' of fax modem trying to connect to the internet via land-line. Then there were chatrooms like Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger! Good ol' day! You've no idea how much you've missed, little ones! G'Day!

8. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I remember those days hahaha the nostalgia.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1024; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Seems like ages ago. Lol.

17. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Me : Hello Recipient: Hi Me: ASL Good old days

24. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO, they would die if they had dial up, lol and no FB.

25. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

You remind me of a grandfather; talking like this, heh.

10. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Wooooowww vs iphone and s7

12. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

according to a study my car is the fastest in the world, 3000% faster than a donkey and 1500% faster than a goat

14. peace247 unregistered

unfortunately, you're a potato in front of ookla.

15. adecvat

Posts: 630; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

According to Samsung press-release Samsung is the best.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They got that right then, lol

21. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

"Samsung Galaxy S9 download speeds are 37% faster than those of the Apple iPhone X?" **If it was the opposite** "iPhone X download speeds are 37% faster than those of the Galaxy S9!!!"

23. Carlitos

Posts: 650; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

It's like it's hard for them swallow that apple isn't the best

26. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

37% on average and we are talking about the worse case scenario. I've seen a test on youtube where a guy's note 8 was around 50% faster in terms of download speeds than with his iphone x in the same place and the same carrier sim. As he noted, the Note 8 was much faster in crowded areas and in areas with weak signal.

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