Note 8 vs iPhone X download speeds test shows how Gigabit LTE matters

A few days ago, T-Mobile and Qualcomm got together to demonstrate the power of Gigabit LTE. Well, Qualcomm was flaunting its X16 series modem, while T-Mobile got to the airwaves to announce that its high-speed LTE Advanced network is available in more than 920 markets, out of which 430 can flaunt up to Gigabit LTE speeds. 

According to Qualcomm, tapping into Gigabit LTE availability gets you some amazing download speeds by merging carrier aggregation with 4X4 MIMO and other speed-boosting  tech, but how important is that in practice? Well, someone took the Note 8, which sports a Gigabit LTE modem, and the iPhone X that maxes out at 600Mbps, and, even though T-Mobile couldn't really serve the theoretical 1Gbps speeds in the test places, the Note 8 was still twice faster in download speeds achieved in the same spot. 

This is due to the higher bandwidth that comes with Qualcomm's Gigabit LTE modem by combining various carrier access technologies, but Apple has an axe to grind with Qualcomm, and will probably try to secure the next generation of wireless modems for its future iPhones from Intel instead. In fact, the word on the street is that Apple is already working towards 5G modem design together with Intel, whose introduction will probably precede the actual mass 5G rollout, so we might see the next-gen iPhones to come predominantly with Intel inside, instead of Qualcomm.

source: Booredatwork

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. vijayendra

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

iPhone X is not worth $1000.

2. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

it worths... to showoff!! ;)

3. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

thats your perceptive. if you can get happy with Oneplus 5T then yes X is not worth the price. IMO X is unique smartphone Display is TOP NOTCH :-D like that TOP NOTCH is unique SOUND is superior through speakers Camera is pretty great too Build is awesome and its a product with No. 1 brand name Best in class after sale support and service. unravelled by any smartphone IMO If you are in Apple echo system its even more better. I copy on iPhone and can paste in Mac 4+ years of software support and there will be a lot more and after a year If I've to sell it most probably I'll get more in return than any android phone. I've iPhone X and my Pixel 2 XL is coming start of Dec, I'm the one who had Pixel XL in start of year, then bought 2 S8+ and then I bought U11 enjoyed that for 3 months and then had Note 8 for a month and now iPhone X. IMO its worth the money BTW if iPHone X is not worth the money than no Android phone with $800+ worth the money. BTW that is my perceptive. and It does not apply to everyone for sure

5. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I disagree with you. IMO, iPhone X is the best phone of 2017 but still it's not worth $1000. Maybe at $850-900 it's worth it. Phones are getting ridiculously expensive without providing any major upgrade. iPhone 7 is not that much inferior than iPhone X but price difference is crazy.

9. Georgio

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Note line its the most advanced featured packed phone on the market ; and the best phone of 2017. Iphones are for little girls ; kids in general ; old people...I've give an iPhone 6 to my mother cos is very easy to use.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They omitted several hardwares gen after gen then they have the face to call it an improvement?! That's why the iPhone 6 still sells because it had the most hardware, conveniently essential for a smartphone in an iPhone.

11. MrFreeman

Posts: 63; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

Every year only marginal upgrades are presented and combined with the cost, people aren't inclined to pick the newer model, so instead they keep their device for about 2-3 years (If not longer). I know for a fact I'll be keeping my Note8 for about 2 years before I upgrade and by that time, my contract will be done as well.That's the cycle I follow, everyone is different.

27. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Same here, I just upgraded from a OnePlus One from 2014 to the 256GB Note 8. Will probably be keeping it for 5+ years as I highly doubt future versions would bring significantly more uses over the Note 8. But that's just me, I buy my tools to get stuff done...

14. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

That's your opinion. However, there is not tangible to back up that opinion. Fanboism doesn't count.

12. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

True. When I went into the apple store to check it out, I was hoping for a "omg this thing is awesome!' feeling. But I was a bit disappointed, not special at all. Its basically what the iphone 8 should have been. Cant justify the higher price. Now I'm switching from my iphone 6 to Lg v30 even though I hate android

18. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Who needs 1000 Mbps Gigabit LTE capabilities when there is at least no 100 Mbps coverage in 99% of the world??? These tests are just for showing off purposes while they can. When Apple managed to include this feature probably next year there will be no any show off sessions like this by so desperate Apple's competition LOL.

33. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

If you don't know what you're saying just don't say anything at all, because you just present rubbish every time you type.

26. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Any smartphone cost more than US$399 is not worth it at all. By the way, Range Rover Evoque doesn't worth 55k too, I can buy any new and decent car with 4 wheels for just 25k. What does it mean?! Don't bother if you believe it is not worth it for "you".

30. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If you plan on buying a phone over 700 bucks, you're probably wanting the best of the best. At this point, the price of the phone shouldn't even matter anymore because you want the best phone. If the price is what you're concerned of then you shouldn't buy the elite phones being sold. I could care less if the iphone is over 1000, but if the best android phone sells for 1500 bucks, your rational would change otherwise.

32. WingMan unregistered

Everything is worth as much as people are willing to pay for it.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Is Apple "designing" with Intel so that Intel pay the license fees with Qualcomm?

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Phonearena, also note that iPhone X 4g signal isn't optimal due to the stainless steel sides! They tested that with the X review. That caused a lot of slowdown for 4g.

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Nothing here...keep lying.

13. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

En tech sites excluding PA say note 8 kick arse.

17. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Definitely not worth owing to the fact that with an iPhone, you rely on streaming since offline videos are out of the question. So yes I think Note 8 is more worthy of my cash and lifestyle.

21. Greenmule

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Therefore, as I have often previously asked, why is this situation not a "CON" when the reviewer presents his findings for the iPhone 8, 8+, and 10?

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’ve got my X, and it’s dope. I’ll be doing some serious comparisons with my note 8. I found one at the Apple Store in Summerlin, and bought it immediately, then cancelled my shipping order.

23. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1363; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Good for you Dark. let us know how it compares to the Note 8 and if either are worth the high price that the Manufactures are asking us to surrender for such devices. I, for all intents and purposes, am leaning on getting a Note 8 But I just have not pulled the trigger yet. Its the sticker Shock ( shopping around for deals). But how I wish I was some of those original folks that got the Note 7 as Samsung has really treated them well. Giving them a discount on the device and effectively cutting its cost in half for them. As for this news. well it is not really news at all everyone saw this coming as QC and Apple are really going at it.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on bro, sure will.

31. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

What screen protector and pouch do you use for your note 8? I need to get one each for S8 or perhaps you know which will be better for s8. Last question, do you know where to buy international variant for s8 this period at a good amount(

29. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I'm still waiting for the x plus next year $1200 base model incoming. I'll just see how this plays out.

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