Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs Note 8 vs LG V30 LTE speeds test crowns the Google phone


Apple uses two different modems in its latest iPhone X - by Qualcomm or Intel - with the Qualcomm one being its latest X16 that features prominently in all 2017 flagships like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, or the Pixel 2. It allows for up to 1Gbps download speeds, and will only be replaced by a faster, 1.2Gbps modem when phones with Snapdragon 845 hit the market in the spring. Well, save for the Mate 10 Pro, which already has a X18 1.2Gbps modem inside, but it is not tuned to the US LTE bands to take advantage here. The Intel piece, on the other side, maxes out at 600Mbps, so Apple had to basically muzzle the X16 LTE so that iPhone X owners on GSM carriers, who have Intel inside, don't feel disadvantaged.

There are still differences between the iPhone X versions with Qualcomm and Intel modems, though, and the better reception in terms of picking up signal in weak coverage areas goes to the X16. The "neutering" of Qualcomm's modem, however, puts the iPhone X at disadvantage compared to its main Android competitors in its turn, when it comes to download speeds.

After an impromptu test found that the iPhone X nets almost twice slower speeds compared to the Note 8 at one and the same place, both on the T-Mobile network, now comes a more sophisticated probe into the matter. Armed with top-shelf network testing equipment, research firm Cellular Insights took both iPhone X versions, but also Note 8, Pixel 2 and LG V30, and blasted them with LTE signal of varying strength.

It turned out that not only did the Intel modem consistently underperform in comparison with the Qualcomm one, but there were drastic differences between the X16 on the X, and the X16 of the Android gang. Even when placed in dual-antenna 2x2 MIMO mode to even things out with the iPhone X, the phones downloaded stuff much faster than Apple's gear, with Pixel 2 taking the lead. In weaker signal scenarios, however, it was the Note 8 and V30's turn to shine, while at a 4x4 MIMO setup that the iPhone doesn't support, the Pixel 2 took over with the fastest download speeds again.

The moral of the story? You'd have to wait for 2018 to see real gigabit LTE in an iPhone, as famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that all of next year's models will sport such gear, likely made in partnership with Intel. Intel is also said to work with Apple on the next-gen 5G modems, and even to produce the A-series chipsets fused together with the 5G silicon in its foundries at some point, so Apple may end up being one of its largest clients very soon.

source: PCMag

FEATURED VIDEO

15 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 877; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Note8 is the real king of ALL smartphones until NOTE 9 arrive... .................... Top notch Fail ID ..................

3. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Get a life moron. Your real king just lost to pixel 2.

4. Peacetoall unregistered

Get a life moron your real king is racially biased. It always fails to unlock scanning asian face. UnlockBiased#

6. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

No phone is my king. Lol. Maybe it's in your culture to worship or bow your head to inanimate object but it's not our thing. Only low class low IQ morons like you (who got banned from here multiple times) and Papa ji consider a phone a king.

8. Papa_Ji

Posts: 877; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

" Papa ji consider a phone a king...." Read the #1 again..... "Note8 is the real king of ALL smartphones......" Low IQ iSheep

10. pixel_ftw

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Most people will never say Note 8 is the REAL king of all smart phone. Your feeling about note 8 is not shared among other people. It's just a phone, it's maybe a better phone than other phones but it's still a phone. The thing that you can't feel better about a phone without associating it with kingship shows that there is serious problem with your thinking. So, Note 8 is king of all smartphone ,IYO, so other phone should start bowing down before note 8? LOL. People who own other phone than note 8 should start bowing down to people who own note 8? And may I ask what makes a King better than other people? Seriously, Get over your colonial mentality. Only low IQ brainwashed people make this kind of statement and even lower IQ stupid people come to defend that statement.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"always fails to unlock scanning asian face. " That's fake news, actually it can unlock with any asian face /s

9. Orion78

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Lmao exactly!! These Note 8 fanboys are hilarious. Anytime their so called "GOD" phone losses, they feel they need to defend lmao. Probably the most pathetic fanbase in tech.

11. pixel_ftw

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Not probably Definitely the most pathetic fanbase in tech. Their "Godly"/"king" phone can never lose to other phone. Pathetic people indeed.

12. Carlitos

Posts: 682; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I mean did anyone read the article. I don't think anyone here lost but the iPhone X. V30 and Note 8 had better signal at a longer range. Pixel 2 had slightly better download speeds when in good signal. And that's it

13. Georgio

Posts: 292; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Onion78 Oh poor u ; you have a cheap kaka phone? The only pathetic is you because I can see u are very jealous. You are orion? No way you're just an onion:-))))))))

2. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Apple slows it's phones down for it's customers, so they won't hurt themselves.

5. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Iphone is s**t but ipa will promote it every other day

7. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

LMAO. You people are always so salty. You people hate PA so much yet can't live without it. Even if they ban you you people always come back. Pathetic people.

15. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Shosh troll.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.