Snapdragon 845 Android phones are significantly faster than latest iPhones in cellular speeds

Snapdragon 845 Android phones are significantly faster than latest iPhones in cellular speeds
The cellular speeds of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip used on most high-end Android phones in 2018 are significantly faster than the cellular speeds you can get on the latest Apple iPhones equipped with an Intel modem.

The findings were published today by Qualcomm itself after the company looked at over a million user-initiated test on the popular Speedtest app by Ookla.

The Snapdragon 845 chip is what powers devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9 series, the LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6 and the HTC U12+, and it is the Qualcomm X20 modem inside it that provides the fast speeds.

Data from the worst-case AT&T network scenario show that Snapdragon-based Android phones had 192% faster speeds than iPhones with an Intel modem. In the common network scenario, Qualcomm chips were 64% faster on AT&T and 68% faster on T-Mobile for downloads, while uploads were 41% faster on AT&T and 23% faster on T-Mobile. Latency was also lower (lower means better here).


Qualcomm is, of course, very interested in undermining the competition, especially considering that it has lost a big chunk of its modem business with Apple after Intel first started shipping its modems for the iPhone 7 and the Apple-Intel partnership expanded with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X series.

It's not just Qualcomm, though. Samsung has also recently released a series of ads attacking iPhones for offering less features and functionality to users and one of the biggest blows was slower cellular speeds of the otherwise more expensive iPhone models.

This time around, Qualcomm does seem to have a point. It provides factual data based on a large pool of what looks like random speed tests from different locations and it's hard to argue with it. What is your experience with Qualcomm's chips versus those of Apple? Have you found your speeds lacking?

source: Qualcomm

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20 Comments

1. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

To bad all of Android Browsers are significantly slower that Apple’s Safari.

3. Avieshek unregistered

Opera and Chrome are also available on iOS, doesn't seem so. Infact, opposite.

20. civicsr2cool

Posts: 267; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

While I also disagree with OP, you are incorrect to point out that Chrome and opera are available on iOS. On iOS all third party browsers are just re skinned safari.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4130; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol not true in the slightest

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I do think this was true a few years ago, but not today

8. ssallen

Posts: 179; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

You are insane. Safari is a POS compared to the competition.

17. Slowpoke

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

How so?

9. Macready

Posts: 1818; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You're confusing bench tests with real world speed. Safari seems optimized for certain tests, rather than real world performance where it loses out against most high end Android phones running their respective browsers. Samsung's browser is faster on a S9 by a good margin for example. Now try Puffin and count the difference in triple digit percentages.

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

What a sad little person you are in order to mention browsers while the post is about data speeds difference between chips.

11. JohnSnow

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

if u mean benchmarks , i'd like to tell you , browser benchmarks espically for Apple are playing with numbers... in the real world usage even Android phones such as OnePlus phones are faster in web browsering ...( chrome vs chrome )

13. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 275; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Safari on iOS is my go to cause it’s quick and simple and does all the stuff I need. Android I use the Samsung internet browser cause that seems to be a very fluid and no fuss experience. Ad blockers on both makes for an even better experience.

14. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

that outdated Safari thingy? you must be smoking great weed

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

In some tests (sunspider) Safari is quicker to render it. But overall they are pretty much the same. Also, Safari may be quicker to render it but when the page comes in slower, not much advantage in the quicker render is it now. Furthermore, internet browsing is just a small portion of what your phone does online. Gaming, social media, email, they all use data so faster data is nice to have.

16. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

There's just too much a phone can do nowadays. Web browsing is one of them, but what about downloading attachments and big files? What about streaming? Try again

19. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Apple has that covered! You can't download attachments or files on the iPhone. :D You can only save jpg from email to the camera roll and pdf to the Adobe app. No files from the internet or file manager or anything you might need fast internet for. Lol.

2. Avieshek unregistered

Since, unlocked are what sold in India, the iPhone X 'm using should be with Qualcomm chipset. The thing I found, is that, the phone is not immediately available for a call after de-activating Airplane mode and it also takes excruciatingly 10-15mins to be able to make a call. Is this peculiar with Qualcomm based iPhoneX or all iPhones in particular?

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

That's probably true but its been reported that Apple in their infinite wisdom has slowed the Qualcomm based iPhone X to match the Intel.

5. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

In real life usage too.iphone are slower in real life scenarios

12. thedizzle

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Ive been watching videos of youtubers with the X and noticed they tend to overheat a lot. Is that a big problem with the phone?

18. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 719; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why would I need all that speed if I'm only using the LTE to watch youtube and surf the web?

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