Samsung disses Apple over iPhone X download speeds

Samsung disses Apple over iPhone X download speeds

Shortly after Samsung released its Galaxy S9 in the US and around the world, it was discovered that this new smartphone had at least one advantage over the Apple iPhone X: faster download speeds over cellular networks. Now, Samsung is using that as the main idea behind its latest video commercial.

In its new video - embedded below - Samsung tries to recreate the experience found inside a typical Apple Store. We're presented with a potential customer who's interested in the iPhone X - she may want to buy it, but knows that its "download speeds aren't faster than [on] the Galaxy S9," and tells that to an Apple employee. This leaves the employee a bit perplexed and seemingly not knowing how to answer. Well, Samsung suggests some kind of indirect answer anyway, advising iPhone users to "upgrade to Galaxy." 

We don't know if this is how things would turn out if a similar situation happened in real life in an Apple Store. Most probably not. Nevertheless, from the point of view of a consumer who isn't a hardcore fan of a particular brand, this video should be funny.

It's not the first time when Samsung takes direct jabs at Apple in its Galaxy commercials, and we're pretty certain it is not the last time, either. With that in mind, we'll be waiting for Samsung and Apple to release their next-gen high-end handsets of this year - the Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone 2018 family, respectively.

Related phones

Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
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)



1. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

' it was discovered that this new smartphone had at least one advantage over the Apple iPhone X' ???????

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Denial level is pretty high on this writer.. Even Note 8 is much faster than iPx, 2-3 times faster even.

32. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

This writer should be scrapped off to writing such nonsense.

33. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Correction discovered they had another advantage, then made a funny commercial about it

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2186; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Very good commercial.

3. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Wait wait. I had Samsung Galaxy s9 and iPhone X in my hands and Verizon was slow on both. Then both were on same WiFi and both loaded the same speed, well, sometimes Samsung was just a bit faster - sometimes iPhone was a bit faster. What’s this “faster” about? It’s all bottlenecked by your provider or home WiFi.

5. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

they are just stating the facts thats all

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It was the "speed" written on paper but on real life its all the same. Only jerks will believe on this ad.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's also bottlenecked by 4G and WiFi module inside smartphone, S9 support more and newer standard than iPhoneX so it's faster when the provider/ wifi router also support that standard (assuming you'r on pretty fast network, just like all those youtube's internet speed test)

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

No it’s not. They were showing same upload and download speed on WiFi and on verison. Sometimes iPhone little faster sometimes Samsung s9. Try it! I know s9 is a newer device and has better capabilities (if available). But the bottom of 4g is what we all get pretty much.

14. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

Yeah cool story.

16. faizal.hhh

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 10, 2018


17. faizal.hhh

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 10, 2018

iPhone X got Cat12 600/150 Mbps, where as Samsung S9 got Cat18 1200/200 Mbps. Therefore, practically there won't be much difference if your cellular network offer you 600 Mbps or less. However, this article doesn't speak anything about WiFi speed.

20. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

On a good day verizon barely hits 100mbps - averages between 50-75 95% of the time. Theoretically its possible, but reality says otherwise. The reason i'm saying all this is because I just switched from several years of samsung, my friends have Note 8 and S9's - and guess what - my experience and theirs with network speeds is exactly the same with the iPhone. This commercial is really pulling at straws, thats all. Lets say, maximum speeds are possible, and Samsung is faster because its now at 1200/200mbps - I really REALLY doubt that some consumer is going to make a trip to Apple Store complaining that her iPhone only reaches 600/150Mbps - because if that's true, even at 150Mbps you and I would be super happy. Savvy?

23. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

US is only one country, places like South Korea have networks that can and do reach these speeds. The US is not the centre of the universe.

27. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

And would you complain if you were streaming at 150mpbs vs 200? Is there a difference?

4. Rager722 unregistered

Nice! Give Apple a taste of their own fruit when they used to diss Microsoft back in the day!

28. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

In 1988, Apple Inc. filed a landmark lawsuit against Microsoft. The suit claimed that Microsoft Windows used graphical user interface (GUI) parts too similar to those in Apple products such as the Macintosh operating system. Microsoft stolen Apple so there’s a reason for dissing and Microsoft admit and pay 150$ million to Apple.

9. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

And this is why Samsung hasn't been winning any awards for quality filmmaking like Apple has. Take a look at this work of art: Samsung knows they are the second class phone when pitted up against the iPhone, and it shows.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Why would you bring up camera hardware into a antenna hardware article? This is just as pathetic as Samsung creating a fake Apple Store situation to justify their own devices. I would love to see Apple make a commercial where a customer walks with a problem into a Samsung Store and.... oh wait...

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Who the hell want to watch 4 minutes long commercial video? Video commercial short be short, simple, and have a point (and be entertaining if possible).

40. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

There is the TV version that is short and sweet, just as good, for people with zero attention span like you.

34. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL yep, another dumb commercial. Most of apple commercials are stupid, not all but most. The stupidest one being the girl that unlocks everything.

10. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Don't these companies realise that doing adverts like this (look how much better we are the iPhone) that THEY are helping perpetuate the myth that iPhones are mythical godlike devices that must be dethroned? Just focus on your own strengths and don't mud-sling/compare. Stay classy :)

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Talking trash about someone else to bring yourself up reeks of insecurity, inferiority, and low self esteem. Not only when people do it, but also companies.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And who's famous for doing exactly that, your precious Apple!

21. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

When did apple have a commercial with an employee dressed in a samsung shirt acting like he doesnt know crap about samsung to a customer who's complaining that their phone.... i dont know... caught fire? ehm.. for the second time...

19. whatev

Posts: 2321; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Samsung darling, first you should worry about not leaking nudes and other private content from your users to unknown people, then you can troll and think about apple ;)

22. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I think this ad shows very well how lost Samsung currently is, i mean seriously? they give free advertising for Apple again and made ad about maximum download speed which no-one even cares.

25. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Considering Apples last adverts were trying to ridicule Googles Playstore makes your comment pretty invalid. Also if Apple had the faster DL speeds you would be screaming it from the rooftops.

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