OnePlus 7 Pro bests LG and Samsung devices in US download speeds, iPhones lag far behind

OnePlus 7 Pro bests LG and Samsung devices in US download speeds, iPhones lag far behind
One of the reasons why 5G-enabled smartphones are expected to expand so slowly around the world compared to 4G LTE-capable devices back in the day is the latter group still satisfies the needs of most tech consumers with excellent download and upload speeds, as well as great coverage. Of course, 5G will eventually bring a substantially improved cellular experience to the masses, but for the time being, 4G phones can do a perfectly adequate job of surfing the web, downloading media, and streaming video with minimal delay.

While many people seem to pay attention primarily to things like camera features, design, screen size and quality, processing power, or battery capacity when buying a new handset, there are important differences to consider in areas like mobile network capabilities as well. These largely stem from the use of various cellular modems built into the phones' SoCs, but both manufacturer and carrier optimizations can also come into play.

Leaving wireless service providers aside, OpenSignal put together a very interesting report last month, finding that Samsung devices consistently delivered higher speeds than the competition in most global markets studied between April and June. The independent mobile analytics firm is going one step further today, looking at the fastest individual smartphone models in the US based on data collected in the May 27 - August 25 timeframe.

Samsung has the most devices in the top 50, but OnePlus is number one



Just in case it wasn't already clear how far OnePlus has come in an incredibly short window of time, the company's exceptionally well-reviewed 7 Pro got the highest overall scores in this in-depth new OpenSignal report, ahead of the LG V35 ThinQ and G8 ThinQ. We're talking average 4G download speeds of 39.4, 39, and 37.3 Mbps respectively, but although Samsung technically fell short of the US podium, its Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 are deemed part of the "joint top" club, with impressive rates of their own exceeding 36 Mbps.

Basically, the differences between these five handsets can be considered negligible as far as the real-life download experience is concerned. To a certain extent, the same can probably be said about the Galaxy S10e, OnePlus 6T, LG V40 ThinQ, the ancient Galaxy S8 Active, S9 Plus, Note 9, and Google Pixel 2, all of which surpassed a very respectable average speed of 34 Mbps.


Unsurprisingly, every single model featured on this top 50 list can be characterized as a high-tier or mid-tier product based on LTE capabilities, and we also can't act too surprised to see 36 percent of these phones come from Samsung, with 20 percent from LG, and 15 percent from Google.

iPhones are not great for downloads, but they're pretty solid for uploads


Apple hasn't spent as much time and money on upgrading the LTE support of its iPhones in recent years as the camera technology, biometric recognition, or AI features, which explains why the iPhone XS Max and XS are ranked a shameful 43 and 47 respectively in OpenSignal's US top 50 download speed list, behind the likes of the OnePlus 5, Google Pixel 3a, original Google Pixel, Galaxy S7 Edge, first-gen Moto Z, Asus ZenFone V, or LG V10.


Of course, the iPhone 11 family is expected to bump up the cellular technology of last year's lineup, but that might not be enough to catch up with today's Android heavyweights. If it makes "iFans" feel any better, Apple isn't as far behind its rivals in upload speeds, with a 9.2 Mbps average for high-tier products, compared to 10.8, 9.8, and 9.5 Mbps for Huawei, OnePlus, and Google respectively.

Huawei's number one average upload speed slot is perhaps even more interesting to note, given the Chinese company's total absence from the top 50 download list. Circling back to download speeds, it's also worth highlighting that OnePlus leads the overall high-tier pack, while HTC and BlackBerry are dominating the mid-tier and low-tier charts respectively. That leaves both Samsung and Apple without a single mobile network experience trophy.

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14 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Hahaha defend that Apple fanboys!

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yeah, Huawei isn't there but neither are Xiaomi, Oppo, ZTE and Vivo. The list is heavily tilted towards western markets. Considering Oneplus is part of BBK and uses the same components as Oppo and Vivo including the latest Qualcomm soc's (Xiaomi too) they would probably do well also. As for Apple, well Leo will soon be along to tell us his precious XR isn't on the list by giving a new interpretation to the meaning of "off the charts"! Lol

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wow. This article has been up for over three hours and none of the iFive have showed up to defend their deity. Perhaps they're all getting the lube ready for the upcoming circle jerk Apple event?

5. AbhiD

Posts: 799; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Will this year's iPhones have the same garbage intel modems as always or Qualcomm ones?

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Qualcomm.

3. inFla

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

One Plus barely ahead of LG.

10. DFranch

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Barely #1 is still #1.

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

IPhone Xs and Xs Max can't beat 5 year old Samsung S6 edge. IPhones = most expensive garbage

6. maherk

Posts: 6870; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apple-rulez, and as always, will click on the article in hopes of trolling Samsung over this, then he'll see where his beloved phone sits on this list, then go hide in his parents basement. I won't be surprised if that has happened already.

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I love my XS Max, but even I have to admit that cell and data reception are garbage compared to even the X and earlier iPhones.

9. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

If cell and data reception is garbage....then what has left.... THE WHOLE THING IS GARBAGE.

12. indlvarn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

No Note 10 series included and they have the fastest download speeds.

14. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Try to do this speed test in Europe. You will be amazed by the difference.

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