Last November, we commented on a test of the PCMag that compared the 4G / LTE performance of Apple’s “X” line iPhones. At that time, the new flagships from Apple gave a bath in the “inferior” XR model; but how do they do when compared to devices from other manufacturers?
THE PCMag returned to the labs and released a comparative test of top-of-the-line smartphones in the 4G / LTE category. Selected devices include the iPhone XS Max, the recently announced OnePlus 7 Pro, The Samsung Galaxy S10 it’s the LG V40.
As we know, the iPhone XS Max uses Intel’s XMM7560 modem with technology support LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation (or CA) of 5 carriers, which allows high 4G / LTE data rates to be achieved; still, the gadget da Maçã manages to reach a maximum of 1Gb / s, since it adds fewer carriers through the MIMO 4 × 4 antenna.
Meanwhile, the OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy S10 use Qualcomm’s X24 modem, but they are not quite the same. The S10 uses all the features of the modem, including the aggregation of 7 carriers to achieve speeds of up to 2Gb / s. The OnePlus 7 Pro supports aggregation of 5 carriers and speeds of up to 1.2Gb / s.
In tests with good signal, there was not much difference in performance between the iPhone XS Max and the latest devices from Samsung and OnePlus – as you can see in the chart above. The LG V40, however, has remained strong since the beginning of the test (and leaves the iPhone eating dust in some situations).
It is when the signal drops that things tighten up (even more) for the iPhone. In the low signal test, the flagship Apple’s got the lowest speeds, being surpassed by all Qualcomm chips. Above the iPhone XS Max came, respectively, the Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, which practically tied with the LG V40 at the top.
Specifically in the low signal test, the results remained shameful for Apple. Once again, the iPhone XS Max was last, while the Galaxy S10 was surpassed by the OnePlus 7 Pro and 6T. The LG V40, considered by PCMag the best smartphone of 2018 in terms of 4G / LTE performance, remained sovereign in that test.
With the peace restored between Apple and Qualcomm, we will see what the chip maker has in store for the next iPhones and how they will do in future 4G / LTE speed and performance tests. Who knows, yet, we will not follow the results of the modems manufactured by Apple itself in the perhaps not too distant future.