Intel-Powered iPhone XS LTE Performance Compared Against Qualcomm Devices

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Oct 2, 2018
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Since the launch of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS, the device’s Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity has been a hot topic. Even though the iPhone features 4×4 MIMO for the very first time, some users have still reported poor LTE connectivity in the new handsets. Now, there have been a series of tests conducted by PCMag in an attempt to find out more details on the LTE performance of the new devices. Let’s see some more details on it and how does the new Intel-powered iPhone XS duo stack up against Qualcomm Android devices.

Here’s How Intel-Powered iPhone XS Stacks Up Against Qualcomm Devices In LTE Performance

As we have mentioned earlier, there have been a series of reports surrounding the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s LTE performance. Here are some of the technical details which PCMag put out for reference.

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Our tests used a 20MHz channel of Band 4, which is used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and the major Canadian wireless carriers, and attenuated an LTE signal from a strong -85dBm until the modems showed no performance.

The test was conducted with the new Intel-powered iPhone XS against last year’s iPhone X and Qualcomm-powered Android smartphones, constituting of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Google Pixel 2. Both Android smartphones are the current flagship models for their respective companies in order for a balanced comparison.

All thanks to the 4×4 Mimo. the iPhone XS’s LTE performance is faster compared to the iPhone X. The iPhone X averaged 200Mbps download speeds while the latest iPhone XS doubled at 400Mbps. The test was conducted in good signal conditions and saw a significant increase in LTE performance on the XS.

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Now, the second test was conducted with poor signal strength. The iPhone XS Max still managed to perform well against the iPhone X but was left behind by the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, both of which are powered by Qualcomm. At this point, PCMag pointed out that the iPhone XS Max is “well tuned” for conditions with low signal conditions.

Let’s zoom in on very weak signal results. At signal levels below -120dBm (where all phones flicker between zero and one bar of reception) the XS Max is competitive with the Qualcomm phones and far superior to the iPhone X, although the Qualcomm phones can eke out a little bit more from very weak signals.

The said tests were performed in a lab and the real world tests vary. The iPhone X is 6.6Mbps slower than the iPhone XS and the Galaxy Note 9 averaged at 43.2Mbps against the iPhone XS’s 38.9Mbps in the real-world performance test.

PCMag further stated that users who have been subject to lower LTE performance on the new iPhone are because of a software released issue.  Probably, Apple will release an update to iOS 12 to solve the problem.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the poor LTE speeds on the iPhone XS running iOS 12? Is your device causing any trouble?  Let us know in the comments.

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