Samsung Galaxy S10 Is Much Better Than iPhone Xs Max, Here Is How

Samsung has recently launched its latest smartphone series – S10, S10+ and S10e. These phones are in fact the first set of commercially available multi-gigabit smartphones that, theoretically, offer data download speeds upto 2Gbps. Though there are multiple flagship phones from different vendors, predominantly from Apple and Samsung, that claim such high-speed data throughput, Samsung Galaxy S10 series beat all these phone models hands down during a recent test.

For example, while Samsung Galaxy S10+ gives a mean download speed of 51.26 Mbps, Apple iPhone XS Max gave 43.04 mbps speed – almost 19.1% slower than the Samsung device. Not only the iPhone Xs Max but all other high end iPhones including iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr also offered much slower download speed than the Samsung Galaxy S10. The iPhone Xs offered average download speed of 41.92 mbps and the Xr gave 33.17 mbps.

The phone also beat its own brother – Galaxy Note9 – on the same parameter. It offered an average download speed of 43.32 mbps.

“As the table above shows, the Galaxy S10+ showed double-digit improvements over the mean download speeds of last year’s top flagship devices, beating the Note9 by 18.3% and the iPhone XS Max by 19.1% during the same period. The increase in speeds means that each S10+ data session completes significantly faster, making the wireless networks considerably more efficient,” Speedtest expert Ookla said in its latest study.

Why This Is Important

All these above phone models deploy carrier aggregation but Samsung Galaxy S10 series – all the variants – use the technology more efficiently. The Samsung Galaxy S10 supports a whopping 7-channel Carrier Aggregation (CA). CA allows operators with multiple (disparate) frequency bands to offer faster download speeds to users by aggregating (bonding) multiple frequency bands into a faster “pipe.” As a result, subscribers complete data queries quicker, returning their devices to idle state which allows the operators to reuse the network resources.

The Galaxy S10 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 System on a Chip (SoC) in most of the world or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC in the U.S. and China. Both variants have an integrated LTE modem while the Qualcomm’s variant is capable of processing 20 concurrent spatial streams and reaching peak download speeds of 2 Gbps. This involves complex circuitry between the antennas and the RF transceiver responsible for transmitting and receiving the RF signals over the air.

On a broader level, what would matter the users the most in a smartphone, is going to be the speed it fetches data from the internet and the cloud, besides the regular features like form factor, camera and user experience. And with 5G becoming mainstream in couple of years from now, data speed is going to make more sense. Smartphones that offer better data speed will always have an upper hand compared to other available features in coming times.

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