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Android outperforms iPhones in 5G network speeds

As found by OpenSignal, the iPhone 5 12G series lags behind Android devices when it comes to data speed. Of the 25 fastest 5G smartphones in the US, 60% belong to Samsung. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 with 5G capability has the highest average data download speed in the US.


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LG's average download speed from 4G to 5G increased 1,7x (28,9Mbps in an LTE area and 47,9Mbps in 5G areas). Samsung's average download speed between 4G and 5G is 1.6x (34Mbps for 4G vs. 54Mbps for 5G) which puts it in second place, followed by OnePlus and Google, with a 1,4x difference between 4G and 5G. The biggest difference seems to be Apple with 2.3x from 4G to 5G.

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According to OpenSignal, in terms of 4G data, the older iPhone models were based on an Intel 4G chip. For 5G data, Apple turned to the same chip Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G used by many Android 5G phones since the beginning of 2020. This is why the difference between Apple 5G download speed and Samsung 5G download speed is only 18%.

At 4G data rates, Google and OnePlus devices are twice as fast as iPhones. It should also be noted that all four iPhone 2G models include support for the ultra-fast version mmWave of 5G. Next year's iPhone 13 series is expected to use the Snapdragon X60 5G modem manufactured by Samsung. Finally, Apple hopes to use its own 5G modems for the iPhone.


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As OpenSignal expects, Apple will offer 5G capabilities for an upcoming iPad Pro tablet. He notes that the data download speed of the iPhone 5 Pro 12G is currently 36% faster than the 4G data speeds of the latest iPad Pro. The "controversy" over 5G speeds is expected to grow, according to OpenSignal.

"Smartphone speed racing will increase in 2021. In the US, the arrival of the new range later this year will add new capacity to boost speeds. Mobile phone companies continue to expand the scope of their 5G service and develop new parts of the 5G standard, such as standalone 5G access. As the US market changes and 5G technology evolves, OpenSignal will continue to analyze how to compare different devices from the mobile experience."

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