iPhone XS Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Gigabit LTE Speed Test

Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max LTE Speed Test

With the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple finally jumped on the Gigabit LTE modem bandwagon. The new modem has led to the iPhone XS series offering up to 200 percent faster LTE data speeds than the iPhone X. However, how does the iPhone XS compare to a flagship Android like Galaxy Note 9? After all, the latter comes with an even faster 1.2Gbps LTE modem.

As a Gigabit LTE speed test conducted by BooredatWork YouTube channel on T-Mobile’s network shows, the iPhone XS Max managed to pull almost 44Mbps down and 35.4Mbps up in the first test. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 9 was a fair bit faster with download/upload speeds of 55.2 and 37.1Mbps. In the second and third round of the test, the iPhone XS Max managed to bridge the gap and even posted higher upload speeds than the Note 9.


Speed tests conducted around 2:30 pm in the afternoon when there is usually more congestion, the results were more mixed. In terms of upload speeds, the Galaxy Note 9 lost out in all three rounds up of the Gigabit LTE speed test with a maximum upload speed of 35.1Mbps. The iPhone XS Max, on the other hand, managed a peak upload speed of 40.9Mbps. In terms of download speeds, both phones were more evenly matched this time around, with the Note 9 and iPhone XS Max both winning one round each and the third ending in a tie.

The same story continues later in the day, with the Galaxy Note 9 beating the iPhone XS Max in LTE download speeds, with the latter giving it a tough competition in upload speeds.

Speed tests conducted late in the night (1:45 AM) led to both devices posting some impressive results. The iPhone XS Max managed a maximum download speed of 124Mbps, while the Galaxy Note 9 managed to get download speeds of up to 158Mbps. In terms of upload speeds, both phones were more or less evenly matched with a difference of only around 3-4Mbps between them.

In the end, it looks like while the Galaxy Note 9’s 1.2Gbps LTE modem does allow it to pull faster LTE speeds, the iPhone XS Max manages to do almost as well thanks to its Gigabit LTE modem. By switching to a Gigabit LTE modem in the iPhone XS series, Apple has managed to bridge the LTE performance difference gap between the iPhones and flagship Android devices out there by a significant margin.

Are you seeing faster LTE download/upload speeds on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max?