Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ ‘are the fastest phones ever’ in the market…in terms of LTE download speeds. The company is making this claim based on the data from Ookla’s Speedtest.
The data suggests that the Galaxy S9 users experience 37 percent faster download speeds than the iPhone X, 17 percent higher than the Google Pixel 2, and 38 percent faster than the Galaxy S7 on the same network. Samsung says this difference is going to be enough to “quite literally slow down” consumers who are going to be on the road, at the beach, and rely on their phone to get work done.
The higher LTE download speeds on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ can be attributed to the Cat 18 LTE modem the phones come with. The modem is a part of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset found inside the handsets. In comparison, the iPhone X’s features a Cat 16 LTE modem from Intel or Qualcomm which has a maximum theoretical download speed of 1Gbps.
It is due to the combination of a higher Cat modem and other improvements that the Galaxy S9 is able to achieve a higher download speed than that of the iPhone X and other Android smartphones.
The results are not really surprising though since the difference in LTE download speeds between the iPhone X and other flagship smartphones from Samsung has been detailed before as well. While there are other Android smartphones in the market featuring a Cat 18. LTE modem like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s, Huawei P20 Pro, and LG G7, none of them have so far made their way to the U.S. smartphone market.