A new report from Opensignal reveals that Samsung handsets, more often than not, boast the fastest download speeds compared to other smartphones on the market today. While you may think that similarly located handsets on the same network may be similar in terms of speed, network speed can be affected by any number of factors, including the chipset chosen by the manufacturer, carrier aggregation and more.
One reason Apple recently spent $ 1 billion on Intel's modem business, while also signing a settlement agreement with Qualcomm, is that they realized that purchasing chips from a competing company like Mediatek would result in a subpar network experience.
In any case, let's dive into the report.
Opening signal looked at smartphone performance in 73 countries, a fact worth noting, given that some handsets may experience better network performance compared to others in different countries. While Samsung devices were generally faster than iPhone, the report found that iPhone saw faster download speeds in 1
The list of countries where iPhone download speeds peaked include Brazil, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and the UAE. However, Samsung came out victorious in the US, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Italy and a handful of others.
The report reads in part:
Perhaps most striking is the experience of Apple users. In the US, a very strong iPhone market, Apple users experienced download speeds of 8.2 Mbps slower than Samsung users. Given that Samsung makes a wide range of models from cheap to premium, while Apple only offers premium pricing models, this is an even more impressive result.
The chart below provides a useful illustration of country-by-country download speeds:
The results here are not so surprising given that we have seen similar studies in recent years regarding the iPhone's poor mobile performance compared with Samsung Samsung devices similarly.  The full report, which contains much more detail, can be seen here.