iPhone X gets LTE speed tested:
To begin with, out of the three iPhone X versions, namely, the A1865, A1901, and A1902, the third one is found only in Japan. So, right at this juncture, it doesn’t really concern the users of other countries much.
Now, the A1865 is the model with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 modem and it’s also the kind that Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular sell. Meanwhile, the A1901 is the only one packing in Intel’s XMM7480 modem and it’s what AT&T and T-Mobile are carrying.
This testing procedure conducted the analysis with four Vivaldi antennas, i.e. a sophisticated type of equipment that allowed it to accurately measure LTE performance and replicate scenarios where the iPhones are situated in different distances from a cellular tower.
The Results: iPhone X Models Not Created Equal:
As per sources, the study began with a strong -85 dBm for the two iPhone X variants and continued by slowly reducing the signal strength until connection could no longer be maintained.
In the beginning, the two reached download speeds of 195 Mbps, but at -87 dBm, the Intel model could go at only 169 Mbps while the Qualcomm didn’t drop to that download rate until -93 dBm.
Now, under weak signals of below -120 dBm, the iPhone X with the Qualcomm modem is 67 percent faster than the one with Intel when it comes to LTE download speeds on average. Now the former had lasted until -130 dBm before dying out, while the latter could only make it to -129 dBm.
In short, iPhone X devices with Qualcomm modems are capable of getting faster LTE speeds than those with Intel components in certain situations where signal strength isn’t that strong and they can last a bit longer.
Apple Wants Equality:
The interesting bit here is that the gap in LTE speed performance between the two iPhone X models is narrower than the one between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Cellular Insights were also tested in 2016.
Here, the thing remains that as it is that Apple might be the culprit behind it, deliberately toning down the capability of the Qualcomm-powered iPhone X to make it more or less in line with its Intel counterpart.
In other words, the Cupertino brand is suspected of disabling the features of the Snapdragon X16 modem, or to put it, in other words, it wants the performance of both the Qualcomm and Intel variants of the iPhone X to be equal.