The Galaxy S9 may be 42% faster than the competition, but that’s not as impressive as it may sound.
As technology advances and more of what we do transitions to the internet and cloud, it’s increasingly more important to carry smartphones that offer reliable LTE performance. Samsung recently revealed that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have demonstrated LTE speeds that are up to 42% faster than competing handsets in real-world conditions, and while that might sound like a seriously impressive feat at first, it’s not as jaw-dropping as Samsung’s cracking it up to be.
First off, let’s go through how Samsung got the numbers it did. Samsung used Ookla Speedtest, a well-known company, to track LTE performance on the Galaxy S9, iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and two-generations-old Galaxy S7. When doing so, Samsung found that the S9 series was:
- 37% faster than the iPhone X
- 17% faster than the Pixel 2
- 38% faster than the Galaxy S7
That’s on average, at least. The study was conducted via speed tests on "major nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE networks" from February to April of this year, and compiled along weighted averages to take out the outliers. All of that is perfectly legitimate, and while Samsung and Ookla are honest in their testing, being 37% faster than the iPhone X in average benchmark-like tests isn’t necessarily representative of real-world performance you’d actually experience.
The modem that’s being used in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is considerably faster than the ones found in other handsets, as the test results show, but the variables that go into data speeds when using your phone like a phone and not strictly testing download speeds aren’t as clear cut. What network is your phone on? How’s the coverage in your area? How many apps do you have accessing data in the background? What kind of file are you downloading? Where are you downloading from? All of these questions (and more) weigh heavily in the end result of whether your Galaxy S9 would feel notably faster than an iPhone X or Pixel 2.
Real-world use is a completely different beast than benchmark tests.
A snappier modem can contribute to technically faster speeds, but when you throw in all of the real-world variables and the fact that most consumers likely wouldn’t notice any difference above a certain threshold, that "42% faster" figure loses some of its luster. Yes, it may be faster — but you may not actually notice it being faster given the real-world circumstances we all deal with as network conditions change.
The Galaxy S9 is a tremendously powerful phone and is capable of wickedly fast data speeds, but so are most other modern smartphones. There may be many instances where the Galaxy S9 is able to finish downloading an app or video file a handful of seconds faster than an iPhone X or Pixel 2, and while that’s a welcome convenience to have, it isn’t reason enough to ignore the rest of the competition — it’s just another data point to take into consideration.
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Don’t Let Your Phone Slow You Down: New Data from Ookla Shows the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the Fastest Phones Ever
With download speeds up to 42% faster than the closest competitor, long-lasting battery, and more storage, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the high-performance smartphones consumers are looking for this summer
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – May 15, 2018 – The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the fastest smartphones on the
market, with download speeds that are up to 42% faster than the closest competitor’s newest devices, according to Ookla®, a leading mobile data speed analyst. Able to support the best download speeds carriers have to offer, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will give users the performance they’re looking for this summer travel season. From downloading movies for long trips, to sharing photos from amazing vacations, consumers want access to the fastest networks, and phones that won’t slow them down.
When it comes to download speeds, not all phones are created equal. Wireless carriers’ data services are made up of multiple networks—some fast lanes, and some slow lanes—that phones are constantly switching between. To get into those fast lanes, and to get the most out of the wireless service they’re already paying for, consumers need phones with the most innovative technology, like the Galaxy S9 and S9+’s CAT 18 LTE modem, which supports network speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps.
Ookla’s Speedtest® results found that consumers experience drastically different download speeds, on the same carrier, depending on which device they’re using. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have download speeds that are 37% faster than the Apple iPhone X, 17% faster than the Google Pixel 2, and 38% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7.
"This summer, consumers are going to be on the road, at the beach, and relying on their phones more than ever, but without the latest and fastest network technology that’s available in the Galaxy S9 and S9+, their phones may quite literally slow them down," said Justin Denison, Senior Vice President, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "At Samsung, we’re constantly innovating and developing products that set the new standard for the industry. Our Galaxy owners never need to worry about whether they’re getting the best possible experience from their phone."
This summer, speed is a must. More than 4-in-5 (85%) Memorial Day weekend travelers say it’s important to have shows, videos, or movies to watch while they are traveling to their destination. And two-thirds have even rushed to download something on their phone before a flight was taking off.3 With the highperforming Galaxy S9 and S9+, travelers will be able to enjoy the fastest networks to download their favorite content.
For parents, speed is even more important. 72% of parents say that not having entertainment options for themselves or their family is one of their top three stressors while traveling.
Whether users are sharing and sending summer photos from backyard barbecues, hanging out with friends on the beach, or loading up TV shows and movies for a long plane ride to visit family, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the perfect phones for the summer.
To highlight the need for a phone that doesn’t slow you down, Samsung is launching a new TV commercial. Debuting this week, "Moving On," follows a woman who is frustrated with her phone as she travels to see her sister. In the end, she upgrades to Galaxy.
May 14, 2018 at 07:06PM