A new report from Opensignal claims that the iPhone 12 series is slower than the smartphones of Samsung, OnePlus, Google and LG in terms of 5G and 4G speeds in the United States. Although Apple has seen the largest increase in speeds from 4G to 5G, Samsung has provided the best 5G speeds overall. In the top 25, most mobile phones come from South Korean technology giants. The report pointed out that in areas with 5G connections, Apple users’ download speeds are about 18% slower than Samsung’s.

Opensignal is a mobile analytics company focused on mobile network experience performance. In the latest report, the agency compared the 5G and 4G speeds offered by the five largest smartphone brands in the United States, Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Google and LG. The survey found that the iPhone 12 series did not even rank among the top 25 smartphones that offer the best 5G download speeds. Interestingly, there are most Samsung phones on this list, with Samsung Galaxy S21 5G leading.

Apple found that its average 5G download speed was 44.5Mbps and 4G speed was 18.9Mbps. In contrast, Samsung found to offer 54.0Mbps 5G download speed and 34.0Mbps 4G speed. Close behind is OnePlus with 53.1Mbps 5G speed and 38.4Mbps 4G speed. Google can provide 52.2Mbps 5G speed and 38.6Mbps 4G speed. The fourth place is LG, its 5G download speed is 47.9Mbps, 4G speed is 28.9Mbps.

In terms of growth, Apple’s 5G speed is 2.3 times its 4G speed. Samsung has increased by 1.6 times, while Google and OnePlus have increased by 1.4 times. LG has increased the speed from 4G to 5G by 1.7 times. Apple’s growth has not been enough to make its iPhone 12 series among the top 25 smartphones offering the best 5G experience.

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The report also pointed out that the newer iPhone models do provide better average download speeds than the older versions of the iPhone 3 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which provide 36.9Mbps and 36.2Mbps 5G download speeds. However, compared with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2019, the average download speed of the iPhone SE (2020) is slower.

It is worth noting that the iPhone 12 series is the first batch of smartphones provided by Apple to provide 5G connectivity, while Samsung is using the Galaxy S21 series to produce third-generation 5G phones.


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