If a new analysis of over one million Ookla Speedtest results is accurate, Android smartphones using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset are dramatically outperforming devices with Intel modems — read: iPhones — in real-world cellular tests. Without specifically naming Apple’s devices, the Speedtest data summarized today by Qualcomm illuminates speed differences that could win over some iPhone owners to Android in the waning days of the 4G/LTE era.
Ookla’s tests were conducted on AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s networks, respectively including over 570,000 and 480,000 results. On AT&T’s network, Snapdragon 845 phones delivered 40 percent faster typical download speeds, 20 percent faster typical upload speeds, and 20 percent lower typical latency than phones using Intel’s XMM 7480, which is inside 2017-vintage iPhones. The Qualcomm download and upload performance gaps were around 20 percent higher when compared with XMM 7360 modems, found inside 2016 iPhones that Apple is still selling.
On T-Mobile’s network, Snapdragon 845 delivered 53 percent faster downloads and 32 percent lower latency than XMM 7480 devices, again widening the gap with double-digit gains when compared with the XMM 7360. Each network also saw hugely better “worst-case” upload speeds in devices with the Qualcomm processor — 97 percent or higher on T-Mobile, 135 percent or more on AT&T.
Qualcomm is in an unusual position here. It quietly supplied Apple with iPhone modems for years until Apple disputed Qualcomm’s licensing fees, instigating international legal actions. Though Qualcomm continues to supply Apple,…