Authoritative report measured: iPhone 12 Internet speed is completely behind Android phones

Regardless of 4G/5G, the internet speed of iPhone 12 is not better than most Android phones.

This is the point made in a recent report by Opensignal.

The test results of the report mainly include two major aspects-one is that the 5G network speed of the iPhone 12 is 2.3 times higher than that of the previous 4G models; the second is that the 5G network speed of the iPhone 12 is downstream compared with mobile phones in the Android camp. Level.

It seems that even with 5G, the Internet speed of iPhone 12 is still not good.

IPhone 12 is the bottom of the Internet speed, Samsung takes the top spot

The Opensignal report showed the world’s 25 fastest 5G smartphones (tested in the United States). Among them, Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S21 5G won the championship with an average download speed of 56Mbps, followed by TCL Revvl 5G , OnePlus 8T+.

Authoritative report measured: iPhone 12 Internet speed is completely behind Android phones

It is worth noting that, among the top 25 5G smartphones in terms of internet speed, the Samsung brand takes 60% of the market, and a total of 15 mobile phones are on the list.

Judging from the data reported by Opensignal, iPhone products rank outside the top 25. The test results show that the average download speeds of iPhone 12 Pro/Max are 36.9Mbps and 36.2Mbps, and the average download speeds of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are 29.6Mbps and 32.9Mbps, respectively.

Although lagging behind Android phones, the report pointed out that the 5G speed of iPhone 12 is 2.3 times faster than that of 4G iPhone.

Authoritative report measured: iPhone 12 Internet speed is completely behind Android phones

In fact, the speed of mobile phone network speed is the result of multiple factors. The baseband chip, antenna arrangement, body material, and software and operating mechanism optimization are all closely related. Among them, the baseband chip is the core.

The Opensignal report pointed out that the missing data of some mobile phone models using Intel baseband is generally low, and the iPhone 12 series after re-adopting Qualcomm baseband is indeed closing the gap; however, there is still a big gap compared with Android phones.

It is worth mentioning that there are skeptical viewpoints that the iPhone 12 supports millimeter wave in the US. Why is the network speed still poor?

In this regard, the relevant person in charge of Opensignal said that this may be attributed to the fact that Samsung and other Android brands are ahead of Apple in radio frequency design. Although Apple has changed the baseband chip supplier, Samsung has performed relatively well in front-end radio frequency design and has had many experiences. Try, launched a number of 5G mobile phones, and the iPhone 12 series is only Apple's first attempt on 5G.

Apple's baseband past

As mentioned earlier, the baseband chip plays a key role in the performance of mobile phone network speed. That is to say, the performance of the iPhone in terms of signal and network speed is closely related to the baseband chip.

In fact, for mobile phone baseband chips, Apple has always relied on external suppliers-Infineon, Intel, and Qualcomm are all Apple's partners.

Authoritative report measured: iPhone 12 Internet speed is completely behind Android phones

Starting with iPhone 2G, Apple's early mobile phone products used Infineon's baseband. However, the baseband chips of Infineon were not advanced at that time, and the actual effect can be imagined. Using Infineon's baseband chips, the first 3 generations of iPhones had weak signals.

Starting from the iPhone 4s, Apple began to use Qualcomm's baseband chips.

However, due to the excessively expensive patent fees of Qualcomm and the unwillingness to completely rely on Qualcomm on the baseband chip, Apple began to mix Qualcomm and Intel baseband chips on the iPhone 7 in 2017, namely Qualcomm MDM9645 (mobile phone models A1660 and A1661) and Intel XMM 7360 (mobile phone models are A1778 and A1784).

It is worth mentioning that at that time, foreign media reported that in order to keep the performance of the two versions consistent, Apple deliberately limited the Internet speed of the built-in Qualcomm baseband version of the iPhone 7 to avoid differences in user usage.

In the iPhone 8 era, Apple still adopted a dual-baseband supplier strategy.

In 2018, with the global lawsuit between Apple and Qualcomm, and Intel's breakthrough in baseband, Apple finally decided to release the latest three iPhone models (iPhone XS/XR/XS Max) in September 2018. Intel baseband is completely adopted on the Internet, including the Chinese market.

However, in terms of parameters and user experience, the performance of Intel baseband chips is not as good as Qualcomm. When the LTE/Wi-Fi signal of iPhone Xs/Xs Max has problems, some users will blame the problem on the use of Intel baseband. .

Later, Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement, and Apple re-paid patent fees to Qualcomm. As Apple and Qualcomm resume their partnership, Intel officially announced its withdrawal from the 5G smartphone modem market.

The iPhone 12 is the first mobile phone launched by Apple and Qualcomm after the restoration of the old one, and it is also Apple's first 5G mobile phone.