The study was conducted in 40 countries and included over 23 million devices. It discovered that Samsung smartphones offer faster speeds in 35% of the countries, beating out Apple which was the fastest smartphone brand in only 17.5% of the countries. In the remaining markets, none of these brands were the fastest.
Samsung smartphones had 8.4 MBps faster download speeds in the US as compared to the iPhone. It was also faster in Norway where it had a lead of 12 MBps over Apple and 14MBps over Huawei.
On the other hand, iPhones performed better in UAE and Taiwan, where they were 14 MBps and 8 MBps faster than Samsung and Huawei respectively.
However, if we divide the smartphones into high tier, mid-tier and low tier categories (depending on the LTE categories they support) – Samsung has the lead in the high tier smartphones and Apple comes in second with global download speeds averaging around 16.5MBps.
Huawei showed the best performance in the low tier category.
Keep in mind that these are only 4G LTE download speeds, and these results could significantly change following the global release of 5G. It will be interesting to see how the 3 leading smartphone makers compare against each other after 5G massively increases download speeds.