Samsung set to release silver-colored Galaxy Note 9

Samsung set to release silver-colored Galaxy Note 9

Samsung set to release silver-colored Galaxy Note 9

It has been well over a week since the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max went up for sale.

In South Korea, Samsung also launched a special programme in which the company purchases used Galaxy products from buyers of the Galaxy Note 9. While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max pack Intel's next-generation XMM7560 LTE modem, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 2 pack Qualcomm modems in the X20 and X16, respectively.

To check hardware capabilities, we had Cellular Insights look at the iPhone XS and other devices with advanced Rohde & Schwarz measurement equipment. However, in a lab comparison of hardware capabilities, PC Magazine had Cellular Insights measure the iPhone XS and competing devices using advanced Rohde & Schwarz measurement equipment, and then factored in real-world results from Ookla's Speedtest database for the week of September 24, 2018. The iPhone X was also used as a reference, and the tests indicate that Apple's next-generation iPhones are superior than the last-generation models as far as cellular connectivity is concerned. This was generally borne out by the testing results, which saw the iPhone XS Max gaining a significant boost over the iPhone X, but still slightly outmatched by competing Qualcomm-based phones.

iPhone XS and XS Max fared noticeably better than the iPhone X in LTE speed tests though that still isn't enough given that the Note 9 with Qualcomm modems emerging faster. The Google Pixel 3 is coming out soon, but it isn't out yet, and we didn't have a Qualcomm-powered model of the iPhone X running iOS 12 to compare.

The tests were conducted on 20MHz channel of Band 4 which is used by major carriers in the United States as well as Canada.

The first thing you see is the effect of the new 4x4 MIMO antennas. Apple was the last major manufacturer to adopt 4x4 MIMO, and it was desperately needed. The iPhone XS Max LTE speed is almost double that of the iPhone X under good conditions. In fact, at signal strengths less than 120dBm, the iPhone XS and XS Max might even prove to be faster than the Android handsets.

That's still a conversation that you're going to have to have with your wallet, but PCMag has provided a little more data to tip the scales in favor of the iPhone XS. When it came to iPhone XS drop from a about 11-feet height, it had very minimal damage while the iPhone XS passed the test with flying colors and not a single damage.

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