Every quarter of the year, Opensignal shares its research report on the worldwide mobile network experience. Opensignal releases its new report on the topic of the smartphone, “How The Smartphone Affects Mobile Network Experience”. From the report, you can notice Opensignal did their research based on these three top smartphone brands which are Samsung, Huawei and Apple.
The main reason Opensignal picks these three major smartphones because Apple, Samsung and Huawei present in many countries. From the report, Opensignal clearly states that Samsung users tend to experience faster download speed than Apple or Huawei users. This includes Malaysia Samsung users are experiencing faster download speeds of 16Mbps. Both Apple and Huawei users, are experiencing download speed of 13Mbps and 15Mbps respectively.
Other than that, the chipset used in the smartphone affects network performance. For mid-range smartphones, the chipset used might not be as Samsung uses. Devices such as Apple uses Intel as their modem. There are many chipsets such as Qualcomm, Intel, HiSilicon, and Exynos. Samsung uses Exynos chipset which really allows its users to connect to wider frequency bands.
The tier of devices affects the network performance
Opensignal also did a grouping by tier between low-tier, mid-tier and high-tier devices. This device tiers also plays a major role in network performance. From the report, we can know that high-tier Samsung devices provide fastest download speeds globally of 26.6Mbps. Devices such as Apple high-tier devices able to provide a download speed of 25.1Mbps. All the high-tier devices use LTE Cat16 and above, whereas the low-tier and mid-tier device uses LTE Cat15 and below.
Comparing the LTE Cat16 smartphones with the rest of the world, high-tier devices in Malaysia able to reach the download speed of 19.9Mbps. Other mid-tier devices which use LTE Cat5 to Cat15 able to provide an average download speed of 13.8Mbps whereas for low-tier devices which uses LTE Cat4 and below could only lower download speed of 12.3Mbps.
In conclusion, the chipsets used in a smartphone really affects network performance as well. As Samsung will be introducing Galaxy Note 10 tomorrow, we can expect a greater download speed in Malaysia as it will be using Samsung’s new Exynos processor. For more information regarding the Opensignal full report, you can read from here.