Want the fastest 5G? Choose a Samsung, not an iPhone, report claims

New research suggests the Samsung Galaxy S24 family of smartphones' 5G performance outstrips that of the latest iPhones in some tests.

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If you're buying a new flagship smartphone and want to be able to boast the fastest 5G connection around, you probably don't want to rush out to buy an iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Pro. That's the news after the speed test experts at Ookla shared details about the fastest 5G smartphone speeds achieved by users of its speed test service.

According to that report, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro have been bested by none other than its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S24 lineup including the S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra models.

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The stats were conducted across February 1 - March 24, 2024, with Ookla saying that the Samsung Galaxy S24 family showed a statistically significant lead for median 5G download speeds in seven out of 15 countries in which the study was conducted. The S24 family managed to record the lowest median 5G multi-server latency in 10 of 15 countries. That's particularly notable when you read that the iPhone 15 family of devices was only able to manage the highest median 5G latency in 10 markets.

Going back to overall speeds, the report does note that the overall 5G speed differences between Galaxy S24 devices and iPhone 15s were relatively minor in some of the countries analyzed although the Apple devices only came out on top in one country.

Of course, few people are actually buying a new high-end phone based on the speed of its 5G connection but it's still very interesting to see these results regardless, especially as Apple continues to try and design its own in-house 5G modem. Apple currently uses Qualcomm modems in its iPhones.

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Based in the UK, Oliver has been writing about technology, entertainment, and games for more than a decade. If there's something with a battery or a plug, he's interested. After spending too much money building gaming PCs, Oliver switched to Apple and the Mac - and now spends too much on those instead.

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