Is the Samsung Galaxy S9 the perfect rival of iPhone X?

Is the Samsung Galaxy S9 is in a desperate need of a win? 


The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are easily two of the best smartphones the world has ever seen, and yet sales have been anything but impressive so far. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ offer incredible performance, a sleek design with the best OLED displays the world has ever seen on a smartphone, and the best camera you can get on a flagship phone. The problem though, seems to be the fact that the look is almost exactly like last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, so people don’t seem to want to pay for the upgrade. Sales are apparently so slow that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ got big price cuts at most US wireless carriers just one month after they were released.

On Tuesday, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ finally got the win they so desperately wanted when they sort of topped the “fastest phones ever.” OK fine, they got an empty win that really does mean nothing at all.

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Under the headline “Do not Let Your Phone Slow You Down: New Data from Ookla Shows that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the Fastest Phones Ever,” Samsung on Tuesday announced that its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have emerged victorious in the latest round of testing from Ookla. Of course, as the name Ookla suggests, we’re not talking about the processor speed or anything else that might have a big impact on the user experience. In fact, this topic probably doesn’t mean anything at all.

Ookla tests data speeds, and the company has arbitrated that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have the fastest download speeds ever seen on a smartphone. The tests found that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are 40% faster than the Galaxy S7 from two years ago, 18% faster than the Google Pixel 2, and 39% faster than Apple’s iPhone X.

This all seems like its important, but sadly that’s not the case. Data speeds are quite important, but only to a certain point. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have a CAT 18 LTE modem qualified of supporting data speeds up to a whopping 1.2Gbps, which is implausible. Of course, nothing an end user will download will ever reach speeds that might come anywhere close to that figure.

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“This summer, consumers are most probably going to be on the road, at the beach, and no doubt relying on their phones more than ever, but without the latest and fastest network technology that’s available in the Galaxy S9 and S9+, their phones may sometimes slow them down,” Samsung’s Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing SVP Justin Denison stated in a press release. “At Samsung, we are constantly innovating and developing products that set the new standard for the industry. Our Galaxy owners do not need to worry about whether they’re getting the best possible experience from their smartphone.”


Samsung doesn’t really share any actual average download speeds in its press release. There are some hilarious videos b roll and it shows superimposed graphics of a Galaxy S9 enjoying download speeds of up to 60Mbps while an iPhone X chokes and maxes out at 10Mbps. These figures obviously don’t show any actual data from Ookla’s speed tests.

In reality, every flagship smartphones from the major phone brands are capable of supporting the fastest download speeds users will ever encounter in real life. That particularly includes the iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2, and even the Galaxy S7.

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