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The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max may pack Intel modems but Apple's new iPhones are at par with the Qualcomm-based Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 2 in terms of cellular (LTE) connectivity.

This is the USA unlocked Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB of storage and 6GB RAM. The price for this bundle is $929, which is $70 cheaper than just buying a Galaxy Note 9, and you get a few hundred bucks worth of accessories to boot. The hardware tests were done using the Rohde & Schwarz measurement equipment. A 20 MHz channel of LTE Band 4 was used, which is common to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and all of the major Canadian carriers. The feature also helps boost the device's performance when the signal conditions are weak, the report notes.

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There is not a remarkable difference between the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max but if one was to nitpick, the larger iPhone does offer slightly better LTE connectivity, the test suggest. The iPhone XS showed an average of 6.6Mbps faster downloads on all United States carriers compared with the iPhone X. In Canada, that difference is a whopping 20.2Mbps. In a 16-app relay test, iPhone XS was significantly faster than the Note 9 in opening apps. The iPhone XS still remains competitive down to nearly no signal, though.

We saw a noticeable jump in performance from iOS 11 to iOS 12 on our Intel iPhone X unit, bringing it closer to the initial performance of the Qualcomm iPhone X. Early versions of new phone firmware are sometimes buggy. The creators really took the time to develop software and improve the quality of the shot. Although, throughput for the iPhone XS falls faster than the phones with X20 and older X16 modems with even small signal drops.

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