The iPhone 8 Might Be Slower Than the Competition. Here’s Why.

By NTK Staff | 04.25.2017 @12:25pm
The iPhone 8 Might Be Slower Than the Competition. Here’s Why.

Despite including all the latest gizmos and gadgets, Apple's newest phone might have a speed problem of its own making.

Apple is expected to release its iPhone 8 this fall, but unlike releases in the past, the company is choosing to not unleash the phone’s full potential.

Compared to the competition, users can expect the iPhone 8 to be considerably slower than Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and other Android devices when it comes to tapping into the cellular network.

According to a CNet report on the matter, “The Galaxy S8 is the fastest phone when it comes to tapping into cellular network speeds.” That’s because the Galaxy S8 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip, which allows users to access Gigabit LTE a considerably faster cellular network

Apple, however, is choosing to use its own processor and modems from Qualcomm and Intel. But here’s the snag: the chips from Qualcomm and Intel are not equal. According to the CNet report:

“Intel’s latest commercial-ready modem won’t hit Gigabit LTE speeds, which could force Apple to slow down the Qualcomm version to ensure all iPhones are on the same footing.”

Avi Greengart, an analyst at research firm GlobalData, said of Apple’s decision to skip out on Gigabit LTE, “This is not an area where Apple should want to cede competitive ground to Google and Samsung.”

Qualcomm has already accused Apple in a lawsuit of “limiting the Qualcomm modems in iPhones so the performance would be on par with the Intel-powered version.”

Why is Apple using Intel’s slower modems? They’re trying to keep costs down and margins up:

Bringing in second-source suppliers is a long-established practice by device makers looking to make sure they’re in a better position to negotiate on price.

With no evidence that Apple will move away from Intel’s slower modem, consumers should expect the iPhone 8 to be slower than Android devices when it comes to network speeds.

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