Are Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Really ‘Fastest Phones Ever’?

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Prakhar Tripathi
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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are undoubtedly two of the best smartphones the world has ever seen. The Korean giant’s latest flagships boasted impressive performance, top-of-the-line OLED displays, extraordinary camera and a flamboyant design. The Galaxy S9 series have breached a lot of milestones and performance benchmarks, and now they have been crowned as the “Fastest Phones Ever“. Thinking how can that be is perfectly justified. There’s a catch to it!

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have emerged victorious with download speeds 42% faster than the closest competitors’ newest devices, as per the data from Ookla. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005930) revealed the test findings on Tuesday, which shows that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the ‘Fastest Phones Ever‘. Even though it really sounds impressive at first, it is actually not a substantial win as the results have nothing to do with the processor speeds or anything that impacts user experience.

fastest phones ever

The video on Samsung’s newsroom page shows how iPhone X chokes at the download speed of 10 Mbps and the download speed of Galaxy S9/S9+ soars high at about 61 Mbps.


Ookla Speedtest results revealed that Galaxy S9 and S9+ have download speeds that are 37% faster than the Apple iPhone X, 17% faster than Google Pixel 2 and 38% faster than the two-generations-old Galaxy S7. Samsung boasts of the CAT 18 LTE modem present in both the devices which is considerably fast compared to the ones found on other handsets and supports network speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps.

“This summer, consumers are going to be on the road, at the beach, and 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 quite literally slow them down. At Samsung, we’re constantly innovating and developing products that set the new standard for the industry. Our Galaxy owners never need to worry about whether they’re getting the best possible experience from their phone”, said Justin Denison, Senior Vice President, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Needless to say, Samsung has an edge over the latest technology in its latest flagships, but to reach conclusive results in terms of LTE speeds, a lot of real-world variables need to be weighed in the test. What carrier is your smartphone on? How’s the reception or coverage in your area? What kind of files one downloads? Or What kind of streaming media you prefer?

While Samsung and Ookla have discovered legitimate findings, the real-world performance one would actually experience might differ. The Speedtest was conducted on four major carriers – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile – from February to April this year. The following chart will show you the advantage of Galaxy S9/S9+, in terms of average download speed, over others: –

Galaxy S9 download speeds versus the competition

Ever since the storming fast LTE network (4G) has disrupted the technology ecosystem, a lot has changed in terms of internet usage and data consumption. With blazing fast internet speed, there has been an unprecedented demand for online video streaming which solely eats up the maximum of users’ mobile data. Be it sharing photos or downloading movies, the consumer wants the fastest connectivity, but isn’t there a limit?


Samsung is stressing upon that phones shouldn’t slow you down. If the Galaxy S9/S9+ can download an app or video or any file in a handful of seconds before the iPhone X or Pixel 2, it doesn’t provide a reason enough to ignore the rest of the competition which can include various other different performance indicators.

Last month, Galaxy S9 and S9+ already surged on the Consumer Reports Smartphone Rankings as the best smartphones in terms of speed, durability and sound. Even though after defeating every other player including Apple iPhone X, Samsung is relentless in upscaling the response of both the smartphones. Honestly, only with some additions, the latest and the greatest Galaxys just resemble an iteration over the old Galaxy S8. The sales of Galaxy S9/S9+ has been lower than expectations, apparently, that’s what made Samsung drop prices at most US mobile carriers just a month after the release. Samsung seems desperate to make everybody admit that the Galaxy S9/S9+ is the most tremendously powerful phones to date.


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