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Over a million user-initiated tests confirm the superior cellular performance of Android smartphones powered by Snapdragon 845

Jul 23, 2018

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Over a million user-initiated tests confirm smartphones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform have faster cellular speeds and lower latency than Intel modems on AT&T and T-Mobile.

A recent analysis by Ookla, a global leader in internet testing and network diagnostics, of Speedtest Intelligence data* revealed double-digit gains in latency and triple-digit gains in download and upload speeds for Snapdragon 845 Android smartphones versus Intel-based non-Android smartphones. Specifically, the analysis measured the capabilities of the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X20 LTE and the Intel XMM 7480 and 7360 modems in non-Android smartphones on AT&T and T-Mobile cellular networks. Overall, the cellular performance of Android smartphones based on the Snapdragon 845 outpaced the Intel devices in every evaluated metric.

Whether they’re uploading, downloading, surfing, or streaming, smartphone users expect the best possible wireless experience. This isn’t surprising given they’re asked to pay up to $1,000 for a device. Having this kind of data can help them make informed smartphone purchasing decisions. Consumers seeking faster everyday 4G LTE connectivity can buy Android smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, knowing that real-world data supports Qualcomm Technologies’ claims of superior wireless performance.

The user-initiated tests, which were conducted during Q2 2018, were undertaken by consumers who downloaded the Speedtest by Ookla app on their smartphones. The users then tested cellular performance on the users’ Android and non-Android devices, including latency, upload speeds, and download speeds.

The results are listed in approximate percentages in the chart below:

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The data supports the real-world benefits of Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance cellular modems. When a device monopolizes the airwaves due to inferior cellular performance, it can slow down the network for everyone else. Android devices with Gigabit LTE can lock onto stronger signals in areas with weak coverage and deliver faster speeds in congested areas, improving overall network performance for smartphone users. This not only improves the performance and responsiveness of mobile apps for users with these devices, but also helps increase network capacity for the benefit of mobile operators and users.

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*Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data for Q2 2018. Ookla, Speedtest and Speedtest Intelligence trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.

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Don McGuire

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Qualcomm Technologies