Apple’s iPhone XS Max and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 have been put through some rounds of unscientific speed tests, to see which of them is faster in ‘real-world’ performance. The tests include opening different apps and games and performing simple tasks like opening documents, exporting images and videos and so on. Whether Apple’s iOS 12 Bionic beats Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, used in the Note 9, is anybody’s guess. Read more to find out.
Phonebuff, a popular YouTube channel, conducted a very thorough speed test of the phones as they were pit against each other in a race against the clock to open and switch between different apps in quick succession. The app categories consist of photo editors, social media, productivity, shopping, media, and of course no speed test can be compete without video games. While some casual games were part of the speed test, the comparison should have included some popular games such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Both games are renowned for their graphical prowess and highly demanding requirements.
The winner quickly becomes clear towards the end of the video, where we see that despite having half the RAM of Note 9, iPhone XS Max does a superb job, as it seamlessly opens and navigates between apps with little to no difficulty. As David points out in the video, iPhone might have the upper hand in this comparison because of iOS 12‘s optimization and also the A12 Bionic chip being up to 30% faster than A11, which becomes very evident here. Last year, in a similar speed test, iPhone 8 Plus had lost to Galaxy Note 8, likely due to 3GB of RAM. This weakness seems to have been overcome by Apple thanks to 4GB RAM in iPhone XS Max.
As mentioned above, these tests are unscientific and do not represent raw benchmark numbers. However, even if iPhone XS’s A12 Bionic Geekbench numbers are compared against the competition, it wins by a huge margin. Combined with iOS 12’s performance improvements, higher amount of RAM and the faster Neural Engine, Apple’s A12 Bionic makes the iPhone XS a huge upgrade over previous generation iPhones. In other comparisons, iPhone XS also shown improvements across the board. The display has been touted as the best display ever on a smartphone by DisplayMate, who are an authority on display quality. The video camera has also received praise by people like Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu. Networking performance (both LTE and Wi-Fi) has also been improved significantly in iPhone XS.