Samsung Galaxy S21 tops 5G download speeds in US: OpenSignal
iPhone 12 series showed the higest increase in download speeds but offered the lowest when compared to Android phones.
OpenSignal has shared a new report that shows the 5G performance of phones from like Apple, Google, and Samsung in the US. Apple users turned out to have the biggest increase in download speed which was 2.3 times faster than 4G download speeds. Apple however, had the slowest download speeds when compared to the Android phones, the report showed. Apple currently has only the iPhone 12 lineup offering 5G connectivity. OpenSignal expects an updated iPad Pro with 5G which is said to offer 5G speeds as fast as the iPhone 12.
Samsung topped 5G download speeds with its Galaxy S21 5G smartphone leading the pack with a speed of 56.0 Mbps. Samsung has a couple of more flagship phones offering the highest 5G download speeds. This includes the Galaxy Note+ 5G, Samsung S21 Ultra 5G, Samsung Note20 5G, Samsung S20 5G, and Galaxy Z Flip 5G. In total, Samsung takes up 60% of the top 25 smartphone models with the fastest overall average download speed in the U.S.
Foldables have also made it to the top 25 list for highest 5G download speeds. It's only a handful of foldables though including the Motorola Razr 5G, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and Galaxy Z Fold2 5G. “The antennas that are critical for cellular reception represent a particular challenge, because they must work if the phone is open or closed, and regardless of how users hold the phone. It's reassuring for carriers, users and smartphone makers to see their foldable smartphone models rank with similar high average download speeds to their less complicated designed conventional peers,” OpenSignal said in its report.
OpenSignal also expects the arrival of new spectrum later this year will help increase 5G speeds in the US. Adding to this are carriers expanding the reach of 5G to different areas in the country.