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Ookla: Apple smartphones had fastest median download speed in SG during Q1 2022

By Liu Hongzuo - on 19 Apr 2022, 12:26pm

Ookla: Apple smartphones had fastest median download speed in SG during Q1 2022

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Ookla, the company behind the essential Speedtest benchmarking tool for network speeds, just published its Q1 2022 market analysis for Singapore’s mobile data landscape.

As always, Ookla’s analysis packs tidbits of information about our download and upload speeds, taken from the tests conducted by its many users here. 

Besides singling out the fastest telcos and best 5G network speeds in Singapore, the latest report also revealed which mobile handsets tended to fare better with our mobile data networks (for the period of Q1 this year).


Which phones can bring out the fastest mobile network speeds?

Source: Ookla.

Ookla said that Apple handsets generally tended to have better median download speeds than other phone manufacturers, as proven by its ~74Mbps; They clock in just ~5Mbps faster than Samsung, while being significantly faster than other Android-based mobiles.

Source: Ookla.

But, the collective performance of Apple handsets just means the phones are consistent across all its active models. They aren't necessarily the fastest phones (individually) for mobile data. For specific phone models, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has the fastest median speeds and latency. 2021's iPhones came in 4th and 5th place instead.


Flagships reign supreme?

Another observation is that you get what you pay for. The top five phones on the list with fast mobile network speeds are flagship handsets from each respective brand, with none being a mid-range or entry-level product. Such network performance is likely tied to the all-in-one processors backing each phone (as well as the phone's antenna design), and the modem performance is greatly affected by the overall quality of the handset.

The numbers seemed to tally, given that Ookla also saw the fastest median speeds through Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s chipset (the processor that powers your Galaxy S22 Ultra).

Source: Ookla

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