The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ was faster that last-year’s iPhone XS Max in a speed test designed to test real-world use. Several improvements in the new Android model helped boost Samsung’s new flagship handset over the top.
Of course, Apple is about to introduce its own new flagship model, and comparing that to a just-released model will be a more fair test.
The head-to-head test done by PhoneBuff asks each of the two devices to open a series of applications and perform tasks. Then the same apps are opened again to see how quickly they reload.
Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ take on the iPhone XS Max:
New versus old
Apple consistently won such speed tests for years, but Samsung has been souping up its more recent offerings. “While the Note 10+ has the same Snapdragon 855 processor as the Galaxy S10+, it does come with a few improvements. It has faster UFS 3.0 storage, it has a new file system in F2FS, and it has Samsung’s ‘Boot Up Booster’ feature for faster launch times,” notes David Rahimi from PhoneBuff.
The iPhone XS Max is 2018’s model, not the iPhone 11 expected next month. That device will have the Apple A13 processor, which is reportedly faster than any chip available to Android devices.
Also, the Apple handset in the test is running iOS 12. When iOS 13 was unveiled in June, SVP Craig Federighi said “Nothing is more important to our iPhone users than performance. So this year, we worked top-to-bottom making everything faster that you do the most.”
In about a month, PhoneBuff will be able to compare a just-released Apple handset to Samsung’s brand-new model. That will be a better indication of which is top dog.