Modemgate? Test Shows IPhone 7 With Intel LTE Modem Slower Than Qualcomm Variant

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 12:02pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2016, 12:22pm CDT , in Apple


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Modemgate? Test shows iPhone 7 With Intel LTE  Modem Slower Than Qualcomm Variant

After Storagegate meet Modemgate....

Do we have Modemgate with us? A LTE test comparison between the iPhone 7 Intel Vs Qualcomm modern variants gave us results in which one was slower than the other one throughout the whole LTE data throughput. Apple decided to build iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus with LTE modems from two very different sources i.e. Qualcomm and Intel.

To be more specific the iPhone models A1778 and A1784 which are of AT&T and T-Mobile make use of a GSM-only Intel XMM7360 modem. On the other hand device models A1660 and A1661 which are available from Sprint and Verizon make use of a GSM and CDMA compatible Qualcomm MDM9645M Modem. Now all this does seem to be fine.

You would be thinking why would even one care? Usually Apple does use parts from different companies all the time. Why the fuss. Right? Well, the thing is sometimes the parts which are made use of differ in key aspects. Performance happens to be one of those aspects and as per the testing conducted Apple has created such a situation.

Cellular Insights carried out tests using R&S TS7124 RF Shielded Box, two R&S CMW500, one R&S CMWC controller, and four Vivaldi antennas. The Results showed that iPhones which were using Qualcomm’s LTE chip performed better than the Intel part iPhones. In fact, Cellular Insights has interestingly been able to build a very interesting picture to differentiate between the chips. The tests conducted simulate across quite a few bands and variant differences from cellular antennas.

Now the problem with such studies is that we find ourselves a bit dubious as whether anyone will really even detect the difference between the two chips Apple has used. The chip both happen to be quick and the fact that LTE transfers are faster than many home broadband connections. It is far enough to say that only a small amount of people will be disappointed by the speed stakes.

We are left wondering as to what more is different in the iPhones because we already know that the storage which has been used in different iPhones can also affect the data access speeds.

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