There are Two iPhone X Models and One Offers More Speed
Normally, whenever Apple releases a new iPhone model, the company releases two versions. A standard-size model and the larger iPhone Plus. However, Apple bucked that trend with the X. Despite this, there are technically two versions of the iPhone X out in the wild though the difference only comes down to which company, Intel or Qualcomm, made the baseband modem. This depends on where you bought your phone and which network you use.
For the most part, this makes no difference and we doubt consumers are even aware of which model they have, but it is interesting to note that one version of the modem is a bit faster than the other.
Speedsmart, which tests the speed of baseband modems through an app that users can install on their iPhones, has released their first round of data regarding this issue. Despite Qualcomm being one of the leaders of mobile phone hardware, phones using Intel modems were a bit faster. This is true even when the phones were being used on the same network.
Across multiple carriers, the Intel phones tended to offer slightly higher speeds, but there are a few caveats to keep in mind. For starters, this test only measures speed. It does not take into account location, signal strength, LTE bands or other variables. Beyond that, the study’s author freely admits that the sample size is rather limited due to the iPhone X having only been out for a couple of weeks and having a limited install base.
This data is certainly interesting from a technical standpoint, but we highly doubt your average consumer will care one way or the other. There is a difference, but it is small enough that it likely won’t be noticed in daily use. Regardless of the modem, the iPhone X is still a fast and powerful phone.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.