Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, released a insights report on the performance of popular smartphones in different markets, which includes an analysis on 5G phones in countries with 5G availability. The report also examined the market share of modem manufacturers across the world using device data from Speedtest IntelligenceTM during Q3 2019. Ookla used Speedtest data to analyze the performance of three popular phones — the Apple iPhone Xs, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 — in specific markets around the world.
The performance data analyzed came from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States.
According to the findings of the report, Samsung Galaxy S10 is the fastest smartphone in select countries with mean download speeds varying between 18.06 Mbps, in India and 95.91 Mbps in Canada. However, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro showed the fastest mean download speeds among these three devices in France and the UK, and often placed second in the remaining markets on the list.
Global modem market share
As per the Speedtest data, Qualcomm was the most common modem manufacturer across the world, with leadership positions across 133 countries. In Hong Kong, the modem manufacturer was present across as many as 73.6% of the devices analyzed. Qualcomm’s slimmest majority was in Botswana with 25.6% of devices analyzed showing Qualcomm modems.
Qualcomm was followed by Intel covering 32 countries with the highest percentage of devices with Intel modems located in Greenland at 55.6%. Intel’s slimmest majority was in South Africa with 28.6% of devices analyzed showing Intel modems.
Device performance in 5G markets
In countries with 5G availability (Australia, China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States), both the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G showed mean download speeds in excess of 200 Mbps.
The report also states that there are multiple factors that can affect a phone’s network performance, including geography, cell site, population density, the amount of wireless spectrum deployed, and the overall capabilities of user equipment seeded to market.