Despite the fact that Apple bills itself as the first 5G smartphone, it seems that the iPhone 12 model offers faster 4G LTE speeds compared to 5G.
According to Counterpoint, Apple’s iPhone recently became one of the top-selling 5G smartphones in 2020. Despite the fact that Apple bills itself as the first 5G smartphone, it seems that the iPhone 12 model offers faster 4G LTE speeds compared to 5G.
Verizon’s “national low-speed 5G network” offers lower speeds on the iPhone 12 Pro than the same carrier’s 4G LTE network, according to a new test by PC Mag. It should be noted that the company launched a “national 5G network” in October and bragged about it extensively at the iPhone 12 launch.
However, the test shows that the system is based on dynamic spectrum sharing, or DSS, which reuses 4G channels for 5G and can slow down internet speeds when compared to providing a direct 4G LTE connection on that spectrum.
As PC Mag explained, the problem with DSS is that it uses an ideal 5G network over large dedicated channels. However, if this is not an option, DSS allows the operator to take advantage of the “odds and ends” of unused 4G channels for the 5G network.
The test was conducted by switching between 5G and 4G networks in eight different locations in New York City. Except for one location, which supports 5W UWB, DSS 5G consistently provides lower internet speeds than 4G LTE.
“For most customers, the performance of our national 5G network will be the same as that of 4G. DSS is a new technology and we are constantly changing it. We expect performance to improve by 2021 and beyond, “Verizon said in a statement.
However, it has been reported that Verizon is not solving this problem alone. A similar problem has been identified with AT&T networks. The report says that carriers can fix this by running traffic over 4G LTE in situations where they think it will be faster than DSS 5G, instead of the recipient preferring 5G wherever they get the network, regardless of or speed.
So, is it worth buying this?
Other than battery life, you won’t make any major compromises if you buy the iPhone 12 Mini instead of the iPhone 12. It’s the same screen and camera. The battery life is poor, but you can do it. But you’ll save £ 10,000 and get all that compactness.
If small phones aren’t for you and you’ve never felt uncomfortable with the size of your smartphone, then don’t think twice. At £ 69,900 that’s not cheap, and if size isn’t a big deal for you, spend an extra £ 10,000 and go for the iPhone 12. But if you want to stick with Apple and want a small, practical device, that’s it. In fact, if you need a handy little device and are on a budget, this is the only device you should be looking for.