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5G NR Benchmark Study: Leading Smartphones and Chipsets from Apple, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Samsung - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN, January 26, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "5G NR Benchmark Study Vol 19: Leading 5G NR Smartphones and Chipsets" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The publisher has conducted what is likely the industry's first independent benchmark study of 5G NR smartphones and chipsets from multiple leading suppliers, marking what they know will be the first of many field- and lab-based studies that will be pursued in the coming years. For this first study, the publisher included smartphones from Apple, LG (2), Motorola, OnePlus, and Samsung (4), as well as 5G NR baseband modems from MediaTek, Qualcomm (3), and Samsung. They leveraged T-Mobile's Band n41 network for this study since mid-band spectrum is preferable to low-band spectrum when it comes to observing differentiated performance, both across devices/chipsets and between LTE and 5G NR.

A treasure trove of valuable performance information was uncovered, some of it predictable and some of it surprising. First, no smartphone or chipset clearly differentiated itself from its peers in terms of overall RF performance. Instead, the performance differences were more nuanced and largely depended on the RF conditions and the parameters of the test scenario. However, it was concluded that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, which was introduced more than two years ago, generally performed better than its peers in most tests. Likewise, the Wing from LG (RIP), showed very strong performance with weaker RF signals (RSRP), but this apparent advantage was offset by the much lower RSRP values the smartphone reported compared with its peers. The device form factor played a role.

Given the results, one can rightly conclude that a more expensive 5G NR smartphone didn't perform better than a less expensive model. With typical RF conditions, the publisher found that a $380 smartphone performed just as good as a $1,200 smartphone. Obviously, other features and functions contribute to the price differences between the two smartphones, but better RF performance isn't necessarily one of them. That being said, with stress tests involving downlink and downlink/uplink data transfers under ideal conditions that approach the theoretical peak data speeds of 5G NR, the publisher believes that a less powerful processor can impact data speeds.

It is difficult to separate the performance of the baseband modem from the performance of the smartphone and its RF antenna design, etc. It can be concluded, however, that the three chipset suppliers use different strategies to maximize performance. This observation is easily supported by the underlying 5G NR parameters that the publisher captured and analyzed. Likewise, is was observed that smartphone manufacturers use different strategies to maximize performance with chipsets from the same supplier.

Companies Mentioned in the Report

  • Apple

  • LG

  • Motorola

  • OnePlus

  • Samsung

  • MediaTek

  • Qualcomm

  • Samsung

Key Topics Covered

1. Executive Summary

2. Key Observations

3. RF Performance Results and Analysis

3.1 Individual Device Testing with Geo Binned Results

3.2 Simultaneous Device Testing - LG Wing, OnePlus 9 Pro, S20 Ultra and S21 Ultra

3.3 LG Wing Open versus LG Wing Closed Comparative

3.4 LG Wing (QCOM) versus LG Velvet (MTK)

3.5 S21 Ultra (QCOM), LG Velvet (MTK) and A-51 (SAM)

3.6 Stress Tests with all Smartphones - Downtown LA

3.7 S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Comparative Results

3.7.1 California Testing

3.7.2 Minnesota Testing

3.8 S21 Ultra and Motorola One 5G Ace Comparative Results

4. Test Methodology

5. Final Thoughts

List of Figures & Tables (79)

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/5hkcn9

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220126005605/en/

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