Apple iPhone XS is arguably the fastest smartphone on the planet right now, and it has been proven to be faster than Google Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy Note 9. Now, a new speed test suggests that even the iPhone XR, Apple’s cheapest iPhone this year, ties with the Galaxy Note 9, when it comes to performance. The iPhone XR uses the same A12 Bionic chipset found on the iPhone XS, but with less memory than the premium model.
According to an iFixit teardown, the iPhone XR has 3GB RAM while the iPhone XS has 4GB of RAM. Despite that difference, it has managed to match the flagship smartphone from Samsung with more memory under the hood. In the performance video by YouTuber Phonebuff, the iPhone XR did match the performance of Galaxy Note 9 with 8GB of RAM. The speed test video further demonstrates how Apple has been successful with better integration of its hardware and software. The video tests overall performance of the two devices with two rounds of opening same set of apps to see which one emerges as winner.
In the video, the iPhone XR from Apple can be seen race through the first lap of the speed test, which involves opening sixteen apps including Facebook, Starbucks, Camera, and Subway Surfers. The iPhone XR was nearly 15 seconds faster than the Galaxy Note 9 in this first test.
However, Samsung manages to catch up with iPhone XR in the second round which involves opening the same series of apps to see how long they take to reload data cached in the first step. In this step, the Galaxy Note 9 manages to make up for the lost time, and ties up with the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR finished the entire process with a total time of 2:38:33 minutes, while the Galaxy Note 9 took 2:38:48 minutes.
While these speed tests are indicative of how much longer it takes to open an app and retain the memory, it does not necessarily translate into real world performance. If you like Android then you would still like the Galaxy Note 9 and its OLED display over the iPhone XR and its LCD display but there is no taking away the fact that Apple does the best job of integrating both hardware and software.