Even if you’re unfamiliar with Ookla, if you’ve owned a smartphone for years, you’re probably well acquainted with the company’s Speedtest.net app. This app measures the download data speed your phone is running at, upload data speed and how fast your phone responds to a network connection. The app is available for iOS phones on the App Store and Android phones from Google Play Store.
Apple and Samsung dominate the US 5G speed chart
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, Ookla wanted consumers in different countries to do so know the five fastest 5G phones in their markets in the third quarter. We’ll look at the results from several countries, starting with the US. In the States, the iPhone 14 Pro Max was the fastest 5G phone in Q3 with a median download speed of 177.21 Mbps, slightly ahead of the 175.08 Mbps recorded for the iPhone 14 Pro . Both models had upload speeds of 19.28 Mbps and 18.59 Mbps, respectively.
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is the fastest 5G phone in the US
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 had the third-fastest 5G speed in the country at 162.50 Mbps (15.17 Mbps upload). Surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G beat the Galaxy S22 Ultra with 140.06 Mbps to 137.42 Mbps down and 14.77 Mbps to 14.48 Mbps up. Keep in mind that this includes nationwide 5G, which is easier to find but doesn’t deliver the speeds that mid-band 5G and mmWave 5G offer. The latter is almost impossible to find. 5G midband signals are easier to connect and up to 10x faster than LTE.
Again, these are intermediate speeds, meaning that half of the results in a sample will be faster and half will be slower. Also, not just any phone model might be included. Oojkla says the phones in the survey “had to have at least a 0.5% market share of all devices and a minimum sample size of 100 devices in a given market. Each market we studied included only 5G samples from each 5G provider in a given country.”
Ookla further noted, “This means that performance will most likely vary from network to network and country to country, but this provides a snapshot of what you might typically expect. It should be noted that some newer device models such as the iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, and Google Pixel 7 launched on different dates in select markets and may not have been included in our Q3 2022 analysis.”
Huawei has four of the five fastest 5G phones in China
What are the fastest 5G phones in the world’s leading smartphone market? By the way, this is China. First of all, the mean speeds are much higher than in the US. The top phone in this country was the OnePlus 9 5G with an average download speed of 349.15 Mbps in the third quarter. Next came the Huawei P40 5G as the photography-based flagship of 2020, with a median 5G download speed of 344.41 Mbps, beating the 344.23 Mbps of the 2019 Huawei Mate 30 5G.
Sony had the fastest 5G phone in Japan in the third quarter
The Huawei Mate 40 5G was next, with an average 5G download speed of 332.39 Mbps. The top 5 in China in the third quarter was rounded off by the Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G with 328.25 Mbit/s. The fastest of the five in terms of 5G upload speed was the Mate 40 5G with a median speed of 56.36Mbps.
The mid-range Samsung Galaxy A53 was the fastest 5G phone in the Philippines in Q3
The top five fastest 5G phones in Brazil in Q3 are led by a different name. The Motorola Moto G 5G Plus had a leading average 5G download speed of 358.39 Mbps. It also had by far the highest average 5G upload speed at 43.34Mbps. Behind The Motorola model was the Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G with an average 5G download speed of 355.43 Mbps. The remaining models were all iPhone 13 models, including iPhone 13 Pro Max (344.44), iPhone 13 mini (341.21) and iPhone 13 (336.04).
In Japan, three of the five fastest 5G phones in the third quarter are made by Sony, led by the Xperia 1 II 5G (average 5G download speed of 224.68 Mbps). Behind it was the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (189.22Mbps). In the Philippines, the top 5 in July-September include Samsung Galaxy A53 (average 5G download speed of 199.90 Mbps), Huawei Nova 7 5G (192.80 Mbps), Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G (188.32 Mbit/s), Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (185.85 Mbit/s) and the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (183.54 Mbit/s).
Now that you have that data, you can make an informed decision about which handset to get someone this holiday season – even if it’s yourself.