In February, Samsung’s latest smartphone model, Samsung Galaxy S23, was released worldwide. There are currently three versions of this phone available in the market. This current version has some major hardware differences from the S22 that play a key role in their 5G performance. The S23 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, while the S22 uses Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Also, the modem is more updated in S23 as it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 modem. The S22 has a Snapdragon X65 modem.
5G wireless network is still slowly rolling out around the world and isn’t available worldwide. It is, however, becoming more popular, and smartphone manufacturers are making phones to meet the expectations of the users. Internationally renowned fixed broadband and mobile network testing company Ookla tested this S23 against S22 5G in various regions around the world.
5G performance in different regions
In Brazil, 5G is not widely available yet. According to Ookla’s test, the S23 is slightly faster than S22. However, the median 5G download speed was 441 Mbps which is very good for only 5.3% of 5G availability. In the Chinese 5G network, the median speed of all phones was 280.85 Mbps. But there was no clear winner between S23 and S22. What’s worse, the S23 showed a lower upload and download speed than S22.
In France, the median download speed of the 5G network was 198.45 Mbps. The speed difference between S23 and S22 wasn’t anything notable either, at least according to Ookla. Median download speeds in the UK, Italy, and the Philippines were around 130 Mbps and the speed difference wasn’t something to write home about. But S23 showed promise and users might want to upgrade.
Poland has the slowest median download speed among all the countries in Ookla’s survey. With a median speed of 75.29 Mbps and 8.3% availability, Poland shows a promising start in the 5G network. Also, S23 performed slightly better than S22. On the other hand, South Korea, the home of Samsung, has the highest median download speed. It has a median download speed of 496.63 Mbps, and the S23 versions outperformed S22 in both download and upload speed. The US has the highest 5G availability. With a 5G availability of 56%, the US also shows a median download speed of 133.47 Mbps. The Samsung Galaxy S23 showed a huge 5G performance boost in the US.
According to the tests of Ookla, it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy S23 and its variants are faster than the S22 variants in nearly all regions. Upgrading to S23 is a wise choice if you want that extra speed out of your 5G internet connection. Also, remember that the S23 not only has a faster 5G speed but also has more hardware upgrades that might help you make up your mind.
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