YouTube channel PhoneBuff is back with another speed test, this time putting Apple’s iPhone XR against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9.
The ‘budget’ iPhone XR is powered by the latest A12 Bionic, has 3GB of RAM and LCD display resolution of 1792 x 828, and starts at $749 USD ($1029 in Canada).
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM and an OLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution. The phone starts at $1249 USD.
If you haven’t seen PhoneBuff’s speed tests before, they aren’t exactly real-world tests, but each device goes through a series of opening and closing apps. App launch speed and multitasking are put to the test and the first phone to finish two “laps”, wins.
A recent speed test saw Apple’s iPhone XS Max win handily against the Galaxy Note 9. Let’s see how the iPhone XR fares?
The iPhone XR finished the first lap at 1 minute and 51 seconds, 14 seconds ahead of the Note 9. As both phones make their way into the final lap, the iPhone XR has the lead, but a slim one, as some apps such as Adobe Premiere fail to remain open in multitasking. This was the same issue with the last app, Facebook, allowing the Note 9 to catch up (it has 8GB of RAM versus 3GB for the XR) and eventually tie the iPhone XR at 2 minutes and 38 seconds (the iPhone XR won by 15 one-hundredths of a second).
These tests are interesting to see from an entertainment perspective. Even with ‘just’ 3GB of RAM, the iPhone XR with its A12 Bionic chip and iOS 12 is pretty speedy, taking on Samsung’s flagship device.