Galaxy S23 Ultra broke the iPhone’s dominance in speed

Galaxy S23 Ultra vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max Speed Test
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In a recent video from the PhoneBuff channel, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro Max went head-to-head in a speed test to determine which flagship device is faster. As usual, PhoneBuff’s tests are unique in that they are conducted using a robotic arm, eliminating the influence of human factors.

This year, the Samsung flagship is only available with the Qualcomm platform, featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. This SoC has been highly praised, and the new generation One UI shell has also been noted for its speed and smoothness. Tests show that the new Samsung device is incredibly fast. Right from the beginning of the testing, the Galaxy S23 Ultra took a slight lead. However, the iPhone took a surprisingly long time to open the Filmora application. Which increased the gap between the two devices.

Traditionally, Apple smartphones have been much faster than Android solutions in video processing. However, in this test, the opening speeds were approximately the same. On the other hand, Apple’s flagship device performed better in opening Google Trends and starting games. Where it consistently outperformed the Samsung device. As a result, the smartphones reached the final of the first round with a minimal gap in favor of the Samsung flagship. It’s worth noting that in the past, Apple smartphones have always been the leaders of the first round for 1244 days. Or almost three and a half years, but the Galaxy S23 Ultra broke that.

During the second round, the smartphones showed similar speeds when launching applications. However, when it comes to gaming, the Galaxy S23 Ultra required two swipes to minimize the game. While the iPhone only needed one. This slight difference allowed the iPhone 14 Pro Max to catch up with the Samsung device and ultimately snatch the victory, although the difference was only a split second.

Overall, the PhoneBuff speed test demonstrated that both the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max are incredibly fast devices, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The test also highlights the importance of a robust processor and user interface in determining a smartphone’s speed and performance.


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