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Real-life speed test: How Galaxy S23 Ultra competes with iPhone 14 Pro Max

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The Galaxy S23 Ultra has a speedier, unique version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, however it still falls short in benchmark testing versus the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU in the Galaxy S23 Ultra is a speedier, unique variant. It’s remarkable, but in benchmark testing, it’s still beaten by the iPhone 14 Pro Max. In certain tests, the Ultra can’t even keep up with older phones like the iPhone 12. Instead, the iPhone SE 3 uses the same processor as the iPhone 13. Yet, we have often stated that real-world experiences will reveal little difference between these two opponents. It just so happens that a Galaxy S23 Ultra vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max comparison is already available, with the Samsung coming out on top.

On YouTube, there are several speed tests that assess smartphone performance, including comparisons between the current Apple flagships and the top Androids on the market. Our favourite, though, may be speed tests, which always use the same methods. As a consequence, the outcomes are as objective as they can be.

As a reminder, the Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max were subjected to the same standard real-world speed test, which seeks to simulate a user’s everyday experience. The test is divided into two rounds, each of which involves a robot opening the identical set of applications on both phones for the first time. The smartphone that opens them the quickest typically wins. The goal of the first phase is to eliminate latency on phones, particularly flagships.

The robot reopens the same applications in the second round to see how many of them remain loaded in memory. This exam assesses the ability to multitask. We frequently switch between applications when we use our cellphones. And we want them to be fresh in our minds for as long as possible.

The most recent iPhone generally wins the first round, demonstrating the power of Apple’s A-series processor. Because of the increased memory, the Android phone sitting next to the iPhone generally recovers in the second round. That isn’t always the case, because the iPhone’s software is tailored to its hardware. Even though it has less memory than its counterpart, the iPhone uses RAM more effectively.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max speed test demonstrated that Samsung can match with the most recent iPhone. The Ultra took the opening round by nearly a second (image above). This includes defeating the iPhone in a time-consuming video exporting operation that the iPhone nearly always wins.

Unexpectedly, the iPhone 14 Pro Max won the second round, as well as the overall test, by a razor-thin margin. When the two laps are combined, the total margin in favour of the iPhone is only 0.25 seconds.

That’s essentially a tie. And it’s truly a triumph for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which has finally placed some pressure on Apple.


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