Samsung’s anti-Apple advertising campaign continues as the company mounts another effort to highlight the difference between iPhone X and Galaxy S9, this time in LTE speeds, while ridiculing the concept of Genius Bar that Apple successfully pioneered with its retail stores.
Titled “Ingenius: Speed”, the 30-second video posted to Samsung’s official YouTube channel yesterday invites viewers to upgrade to their flagship Galaxy S9 handset to experience faster LTE speeds. The video depicts a would-be shopper in an Apple Store inquiring a Genius Bar employee about the difference in LTE speeds between iPhone X and Galaxy S9.
When she comments that iPhone X’s LTE downloads speeds aren’t faster than Galaxy S9’s, to which the employee has no answer. And when she says that Apple’s device was supposed to be a smartphone of the future, the Genius Bar dude just rolls his eyes.
Galaxy S9 supports LTE Cat.18 while iPhone X maxes out at LTE Cat. 12.
While LTE Cat. 12 supports download speeds of up to 600 Mbit/s, LTE Cat. 18 doubles the download speed to 1200 Mbit/s. Apple dual-sources LTE modem chips from both Qualcomm and Intel. Because Qualcomm’s chip in the latest iPhones is compatible with gigabit LTE technologies such as LTE-U, LAA and 4×4 MIMO than Intel’s modem, so Apple purposely restricts Qualcomm’s chip to ensure “feature parity” between the different models.
It’s a nice done ad that continues with Samsung’s practice of bashing Apple, iPhone and Apple Stores to make their Galaxy devices look good, but we’re not complaining because advertising against your rival is an acceptable form of advertising even though we may not like it much.