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Hands-on: OnePlus 7 Pro 5G burns 4G iPhone 11 Pro in highway speed test

[2019.10.09, Wed 17:05] When I reviewed Apple's brand new iPhone 11 Pro - a premium-priced phone with late-stage 4G hardware inside - I knew from prior 5G testing that it wasn't going to match or eclipse the speeds of even the earliest 5G phones. I took my T-Mobile iPhone 11 Pro on a brief tour of Los Angeles to see how its real world cellular performance compared with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G on Sprint's 5G network. Instead, I spent some time driving through the streets and highways of Los Angeles to see what performance was like on both the iPhone 11 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. Even on L.A.'s fastest 4G network and an atypically slow 5G network, the differences were generally stark. Only at one point during my testing did T-Mobile's network rocket ahead with a nearly 100Mbps result compared with a 20Mbps Sprint speed - notably still showing a "5G" connection - but in most cases, the latest, top-of-line iPhone's cellular download speed fell markedly behind the performance of one of the world's most affordable 5G phones. The best Sprint 5G download speed I saw during my road and highway testing was just under half the peak speed I'd achieved previously, and about one-third the peak speeds Opensignal reported. As expected, there were some areas where the OnePlus 7 Pro's on-screen indicator flipped between 4G and 5G icons, though its speeds tended to be stronger than T-Mobile's regardless. Upload speeds were another story entirely - they haven't yet been upgraded for 5G, a step that's expected to happen next year, and mostly hovered from 3-37Mbps on Sprint's 5G compared with 4-53Mbps on T-Mobile's 4G. I also need to emphasize that the issue isn't so much that the iPhone 11 Pro's performance was terrible as that 5G is capable of delivering a step change in real world cellular speeds, even when comparing the latest, highest-end 4G Apple device to a more affordable 5G Android device.
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