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Samsung S22, Pixel 6, & iPhone 13: Which one has the Best Signal Reception

December 21, 2021

What's the point of a smartphone if it doesn't do the basic phone stuff? Having an excellent gaming phone is cool, but a phone's primary purpose is to make calls and send texts.

If you want to splash the cash on the newest flagship releases from Google, Samsung, or Apple but want to have the best signal reception possible, here is what you can expect from all three phones in terms of signal strength.

Samsung S22, Pixel 6, & iPhone 13: Which one has the Best Signal Reception

Apple iPhone 13

The Apple company is well known for quality products, and its iPhone series is no exception. The latest release of these phones is the iPhone 13, which brought numerous upgrades from its predecessor. Is the signal reception better, and how does it compare with other flagship phones?

In short, the 13 series is better than the previous one in terms of signal reception. Various tests have been conducted, and all of them show a general upgrade from the iPhone 12 series. Not every single aspect has been improved (such as dual SIM signal reception), but overall, the signal is stronger and faster.

To go into a bit of detail, when comparing the iPhone 13 with iPhone 12, both 4G and 5G networks have shown better results ā€“ they are faster and more constant. However, when dual SIM is used in the 5G network configuration, the iPhone 12 has delivered better results than iPhone 13. Why? I have no idea. But it is the only aspect in which the previous series is slightly better. Speaking of margins, I should notice that these signal reception improvements are just marginally better than those of the prior series.

But in terms of problems and comparison with other Android phones, the iPhone 13 still lags behind!

There are numerous reports of bad signal reception in various parts of the world, especially the rural ones. People complain that the signal can drop way down until the network speed is incredibly slow or even non-existent. These problems have been troubling Apple for so long, and many believe it is due to the same outdated antenna every model has, even though the iPhone 13 possesses the Qualcomm X60 modem. The X60 modem is present in Samsung's S21 series, which gave much better results in network quality testing.

Google Pixel 6

While Pixel 6 has seen many improvements compared to its predecessor, Pixel 5, which was mainly a budget-oriented phone, the signal reception problems remain.

When it comes to the Pixel series, many fans of Google phones agree with the same notion ā€“ Google's Pixel 4 was the last phone with good signal reception. This is because the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 series do not possess Qualcomm modems, but they opted to use Samsung's old modem (that not even Samsung uses in its S21 series).

Now, these modems are still okay ā€“ if you have a Pixel 6 phone, you will have signal reception everywhere. The problem is that modem ā€“ can't keep up with higher network speeds. In other words, if you work in a company that has offices in a tall, big, concrete building, there are high chances that signal reception won't be the best, and your signal will drop by 1 or 2 bars. Physical obstacles are quite a problem, and hence the phone won't have the best and fastest reception.

Various tests have been conducted, and the most relatable one was between the Pixel 6 and Samsung S21. Samsung S21 has had much better feedback, and the most remarkable difference was in the 5G mmWave configuration ā€“ while Pixel 6 hit barely over 1Gbps, Samsung S21 reached 2Gbps. In other words, the S21 had a network connection twice as fast.

On the positive side, while signal reception might be lower in comparison with iPhone 13 and Samsung S22, the signal is still there! Plus, there are not as many reports of complete signal loss, unlike with iPhone 13.

But, the Pixel 6 still falls short compared to other Android phones.

Google Pixel 6

Last but not least ā€“ a phone that is still not out but is highly anticipated!

The fact that the S22 series is not out yet doesn't mean we don't know about its modem and anticipate its signal reception. All the details about the S22 series are more or less well known, including the network modem qualities.

The word is out about the newest modem from Qualcomm ā€“ the X65 modem, which will be the most recent and arguably most impressive modem so far. What does that mean?

Well, the S21 series had the previous model ā€“ the X60, which has shown outstanding results. It has already been mentioned how the S21 series beat Pixel 6 in most network quality tests, and now, the S22 series will come with an even better modem!

In theory, the X65 modem will be able to reach 10Gbps in 5G network connectivity, which is by far the highest speed recorded. In addition, Qualcomm modems are reported to have the best signal reception of all, and they have the least number of malfunction reports.

Naturally, expectations are high, and Samsung itself has supported this. According to the company officials, Samsung has oriented towards 5G network, and the new series will provide the best results in this regard.

Final words

It was mentioned above how Qualcomm modems in Android phones have generally produced the best results in various network tests. Therefore, we can expect Samsung S22 to beat Apple's iPhone 13 and Google's Pixel 6! When it comes to second place, the iPhone 13 comes on top of Pixel 6 in terms of signal quality and speed, while Pixel 6 comes on top of iPhone 13 in terms of having less signal loss.

If the signal strength is one of the most important aspects to pay attention to when buying a new phone, wait for the S22 series, and you will be golden. Many people are anticipating the new S22 series due to fantastic improvements and generally high-end specs that are announced.

Various companies have already started creating multiple gadgets and accessories for the S22, expecting big sales from both ends. One such offer that has caught my eye is the smart case from i-Blades that completely improves your phone even further!