Apple’s iPhone XS Max beats Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro in speed test

“The iPhone XS Max has beat all of Android smartphones that YouTuber PhoneBuff has put it up against so far,” Michael Potuck reports for 9to5Mac.

“But we haven’t seen the Mate 20 Pro square off against the XS Max,” Potuck reports. “After Huawei previously claimed its Kirin 980 chipset would be faster than Apple’s A12 Bionic, the Mate 20 has suffered a defeat in the latest smartphone speed test.”

“Back in September, Huawei came out and said that its in-house Kirin 980 chip would be speedier than Apple’s A12 Bionic,” Potuck reports. “Even with Huawei using a custom chip and double the RAM, this test shows that Apple’s tight integration between its hardware and software is second to none.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Gone up against.” Sheesh.

Anyway, unsurprisingly, Huawei’s dog-slow pretend iPhone, like all other pretend iPhones before it, loses.

With each passing year, and especially with iPhone X, it becomes increasingly clear – even to the Android settlers – that the competition has no chance of even remotely keeping up against Apple’s unmatched vertically integrated one-two punch of custom software and custom hardware. The Android to iPhone upgrade train just turned onto a long straightaway, engines stoked, primed to barrel away! — MacDailyNews, September 13, 2017

This year’s Apple A12-powered iPhones to leave Android phones even further behind – September 4, 2018
Apple’s year-old iPhone X trounces Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 9 in benchmark tests – August 10, 2018
First benchmarks reveal Apple’s iPhone X Plus performance will obliterate even Android’s wildest dreams – July 2, 2018
Apple’s new iPhones are going to destroy Samsung’s dog-slow Galaxy Note 9; in fact, Apple’s current iPhones will, too – March 29, 2018
Peddlers of dog-slow Android phones can’t copy Apple’s TrueDepth system; stuck with antiquated fingerprint readers instead – March 23, 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9 thoroughly beaten by Apple’s iPhone X/8/8 Plus in early benchmarks – March 1, 2018
Android settlers are about to understand there’s a limit to what you an achieve with hype and marketing – January 11, 2017
iPhone 8’s Apple A11 Bionic chip so destroys Android phones that Geekbench creator can’t even believe it – September 30, 2017


  1. Curios .. why do Facebook and Starbuck and Espn open and load so much faster on Mate 20 pro?

    Does this mean Mate 20 pro is faster in browsing and loading sites?
    Can any one explain this please… ?

    1. Hard to say what the difference is. Is it the difference between the phones? Is it the difference between the OS. Is it the difference between the apps? Who knows. And the OSs and the apps will be updated to change the results in the future. This test might have validity between two Android phones iPhone versus Mate 20 this test is useless.

    2. Those are not websites opened in Safari. Those are apps specific to those companies. The most likely scenario is they got lots of support (financial or technical) from Alphabet/Google to tune their apps to operate as fast as possible under Android OS while Apple did not give equivalent support. This does not mean that the iPhone XS Max is slower. It means that something was tuned for one phone and not for the other.

      This has always been the case with benchmarking. Unless you get down into the code running on the device it is impossible to tell what is really going on.

      1. Thanks..
        just to clarify … I did not say Max plus is slower over all. As a matter of fact i can see that in games and non web based apps.. it is much faster.

        Just wondering why in those specific cases it was significantly slower..
        And referance i made to browsing was not through safari.. but the content that is derived from their web content through the specific apps.

  2. The tight integration does do the trick. Tight integration means high optimization over a limited subset of features. It’s legitimate and it’s not magic.

    It’s also why I bristle when Apple claims the A12 is faster than most desktop CPUs.

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