A Third-Party Benchmark Study of the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) and the Apple iPhone SE 2022

06/30/2022 | 43 pages

SRG just released a benchmark study that we did on behalf of Motorola. The study provides results from extensively testing the two smartphones on Band n77 (Verizon Wireless) and Band n41 (T-Mobile). Although the results include contributions from LTE and 5G, the focus of the study was on the relative performance differences with 5G.

Highlights of the Report include the following:

Our Thanks.  We did this study with the support of Accuver Americas (XCAL-M and XCAP) and Spirent Communications (Umetrix Data). SRG is fully responsible for the data collection and all analysis and commentary provided in this report.

Our Methodology.  Testing took place over a period of a few weeks using the two operators’ networks. We tested while stationary and mobile (drive tests). Stationary tests included testing both devices operating in parallel as well as individually in which we frequently switched back and forth between the two phones. For Band n41, we were able to extensively test within a cell with PDCP combining disabled, meaning all throughput went over 5G. We also included drive testing over a much larger geographic area.

Our Analysis.  We used Umetrix Data to analyze throughput at the application layer since we lacked access to physical layer parameters on the iPhone. We leveraged physical layer parameters (5G and LTE) from the Motorola smartphone as part of our analysis. We could confirm, for example, that the two smartphones were sharing the same radio resources with this approach. Likewise, we obtained valuable information on how the Motorola smartphone was using both 4×4 MIMO and 256QAM to boost performance with more favorable RF conditions.

The Results.  The report provides results for all stationary and mobility tests, as well as aggregate results for the two frequency bands / operator networks. The results from our study demonstrate the incremental benefits of a 5G smartphone (i.e., the Motorola smartphone) supporting and subsequently using 256QAM and 4×4 MIMO when the RF conditions warrant their use.