How to check if your iPhone X has a Qualcomm or Intel wireless modem inside

 

 

After all the commotion stemming from the fact thatĀ AppleĀ hasĀ most likely crippled Qualcomm’s X16 wirelessĀ modemĀ inside certainĀ iPhone XĀ versions (looking at you,Ā VerizonĀ andĀ SprintĀ ones), to match the inferior abilities of the IntelĀ modemĀ inĀ AT&TĀ and T-Mobile’s versions, it’s only logical that owners would want to know what variant they have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualcomm’s X16 is theĀ modemĀ of choice for most flagships sold in the US, as it allows CDMA network access, and up to 1Gbps downloads, but since the Intel chip maxes out at 600Mbps,Ā AppleĀ has neutered the X16 to even all models out. This shows in direct comparison, with, say, theĀ Note 8, which achieves nearlyĀ double the download speedsĀ of theĀ iPhoneĀ X on one and the same network.
Unfortunately, a difference is also shown between twoĀ iPhoneĀ X units with differentĀ modemsĀ – theĀ VerizonĀ model withĀ Qualcomm, for instance, showedĀ 67% better download speedsĀ than AT&T’s version with Intel, when placed in scenarios imitating weak signal. If you want to know whether you have an IntelĀ XMM7480Ā modemĀ in yourĀ iPhoneĀ X, or the more capableĀ QualcommĀ gear, here’s what you need to do:
1. Go toĀ Settings > About > Legal > Regulatory, and write down the model number of yourĀ iPhoneĀ X;
2. Alternatively, you can go toĀ Settings > General > About, then scroll down to the Model entry, and tap on it to display the model number. Write that one down, too;
3. If yourĀ iPhoneĀ X version isĀ A1865, then you have Qualcomm’sĀ X16Ā powering your data downloads, go take a lottery ticket;
4. If the model isĀ A1901, then you have Intel inside, and may experience some slower download speeds in areas with wonky signal, at least in theory;
5. There is a third model, as you can see from Apple’s own country and carrier model listings above, which adds support for Sony’s FeliCa contactless payments on iD and QuicPay as well as Suica support on JR East. It is exclusively for use on Softbank, AU, and NTT DoCoMo in Japan.
AppleĀ isĀ working together with IntelĀ onĀ gigabit LTEĀ and 5GĀ modemsĀ for next-genĀ iPhone, trying to break away fromĀ QualcommĀ as a supplier, due to theĀ ongoing patent feud between the two, but until that bright future comes, you’d better get theĀ iPhoneĀ X A1865 model fromĀ VerizonĀ or unlocked, just to be on the safe side. Needless to say, most countries and carriers flaunt GSM networks, so the “Intel inside” version of the X outnumbers theĀ QualcommĀ model, but you may just have lucked out.