Reference: Cellular Insights

Tests of LTE connectivity show a performance gap between the iPhone 7 equipped with:

an Intel modem or a Qualcomm modem


  • A1778 and A1784 iPhone models use a GSM-only Intel’s XMM 7360 modem – high-end LTE Advanced modem design that offers up to Category 10 performance (450 Mbps down – through the use of 3x carrier aggregation, which allows the modem to use up to 60Mhz of wireless spectrum)
  • A1660 and 1661 iPhone models use a GSM/CDMA-compatible Qualcomm MDM9645M modem, also known as Snapdragon X12
  • 2GB of RAM, spec ifically Samsung LPDDR4, 3GB on larger phones
  • Apple A10 Fusion chip – 64-bit architecture with CPU clock rate max to 2.34 GHz, Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
  • 12MP camera, wide-angle and telephoto camera, 4K video recording
  • Touch ID
  • Capacity – iPhone 7/7 Plus: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Weight: iPhone 7 138 grams, iPhone 7 Plus 188 grams
  • Display: Retina HD display, Multi-Touch with IPS technology, LED-backlit widescreen, (7) 1334×750 at 326 ppi, (7+) 1920×1080 at 401 ppi

Apple A10 Fusion (64-bit) Apple iPhone 7/7+ CPU


  • Designed by Apple Inc.
  • Manufactured by TSMC
  • Produced: From September 7, 2016 to present
  • Cores: 2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr

Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 MDM9645 Apple iPhone 7/7+ A1660, 1661 models modem

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X12 specs:

  • LTE Class: Advanced (4G+) – LTE Category 12 of download speeds up to 600 Mbps, LTE Category 13 upload speeds up to 150 Mbps
  • Snapdragon System on Chip (SoC): 820, 821
  • 64-bit quad-core Kryo CPU (uses Symphony System Manager) and Hexagon 680 DSP (features All-Ways Aware technology)
  • Adreno 530 GPU (6-core)
  • 14-bit Spectra Camera Image Signal Processor (ISP), supports capture of up to 28 megapixels, 4K Ultra HD video capture
  • Wi-Fi: supporting both 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0


Intel®XMM™7360 Apple iPhone 7/7+ A1778 and A1784 models modem

  • LTE-FDD/TDD up to 450 Mbps downlink


LTE (Long-Term Evolution)

  • Standard for high-speed wireless communication for data terminals and phones (mobile, cell)
  • 3rd Generation Partnership Projectlte-coverage