iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR – How Are They Different?

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So Apple has come out with a bit of a confusing lineup. It’s introduced the new iPhone XS and XS Max, as well as the iPhone XR. The new iPhone XR is meant to be a cheaper version of the XS for those people that want a full-screen device but can’t shell out the cash for the most premium handset.

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That’s not to say that the iPhone XR is a bad phone. Matter of fact, it’s almost identical to the XS in many respects. But still, it’s not superior in all aspects. So just how is the new iPhone XR different than the XS? Let’s take a look.

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS Max Specs (Quick Comparison)

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Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458ppiDisplay: 6.5-inch 1242 x 2688 OLED 
Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm (194g)Dimensions: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm (208g)
Storage Options: 64, 128, or 256GBStorage Options: 64/256/512GB
RAM: 3GBRAM: 4GB
Camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.Camera: 12MP + 12MP, OIS, Wide-Angle Lens
Battery Size: 2942 mAhBattery Size: 3174mAh
CPU: A12 Bionic CPU: A12 Bionic
Wireless Charging: YesWireless Charging: Yes
Water Resistant: Yes - IP68Water Resistant: Yes - IP68
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Design

  • iPhone XR – The iPhone XR has a 6.1in LCD display, features Apple’s biometric authentication system called Face ID. It’s industrial design also comes in a wide range of colors, which looks gorgeous, especially the yellow model.
  • iPhone XS Max – The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5in display, features Apple’s biometric authentication system called Face ID. It’s industrial design feature an all-glass back and a stainless steel frame.

Winner? iPhone XS Max – It looks much more polished than the iPhone XR. That steel frame is gorgeous, especially in silver.

Displays

  • iPhone XR – The iPhone XR features an edge-to-edge LCD display that is 6.1in and has a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi.
  • iPhone XS Max – The iPhone XS Max features an edge-to-edge OLED display that is 6.5in and has a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi. Without a doubt, the iPhone XS Max’s display wins the day here.

Winner? iPhone XS Max – Its Display Is Bigger And More Beautiful.

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CPU/Processor

  • iPhone XR – the XR features the A12 Bionic chipset. This A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores, which is absolutely INSANE. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10 x faster.
  • iPhone XS Max – the XS also features the A12 Bionic chipset. This A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores, which is absolutely INSANE. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10 x faster.

Winner? Draw – Each phone has the EXACT same processor.

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Camera

  • iPhone XR – The main camera on the iPhone XR is a single-lens 12MP wide-angle camera. It does feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording, but again, you’re stuck with one lens. On the front, you have a 7MP camera for selfies and video calling. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.
  • iPhone XS Max – The iPhone XS Max features a 7MP front-facing camera (as does the iPhone 7). But the killer benefit is in the rear camera. The iPhone XS Max features a dual-lens 12MP rear camera complete with a wide-angle and telephoto lens and dual optical zoom. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.

Winner? iPhone XS Max – That Dual-Lens Camera Can’t Be Beat By The Single-Lens Found On The XR.

Storage Options

  • iPhone XR – 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB
  • iPhone XS Max – 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB

Battery Life

  • iPhone XR – The iPhone XR’s battery will get you about 13.5 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.
  • iPhone XS Max – The iPhone XS Max’s battery will get you about 13 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging, which the 7 Plus lacks.

Winner? iPhone XR – It Has Slightly Better Battery Life Than iPhone XS Max, but not by much.

Price

  • iPhone XR – The 6.1in iPhone XR will cost £749 (64GB) and £799 (128GB) and £899 (256GB).
  • iPhone XS Max – The 6.5in iPhone XS Max will cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB).

Winner? iPhone XR – it is the best value iPhone around right now.

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Verdict?

Normally it’s easy to choose Apple’s costliest and most advanced device as the winner–that is, which one you should buy. But honestly, it’s not that clear cut this year. If you don’t need a dual-lens camera system (found in the XS Max), the iPhone XR might be the best choice – it’s certainly the best option for value for money. 

Sure, the XR doesn’t have the OLED display, but it’s not like the LCD display is shoddy. It’ll look fine if that’s what you are used to looking at. Also, from a processing power perspective, the XR and XS Max series are identical, making it harder to fork out that extra dough for the XS Max if you don’t need the better camera and the best display tech as well as the slightly bigger screen. Still, if you’ve got the cash, the iPhone XS Max is the winner.

Another option worth considering, however, is picking up a newer refurbished iPhone – something like the iPhone X or iPhone XS, which you can get for 40% less than retail via Gazelle, our #1 pick for refurbished iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs.

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iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Specs

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Here are the specs for the iPhone XS Max:

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688×1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Dual-lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here are the specs for the iPhone XR:

  • Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, IP67 waterproof

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Display & Design

The immediate differences between the two phone are the display and design. The XS Max is made of stainless steel and glass, while the XR series is made of aluminum and glass. Obviously, stainless steel is the better material.

As for the display, both models differ in size. The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5in OLED display, while the iPhone XR features a 6.1in “Liquid Retina” LCD display. The “Liquid” moniker truthfully means nothing; it’s just how Apple brands the display on the XR.

In this respect, the XS Max wins hands down. OLED displays will give you much more vibrant colors and deeper blacks than LCD displays. Case in point the display in the XS Max has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, while the display in the XR series has only a 1400:1 contrast ratio.

Another display point the XR lacks is 3D Touch. Again, Apple eliminated it here to keep the cost of the XR down.

Where the XR outperforms, so to speak the XS Max is in the color options available. The XS Max comes in the standard Silver, Space Gray, and Gold, while the XR comes in new refreshing colors: Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, and Product Red.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Camera

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What interesting is Apple uses the exact same front-facing camera in both the XS Max and XR series. Both models feature the same 7MP TrueDepth camera system with Face ID. There is literally no difference between the XS Max and XR when it comes to the front camera.

But things are radically different when it comes to the rear camera. The XS Max features a dual-lens 12MP system with wide-angle and telephoto cameras, dual optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom, and 4K video recording.

On the other hand, the rear camera system on the XR is only a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. It does feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording, as with the XS Max, but lacks the 2x optical zoom.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: CPU, Battery, and Storage

As far s the CPU is concerned, both models are identical. Both the A12 Bionic chipset. It’s a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. The A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

Battery life is also almost identical between the phones. Both the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR will get 13.5 hours of mixed usage off a single charge. And as for storage, the XS Max offers more: 64, 256, or 512GB compared to the XR’s 64, 128, or 256GB options.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Cost & Verdict

Normally it’s easy to choose Apple’s costliest and most advanced device as the winner–that is, which one you should buy. But honestly, it’s not that clear-cut this year. If you don’t need a dual-lens camera system (found in the XS Max), the XR might be the best choice.

Sure, the XR doesn’t have the OLED display, but it’s not like the LCD display is shoddy. It’ll look fine if that’s what you are used to looking at. Also, from a processing power perspective, the XR and XS Max are identical, making it harder to fork out that extra dough for the XS Max if you don’t need the better camera and the best (and biggest) display tech.

The iPhone XR costs £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), or £899 (256GB). The iPhone XS Max costs £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB).

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