Apple’s newest flagship is the iPhone XS Max. The XS Max is the successor to 2017’s iPhone X and with it, Apple has discontinued the iPhone X. But is it worth it for current iPhone X owners to upgrade to the new iPhone XS Max?
It’s a tough call. Let’s take a closer look at both phones below.
iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X Quick Comparison
- 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.
- iPhone X – The iPhone X, from a design perspective, looks exactly like the iPhone XS Max, but the Max is just larger. The new iPhone XS Max also has an additional gold color option.
Winner? iPhone Xs Max – Both phones look identical, but the Max just has more…everything.
- 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.
- iPhone X – The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi.
Winner? iPhone XS Max – Its Display Is Bigger And More Beautiful.
- iPhone XS Max – the XS Max features the A12 Bionic chipset. This A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores, which is absolutely INSANE. The CPU is almost twice as fast as the A11.
- iPhone X – the iPhone X features Apple’s A11 Bionic chipset. The A11 isn’t any slouch, but it pales in comparison when it comes to the A12.
Winner? iPhone XS – It’s 50% More Powerful Than iPhone X.
- iPhone XS Max – The iPhone XS features a 7MP front-facing camera. 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. The iPhone XS Max also features depth control AFTER you take a photo.
- iPhone X – The iPhone X features the exact same camera setup too: a 7MP front-facing camera as well as 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 – But barely, and just because of that after-pic depth control.
- iPhone XS Max – 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB
- iPhone X – 64GB & 256GB
- iPhone XS Max – The iPhone XR’s battery will get you about 13.5 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.
- iPhone X – The iPhone X’s battery gets you about 12 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.
Winner? iPhone XS Max – It Has Better Battery Life Than iPhone X.
- iPhone XS Max – The 6.5in iPhone XS Max will cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB).
- iPhone X – No longer sold by Apple.
So, if you are already an iPhone X owner, should you upgrade? Honestly, probably not. The improvements to the XS Max are there–a better processor and slightly better camera tech–but they don’t scream “must-have” upgrade. That is, of course, unless you want that MUCH larger display.
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Full iPhone XS Max and iPhone X Comparison
The first update to Apple’s iPhone X has been announced. It’s called the iPhone XS (no surprise there) and comes in two sizes this year (the larger of which is dubbed the XS Max). When the iPhone X came out last year it was a radical redesign of the iPhone–jettisoning the Home button in favor of Face ID.
This week Apple introduced its successor–but how does it stand up? In this article, we’re going to take a look at how the new 5.8in model compares to the original. Let’s dive in.
iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: Specs
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 X:
- Display: 5.8-inch display with a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
- Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
- Weight: 174 grams
- Storage: 64 or 256GB
- Processors: A11 Bionic chip
- 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
- Battery: 2716 mAh. Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
- Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof
- Color options: Silver and Space Gray
iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: Display & Design
There’s no denying it–these phones are VERY similar from a design perspective. Almost identical in fact. The biggest design change is that the iPhone XS Max now comes in a third color–Gold. And of course, it has that MUCH larger display.
However, the iPhone XS Max also has improved waterproofing. It’s now certified as IP68, meaning it can withstand submersion up to two meters for 30 minutes. The iPhone X was IP67 certified, with submersion protection limited to one meter.
And as you can tell from the specs, the displays of each iPhone are identical. However, the iPhone XS Max, Apple boasts, is the company’s “most durable display” yet. They haven’t elaborated on that, but it makes it sound that the iPhone XS Max is more drop-proof than the X was.
iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: Camera
Not that much has changed with the camera systems either. The front TrueDepth camera system is still 7MP, however, Apple says it’s improved the facial recognition sensors, which means Face ID is a bit faster on the XS Max than on the X.
When we get to the rear camera, the hardware between the X and the XS Max is almost identical too. Both series features a dual-lens 12MP system with wide-angle and telephoto cameras, dual optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom, and 4K video recording. The only minor difference is the camera sensor features deeper, larger pixels. That means you’ll get even better low‑light photos.
Apple has added a number of software camera improvements to the XS Max too, however. The XS Max features Smart HDR pictures, which brings more highlight and shadow detail to your photos. The XS Max also features a new depth control function that allows you to change the background focus of a picture AFTER you’ve taken it. That’s something that is INSANELY cool–and something the iPhone X didn’t offer.
iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: CPU, Battery, and Storage
As far s the CPU is concerned, the new XS Max has a better processor than the iPhone X. The XS Max features the A12 Bionic chipset–and upgrade over the X’s A11 Bionic. The new A12 is 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 10x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the XS Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. In other words, the A12 Bionic absolutely flies.
Battery life is also a bit improved on the XS Max. You’ll now get about 90 minutes more battery life on the XS Max than on the X. And as for storage, the XS Max series offers more: 64, 256, or 512GB compared to the X series 64, or 256GB options.
iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: Cost & Verdict
So, if you are already an iPhone X owner, should you upgrade? Honestly, probably not. The improvements to the XS Max are there–a better processor and slightly better camera tech–but they don’t scream “must-have” upgrade. Again, unless you want that larger display Make no mistake about it: the iPhone XS Max is an AMAZING phone and a terrific upgrade–for anyone who has an iPhone older than the X. But if you got the X last year, rest assured there’s no need to rush out and buy the new one. The changes aren’t that pronounced beyond the display.
The iPhone XS Max will cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB). The iPhone X is no longer sold by Apple.