Are you ready to know more about the latest iPhones? You will find out all you need to know about iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in this article, both iPhones got great reviews, but are they worth purchasing considering how expensive they are?
Both iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature a dual 12-megapixel camera, with a telephoto (ƒ/2.4) aperture and wide-angle (ƒ/1.8) lens. The dual camera system in both phones is all you need to take high-quality pictures and super smooth videos. Sure, there are smartphones that make photos with better details, sharper lines and low-light performance (for example new Google Pixel). But when it comes to video recording, new iPhone camera has superior quality even in low-light scenes and provides a decent image stabilization. Using iPhone camera with gimbal you can easily achieve a professional cinematic look.
sample iPhone Xs Photos
The latest iPhones have different screens. However, both iPhone XS and XS Max have a vivid Super Retina OLED panels, and from our observations, their screen is brighter than their predecessor, iPhone X. The 5.8-inch screen in iPhone SX has 2436 x 1125 pixels, while the XS Max 6.5-inch screen has 2688 x 1242 pixels, you may not notice the difference between these two phones at a glance. These OLED iPhones (iPhone XS and XS Max) offer wider viewing angles and perfect blacks.
Design and Size
Apple decided to make our iPhone experience better by introducing large smartphones to the market. iPhone XS is smaller compared to XS Max (from the name you should know this is the bigger version of XS). iPhone XS has a screen size of 5.8 inches, while iPhone XS Max has a screen size of 6.5 inches; the biggest iPhone ever. Despite the size of the iPhone XS Max, it does not appear too big when held. The XS Max is of the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus. Comparing iPhone XS and XS Max with earlier versions of iPhones, these new smartphones do not have a home button, so you should be ready to learn how to operate your device without a home button when you get either the iPhone XS or the XS Max.
If you are really concerned about performance, then you will find these latest iPhones interesting. Both iPhone XS and XS Max feature an A12 Bionic processor – the first nanometer chip produced by Apple with 6.9 billion transistors.
Both phones feature a 4-core GPU and a 6-core CPU. The CPU is equipped with dual high-performance cores, plus 4 efficiency cores. This allows applications launch about 30% faster, featuring an enhanced, real-time machine learning. Another thing to expect with both phones is better AR applications with 60 frames/sec performance, as well as improved performance in low light.
From our observations, both iPhone XS and XS Max showed world-class speeds. For instance, it took only 39 seconds for iPhone XS and XS Max to transcode a 2 minutes 4k clip to 1080, while it took 2 minutes 32 seconds for Samsung Galaxy S9 and 3 minutes 45 seconds for OnePlus 6 to transcode a 2-minute 4k clip to 1080. Also, it took iPhone XS 20.8 seconds to open Fortnite, while it took Note 9 about 35 seconds to do the same task.
In the Geekbench 4 general performance benchmark, iPhone XS scored 11,420, while iPhone XS Max scored 11,515. Both iPhone XS and XS Max had larger scores when compared to other phone products, like Galaxy S9 with a score of 8,876, and OnePlus 6 with a score of 9,088.
The RAM of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max was not stated, but reports from iFixit teardown shows that both XS and XS Max feature a 4GB RAM, while another report from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple prognosticator, claimed that both XS and XS Max will feature 4GB RAM, and iPhone XR will contain 3GB of RAM. The RAM for iPhone XS and XS Max is fair enough as it allows smooth running of applications on the device.
The iPhone XS Max takes the lead ahead of XS when comparing the battery life of both smartphones. On testing, iPhone XS lasted for 09 hours 41 minutes, while XS Max battery took about 10 hours and 38 minutes. Nevertheless, both the XS and XS Max has the fast-charge feature; both phones take about 30 minutes to refuel half of their battery.
You need to be ready to pay a huge some for the iPhone X series if you want one. The XS is quite expensive as it predecessor iPhone X, with starting price at $999 for the model with 64 GB of storage, while the model with 256 GB of storage has a starting price of $1,149. The iPhone XS Max is more expensive than the XS, price starts at $1,099 for the model with 64 GB, and starting price of $1,249 for the model with 256 GB. Both iPhone XS and XS Max also have a model with 512 GB of storage, which cost additional $400 to their respective base versions.
If you don’t have up to that amount, but you still want to use one of the latest version in the X-series, you can go for the iPhone XR, it is more affordable (but still expensive); it has a start price of $749 for the 64 GB version, and start price of $799 for the 128 Gb version.
So what’s the difference between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max?
Well, both the XS and XS Max are pretty similar in terms of their cameras and performance. The major difference between both phones is observed in their size and price. iPhone XS Max is bigger than XS; thus, you will be paying more money for the XS Max.
Another notable difference is the battery life. iPhone XS Max has a longer battery span (10:38) than iPhone XS (9:41). However, you can settle for a cheaper version, iPhone XR, which has a longer battery life (11:26) than XS and XS Max. Although the performance and camera of iPhone XR is quite similar with iPhone XS and XS Max, its camera differs from them because it does not offer optical zoom.
So which of the iPhones (XS or XS Max) should I go for? Both phones have similar functions, so getting one is based on personal preference. If you small a smaller phone and you want to save little money, you can go for iPhone XS. But if you want to hold something big and you can pay the high price, then go for the iPhone XS Max.
|iPhone XS||iPhone XS Max|
|Processor||A12 Bionic||A12 Bionic|
|Screen||5.8-inch OLED (2,436 x 1,125 pixels)||6.5-inch OLED (2,688 x 1,242 pixels)|
|Storage||64GB, 256GB, 512GB||64GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12MP wide (ƒ/1.8) and telephoto (ƒ/2.4)||Dual 12MP wide (ƒ/1.8) and telephoto (ƒ/2.4)|
|Front Camera||7MP, ƒ/2.2||7MP, ƒ/2.2|
|Battery Life (tested)||9:41||10:38|
|Metal frame||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Colors||Silver, Gold, Space Gray||Gold, Silver, Space Gray|
|Weight||6.2 ounces||7.3 ounces|
|Size||5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches||6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches|