iPhone XS vs iPhone XS MAX: The Clash Of The Titans!

  • iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max

Introduction

The iPhone XS Max is the bigger sibling of the iPhone XS which we reviewed not a long time back (Read review for iPhone XS here). Now, let us delve into the differences between the two models and unravel what makes each one stand apart. With Apple indicating that Bigger is Better, we need to ask this question ourselves: Is bigger really better?

Sneak Peek

Unveiled to the world on Wednesday, 12 September at the Steve Jobs Theatre in California, these phones are here to take the market by a storm. With the advent of one Apple phone after another, there is a chance of one model eating away the sales from another Apple model. The question is whether is it Xs or Xs Max that shall rewrite history? We shall be comparing the two iPhone  models on various parameter namely Build and Design, Camera, Battery Life and Software.

 

Build and Design:

XS wins the game over its elder sibling

Both XS and XS Max look pretty similar: Both have the same glass on glass design with a stainless steel back, and both look breathtakingly good. The distinguishing feature however is the size. It’s a dream come true for customers who complained of previously smaller sized iPhones. That said, it (XS Max) isn’t the most compact device to hold: it’s large, heavy and quite uncomfortable to use single-handedly.

The build is more resilient than last year’s with a more durable Gorilla Glass 6, hence should be more resistant to physical damage as drop tests have implied.

What’s more, according to the new ip68 rating, the phone can be submerged in even deeper water with no problem; it is worth noting that the warranty doesn’t cover liquid damage if the seal does eventually fail.

Both phones are 7.7 mm thick with the XS Max being 7 mm thicker, 14 mm taller and 35 grams heavier. Both phones are waterproof and dustproof and are available in Gold, Silver and Space Grey variants.

Display:

XS Max takes away the cake

iPhone screens are not similarly sized anymore. The iPhone XS, which is 5.8-inch and Max(6.5-inch XS) claim intense Super Retina OLED panels, which are even brighter than iPhone X’s screen. Forget Fingerprint sensors, these phones unlock at the sight of your faces. One shall notice the more perfect blacks from the OLED iPhones and broader viewing angles. The iPhone XS Max’s spread-out screen display also makes it the most awkward iPhone to use. The edges on X Max are more seamless and it feels like a whole solid piece all the way around, which does not seem the case with iPhone X.

Cameras:

Both phones are splendidly good

The iPhone XS and XS Max pack the same dual 12-Megapixel cameras, with a wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) lens and telephoto (ƒ/2.4) aperture with 3000×4000 resolution. The dual sensors give the iPhone XS and XS Max 2 times optical zoom, and upto 10 times digital zoom. However, these phones are pretty similar in terms of tricks. Both provide Smart HDR, indicating superior detail and colour in your photographs. The XS iPhone also give you an upgraded Portrait Mode, with Apple’s Depth Control modification option, allowing you to adjust the depth of field after shooting a portrait mode photo. These settings can also be tuned as you shoot.

Battery Life:

Max offers “max” battery

In a bid to keep its 6.5-inch screen afire, the iPhone XS Max features the largest smartphone battery Apple’s ever packed. The XS Max persisted 10 hours and 38 minutes on web surfing tests conducted by teams. The slighter XS lasted only 9:41 that is a bit below the category average of 9:48. IPhone XS Max’s battery is a whopping 3174 mAh whereas XS’s is a decent 2658 mAh. Both of the new iPhones are fast charging friendly, capable, and all replenish half their battery in 30 minutes (tested with Apple’s 30-watt and 87-watt USB-C power adapters).

Performance:

Neck-to-neck performance by the titans

If you crave high speed performance, then rest assured as both the new iPhone models will be equally fascinating. The XS and XS Max boast the same A12 Bionic processor, the industry’s first-of-its-kind 7 namometer chip with 6.9 billion transistors. Both the phones pack a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU, and the CPUs feature dual high-performance cores, and four efficiency cores. Apps will launch up to 30 per cent faster than before, and feature improved, real-time machine learning. A lot is in store including improved AR apps that have 60 frames per second performance and enhanced low-light performance.

Tech Specs

iPhone XS

GENERAL

Release date September 2018
Dimensions (mm) 143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70
Weight (g) 177.00
IP rating IP68
Removable battery No
Wireless charging Yes
Colours Space Grey, Silver, Gold

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches) 5.80
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1125×2436 pixels
Protection type Other
Pixels per inch (PPI) 458

HARDWARE

Processor hexa-core
Processor make Apple A12 Bionic
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No

CAMERA

Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 7-megapixel (f/2.2)

SOFTWARE

Operating system iOS 12

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes
Lightning Yes
Headphones Lightning
Number of SIMs 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type eSIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

SENSORS

Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes

iPhone XS Max

GENERAL

Release date September 2018
Dimensions (mm) 157.50 x 77.40 x 7.70
Weight (g) 208.00
IP rating IP68
Removable battery No
Wireless charging Yes
Colours Space Grey, Silver, Gold

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches) 6.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1242×2688 pixels
Protection type Other
Pixels per inch (PPI) 458

HARDWARE

Processor hexa-core
Processor make Apple A12 Bionic
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No

CAMERA

Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 7-megapixel (f/2.2)

SOFTWARE

Operating system iOS 12

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes
Lightning Yes
Headphones Lightning
Number of SIMs 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type eSIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

SENSORS

Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes

Conclusion

Considering their performance and cameras, the iPhone XS and XS Max look more alike than their prices might portray. The chief variance is observed in both price and size, as you have to pay way more for having the largest, unwavering and the boldest display in the iPhone XS Max. Leaving size out, both the models have comparable user satisfaction and yield. So, ultimately it boils down to the price sensitivity of the user; if you don’t mind shelling out an extra INR 10,000, then Max is a superb option for you; just keep in mind XS is equally good.

 

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"Gadgets For You" Belongs to Srishti Agarwal, a commerce graduate by degree but a technophile and a writer by heart. Her love for gadgets and writing made her choose a profession which is altogether a new journey. Being a novice in the blogging community, she strives to provide her audience with reviews on the latest gadgets and guidance tips on OS and Applications.

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