New iPhone Xs, Xr and XS Max – Which One You Should Buy?

Last Updated: October 13, 2018
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After a long waiting, this week apple company announced their new range of iPhones X series at an event in the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple Park, California, US. The new iPhones include the three new models - iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR along with Apple Watch 4. These all three models sport the same design as the company’s tenth-anniversary model i.e. iPhone X, but with some various different features that make them fall in different price categories.

Here is the chart is given below for more clarity, which compares the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and last year's iPhone X.

iPhone X specs compared with iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

iPhone X iPhone XR iPhone XS iPhone XS Max
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch; 2,436x1,125 pixels 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792x828 pixels 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436x1,125 pixels 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688x1,242 pixels
Pixel density 458 ppi 326 ppi 458 ppi 458 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.7x2.79x0.3 in 5.9x3x0.33 in 5.7x2.8x0.3 in 6.2x3x.3 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 143.6x70.9x7.7 mm 150.9x75.7x8.3 mm 143.6x70.9x7.7 mm 157.5x77.4x7.7 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 6.14 oz; 174 g 6.8 oz; 194 g 6.24 oz; 177 g 7.3 oz; 208 g
Mobile software iOS 11 iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12
Camera Dual 12-megapixel Single 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A11 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM 3GB N/A N/A N/A
Expandable storage None None None None
Battery N/A, but lasted 11.45 hours in CNET's looped video playback test N/A, but Apple claims it will last 90 minutes longer than iPhone 8 Plus N/A, but Apple claims it will last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X N/A, but Apple claims it will last 90 minutes longer than iPhone X
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID via TrueDepth camera) None (Face ID) None (Face ID) None (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features Water-resistant (IP67), wireless charging, Face ID 3D unlock, Animoji Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Animoji Water-resistant (IP68), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Animoji Water-resistant (IP68), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Animoji
Price off-contract (USD) $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB) $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB) $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB) £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB) £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB) $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,579 (64GB), AU$1,829 (256GB) AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,299 (128GB), AU$1,479 (256GB) AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB) AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

After going through the given comparison chart, let’s go through some detailed elaboration of some important feathers of these three new iPhone models.

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max – Ram & Storage Size

As it is not completely confirmed about the RAM of all the three new iPhones models, but the rumors suggested that iPhone XR will come with 3GB RAM and the other two iPhones models – iPhone XS and XS Max will have 4GB RAM. This will be confirmed after reviewing the device.

Storage size or internal memory is another differentiator between these three new iPhones models. The iPhone XR available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB options, whereas both the other XS and XS Max are available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants.

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max – Design

This is must say that all the new iPhones mimic the last year’s iPhone X’s iconic design, which means all the three phone have near edge-to-edge displays.

Talking about the size then all the three new models of iPhones have Apple’s new “all-screen” design that dispenses of the superfluous space above and below the screen and pushes the display all the way to the edges. Here is the physical size of all three new iPhones –

  • iPhone XS: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
  • iPhone XS Max: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm
  • iPhone XR: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm

 iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max – Color & Material

You will get more option in color to choose in the iPhone XR, as it comes in a range of various shades including white, black, blue, yellow, coral and red. If you are going for iPhone XS or XS Max then the color options are limited to grey, silver and the new gold.

Along with this, the material is also different, as the iPhone XR has aluminium sides, while both the iPhone XS and XS Max are made-up of stainless steel, which gives these two iPhones a more premium finishing and looks.

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max – Display

Amongst the all three new iPhone models, the iPhone XS has the smallest display size – 5.8 inches (2,436 x 1,125 pixels) same as the iPhone X, whereas the XS Max model has 6.5 inches (2,688 x 1,242 pixels) display.  Both the model’s screens use Apple’s new OLED display tech for “the most accurate color in the industry, HDR, and true blacks.”

Other than this, the iPhone XR model which brings a 6.1-inch LCD screen that Apple is calling Liquid Retina, LCD 1,792 x 828 pixels. Here’s how the three models shake out.

  • iPhone XS: 5.8-inch OLED, 2436x1125, 458 ppi
  • iPhone XS Max: 6.5-inch OLED, 2688x1242, 458 ppi
  • iPhone XR: 6.1-inch LCD, 1792x828, 326 ppi

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max – Camera

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max features the same dual 12 megapixal cameras assembled with a wide-angle (f/1.8 aperture) lens and telephoto (f/2.4) aperture, which gives these two iPhones 2x optical zoom, and up to 10x digital zoom.

Whereas the iPhone XR has a single 12 megapixal wide-angle (f/1.8 aperture) sensor, which offers up to 5x digital zoom.

iPhone XS/XS Max: Dual 12MP wide-angle (f/1.8) and telephoto cameras (f/2.4), dual optical image stabilization, 2x optical zoom
iPhone XR: 12MP (f/1.8), Optical image stabilization

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max – Price

The price of iPhone XS starts at $999/£999 for the 5.8-inch (64GB) version rising to £1349 for the 512GB and $1099/£1099 for the iPhone XS Max. If you want more storage you’ll to pay £1249 for the 256GB and £1449 for the 512GB version.

The pricing for the iPhone XR starts at $749/£749 for the 64GB. The 128GB version will set you back $£799/£799 and the 256GB will cost $899/£899.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hi
    Chandrashekhar,
    Great review from your side about Apple's new iPhone - iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. The newly launch iPhone X series are loaded with latest technology and far better than its predecessors. When we talk about price iPhone XR is affordable.

    Apple has also launched its watch series 4 which is equipped with lots of latest features which can make our life easier and convenient.

    Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    Have a good day.
    Praveen Verma

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