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Apple iPhone Xs vs iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone XR: Which one to choose?

Apple officially unveiled earlier three new iPhones – the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR. I’m sure some of you are thinking of upgrading. The question to ask now is, which iPhone model to get? Let us help you by reading this quick guide.

Let’s take a look at their specs:

SpecificationApple iPhone XsApple iPhone Xs MaxApple iPhone XR
Display5.8" OLED super retina display @2436 x1125px, 458ppi
-Dolby Vision
-HDR 10
6.5" OLED super retina display 2688 x 1242px, 458 ppi
-Dolby Vision
-HDR 10
6.1" Liquid Retina display edge-to-edge LCD @1792 x 828, 326ppi
-Dolby Vision
-HDR 10
Glass-Arsenic-free display glass
-Mercury-free display
-Arsenic-free display glass
-Mercury-free display
-Arsenic-free display glass
-Mercury-free display
CPUApple A12 Hexa-Core Bionic chipApple A12 Hexa-Core Bionic chipApple A12 Hexa-Core Bionic chip
GPUApple GPU (eight-core graphics)Apple GPU (eight-core graphics)Apple GPU (eight-core graphics)
RAMTBATBATBA
Storage64GB/256GB/512GB internal storage64GB/256GB/512GB internal storage64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage
ExpandableNoNoNo
Rear Camera-12MP wide-angle f/1.8+ 12MP f/2.4 dual rear cameras
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
-Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
-Dual optical image stabilization
-2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
-Smart HDR
-4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
-1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps slow-mo
-2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x (video record)
-12MP wide-angle f/1.8+ 12MP f/2.4 dual rear cameras
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
-Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
-Dual optical image stabilization
-2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
-Smart HDR
-4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
-1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps slow-mo
-2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x (video record)
12MP f/1.8 wide-angle
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
-Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
-Optical image stabilization
-Digital Zoom up to 5x
-Smart HDR
-4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
-1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps slow-mo
-3x digital zoom
Front Camera7MP f/2.2 RGB front Camera + IR Camera
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
7MP f/2.2 RGB front Camera + IR Camera
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
7MP f/2.2 RGB front Camera + IR Camera
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
SIM SlotDual-SIM (single nano + e-SIM for global / dual Nano for China)Dual-SIM (single nano + e-SIM for global / dual Nano for China)Dual-SIM (single nano + e-SIM)
Connectivity4G VoLTE 4x4 MIMO and LAA4G VoLTE 4x4 MIMO and LAA4G VoLTE
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11ac 2X2 MIMOWi-Fi 802.11ac 2X2 MIMOWi-Fi 802.11ac 2X2 MIMO
Sensors-NFC with reader mode
-Face ID
-Barometer
-Three?axis gyro
-Accelerometer
-Proximity sensor
-Ambient light sensor
-NFC with reader mode
-Face ID
-Barometer
-Three?axis gyro
-Accelerometer
-Proximity sensor
-Ambient light sensor
-NFC with reader mode
-Face ID
-Barometer
-Three?axis gyro
-Accelerometer
-Proximity sensor
-Ambient light sensor
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSSGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSSGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS
FeaturesFace ID, IP68 CertifiedFace ID, IP68 CertifiedFace Unlock, IP67 Certified
AudioWide Stereo SpeakersWide Stereo SpeakersWide Stereo Speakers
Audio portnonenonenone
PortLightningLightningLightning
OSApple IOS 12Apple IOS 12Apple IOS 12
BatteryTBATBATBA
Wireless ChargingQi Wireless ChargingQi Wireless ChargingQi Wireless Charging
ColorGold, Silver, Space GrayGold, Silver, Space GrayWhite, Black, Blue, Coral, Yellow, Red

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

  • Screen Size: iPhone Xs Max > iPhone XR > iPhone Xs
  • Screen Resolution: iPhone Xs Max > iPhone Xs > iPhone XR
  • Display Type: iPhone Xs & Xs Max (OLED), iPhone XR (LCD)
  • Maximum storage: iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max > iPhone XR
  • Rear Camera: iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max (Dual-lens, Dual-optic image stabilization, 2x optical zoom (photo and video) > iPhone XR
  • SIM Cards: iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max (Dual nano-SIM card options for China variant) > iPhone XR
  • 4G LTE: iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max (4X4 MIMO, LAA) > iPhone XR
  • IP Certification: iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max (IP68 certification) > iPhone XR
  • Battery Life: iPhone XR (1 hour and 30 minutes faster than iPhone 8 Plus) > iPhone Xs Max (1 hour and 30 minutes faster than iPhone X) > iPhone Xs (30 minutes faster than iPhone X)
  • Mass: iPhone Xs (177g) iPhone XR (194g) iPhone Xs Max (208g)
  • Height: iPhone  Xs (143.6mm), iPhone XR (150.9mm), iPhone Xs Max (157.5mm)
  • Price (Based on affordability): iPhone XR > iPhone Xs > iPhone Xs Max

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max have the same OLED display but with the latter having a larger screen size and resolution. On the other hand, the iPhone XR has an LCD panel with a lower resolution. In terms of viewing experience, the Xs Max has the superior display.

All of the new iPhones have Apple’s newest flagship chipset, the A12 Bionic with Neural Engine, based on the new 7nm architecture. The company claims that it has increased the overall performance by 15% while lowering power consumption by up to 50% as compared to the A11 Bionic chip. Its GPU, on the other hand, now has an 8-core design which is five more cores than the previous model.

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max both have the same camera configurations as compared to the iPhone XR. Its dual 12MP cameras with telephoto lens allow the smartphones to achieve 2x optical zoom on both photos and videos. As for the front camera, all of the new iPhones have the same setup.

As usual, Apple didn’t reveal the exact battery capacities of each iPhones but revealed a comparison to the older model. The iPhone Xs is said to last 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X, while the Xs Max is 1 hour and 30 minutes longer. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, is said to last 1 hour and 30 minutes longer than the iPhone 8+. We’ll put that to the test once we have a review unit on hand.

The iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR starts at USD 999 (~Php54,019), USD 1,099 (~Php59,426), and  USD749 (~Php 40,315), respectively. If we base it on affordability, value for money, and battery life, the iPhone XR has the slight edge. But if you have the extra budget, go for the iPhone Xs or Xs Max since it provides more features and better performance.

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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