iPhone XS specs vs. XS Max, XR, X: What is the same and different – CNET

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The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR phones are updates to last year's iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone XS retains the familiar design of the iPhone X, including a 5.8-inch OLED display and stainless-steel sides. Apple also offers a larger version of the XS with a 6.5-inch OLED display called the iPhone XS Max. 

With a footprint about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus (though the older phone has a smaller 5.5-inch LCD display), the iPhone XS Max has the largest display found on any current iPhone.

The iPhone XS and XS Max come in silver, space gray and gold. Apple opted for more of a straw-colored gold this time than previous gold iPhone models, which skewed closer to copper.

Then there's the iPhone XR, which has a 6.1-inch LCD display and an aluminum and glass body instead of the stainless steel and glass of the XS and XS Max. The iPhone XR comes in white, black, coral, yellow, blue and red (Product Red) and cost $749, £749 or AU$1,229. That's $50, £50 or AU$150 more than the iPhone 8 cost when it launched in 2017. The XR's colors are a callback to the iPhone 5C.

The iPhone XS starts at $999, £999 or AU$1,629 for a 64GB model, while the iPhone XS Max costs $1,099, £1,099 or AU$1,799 for 64GB.  

All three new phones have a new A12 Bionic processor that Apple claims is 15 percent faster than last year's A11 chip in the iPhone X.

The iPhone XR has a single rear camera, and the XS and XS Max both have dual rear cameras like the iPhone X.


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To put it all in perspective, check out the chart below, which compares the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and last year's X. 

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

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        <table><thead><tr><th>
                                                                        <br></th>



                                                                                    <th>
                                                                        iPhone X
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <th>
                                                                        iPhone XR
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <th>
                                                                        iPhone XS
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <th>
                                                                        iPhone XS Max
                                                                </th>
                                                                                                                                    </tr></thead><tbody readability="61.5"><tr readability="15"><th>
                                                                        Display size, resolution
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        5.8-inch; 2,436x1,125 pixels
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792x828 pixels
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436x1,125 pixels
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688x1,242 pixels
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Pixel density
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        458 ppi
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        326 ppi
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        458 ppi
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        458 ppi
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Dimensions (inches)
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        5.7x2.79x0.3 in.
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        5.9x3x0.33 in.
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        5.7x2.8x0.3 in.
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        6.2x3x.3 in.
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Dimensions (millimeters)
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        143.6x70.9x7.7 mm
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        150.9x75.7x8.3 mm
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        143.6x70.9x7.7 mm
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        157.5x77.4x7.7 mm
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Weight (ounces, grams)
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        6.14 oz.; 174 g
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        6.8 oz.; 194 g
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        6.24 oz.; 177 g
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        7.3 oz.; 208 g
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Mobile software
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        iOS 11
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        iOS 12
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        iOS 12
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        iOS 12
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Camera
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Dual 12-megapixel
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Single 12-megapixel
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Dual 12-megapixel
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Dual 12-megapixel
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Front-facing camera
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        7-megapixel
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        7-megapixel with Face ID
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        7-megapixel with Face ID
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        7-megapixel with Face ID
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Video capture
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        4K
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        4K
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        4K
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        4K
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Processor
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Apple A11 Bionic
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Apple A12 Bionic
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Apple A12 Bionic
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Apple A12 Bionic
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Storage
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        64GB, 256GB
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        64GB, 128GB, 256GB
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        64GB, 256GB, 512GB
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        64GB, 256GB, 512GB
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        RAM
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed<br></td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed<br></td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed<br></td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed<br></td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Expandable storage
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr readability="12"><th>
                                                                        Battery
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed, but lasted 11.45 hours in CNET's looped video playback test
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 minutes longer than iPhone 8 Plus
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 minutes longer than iPhone X
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr readability="2"><th>
                                                                        Fingerprint sensor
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None (Face ID via TrueDepth camera)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None (Face ID)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None (Face ID)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        None (Face ID)
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Connector
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Lightning
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Lightning
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Lightning
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Lightning
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr><th>
                                                                        Headphone jack
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        No
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        No
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        No
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        No
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr readability="26"><th>
                                                                        Special features
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Water-resistant (IP67), wireless charging, Face ID 3D unlock, Memoji
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Memoji
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Water-resistant (IP68), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Memoji
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        Water-resistant (IP68), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Memoji
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr readability="21"><th>
                                                                        Price off-contract (USD)
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr readability="21"><th>
                                                                        Price (GBP)
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr><tr readability="26"><th>
                                                                        Price (AUD)
                                                                </th>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        AU$1,579 (64GB), AU$1,829 (256GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,299 (128GB), AU$1,479 (256GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB)
                                                                </td>



                                                                                    <td>
                                                                        AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)
                                                                </td>
                                                                                                                                    </tr></tbody></table></div>

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