iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max Review – Which is the Best to Buy

The new iPhone brands are now in stores, check out our iPhone XS Max review  The iPhone XS to start from has a starting price of $999 and iPhone XS Max has a starting price of $1,099. iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max prices are almost the same but the previous is getting more reviews compared to the later. Still wondering which one to buy? We will help you decide.

First, let us check the main features of these two Apple phones.


Specifications iPhone XS Max iPhone XS
iOS iOS 12 iOS 12
Colours Gold, Silver, Space Grey Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Display 6.5in Super Retina Display (2688×1242, 458ppi) OLED 5.8in Super Retina Display (2436×1125, 458ppi) OLED
Processor Hexa Core (2.49 GHz, Dual-core, Vortex + 1.52 GHz, Quad core, Tempest) Hexa Core (2.49 GHz, Dual-core, Vortex + 1.52 GHz, Quad core, Tempest)
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB 64GB/256GB/512GB
Rear camera 12Mp with quad-LED flash 12Mp with quad-LED flash
Front camera 7Mega pixel 7Mega pixel
Video recording 4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps 4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps
Biometric security Face ID Face ID
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Battery Life (tested) 10:38 9:41
Waterproofing IP68 IP67
Dimensions 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
Weight 208g 174g
Price £1,099/£1,249/£1,349 £1,099/£1,249/£1,349
Size 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches
Battery capacity 3174 mAh 2658 mAh

Design and Size

Despite the fact, that iPhone XS is almost similar to iPhone XS Max there is still different design features for these Apple phones. Both phones have a stainless steel frame or chassis, stereo speaker, microphone, lightning port, glass back to enable wireless charging, power button and volume controls. There is a slight physical difference on the screen size and dimensions. iPhone XS has a 5.8 screen display size and iPhone XS Max having 6.5 inches. The Apple Company believes that bigger display is what makes it better for their customers. On these designs, they eliminated the bezels for both iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Like the iPhone X the front of the iPhone, XS Max is covered by its OLED display, with the exception of the notch area at the top that houses the Face ID cameras. Face ID is used to unlock the device hence it eliminated the need for a home button.

The iPhone XS Max is of choice considering the size (6.5) and it is also available in a variety of colours that is Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.

To decide on which iPhone to buy check iPhone XS VS iPhone XS Max review.

Important to know also is that none of these phones has a home button. Instead, it has a different mechanism specifically the back arrow path and the Touch ID, which also acts as a means of unlocking the device.


Apple company has technically increased the size of the iPhone XS Max to 6.5 inches as opposed to iPhone XS having 5.8 inches. Both are Super Retina OLED panels and research shows that they are brighter than the iPhone X screen.

The OLED panels do not cover the notch area at the top that houses the Face ID cameras.


The iPhone XS Max features the same dual-lens camera set up on the rear as the iPhone XS for that matter. The lens is still raised, rather than flush against the iPhone and because of the dual-lens, the iPhone XS Max can take Portrait Mode photos, just like the iPhone XS. With Apple’s Depth Control adjustment option, you can adjust the depth of field after you shoot a portrait mode photo. The iPhone XS and XS Max both feature the same dual 12 Mp cameras, telephoto of ƒ/2.4 apertures with a wide-angle lens of ƒ/1.8 apertures.


Battery Life

The iPhone XS Max has a better battery life as compared to iPhone XS. The XS Max lasts for 10 hours and 38 minutes while XS lasts for 9 hours 41 minutes. The battery life for iPhone XS is below average hence XS Max is the best. It will not disappoint you when enjoying your best moments either recording or taking pictures. It even goes for a long time when in standby mode. Each new iPhone is fast-charge capable, and according to Apple, the battery in the iPhone XS Max takes 30 minutes to charge up to 50% using a USB-C power adapter.

Get more reviews of the iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max above.


It is prevalent that iOS gadgets are in their very own group with regards to performance. Both iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS are controlled by the new A12 Bionic chip. The 64-bit framework on-a-chip has six-centres, with two “execution centres” fit for up to 15 per cent quicker CPU control and the other four “high effectiveness centres” utilizing around 50 per cent less power than on the A11 Bionic chip. On the chance that you are going for an expedient device then both of the iPhones will work well for you. The A12 Bionic additionally has a four-centred GPU that is up to 50 per cent quicker for illustrations concentrated applications.

These Bionic chipsets have made iPhone XS and XS Max to be the beast of all the existing smartphone processors. It is much higher than the Snapdragon chipset used by Galaxy S9 Samsung.


If you are attempting to decide between the iPhone X and XS Max then we have an answer for you. If you want a modern iPhone design without splurging, get your hands on the iPhone XS Max it is definitely the phone to consider. The reasons for this is that iPhone XS Max boil down to the 512GB storage and the variety of colour option. In addition, both iPhone XS Max and XS have the best processor and other technical and software enhancements coming with it.

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