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Compare the Apple iPhone Xs (Max) to the iPhone Xr

The Apple iPhone Xs (Max) and iPhone Xr were announced at the very same time. What are the biggest differences between both iPhone models, apart from their price? The biggest difference is their appearance, screen, and camera. I compare both models and guide you through the biggest differences.

In short

iPhone Xs iPhone Xs Max iPhone Xr
Screen 5.8-inch Super Retina HD Display (OLED) 6.5-inch Super Retina HD Display (OLED) 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD Display (LCD)
Processor A12 Bionic Chip A12 Bionic Chip A12 Bionic Chip
Camera (rear) Dual camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lens Dual camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lens 12 MP wide-angle lens
Camera (front) 7MP TrueDepth camera 7MP TrueDepth camera 7MP TrueDepth camera
Unlock Face ID Face ID Face ID
Water resistance IP68: up to 30 minutes and 2 meters deep IP68: up to 30 minutes and 2 meters deep IP67: up to 30 minutes and 1 meter deep
Weight 177 grams 208 grams 194 grams
Casing Stainless steel Stainless steel Aluminum

The appearance

Design iPhone Xs

iPhone Xs (Max)

The Apple iPhone Xs (Max) comes in 2 sizes: 5.8 and 6.5 inches. The Apple iPhone Xr only comes in 1 size. The iPhone Xs is available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. The iPhone Xr has twice the amount of colors to choose from. The casing of the iPhone Xr is made of stainless steel. The glossy frame of the iPhone Xs gives the device a luxurious appearance and makes it slightly heavier than the iPhone Xr.

Design iPhone Xr

iPhone Xr

Think the iPhone Xs is too small and the iPhone Xs Max is too big? With its 6.1 inches, the Apple iPhone Xr lies exactly in between these two models. The 6.1-inch is the only size you can choose, though. There's plenty of choice when it comes to colors as you can choose from no less than 6 different colors: black, white, yellow, RED, blue, and coral. Another difference is in the casing. The iPhone Xr is made of aluminum and has a matte finish. The bezels of the iPhone Xr are slightly thicker than those of the iPhone Xs.

The screen

Screen iPhone Xs

iPhone Xs (Max)

The first big difference is the screen. The Apple iPhone Xs is equipped with an OLED Super Retina display. This screen is even more clear than that of its predecessor, the iPhone X. What are the advantages of OLED in comparison to LCD? Well, lively colors and deeper black contrasts. On top of that, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max have a higher resolution than the iPhone Xr. The screen of the iPhone Xs is even more clear than that of the iPhone Xr.

Screen iPhone Xr

iPhone Xr

The Apple iPhone Xr isn't equipped with an OLED, but with an LCD screen: it has a Liquid Retina Display to be precise. Its colors are slightly less lively than colors on the screen of the iPhone Xs. On top of that, its resolution is slightly lower than that of the iPhone Xs, which means its screen is less clear. Yet, most differences can't be easily spotted by most people. Despite the fact it's an LCD screen, Apple claims it's the best LCD screen ever on the market. 1 function that lacks is the 3D touch function.

The camera

Camera iPhone Xs

iPhone Xs (Max)

The Apple iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max are both equipped with a 7-megapixel True Depth camera and a dual 12-megapixel camera, consisting of a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. Thanks to the dual sensors, zooming on the iPhone Xs is much better than on the iPhone Xr: it features a 2x optical zoom lens and a 10x digital zoom lens. On top of that, the iPhone Xs features an improved portrait mode that allows you to adjust the depth-of-field effect yourself. You can choose from 5 effects for portrait lighting: natural, studio, contour, stage, and stage mono. The portrait mode can be applied to any subject, not only to people.

Camera iPhone Xr

iPhone Xr

The Apple iPhone Xr is equipped with a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens: it doesn't have a telephoto lens or a dual camera. This means zooming isn't as good on the iPhone Xr: it features a 5x digital zoom lens and lacks an optical zoom lens. Still, the performance of the iPhone Xr is pretty good. Similar to the iPhone Xs, the Apple iPhone Xr is equipped with HDR (more details and color in photos) and the improved portrait mode that allows you to adjust the depth-of-field effect yourself. Thanks to the smart A12 Bionic chip, the iPhone Xr recognizes faces and can blur the background. This effect only works with people. On top of that, you can choose from 3 portrait lighting effects: natural, studio, and mono.

Performance

iPhone Xs performance

iPhone Xs (Max)

Similar to the iPhone Xr, the Apple iPhone Xs is equipped with the powerful A12 Bionic chip. You can choose from 3 internal storage options: 64, 256, and 512GB. The latter storage option isn't available for the iPhone Xr: in fact, this is the very first iPhone to have 512GB of storage. On top of that, there's a small difference in RAM: the iPhone Xr has 3GB RAM, while the iPhone Xs has 4GB RAM. This difference is hardly noticeable, unless you're a hardcore multitasker.

iPhone Xr performance

iPhone Xr

Similar to the iPhone Xs, the Apple iPhone Xr is a true powerhouse. It's equipped with the very same A12 Bionic chip., which consists of 6 cores that each carry a part of the workload. On top of that, this chip uses 40 percent less energy than its predecessor and it's 15 percent faster. You can choose from 3 internal storage options: 64, 128, and 256GB. The RAM differs as well: the iPhone Xs has 4GB RAM, while the iPhone Xr has 3GB RAM.

The battery life

Battery life iPhone Xs

iPhone Xs (Max)

Based on battery life, the iPhone Xs Max comes in second to the iPhone Xr, which lasts a whopping 15 hours. The Apple iPhone Xs lasts 12 hours, and the iPhone Xs Max lasts 13 hours. The iPhone Xs does feature faster wireless charging: it's about 30 minutes faster.

Battery life iPhone Xr

iPhone Xr

When we look at battery life, the iPhone Xr beats both the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max. Its battery lasts no less than 15 hours.

Conclusion

Both the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xr are true powerhouses. Both models are equipped with the A12 Bionic chip. If we look at the camera and the screen, the iPhone Xs beats the iPhone Xr, but the differences are fairly small. The Apple iPhone Xs has a dual camera, while the iPhone Xr does not. The iPhone Xr lacks a telephoto lens, which means you can't zoom in as far with the iPhone Xr. The portrait mode works on both models; on the iPhone Xs, the portrait mode works on any subject, but with the iPhone Xr, it only works on people. If you want the best quality screen, you should opt for the iPhone Xs with an OLED Super Retina display. This screen is slightly more clear and features richer and livelier colors than the LCD Liquid Retina display of the iPhone Xr.


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