Written by Gijs

Compare the Apple iPhone X to the iPhone Xs

On 12 September 2018, the Apple launched 2 new devices: the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Are you, like me, curious about the differences between the iPhone X and the iPhone Xs? I investigate the differences and similarities between both models. I also see whether I think it's worth upgrading to the Xs.

Note: Apple iPhone X is no longer available

Due to the arrival of the Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr, the Apple iPhone X will no longer be made. The Apple iPhone X is no longer available.

Apple iPhone Xs 64GB Space Gray

64GB storage capacity | 5.8-inch Retina HD Display | iOS 13
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  • Thanks to the IP68 certification, your iPhone is protected under water up to a 2-meter depth for up to 30 minutes.
  • Take sharp photos with the dual camera with optical image stabilization.
  • You can unlock your iPhone Xs faster than previous models with the improved Face ID.

Compare the iPhone X to the iPhone Xs

iPhone X iPhone Xs
Screen 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display
Processor A11 Bionic chip with Neural Engine A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
Camera 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lens cameras 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lens cameras
Selfie camera 7 MP TrueDepth camera 7 MP TrueDepth camera
Water resistance Up to 30 minutes and 1 meter deep Up to 30 minutes and 2 meters deep
Unlock Face ID Face ID
Capacity 64 or 256GB 64, 256 or 512GB

Appearance and storage

Apple iPhone X design

The Apple iPhone X: revolutionary design

I still love the appearance of the iPhone X. After the iPhone 6, 7 and 8, its appearance is an improvement many people, including me, have waited for. The iPhone X is available in 2 colors: Silver and Space Gray. For me, personally, this was a slight bummer, since I like choosing from multiple colors. On top of that, the iPhone X is available in a 64GB and a 256GB version. For me, this is more than enough.

Apple iPhone Xs

The Apple iPhone Xs: the same, but more options

It's not a surprise that the iPhone Xs has the same appearance as the iPhone X. This has been Apple's approach for years with the S versions of iPhones. The improvements are always hardware-related. Still, there are a couple of extra options that I'm very happy with. The Xs is available in the color Gold and in a 512GB option. This is ideal for when you want to make a lot of videos and download Netflix series. With the Xs Max, there's finally a device with a large, 6.5-inch screen. This makes watching movies even more comfortable. Thanks to IP68, the Xs is even more waterproof than its predecessor, the iPhone X.


Apple iPhone X camera

The Apple iPhone X: new placement lenses

The dual camera on the iPhone X is not new: Apple first did this on the iPhone 7 Plus. But it is the first time that the lenses have been placed beneath each other instead of on top of each other. This means the camera of the X performs much better than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Photos taken in low light are less grainy and the portrait mode is more accurate.

Apple iPhone Xs camera

The Apple iPhone Xs: better in low light and stereo sound

The biggest improvement of the camera of the iPhone Xs is the light intensity of the telephoto lens. This means photos taken in low light are even more spectacular than if they were taken with the iPhone X. On top of that, Apple improved its software. Thanks to Smart HDR, the iPhone Xs takes multiple photos with various settings and combines them into one photo. I can now also record stereo sound while making videos. If you're like me and enjoy filming, the iPhone Xs is a serious upgrade.

Battery life

Charge Apple iPhone X wirelessly

The Apple iPhone X: wireless charging

Thanks to the wireless charging of the iPhone X, you no longer have to fuss around with charging cables. With a battery capacity of 2716mAh, the battery is larger than that of an iPhone 8 Plus. This is necessary, since the iPhone X has a larger screen. This OLED screen is more energy-efficient, which means I can enjoy using the iPhone X much longer compared to the iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple iPhone Xs battery

The Apple iPhone Xs: enjoy it longer

I was momentarily baffled when I read that the iPhone Xs had a smaller battery compared to its predecessor, the iPhone X. The battery of the Xs has a 2658mAh capacity. Still, thanks to the energy-efficient A12 Bionic processor, the Xs lasts 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X. Thanks to the 3174mAh battery, the Apple iPhone Xs Max even lasts 90 minutes longer than the iPhone X. Naturally, I can also wirelessly charge the Xs.


Apple iPhone X A11 bionic

Apple iPhone X: Apple A11 Bionic

We first saw the A11 Bionic chip in the Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and the X. With this processor, I can smoothly play games, swipe through tabs in my browser without glitches, and quickly switch between apps. This processor was already much faster than its predecessor, the A10 Chip. I don't notice any glitches while using the iPhone X.

Apple iPhone Xs A12 bionic

Apple iPhone Xs: Apple A12 Bionic

The Apple iPhone Xs also features the A12 Bionic processor. This processor is also much faster than its predecessor. I also don't notice any delay when swiping between apps and playing games. It's nice to know that I'm also prepared for the future with this A12 chip: it can effortlessly handle games and apps that will launch in a couple of months as well.


Would I upgrade if I owned the iPhone X? Yes, I would personally purchase the iPhone Xs because the small improvements in its camera and speed really make a difference for me. I intensively use my iPhone and make a lot of photos and videos. Do you use your iPhone less often and do you already own an Apple iPhone X? If so, the iPhone X is a perfectly fine device with good specifications that will last you a long time.

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