Iphone x vs iphone xs comparison—what's the difference?

The iPhone X changed everything. With it, táo apple reinvented iPhone design, security và (most controversially) the price we can expect lớn pay for a flagship smartphone. One year on, the iPhone XS has pushed this pricing even higher but are there enough differences lớn justify an upgrade?

Here’s everything you need khổng lồ know…

Displays - The Same But Better

The iPhone X marked Apple’s first venture into OLED displays, and it immediately set the bar for everyone else. Predictably, the iPhone XS makes further improvements, though you won’t notice any difference in the vi xử lý core specs:

iPhone XS, iPhone X - 5.8-inch 19.5:9 aspect ratio True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 82.9% screen-to-body ratio,

Yes, táo apple has fitted an OLED panel of identical size and resolution into the iPhone XS và yet claims it will deliver 60% greater dynamic range with HDR content. This is backed up with Dolby Vision / HDR10 tư vấn so you’ll get ample opportunity khổng lồ see the improvement in images and video.

The other major change is what táo calls “120Hz cảm ứng sensing”. This isn’t lớn be confused with a 120Hz refresh rate, which is used by the Razor phone to lớn gloriously smooth effect. 120Hz cảm ứng sensing is the tốc độ at which the phone will look for cảm ứng input. The 60Hz panel refresh rate remains, but by reacting twice as quickly to lớn touch đầu vào the iPhone XS should feel more responsive than the iPhone X the moment you touch it.

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iPhone XS tư vấn for Dolby Vision and HDR10 makes them ideal for watching video content

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Furthermore, while the notch remains (and is no smaller) on the iPhone XS, táo claims the Face ID facial recognition system housed within it is “faster”.

No concrete figure was put on the difference, & the improvements are believed to lớn be software based, as opposed lớn new hardware. But given Face ID on the iPhone X was slower than the cảm biến ID fingerprint recognition system it replaced & we unlock our phones dozens of times a day, all improvements here are welcome.

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Design - Identical Twins

While looking closely at the iPhone XS display will reveal its upgrades over the iPhone X, the same can’t be said of their designs:

iPhone XS - 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 milimet (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) và 177g (6.24 oz) iPhone X - 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 milimet (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) & 174g (6.14 oz)

Yes, a 3g (0.1 oz) weight difference is it. That said, táo bị cắn has made design improvements, you just won’t spot them with the naked eye.

The first of these is increased IP68 water và dust resistance over the IP67 certification in the iPhone X. You can read about the technicalities here, but essentially it means you can now submerge your iPhone in up khổng lồ three metres of water instead of one.

Next up, và equally subtle, is a 25% increase in speaker volume and stereo tư vấn - the latter of which apple promises deliver audibly clear left and right channels. The iPhone X has surprisingly loudspeakers (more so than the front firing, stereo supporting px 2) so this should be a welcome increase for anyone who likes to listen to podcasts on the kitchen counter.

Most tangibly, & least easy khổng lồ spot, is Apple’s addition of dual sim support - a first for the iPhone range. The second sim isn’t physical, it’s an eSIM, but the two can work simultaneously allowing you to nội dung work/home or home/roaming numbers in a single device. ESim support is currently limited, but expect that khổng lồ change quickly now iPhones have it.

Elsewhere, the stainless steel frame introduced with the iPhone X remains, as does the more polarising glass back required for wireless charging (another boosted feature I’ll discuss next).

You can also buy the iPhone XS in one additional colour: gold, which is carried over from the iPhone 8 range. Silver và Space Grey finishes remain.

Performance - Beating Itself

Apple’s A11 chipset (iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus) delivered by far the fastest performance of any phone last year, và the new A12 chipset in the iPhone XS (also iPhone XS Max và iPhone XR) will retain that crown:

iPhone XS - táo khuyết A12 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU,Four-Core GPU, M12 motion coprocessor, 4GB RAM iPhone X - apple A11 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU, Three-Core GPU, M11 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM

So how does this all boil down? In terms of graphics, táo apple is promising a leap of 50%, và another 1/2 in nguồn efficiency while idle. A 15% boost to peak performance is less impressive, but the iPhone X already haspower lớn burn.

In terms of smarts, táo apple says the A12 will also deliver improvements to lớn image processing (more in the ‘Cameras’ section), while it is behind the iPhone XS’s aforementioned speed improvements with Face ID. A boost to 3GB of RAM should help multitasking as well, the one area where táo has struggled against rivals.

What does ‘Bionic’ mean? It’s kinh doanh nonsense.

In addition, the iPhone XS has “faster” wireless charging (another improvement hãng apple declined to define) as well as much faster 4G networking with a leap from mèo 12 to cat 16 LTE and support of the 600MHz band.

The mèo 16 leap is significant as it will achieve potential 4G speeds of one gigabit whereas mèo 12 was limited lớn 600 Mbit. While both speeds are unlikely lớn be achieved in real-world scenarios, it helps future proof the iPhone XS. Useful at a time when hãng apple is unlikely to tư vấn 5G anytime soon.

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As for 600 MHz support, this is a genuinely great addition. 600 MHz is a slower network band, but it is one which covers great distances và is being used by networks to deliver coverage khổng lồ areas previously without signal. The iPhone XS is the first iPhone to support 600 MHz so this will be a big khuyễn mãi giảm giá to people living in 600 MHz-only areas.

Cameras - New Hardware, Better Software

Apple will never admit it, but the iPhone range had fallen far behind rivals - most notably the pixel 2. But with the iPhone XS, apple is playing an ‘if you can"t beat them, join them’ strategy by mimicking the image processing of Google’s Pixels.

What Google called ‘HDR+’, táo khuyết has named ‘Smart HDR’ và it combines the best parts of multiple photos taken at different exposures into a single image. This should significantly improve dynamic range, a particular iPhone weakness, while improvements to lớn its Portrait Mode deliver a Samsung-style các buổi party trick where the iPhone XS can adjust the background blur of an image after it is taken.

As for hardware, aside from new six-piece lenses, there’s one major tăng cấp in the iPhone XS you should look out for:

Primary rear camera - 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, Optical Image stabilisation (OIS), Quad-LED True Tone flash, Portrait Lighting Secondary telephoto lens - 12MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm px size, OIS, 2x optical zoom Front ‘TrueDepth’ camera - 7MP, f/2.2 aperture

If you need a hint, it’s the pixel size. 1.4µm matches the pixel 2 and bigger pixels can take in more light, so the iPhone XS should deliver much better performance than the 1.22µm pixels on the iPhone X.

Just lượt thích last year, the iPhone XS can also take Portrait photos with its front camera. This is another area where táo bị cắn dở has fallen behind Google so, hopefully, Smart HDR rides to lớn the rescue here as well. Certainly the upcoming pixel 3 looks set for a much sterner kiểm tra this year.

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Battery Life & Charging - Incremental Improvements

The iPhone X didn’t have great battery life, so you’ll be pleased khổng lồ hear the iPhone XS has more stamina. You’ll be less impressed to hear it’s just “30 minutes longer” according to Apple. This is surprising given the A12’s 50% increase in efficiency while idle and Apple really should’ve fitted a bigger battery:

iPhone XS - 2,658 mAh iPhone X - 2716 mAh

In fact, battery life is the area where I have most complaints with the iPhone XS. The aforementioned “faster” wireless charging is vague & doesn’t suggest much improvement over the 7.5W achieved by the iPhone X. Something not even close lớn the 15W supported by the Qi-standard it uses.

Secondly, while the iPhone XS has the same fast wired charging as the iPhone X (a 50% charge in 30 minutes from flat), táo bị cắn has still bundled a slow charger with the new phone. This is remarkable when a) every rival has done this for years, and b) táo apple charges $75 for a single fast charger và compatible cable. That’s outrageous.

In short: when it comes to lớn battery life & charging, rivals are doing far better.

Storage and Price - Bigger But Higher

As for pricing, you’ll find the iPhone XS matches the iPhone X though as it has a new vị trí cao nhất tier you can pay even more:

iPhone XS - 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149), 512GB ($1,349) iPhone X - 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149)

I remain convinced 128GB is the sweet spot for most iPhone owners, which is undoubtedly why táo apple sticks with 64GB as the entry point. But Americans shouldn’t complain too much given táo bị cắn dở is charging Europeans up to $2,000.

Bottom Line

While the naming may be new, the iPhone XS is the very definition of a typical iPhone ‘S year’. So while there are numerous smart improvements internally, from the outside the only way lớn tell you have an iPhone XS is if you get the gold one.

Consequently, my advice lớn iPhone X owners would be khổng lồ hold tight for another year - you are not the target audience. As for those upgrading from older iPhones, I’d suggest you take a long, hard look at the more colourful iPhone XR. It matches the most important specs (though not all) of the iPhone XS & starts at $750.

What if you’ve got money to lớn spend? Then the iPhone XS Max is the model for you. It has a display khổng lồ make jaws drop, & much better battery life.

Ultimately, this is the big problem with the iPhone XS. While undoubtedly an excellent phone, apple has flanked it with two better options và you’d be smart to kiểm tra them out first…


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