iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XS

Which phone is best for you?

There’s always a buzz of speculation in the lead up to any iPhone release. Will there be a complete re-think? Or will the new models take the existing design and upgrade the features and specs?

In this case, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have taken the previous year’s design (iPhone X) and significantly bumped up the specs. No surprise as iPhone X was itself a major departure from previous models. Both iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have inherited the gorgeous new OLED screen – with the larger model boasting a generous 6.5 inches from corner to corner. The 12-megapixel dual-lens camera has been upgraded, and software advances help create incredibly detailed images. And both have kept the famous ‘notch’, housing the TrueDepth camera for 3D facemapping and more.

If you’re looking to choose between the two, the main decision here is probably going to be screen size. If you’re a film buff or mobile gaming fan, iPhone XS Max, with its larger screen, might be the better choice – but if you want the functionality in a smaller package, iPhone XS might be for you. See our quick feature guide to help make your decision.

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max

    • Take stunning professional pictures with iPhone XS Max’s feature-laden dual-lens camera, including Apple’s Smart HDR

    • See more on the gorgeous 6.5-inch OLED display – or multi-task with split screen view

    • Experience a smoother and more immersive gaming experience thanks to the powerful new A12 Bionic chip.

    • Personalise your favourite Animoji and add stickers and filters for even more fun

    Buy the XS Max
  • Apple

    iPhone XS

    • Create stunningly detailed images thanks to Smart HDR – or adjust depth of field to create professional looking portraits

    • See more with 60% greater dynamic range than its predecessor, iPhone X

    • Share your feelings with 3D Animoji that mirror your own expression

    • Enjoy a smoother gaming and streaming experience with the new A12 Bionic chip

    Buy the iPhone XS
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Storage Capacity 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Battery 3174 mAh 2658 mAh
Display 6.5 inches 5.8 inches
Size and Weight Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 158.2 mm
Width: 77.9 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 192 grams
Splash, Water and Dust Resistant Yes Yes
Chip A12 Bionic Chip A12 bionic chip
Main Camera Dual 12 MP Dual 12 MP
Video Recording 4K video recording at 24fps 4K video recording at 24fps
Front Camera 7 MP 7 MP