iPhone XS vs iPhone 7

Which one is best for you?

With each new generation of iPhone, Apple looks to push the boundaries and re-think what a phone can do for you. iPhone XS is just two generations on from iPhone 7 – but there are quite a few new features and upgrades in the later model.

Both are seriously stylish phones – but the first difference you’ll spot is that iPhone XS has a screen that covers the whole front of the phone. It displays deeper blacks and more realistic colours – and is significantly bigger too, offering a much improved viewing experience.

Both have dual lens cameras that let you zoom in without loss of quality, and create professional looking images where the subject stands out clear against a naturally blurred background. But iPhone XS has improved processing for even better results. Smart HDR for example, combines over-exposed, under-exposed and normal images to deliver photos with stunning detail. Plus it has the TrueDepth front-facing camera which lets you unlock your phone with a glance, or use augmented reality apps – including fun 3D Animoji that you can personalise with your own expressions.

iPhone 7 still has plenty going for it, and is a joy to use. But if you’re looking for something with the latest augmented reality apps and features, the best screen and the fastest processor, iPhone Xs is leaps ahead.

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    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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    iPhone 7

    • Take pictures like a pro with a 12-megapixel camera, and optical image stabilisation that keeps images steady when on the move

    • Express yourself and match your phone to your outfit with a choice of four colours

    • Relax, and use your phone without a worry, with its splash and water resistant design

    • It’s twice as nice – 2x faster chip than the iPhone 6 and twice as loud as the 6s

    Buy the iPhone 7
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Display 5.8 inches 4.7 inches (diagonal)
Size and weight Height: 158.2 mm
Width: 77.9 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 192 grams
Height: 138.3 mm
Width: 67.1 mm
Depth: 7.1 mm
Weight: 138 grams
Rear camera Dual 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 7 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 4K video recording at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Processor A12 bionic chip A10 fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
Battery 2658 mAh 1960 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
32 GB
128 GB
256 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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