iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus

Which one is best for you?

Released in 2017, iPhone 8 Plus was Apple’s third generation of plus-sized phones. Like iPhone 6 Plus and 7 Plus which preceded it, iPhone 8 Plus’s LCD display measured 5.5 inches. Building on the success of those previous models, it boasted a glass construction to enable wireless charging, and faster processing speeds thanks to its six-core A11 chip.

iPhone XS Max represents a significant leap forward in features and functionality. The stunning 6.5-inch screen may be a full inch bigger than its predecessors, but the OLED technology, which confers improved saturation and contrast, also allows for an edge-to-edge display, maximising space and keeping the phone pocketable.

The camera has been updated too, with iPhone 8 Plus’s snapper giving way to an improved dual-lens camera with new features like Apple’s Smart HDR to help the amateur photographer make their snaps look professional. Check out our feature guide to decide which phone is for you.

  • 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 8 Plus

    • Take pictures like a pro with a dual lens main camera – or use lighting effects to create artistic selfies in Portrait Mode

    • Love gaming and video? Get more from your phone with a 5.5-inch display

    • Have peace of mind – iPhone 8 Plus has the most durable glass ever used previously

    • Don’t wait to do what you love on your phone – with the fast six-core A11 chip

    Buy the iPhone 8 Plus
Name iPhone XS Max iPhone 8 Plus
Image note 9
note 9
Display 6.5 inches 5.5 inches
Size and weight Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 158.4 mm
Width: 78.1 mm
Depth: 7.5 mm
Weight: 202 grams
Rear camera Dual 12 MP 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Front camera 7 MP 7 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 4K video recording
Processor A12 Bionic Chip A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
Battery 3174 mAh 2691 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64 GB
256 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes