Which one is best for you?
2017’s iPhone 8 improved on iPhone 7 in a number of ways, from the glass construction which enables wireless charging, to the performance provided by the super-fast six-core processor. But while these changes were incremental, the updates Apple have made in 2018 have made the iPhone XS Max an entirely different – and more exciting – proposition.
The most obvious change is the magnificent 6.5-inch screen. Bursting with vibrant colours, and offering sharper contrast, the OLED technology has allowed Apple to do away with the bezel and home button, stretching the screen to the edges of the phone. If you prefer the classic iPhone design, iPhone 8 is the last to retain these features, but most users will be delighted by iPhone XS Max’s superior resolution.
The camera shows significant advances too, with iPhone 8’s single snapper giving way to an impressive dual-lens camera with advanced functionality. The depth of field function is particularly neat, delivering professional looking portrait photos with a ‘bokeh’ effect that you can adjust after taking your shot.
iPhone 8 retains that classic iPhone profile and has some great features, but if you‘re looking to upgrade, iPhone XS Max represents a leap ahead. Check our feature guide to decide which suits you best.
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
Take pictures like a pro with a dual lens main camera – or use lighting effects to create artistic selfies in Portrait Mode
Have peace of mind – iPhone 8 has the most durable glass ever used previously
The sophisticated all-glass design lets you effortlessly charge your phone wirelessly
Don’t wait to do what you love on your phone – with the faster six-core A11 chip
|Name||iPhone XS Max||iPhone 8|
Buy the XS Max
Buy the iPhone 8
|Size and weight||
Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 138.4 mm
Width: 67.3 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 148 grams
|Rear camera||Dual 12 MP||
|Front camera||7 MP||
|Video recording||4K video recording at 24fps||
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
|Processor||A12 Bionic Chip||
A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
|Battery||3174 mAh||1821 mAh|
|Splash, water and dust resistant||Yes||Yes|
|Buy now||Buy the XS Max||Buy the iPhone 8|