iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XS

Which one 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 face mapping 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.

Name iPhone XS Max iPhone XS
Image note 9
Buy the XS Max
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Buy the iPhone XS
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
Rear camera Dual 12 MP Dual 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 7 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 4K video recording at 24fps
Processor A12 Bionic Chip A12 bionic chip
Battery 3174 mAh 2658 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
Buy now Buy the XS Max Buy the iPhone XS