iPhone XS vs iPhone X: is Apple's latest flagship that much of a distinction?

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Apple refreshes its iPhone line up yearly, and the latest flagship mannequin is the iPhone XS, which replaces 2017’s iPhone X

The newer smartphone is an improve in some ways, however is not fairly a full overhaul, because it retains many options and features because the older machine. In reality, at first look you won’t be capable to inform the 2 handsets aside.

With Amazon Prime Day 2019 arising, each telephones would possibly see nice offers and reductions, so it is price determining which one you’d need to purchase.

So what precisely is new and improved right here? Do these two smartphones sit on the high of our listing of best iPhones? And how do they examine general?

We’re anticipating the iPhone 11 to launch quickly, and we have heard that’s a small step up from the iPhone XS too.

Read on for a comparability of the design, specs, and options of the iPhone XS and iPhone X, so you may get all of the solutions you want. 

iPhone XS vs iPhone X design

The iPhone XS seems roughly an identical to the iPhone X, which is no shock given that this is an ‘S’ mannequin.

Both telephones have a steel body and a glass again, whereas across the entrance there’s a notch above the display however in any other case just about no bezel.

Even the size are the identical, with each coming in at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, although they weigh ever so barely totally different quantities, because the iPhone XS is 177g and the iPhone X is 174g.

But the iPhone XS ought to be extra hardy, as Apple claims the again glass is the most sturdy ever in a smartphone. Plus, the cellphone is IP68 licensed, which means it may be submerged as much as 2 meters deep in water for as much as 30 minutes, whereas the IP67-rated iPhone X can solely be submerged 1 meter deep.

The iPhone XS additionally is available in a new gold shade, together with silver and area gray, whereas the iPhone X is obtainable simply in silver and area gray.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X show

Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone X have 5.8-inch OLED screens and as famous above they each have a notch and minimal bezel. They additionally each have a 19.5:9 facet ratio and a decision of 1125 x 2436. That quantities to a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch.

So there’s actually not much to decide on right here, however some enhancements have been made behind the scenes. For instance, the iPhone XS apparently has 60% higher dynamic vary than the iPhone X.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X OS and energy

The iPhone XS is powered by Apple’s new A12 Bionic chipset, which is an improve on the A11 Bionic one within the iPhone X.

Both chipsets have six cores, however the A12 Bionic is smaller at 7 nanometers – an trade first, and its efficiency cores are as much as 15% sooner than the A11 Bionic’s in addition to being as much as 40% decrease energy, whereas its effectivity cores are as much as 50% decrease energy. It additionally has a 50% sooner GPU and a vastly sooner neural engine.

Of course, the iPhone X is nonetheless one of the quickest telephones round, so it’s unlikely that you’ll discover much distinction of their efficiency in actual phrases.

You can even get extra storage within the iPhone XS, with the cellphone topping out at 512GB, in comparison with 256GB for the iPhone X.

Software is much the identical although, as whereas the iPhone XS ships with iOS 12, you’ll quickly be capable to replace the iPhone X to that. Though be aware that the iPhone XS will in all probability be supported with updates for longer.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X digicam and battery

Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone X have a 12MP dual-lens rear digicam, comprising a telephoto f/2.four lens and a wide-angle f/1.Eight lens. Both telephones even have optical picture stabilization on each lenses.

But the digicam is improved for the iPhone XS, due to issues like a higher True Tone flash and the flexibility to regulate the depth of discipline after you are taking a picture.

Of course, each telephones even have TrueDepth front-facing cameras, which energy Face ID – the principle means of unlocking the handsets.

Apple hasn’t revealed the dimensions of the battery within the iPhone XS, however has stated that it might last as long as 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X. The iPhone X in the meantime has a 2,716mAh battery which in our assessments lasts for round a day.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X value and availability

The iPhone XS was launched at a beginning value of $999 (£999, AU$1,579).

When the XS was launched, Apple stopped promoting the iPhone X from its shops, though you possibly can choose it up from different retailers. It launched on the similar value, however numerous retailers have given it value cuts to compete with the iPhone XS.

Either means, there are at all times lots of iPhone deals to maintain the worth as little as attainable.


The iPhone XS seems on paper to be a modest improve to the iPhone X, packing in a newer, sooner chipset, extra storage and different minor upgrades, however holding the design much the identical.

Like most ‘S’ fashions from Apple it seems to be extra a refinement than an overhaul and as such it’s in all probability not price upgrading to from the X – at the very least primarily based on the specs.

If you’re selecting between the 2 although and may abdomen the worth it’s virtually definitely the higher cellphone, although you would possibly need to look ahead to our full evaluation in case it has any hidden points.

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