Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR (Similarities and Differences)

iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR

The New iPhone X line has launched

It’s that time of the year again. The air is getting cooler, the leaves are turning color, and Apple is launching a new iPhone line! Let’s get right into Apple’s new products, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Let’s go through what they have in common and what the difference is in Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR (Similarities and Differences). Of course, starting with the price.

The Price of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Remember in 2017 when everyone was shocked at the sticker price for a brand new iPhone X starting at $999? We sure do, but this year you get a wide variety of prices to land a new iPhone X.  Apple has nine price points for you to choose from:

  • XR with 64 GB storage is $749
  • XR with 128 GB storage is $799
  • XR with 256 GB storage is $899
  • XS with 64 GB storage is $999
  • XS with 128 GB storage is $1150
  • XS with 256 GB storage is $1350
  • XS Max with 64 GB storage is $1099
  • XS Max with 128 GB storage is $1249
  • XS Max with 256 GB storage is $1449

Once you’ve seen the prices, you’re probably wondering what all these confusing names like XS Max are? Don’t worry, we’ve broken down the basics of each phone, and we will try our best to keep the phone jargon to a minimum.

Similarities of all iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

This launch reminds us a lot like the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C (which we still repair #link). Unlike those three iPhones, these three have a lot of the same core hardware like the processors and full-color displays. The significant differences seem to be the screen size and battery life. Let’s concentrate on the similarities which cover a lot.

  • The Processor: Remember earlier when I said we would keep the phone jargon to a minimum, I lied, we have no choice on this list. All three iPhones use an A12 Bionic processor, a 7nm chip, which makes these phones faster (jargon straight out of a James Bond film). From what we can tell is the GPU is up to 50% faster, and the phone’s intensive tasks can perform up to 15% quicker. Here comes even more numbers! Each new iPhone contains Apple’s updated eight-core Neural Engine for handling AI tasks that can manage 5 trillion operations per second. What?! I guess that means it’s super fast! Go to Apple to get more mind-bending numbers and jargon on the A12 Bionic processor.
  • Primary Camera: All three have the same 12-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera, but the XR lacks the telephoto zoom lens. Like last year the new iPhones can shoot 4K video at 60 fps and 1080p slo-mo at 240 fps. Find out more about Apple’s Dual-camera system (
  • Front Facing Camera: Your selfies will be excellent no matter which new iPhone you buy because all three have the same camera system (7-megapixel 2.2 sensor) used for Face ID, Animoji, and Memoji .
  • True Tone Tech/Wide Color Displays: All the displays are slightly different, but they all carry the True Tone tech, this changes the displays temperature to match ambient lighting around you. Find out more on Apple’s super retina technology and how stunning it looks (
  • Faster Face ID: Apple promises they sped up the face-scanning algorithms and made it more secure.
  • Faster Wireless Charging: Apple promises these new iPhone X’s will charge faster than last years first iPhone X with better Qi charging.
  • Stereo Audio Recording: It finally happened, you can record stereo audio on an iPhone, hey it only took until 2018. The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR each have four microphones, yes four, built in to capture stereo sound when you’re shooting video. Independent filmmakers everywhere are happy!
  • Better Stereo Speakers: Not only can you record stereo audio on the new iPhone X but all three have improved stereo speakers with a more extensive audio presentation. We will take it!
  • Slow 5W charger and lack a headphone adapter: Apple continues to bundle a dopey slow charger with its most expensive iPhones. On top of that, Apple is no longer including its headphone dongle in the box, it will cost you an addition $9. (Read here for more on the headphone jack being left out).

No Headphone Jack | Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR

Check out all the new 2018 iPhone specs right here for a complete break down.


Differences of all iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

iPhone XS Max size | Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR

iPhone XS Max starts at $1099 (64 GB) / $1249 (256 GB) / $1449 (512 GB)

XS Max is a big hulking screen with a 6.5-inch display that is just a tad smaller than an iPhone 8 Plus (ONCALLERS® still does a lot of iPhone 8 Repair). Apple also promises that the XS Max battery life beats the iPhone X by 90 minutes (that’s the entire length of the Lion King, bonus).


Prices of iPhones 2018 | Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR

iPhone XS starts at $999 (64 GB) / $1149 (256 GB) / $1349 (512 GB)

Is the XS Max is just too much phone for you? No problem, the iPhone XS is probably better for you to buy. It fits in your hand better and comes about $100 less than the XS Max at the comparable storage size. If you’re looking to update from an iPhone 7 but want a more powerful iPhone with a better screen than the XS is your best choice. It’s a good-sized phone but not as compact as the iPhone SE which is no longer made by Apple but we still repair.


iPhone XR Colors | Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR

iPhone XR starts at $749 (64 GB) / $799 (256 GB) / $899 (512 GB)

The XR is the budget buy of the three new iPhone models. All three are under the harsh $1000 entry price of the XS/XS Max but has many of the same features that advance the technology from the earlier iPhone X.

I won’t lie to you, you’re going to pay less, and you will get less. For one, the camera has just a single, optically stabilized 12-megapixel sensor. If you love to zoom in and out with your camera like you can with the XS/XS Max than you might want to upgrade to the XS or XS Max.

Secondly, the most noticable difference between these three is color. The more expensive XS/XS Max only comes in three colors ( Gold, Space Gray, and Silver). But, the XR has an abundant amount of colors (coral, blue, black, white, yellow, and red). The XR model merely is more striking than both XS models and reminds us a lot of the iPhone 5C when it launched (Check out our iPhone 5C Repairs).

Finally, the XR is a step down in water resistance. The XR has an iP67 water resistance rating and the XS, and XS Max has an iP68 rating. It’s still good enough to survive a rainstorm or dropping it in the bathtub, but it’s a slight downgrade.

Final Thoughts on Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR

Apple has done a great job of providing many different price options for the iPhone lovers out there. Some will be angry that they are forced to buy a better quick charger or a headphone dongle. I can’t blame them for being upset for that (Could add up to $60-$80 in extra cost). But, if you want a gorgeous display on your phone that is powerful and fast, the iPhone XS/XS Mas/XR are excellent choices. Apple improved a lot of the problems with the iPhone X such as the battery life and speed.

Let us know what you thought of the Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR. What did you like or dislike? Are you going to buy? Don’t forget ONCALLERS® can repair any of your iPhone Models.


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