iPhone X vs iPhone XS Max: What’s New in Specs, Features and Should You Upgrade Your Apple Phone?


Apple unveiled the iPhone XS Max earlier last week in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s HQ in Cupertino. The device was launched as a replacement for the iPhone X that would offer the same design as the iPhone X but with better specs and a larger screen size.

The iPhone XS Max accompanied the iPhone XS, which was a direct replacement to the iPhone X but offers a larger display in the body no bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone XS Max is the most expensive iPhone to date but also offers the largest experience of Apple’s lineup. Here’s how the iPhone XS Max stacks up against the iPhone X.

iPhone X vs iPhone XS Max: Specifications, Features

The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with an 1125 x 2436 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio to offer an 82.9% screen-to-body ratio and 458 pixels-per-inch packed into a 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm body. Compare this to the much larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1242 x 2688 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio to offer an 84.4% screen-to-body ratio and 458 pixels-per-inch packed into a 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm body.

In terms of processing power, the iPhone X has an Apple A11 Bionic Hexa-core 2.39 GHz CPU paired with 3GB of RAM and either 64GB or 256GB of internal storage. The iPhone XS Max is powered by Apple’s latest A12 Bionic Hexa-core chip and sees 4GB of RAM with either 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage.

On the imaging front, the iPhone X has a dual setup of 12-megapixel sensors at f/1.8 and f/2.4, both with OIS, while the iPhone XS Max has the same megapixels and aperture, but sees a pixel size increased to 1.4µm. The front-facing camera on both devices is a 7-megapixel f/2.2 lens and this remains unchanged on the latest iPhone.

As far as the battery goes, the iPhone X has a 2716mAh battery but the iPhone XS Max battery size is yet to be revealed.

iPhone X vs iPhone XS Max: Availability, Price in India

The iPhone X starts at ₹ 81,099 for the 64GB model rising to ₹ 93,999 for the 256GB. The iPhone XS Max is expected to start at an eye-watering ₹ 109,900 and is expected to go on sale on 28th September. Obviously second-hand iPhone X devices will sell for significantly less given the device is now a year old.

iPhone X vs iPhone XS Max: Should You Upgrade?

Each year, Apple unveils an updated model of its Apple iPhone. The cycle, like in 2018, sees an incremental upgrade to what is generally considered the ‘S’ range. This update typically sees very minimal design changes and instead the upgrades focus entirely on specification bumps. While this remains true in 2018, Apple also took the opportunity to introduce an even larger version of the iPhone X with the updated specifications called the iPhone XS Max.

Along with the bigger screen came the bigger price. The iPhone XS Max is the most expensive iPhone we’ve seen to date but does offer more RAM, a larger display, IP68 certification, and presumably a bigger battery.

The choice comes down to if you’re willing to pay the price. The iPhone XS Max is a significant enough upgrade over the iPhone X if the larger screen is something you are interested in. With the bigger battery and more RAM, the performance over the iPhone X will be noticeable, but it comes at a cost.

Of course, waiting another year for the next iPhone will see a redesign in the physical appearance of the device as well as yet another specification bump, so it may be beneficial if you do own the iPhone X, holding off upgrading for another year.

Our resident Brit, Dan loves to write about anything tech, and has been doing so for a long time, with a personal interest for all things Android. Dan has been associated with some of the tech publications like AndroidAuthority. He loves exploring new gadgets and sharing industry insights on MySmartPrice.