As is with the customary leaks leading to the clockwork iPhone launches, we have been fairly accurate in our predictions of the three new iPhone models, namely the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max. Hosting the event in the Steve Jobs Theatre, Apple laid down the features and specifications of the iPhone X successors along with the cheaper LCD version.
If you seek in-depth coverage of the launch, you may click through here to learn more. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the three new iPhone, with an emphasis on the similarities or rather what sets each one apart from the other. So without further ado, here is a deeper look at the key areas where the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max differ from each other.
iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Design, Display
All three phones borrow a leaf from the iPhone X’s book of glass and metal sandwich design, with Apple promising a stronger glass panels this time around. However, we will have to wait till the first round of drop tests arrive to reach any sort of conclusion in terms of durability. Just like the outgoing iPhone X design, the displays spread out right to the very edges to achieve the much-vaunted bezel-less design that is in vogue at the moment.
The cheaper iPhone XR, however, employs a relatively cheaper 7000-series aluminium band sandwiched between the glass panels, much unlike the pricier iPhone XS and XS Max variants that carry over the surgical stainless-steel design of their predecessor. Like the erstwhile iPhone 5C, the iPhone XR will come in a wider, funky range of colours, whereas the iPhone XS and XS Max will stick to the tried-and-tested gold, grey, and black variants.
The rest of the differences are down to size, with the iPhone XS being the smallest of the lot at 5.8-inches, followed by the 6.1-inch iPhone XR, and finally the iPhone XS Max being the 6.5-inch behemoth that won’t get unwieldy thanks to the enhanced screen-to-body ratio of the bezel-less design. Did we mention that the notch is back and wider than ever? Well, it is back and wider than ever. That also means that the fingerprint sensor continues to be excluded in the new iPhones.
As for the all-important display, the iPhone XS and XS Max sport OLED panels, whereas the cheaper iPhone XR making do with an LCD panel. The OLED panels have been dubbed as Super Retina HD displays, and both the XS and XS Max sport identical pixel density of 458ppi. The iPhone XR gets the Liquid Retina HD display, which is has a lower pixel density of 326ppi. The XR also does away with the Dolby Vision and HDR10 support of its OLED brethren, but all three displays support wide DCI-P3 colour gamut. The iPhone XR also lacks Apple’s famed 3D Touch haptic feedback system, but it gets iOS 12 UI workarounds to make up for the omission.
iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Hardware Specifications
Surprisingly, the iPhone XR doesn’t compromise in the one thing that matters the most – performance. Despite its relatively more modest sticker price, the XR will sport the same new A12 Bionic SoC as its more expensive XS and XS Max siblings. Sporting a six-core processor and a quad-core GPU, the A12 Bionic impresses by being the first mobile chipset based on the 7nm lithography. This should ideally allow it to cram in more processing power, while being potentially more energy efficient by the virtue of the more efficient fabrication process.
However, we will reserve our final verdict until we have the device in our hands. What we do know is that the A12 chip is equipped with the second generation of Apple’s Neural Engine for powerful machine learning features and AI enhancements. Check out our in-depth coverage to learn how Apple has leveraged AI and machine learning with PrimeSense’s computer vision technologies to create some interesting augmented reality applications. Apple claims a 15 percent bump in CPU power, while promising 40 percent less battery consumption. The GPU is touted to be an impressive 50 percent faster than the outgoing model.
It all looks great so far, but there’s always some catch. On that count, the cut price iPhone XR will be endowed with 3GB of RAM, which might be the same as the iPhone X, but it pales in comparison to the 4GB RAM outfitted into the more premium iPhone XS and XS Max variants.
iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Camera Features
The disappointment continues with the cameras in the new iPhones or, to be more precise, in the singular camera found in the iPhone XR. While dual cameras are de rigueur in even the cheapest Android smartphones these days, the substantially more expensive (compared to Android phones, of course) iPhone XR will have to make do with a single camera setup.
The iPhone XS and XS Max get two 12MP cameras, which continue the tradition of incorporating wide angle and a 10x zoom telephoto lens combo as seen in the outgoing iPhone X. The upgrade comes in the form of optical image stabilisation being present on both lenses. The iPhone XR sports a single wide-angle camera. All of these camera setups benefit from the multitude of AI-enabled camera optimisations such as portrait mode with post-process bokeh and depth control, portrait lighting with multiple effects, and Smart HDR. The front camera retains the same 7MP module in all three variants.
iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Battery Life, OS
In keeping with the laws of physics, the battery life is directly proportional to the size of the new iPhone. That means the 5.8-inch iPhone XS will have the smallest battery, with the larger iPhone XR faring better, followed by the largest iPhone XS Max touting the longest battery life. While apple hasn’t revealed the actual capacity of the batteries, it claims that the iPhone XS will last 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X, whereas the XS Max will last 90 minutes more than the outgoing model.
Although only time will tell how much of this is down to a more power efficient chipset and how much can be attributed to actual battery improvement. On the bright side, the new iPhone finally has fast charging option, with a claimed 30-minute duration to achieve 50 percent charge.
iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Price in India, Availability
The iPhone XS and XS Max will go on sale in India on September 28. The iPhone XS will start at Rs.99,900 for the 64GB variant whereas the flagship iPhone XS Max will cost a cool Rs.1,09,900 for the same capacity. The iPhone XS 256GB model will cost Rs.1,14,900 and the 512GB one will be priced at Rs.1,34,900. Similarly, the iPhone XS Max will be sold at Rs.1,24,900 for the 256GB variant and Rs.1,44,900 for the 512GB one. The iPhone XR will launch later on October 26 in India at Rs.76,900 for the 64GB, Rs.81,900 for 128GB, and Rs.91,900 for the 256GB variants.