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Apple iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: What's different?

Apple iPhone XS Max boasts sizable upgrades compared to last year's iPhone 8 Plus

  • Published: September 13, 2018 2:39 PM IST
Apple iPhone XS Max and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple introduced three new iPhones yesterday called the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR. Like the last few years, Apple introduced a big screen phone for the phablet enthusiasts. However, this time around Apple isn’t calling it the Plus variant, instead the tech giant has dubbed it as the iPhone XS Max, as it features the biggest screen seen on an iPhone yet. Let’s quickly compare the iPhone XS Max to last year’s iPhone 8 Plus and see what new features does it have to offer.

Pricing and availability

Launched last year, the iPhone 8 Plus is currently priced at Rs 69,900 for the 64GB storage variant. The iPhone is also offered in a higher storage variant of 256GB, which is priced at Rs 84,900. Those interested can buy the iPhone 8 Plus through both offline and online channels.

On the other hand, the iPhone XS Max takes its place as the most premium smartphone in Apple’s assortment with a starting price of Rs 1,09,900 for the 64GB base variant. There are two other storage variants of 256GB and 512GB available as well, which are priced at Rs 1,24,900 and Rs 1,44,900 respectively. The iPhone will go on sale through offline and online stores starting September 28.

Display and design

Display is one of the key areas where the most has changed. The iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch LCD Retina Display, which packs in a conventional full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and pixel density of 401ppi. On the flipside, the iPhone XS Max adopts a notch display like the iPhone X, but comes with a much bigger 6.5-inch OLED screen, which Apple likes to call Super Retina Display. It features a resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels and pixel density of 458 ppi. Additionally, it also supports HDR.

That said, the notch display and the bezeless design allow the iPhone XS Max to boast similar dimensions as the iPhone 8 Plus. There is also no Home button on new iPhone as well. Both phones however, feature a similar build that carries a fusion of metal and glass. They are also available in same color options of the Silver Black and Gold.

Camera

Both iPhones come with a dual camera setup at the back, which features two 12-megapixel sensors sporting a combination of a wide angle and telephoto lens. However, the telephoto lens on iPhone XS Max features a wider aperture of f/2.4 compared to iPhone 8 Plus’ f/2.8. Additionally, the camera also boasts dual optical image stabilization and smart HDR mode, which are not supported on the iPhone 8 Plus.

The story remains the same at the front as well. Both iPhones feature the same 7-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture for taking selfies, but the one on the iPhone XS Max triumphs because of software related features. The front camera on iPhone XS Max features Smart HDR along with Portrait mode and advanced bokeh modes. It also comes with support for Animoji and Memoji.

Hardware and security

The iPhone 8 Plus comes powered by last year’s A11 Bionic chip, while the iPhone XS Max comes loaded with the newly introduced A12 Bionic chip. While both chipsets are said to be powerful, the latter takes its place as the first processor from Apple to be based on an 7nm fabrication process. It also carries an upgraded 8-core Neural Engine, which enables machine learning applications to run 9 times faster than the predecessor. Overall, the new chipset is also touted to launch apps 30 percent faster.

In terms of security, the iPhone 8 Plus comes with a Home button, which also acts like a fingerprint sensor. This can be used to unlock the device as well as authenticate online payments. The iPhone XS Max doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor but comes with Apple’s Face ID technology that can be used for the same purpose.

Watch: Apple iPhone X Review

Battery, connectivity and OS

Apple hasn’t specified the battery capacity of the iPhones, but both phones do support fast charging and Qi wireless charging. Connectivity options are also the same, which include Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and VoLTE. The iPhone XS Max however does support dual SIM through eSIM technology. While the iPhone XS Max is said to run on iOS 12 out-of-box on release, the iPhone 8 Plus is said to get the OS update on September 17.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: Comparison table 

Features iPhone XS Max iPhone 8 Plus
Display 6.5-inch Super Retina 5.5-inch Retina display
Processor A12 A11
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB 64GB/256GB
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Front Camera 7-megapixel 7-megapixel
Connectivity 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
OS iOS 12 iOS 12
Price Rs 1,09,900 (64GB)
Rs 1,24,900 (256GB)
Rs 1,44,900 (512GB)
Rs 69,900 (64GB)
Rs 84,900 (256GB)

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  • Published Date: September 13, 2018 2:39 PM IST