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Apple iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: What’s different?

Here is an in detail look at the specifications of the new iPhones and what's different between them

  • Published: September 13, 2018 10:28 AM IST
iPhone XS, IPhone XS Max, iPhone Xr comparison

After so much anticipation, Apple has finally launched three new iPhones yesterday, dubbed as the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. All three models carry the same the design as the iPhone X, but come with upgraded hardware on the inside. They also carry some differences between then, which could make it a little a difficult to choose one. So, let s take a closer look at all their features and the find out what separates the three iPhones from each other.

Price and availability

The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max feature a starting price of Rs 99,900 and Rs 1,09,900 for the 64GB variant. Both models are also available in higher storage variants. The 256GB and 512GB variants of the iPhone XS are priced at Rs 1,14,900 and Rs 1,34,900, respectively. Similarly, the iPhone XS Max variants are priced at Rs 1,24,900 and Rs 1,44,900 for the 256GB and 512GB, respectively. Effectively, there’s a Rs 10,000 difference between all the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models. Both iPhones are said to go on sale through offline and online channels starting September 28.

The iPhone XR, on the other hand, is a more affordable variant of three iPhones and comes with a starting price of Rs 76,900 for the 64GB storage variant. The higher end storage variants here include 128GB and 256GB, which are both priced at Rs 81,900 and Rs 91,900, respectively. Pre-orders for the iPhone begin on October 19, and the shipping will start on October 26. It is also expected to be available through both offline and online channels.


Being the successor to the iPhone X, the iPhone XS comes with the same 5.8-inch OLED Retina display, which packs in a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels and a pixel density of 458 ppi. It s an HDR display and also features support for 3D Touch. The screen on the iPhone XS Max carries the same features as the one on the iPhone XS, but only flaunts a much bigger 6.5-inch size, with a higher resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels. It is the biggest screen seen on an iPhone yet.

With the iPhone XR, Apple has designed a new kind of an LCD screen, which it is likes to call the Liquid Retina Display. The screen here measures 6.1 inches diagonally and comes with a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels and pixel density of 326 ppi. While it is a true tone display like the other two iPhones, it does not support HDR or 3D Touch.


Essentially, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max feature the same design and build as the iPhone X. They carry a seamless blend of stainless steel with what Apple likes to call the most durable glass coating on a smartphone. The only difference is the introduction of a new premium Gold color that joins the Silver and Black options. Apple also states the phones to carry an ingress rating of IP68, which makes them water and dust proof.

The iPhone XR on the other hand, seems to be a mix of an iPhone X at the front and the iPhone 8 at the back. While it features a similar notched screen, it comes with a aluminum back with the glass coating for wireless charging. However, to give the phone a unique identity, Apple has designed it in six fancy colors of Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue and Coral. The phone only features IP67 ingress rating.


In the photography department, both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max get dual rear camera setup, that features two 12-megapixel sensors working alongside each other. The two sensors individually carry both a wide-angle lens and telephoto lens with apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.4 respectively. Thanks to that, the iPhones also supports 2X optical zoom. Additionally, the cameras also come with zero shutter lag feature and smart HDR mode. Compared to that, the iPhone XR only comes with a single 12-megapixel sensor at the back, with an aperture of f/1.8.

On the flipside, all the three iPhones come with the same 7-megapixel sensor at the front that comes with f/2.2 aperture and Retina Flash. It also carries support for smart HDR along with Animoji and Memoji.

Hardware, Connectivity and OS

Internally, all three iPhones are more or less the same. They all come powered with Apple s new A12 Bionic chipset that is built on 7nm fabrication process and is said to open apps 30 percent faster. All the three iPhones also come with the Face ID technology for face authentication and quick unlocking of the phone. While Apple hasn t mentioned a battery capacity, it does state the phones to support fast charging technology, which can charge the phone up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. Qi based wireless charging is also supported.

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Connectivity options are also the same with Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, VoLTE, GPS, GLONASS and a Lightning port. The iPhones also carry support for dual SIM through eSIM technology and will be running iOS 12 out-of-box.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR: Comparison Table

Features iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR
Display 5.8-inch Retina display 6.5-inch Retina display 6.1-inch Liquid Retina
Processor A12 A12 A12
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB 64GB/256GB/512GB 64GB/128GB/256GB
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Front Camera 7-megapixel 7-megapixel 7-megapixel
Connectivity 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Android OS iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12
Price Rs 99,900 (64GB)

Rs 1,14,900 (256GB)

Rs 1,34,900 (512GB)

Rs 1,09,900 (64GB)

Rs 1,24,900 (256GB)

Rs 1,44,900 (512GB)

Rs 76,900 (64GB)

Rs 81,900 (128GB)

Rs 91,900 (512GB)

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  • Published Date: September 13, 2018 10:28 AM IST

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