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We compare the iPhone XS and iPhone X to help you decide

iPhone XS and iPhone XJulian Chokkattu / Digital Trends

Doubting between the iPhone XS and iPhone X? The world of smart phones is moving steadily, with endless improvements added to each new model. A year after the launch of the iPhone X, Apple once again renewed its range: clearly parts of the same family, with a notched OLED screen and the same design signs, the iPhone XS arrived to compete with a model we had taken Much cario. Today the iPhone 11 reigns, but if you want to spend so much money – or you are not interested in having ?the last? at all costs – both the iPhone XS and the iPhone X are two very good options, and here we help you decide.


iPhone XS iPhone X
Size 143.6 70.9 7.7 mm (5.65 2.79 0.30 inches) 143.6 70.9 7.7 mm (5.65 2.79 0.30 inches)
Weight 177 grams (6.24 ounces) 174 grams (6.14 ounces)
screen 5.8 inches Super Retina AMOLED 5.8 inches Super Retina AMOLED
Resolution 2,436 1,125 pixels (458 ppi) 2,436 1,125 pixels (458 ppi)
Operating system iOS 12 iOS 11
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB
Micro SD Do not Do not
Payment services Apple Pay Apple Pay
Processor A12 Bionic A11 Bionic
RAM Determined 3GB
Camera Dual 12MP rear, 7MP FaceTime HD front Dual 12MP rear, 7MP FaceTime HD front
Video 2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps 2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5 Bluetooth 5
Ports Lightning Lightning
Fingerprint sensor Do not Do not
Waterproof IP68 IP67
Battery Determined 2,716mAh
Store Apple App Store Apple App Store
Nets AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray Silver, Space Gray

Performance, battery and charge

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Most notable here is the upgrade to Apple's latest Bionic A12 processor.

This new chip is faster and more efficient than its predecessor, the A11, which you will find on the iPhone X.

Apple suggests that it is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient. There is also an improved neuronal engine in the A12 Bionic, along with augmented reality and graphic improvements that should please players.

We are not sure how much the extra speed will feel now, since the iPhone X comfortably handle everything you can throw at it, but as more demanding applications and games are launched to take advantage of this jump in processing power, we will see a gap, since Apple also suggests that applications will load up to 30% faster on the iPhone XS.

We also expect to see a significantly better battery life on the iPhone XS, and Apple suggests that it should last half an hour longer per day on average, although it didn't reveal the capacity.

In addition, both iPhones are compatible with Qi wireless charging.

Winner: iPhone XS

Design and durability

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It will be difficult to distinguish both phones. As is the tradition with an S update, the body of the iPhone XS is identical to that of the iPhone X.

We have the same glass design with a notch on the top of the 5.8-inch OLED screen. However, only the iPhone XS comes in gold.

A case or case is going to be a necessity for any of these iPhones, so check out our selection of iPhone X and iPhone XS cases. The iPhone XS, however, is covered in a stronger glass.

On the other hand, the owners of the iPhone X, can immerse their phone in shallow water, up to a meter deep, for up to half an hour without damage, while the iPhone XS has a slightly higher IP68 rating, which means that it can handle depths of up to 2 meters during the same period.

Winner: iPhone XS


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Both models have the same 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,436 1,125 pixels. They are sharp, bright and have precise colors.