iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR vs X [Specs Comparison]

The biggest smartphone announcement of 2018 has now taken place, which means that we have a slew of technology lovers around the world pondering their next move. To assist with the decision-making process, here’s a specs comparison between iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and the iPhone X to help you make the right buying decision and correctly plan your smartphone future.

You may have taken a keen interest in the announcements made at Apple’s event which has just come to a conclusion. You may have missed the event and are now viewing this in order to try and work out which device is best for you and your smartphone needs for the next 12-18 months.

Wherever your own personal truth lies, Apple has finally made iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR a reality, which instantly means there are decisions to be made. Historically speaking, Apple introduced one iPhone per year which made the decision pretty easy; either you wanted an iPhone or you didn’t. Now, we have three devices, which means three specifications, and a headache where the choice is concerned.

From a ranking perspective, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the flagship iOS devices for 2018. That means that they come with the highest specification, and, of course, the highest price-tags out of the 3 models. Both of those models are equipped with a stunning OLED panel which offers brightness and power efficiencies over not just the LCD model, but are brighter and more accurate than last year’s iPhone X. The displays sit within the stunning surgical-grade steel frame in an edge-to-edge situation. iPhone XS offers a 5.8-inch display and the larger iPhone XS Max offers a huge 6.5-inch panel.

iPhone XR, on the other hand, is offered to the market with a cheaper price-tag partly down to the fact that it ships with an LCD panel with no offering of pressure sensitivity, which means no 3D Touch aspect. It also comes with an aluminum frame to further continue the cost savings against iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. All three devices have Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor with faster LTE chips, and all 3 are offered with TrueDepth camera functionality and access to the company’s leading Face ID functionality.

If cost is no issue, size is of paramount concern to you and you subscribe to the “bigger is always better” line of thinking, then iPhone XS Max is definitely the device that needs to be on your radar. If photography is important and you want a highly capable shooter that sits comfortably within your pocket, then the smaller iPhone XS with the rear dual-lens camera is likely going to be the weapon of choice.

If the price is literally your main purchasing factor, the iPhone XR offers the performance and reliability of the other two releases but without the high-end bells and whistles which drives the price up. As a bonus, it is also offered in more colors and have Dual-SIM functionality as well in some markets.

Check out Apple’s full official side-by-side comparison below for a more detailed and technical overview.

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