If you own an older iPhone such as an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, you’ve probably already started looking for an upgrade. There’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 — in fact, we recently named the iPhone 7 our best cheap iPhone of 2020. But as time ticks by, even better options become available — and with a bit of Swappa magic, these higher-end phones are now within reach. Let’s take a closer look at some of your upgrade options so you can find the right iPhone for your needs.
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iPhone X Model Comparison
Upgrading from an iPhone 7 or 8 means that you’re in the market for a relatively modern device. In other words, you want something from either the 11th or 12th generation of iPhones, such as the iPhone X, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, or iPhone Xs Max. Here’s how they compare:
|iPhone 7||iPhone 8||iPhone X||iPhone Xr||iPhone Xs||iPhone Xs Max|
|Processor||A10 Fusion||A11 Bionic||A11 Bionic||A12 Bionic||A12 Bionic||A12 Bionic|
|Display||4.7-inch LCD||4.7-inch LCD||5.8-inch OLED||6.1-inch LCD||5.8-inch OLED||6.5-inch OLED|
|Resolution||750 x 1344||750 x 1344||1125 x 2436||828 X 1792||1125 x 2436||1242 X 2688|
|Camera||12MP 28mm f/1.8||12MP 28mm f/1.8||12MP Sensors|
Wide: 28mm f/1.8
Tele: 52mm f/2.4
|12MP 26mm f/1.8||12MP Sensors|
Wide: 28mm f/1.8
Tele: 52mm f/2.4
Wide: 28mm f/1.8
Tele: 52mm f/2.4
|Battery||1960 mAh||1821 mAh||2716 mAh||2942 mAh||2658 mAh||3174 mAh|
Let’s start with the iPhone X, the technological icon that ushered in the current era of modern, bezel-free smartphones. As the first iPhone to feature Face ID authentication and a sleek, gesture-driven UI, the iPhone X set the stage for all subsequent Apple flagships. This means that even though the iPhone X and iPhone 8 feature mostly identical internal specifications, they’re about as different as can be in terms of overall user experience.
iPhone X screen
The first thing you’ll notice when upgrading to the iPhone X is the screen. Not only is the iPhone X screen larger (5.8 inches vs 4.7 inches), but it’s also sharper and more vibrant. This is because the iPhone X features a high-resolution Super Retina HD screen based on OLED panel technology. As a result, everything you do on your phone will simply look better — regardless of whether you’re editing photos, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or pulling up your favorite e-book.
iPhone X camera
Next up is the camera. Although the primary, wide-angle lens on the iPhone X is very similar to the one found on the iPhone 7 and 8, that doesn’t tell the whole story. The iPhone X also packs a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens (52mm) for when you want to zoom in without impacting image quality. This second lens also means that the iPhone X supports Portrait Mode for studio-quality lighting effects and background blur.
iPhone X performance
A nice camera and screen don’t mean much if you don’t have enough grunt to handle demanding apps. Luckily, the iPhone X is powered by the A11 Bionic chip, which is fast enough for all but the most intensive 3D games. And because it comes with 3GB of RAM, the iPhone X is a multitasking powerhouse, capable of switching between multiple apps with ease.
Learn more in our iPhone X Buyer’s Guide, then check current prices below.
The iPhone X is a great upgrade for those coming from the 7 or 8, but what if you want something a little bigger or faster? That’s where the iPhone Xr comes in. Similar to the X, the iPhone Xr gets you a nearly bezel-free front face, Apple’s innovative gesture-driven UI, and Face ID authentication.
iPhone Xr screen
One of the most important parts of any smartphone is the display. Luckily, the iPhone Xr packs a large, 6.1-inch LCD with an 828 x 1792 resolution. But since the Xr was originally intended to be a more affordable iPhone, it can’t quite match the sharpness, saturation, or color vibrance of the older iPhone X. That said, the Xr still has a great screen — and it’s certainly a massive upgrade from the iPhone 7 or 8.
iPhone Xr camera
Camera performance is another area where the iPhone X and Xr trade blows. Both phones feature 12MP wide-angle camera modules, but the older iPhone X also crams in a telephoto lens, giving you a bit more versatility when taking pictures. On the other hand, the iPhone Xr offers Smart HDR — a computational photography feature not supported by the iPhone X — in order to deliver higher image quality under challenging lighting conditions.
iPhone Xr performance
Packing the powerful A12 Bionic chip and 3GB of RAM, speed is certainly the iPhone Xr’s strong suit. With up to 50% higher performance compared to the A11 in the iPhone 8 and X, the Xr has more than enough grunt for anything you can throw its way — including 3D gaming and demanding applications.
Find out more in our iPhone Xr Buyer’s Guide, then click below for current prices.
iPhone Xs and Xs Max
What if you’re looking for an iPhone that mates the speedy A12 Bionic chip with a sharp and vibrant OLED screen? This is where the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max come in. Differing primarily by screen size, the Xs and Xs Max are truly drool-worthy flagships that will last you many years to come.
iPhone Xs screen
Just like the iPhone X before it, the Xs packs a large and vibrant 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display. The Xs Max takes things up a notch with its gargantuan 6.5-inch Super Retina HD display. Both phones use OLED panel technology, which means that all your pictures and videos will look incredibly vibrant on either phone. And since they both offer a high 458ppi pixel density, images and text are always razor-sharp.
iPhone Xs camera
Next up is the camera. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max feature the same dual-camera layout as the iPhone X. This means you get wide-angle and telephoto lenses, giving you plenty of versatility when composing your shots. And thanks to the powerful A12 Bionic chip, the Xs and Xs Max can make use of Apple’s powerful computational photography tools such as Portrait Mode and Smart HDR.
iPhone Xs performance
The iPhone Xs and Xs Max are incredibly fast due to their A12 Bionic chip. Either phone can power through even the most demanding applications and 3D games without breaking a sweat. And with a whopping 4GB of RAM, both phones are multitasking monsters that can run several apps at a time without reloading or force-quitting.
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