iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone Xs Max

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Making the leap to the iPhone XS Max brings a number of substantial upgrades to device speed and user experience. Thanks to its gesture-driven UI, the iPhone XS Max features an all-screen front face free from any physical buttons. As a result, the iPhone XS Max manages to pack a 6.5-inch Super Retina HD OLED with HDR support and 2688x1242 resolution. Upgrading to the iPhone XS Max gets you the faster A12 Bionic chip, Face ID authentication, an improved IP68 water resistance rating, and a slightly longer battery life. Finally, the iPhone XS also takes the build quality up a notch thanks to its stainless steel frame.

Price Comparison

iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone Xs Max Pricing

iPhone 8 Plus prices start at $149, which is cheaper than the iPhone Xs Max low price of $244.

Specs Comparison

Key specs for the iPhone XS Max include a 6.5” display with HDR, Apple A12 Bionic chip, Face ID, up to 512GB of storage, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and a 7MP TrueDepth front-facing camera. In comparison, key specs for the iPhone 8 Plus include a 5.5” display, Apple A11 Bionic chip, Touch ID, up to 128GB of storage, an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and a 7MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera. Both models support 4G LTE connectivity and have a dual 12MP rear camera with a wide and telephoto lens.

Size

Size iPhone 8 Plus iPhone Xs Max
Width 78 mm 3.1 inches 77 mm 3.1 inches
Height 158 mm 6.2 inches 158 mm 6.2 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 202 g 7.1 ounces 208 g 7.3 ounces

The display on the iPhone XS Max is a full inch larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, but the XS Max is smaller in overall size. Details for the iPhone XS Max include a 6.5” display, a height of 6.20”, a width of 3.05”, a depth of 0.30”, and a weight of 7.34 ounces. Details for the iPhone 8 Plus include a 5.5” display, a height of 6.24”, a width of 3.07”, a depth of 0.30”, and a weight of 7.13 ounces.

Camera

Camera iPhone 8 Plus iPhone Xs Max
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024

The rear-facing camera hardware and software features are similar for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS Max. They both feature a dual 12MP array with a wide and telephoto lens. Key differences between these two models include advanced bokeh with Depth Control and an extra portrait lighting effect on the iPhone XS Max. However, you will notice some differences on the front. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 7MP FaceTime HD camera, and the iPhone XS Max has a 7MP TrueDepth camera. The iPhone XS Max front camera supports Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji and Memoji, all of which are not available on the iPhone 8 Plus.

Screen

Display iPhone 8 Plus iPhone Xs Max
Resolution 1080x1920 1242x2688
Screen Size 139 mm 5.5 in 165 mm 6.5 in
Pixels Per Inch 401 ppi 456 ppi

The iPhone XS Max has a larger display, at 6.5 inches versus the 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone XS Max has a Super Retina HD (OLED) HDR display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242, a PPI of 458, and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The iPhone 8 Plus has a Retina HD (LCD) display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, a PPI of 401, and a contrast ratio of 1,300:1. Shared display features include True Tone, wide color (P3), and a typical max brightness of 625.

Battery

Battery iPhone 8 Plus iPhone Xs Max
Capacity 2675 mAh 3179 mAh
Longevity 13 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The battery life for the iPhone 8 Plus is up to 14 hours of video playback time or up to 60 hours of audio playback time. In comparison, the battery life for the iPhone XS Max is up to 15 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time. Both of these phones support Qi wireless charging and are fast-charge capable when using an Apple 20W wall power adapter and Lighting cable.

Processing

Processor iPhone 8 Plus iPhone Xs Max
CPU Apple A11 Bionic APL1072 / APL1W72 (T8015) Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020)

Color Choices

iPhone 8 Plus

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Red
  • Silver

Which iPhone 8 Plus color should you buy?

iPhone Xs Max

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which color iPhone Xs Max is the most popular?

iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone Xs Max Colors

Both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone Xs Max share three colors: Silver, Gold, and Gray. However, the iPhone 8 Plus does away with Red, previously seen on the iPhone Xs Max.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS Max are both available in the same three colors, which include Silver, Space Gray, and Gold.

Storage Options

iPhone 8 Plus

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone 8 Plus storage should I buy?

iPhone Xs Max

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which storage iPhone Xs Max is the most popular?

iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone Xs Max Storage

The iPhone Xs Max introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone 8 Plus: 512GB. Both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone Xs Max share two storage options: 64GB and 256GB. However, the iPhone Xs Max does not have options for 128GB, as seen on the iPhone 8 Plus.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS Max each offer a 64GB storage option. The iPhone 8 Plus also offers a 128GB option, and the iPhone XS Max also offers options for 256GB or 512GB.

Reviews

iPhone 8 Plus

159 reviews 4.8 stars

iPhone Xs Max

161 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone Xs Max Reviews

Users rate the iPhone 8 Plus with 4.8 stars, compared to the iPhone Xs Max with 5.0 of 5.0 stars.

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