iPhone 8 vs iPhone Xs Max

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Upgrading to the iPhone XS Max gets you a number of improvements to speed and how you interact with your device. Thanks to its gesture-driven UI, the iPhone XS Max does away with physical buttons and gives you an all-screen front face. As a result, it packs a giant 6.5-inch Super Retina HD OLED with HDR support and 2688x1242 resolution. In addition, the iPhone XS Max features the A12 Bionic processor, Face ID authentication, improved water resistance, up to 4 times the maximum storage capacity, an improved dual-camera setup with 2x optical zoom, and improved build quality thanks to its stainless steel frame.

Price Comparison

iPhone 8 vs iPhone Xs Max Pricing

iPhone 8 prices start at $104, which is cheaper than the iPhone Xs Max low price of $244.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone XS Max features include a 6.5” Super Retina HD display, Apple A12 Bionic chip, up to 512GB of storage space, and the use of Face ID for device security. The iPhone 8 feature set includes a 4.7” Retina HD display, an Apple A11 Bionic chip, and up to 128GB of storage. The iPhone 8 uses Touch ID with a home button for device security. Some of the common features include 4G LTE cellular connectivity, a glass front and back, and Qi wireless charging.

Size

Size iPhone 8 iPhone Xs Max
Width 67 mm 2.7 inches 77 mm 3.1 inches
Height 138 mm 5.5 inches 158 mm 6.2 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 148 g 5.2 ounces 208 g 7.3 ounces

The iPhone 8 is much smaller than the iPhone XS Max, and it also has a much smaller display size. Measurements for the iPhone 8 include a 4.7-inch display, a height of 5.45 inches, a width of 2.65 inches, and a depth of 0.29 inches. In comparison, measurements for the iPhone 11 Pro Max include a 6.5-inch display, a height of 6.20 inches, a width of 3.05 inches, and a depth of 0.30 inches.

Camera

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

The iPhone 8 features a single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front. The iPhone XS Max features a dual 12MP rear camera with a wide and telephoto lens and a 7MP TrueDepth camera on the front. The improved camera hardware on the iPhone XS Max allows for additional features such as Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji and Memoji.

Screen

Display iPhone 8 iPhone Xs Max
Resolution 750x1334 1242x2688
Screen Size 120 mm 4.7 in 165 mm 6.5 in
Pixels Per Inch 326 ppi 456 ppi

The screen on the iPhone XS Max is much larger, and of better quality than the screen on the iPhone 8. The iPhone XS Max features a Super Retina HD (OLED) HDR display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242, and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The iPhone 8 features a Retina HD (LCD) display with a resolution of 1334 x 750, and a contrast ratio of 1,400:1. The displays on the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 8 support True Tone, wide color (P3), and have a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone 8 iPhone Xs Max
Capacity 1821 mAh 3179 mAh
Longevity 12 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone 8 and the iPhone XS Max are fast-charge capable with a 20W wall power adapter and Lightning cable and support Qi wireless charging. The iPhone 8 battery life estimates call for up to 13 hours of video playback time or up to 40 hours of audio playback time. The iPhone XS Max battery life estimates call for up to 15 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time.

Processing

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

Color Choices

iPhone 8

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Red
  • Silver

Which iPhone 8 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 vs iPhone Xs Max Colors

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

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

Storage Options

iPhone 8

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone 8 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 vs iPhone Xs Max Storage

The iPhone Xs Max introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone 8: 512GB. Both the iPhone 8 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.
Swappasaurus

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

Reviews

iPhone 8

241 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone Xs Max

161 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 8 vs iPhone Xs Max Reviews

Users rate the iPhone 8 with 4.9 stars, compared to the iPhone Xs Max with 5.0 of 5.0 stars.

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