iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12

Swappasaurus says...

Upgrading the iPhone XS Max to the iPhone 12 brings a handful of improvements, despite the iPhone 12 being the base 2020 model. Notable iPhone 12 improvements include 5G connectivity, A14 chip, ultra wide camera, Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, HDR video recording, stronger glass body, better water resistance, longer battery life, MagSafe charging, and more.

Price Comparison

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Pricing

iPhone Xs Max prices start at $276, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 low price of $309.

Specs Comparison



Size iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12
Width 77 mm 3.1 inches 72 mm 2.8 inches
Height 158 mm 6.2 inches 147 mm 5.8 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 208 g 7.3 ounces 162 g 5.7 ounces


Camera iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024
Aperture f/2.4
Secondary 12.0 MP


Display iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12
Screen Tech None OLED
Resolution 1242x2688 1170x2532
Screen Size 165 mm 6.5 in 154 mm 6.1 in
Pixels Per Inch 456 ppi 457 ppi
Refresh Rate - Hz 60 Hz


Battery iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12
Capacity 3179 mAh 2815 mAh
Longevity 13 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning


Processor iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12
CPU Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020) Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01
CPU Cores 6
GPU 16-core Neural Engine
GPU Cores 4

Color Choices

iPhone Xs Max

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPhone Xs Max color should you buy?

iPhone 12

Available in 6 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red
  • White

Which color iPhone 12 is the most popular?

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Colors

The iPhone Xs Max and iPhone 12 have completely different color choices. The iPhone Xs Max offers three color choices: Silver, Gold, and Gray. The iPhone 12 sports six different color choices: Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, and White.

Storage Options

iPhone Xs Max

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone Xs Max storage should I buy?

iPhone 12

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPhone 12 is the most popular?

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Storage

The iPhone 12 introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone Xs Max: 128GB. Both the iPhone Xs Max and iPhone 12 share two storage options: 64GB and 256GB. However, the iPhone 12 does not have options for 512GB, as seen on the iPhone Xs Max.


iPhone Xs Max

161 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 12

39 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Reviews

The iPhone Xs Max scores higher with users earning 5.0 of 5.0 stars compared to the iPhone 12 with 4.9 stars.

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