iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12

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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 $244, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 low price of $334.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone 12 has several advantages over the iPhone XS Max, which includes a higher-quality display, a newer processor, and 5G cellular connectivity. Features of the iPhone 12 include a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display, an Apple A14 Bionic chip, and up to 256GB of storage space. The iPhone XS Max features a 6.5” Super Retina HD display, an Apple A12 Bionic chip, and up to 512GB of storage.

Size

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

The iPhone 12 is smaller than the iPhone XS Max. Measurements for the iPhone 12 are as follows: 5.78” (H) x 2.78” (W) x 0.29” (D), and measurements for the iPhone XS Max are as follows: 6.20” (H) x 3.05” (W) x 0.30” (D). Otherwise, the iPhone 12 has a 6.1” display size and weighs 5.78 ounces, versus the 6.5” display size and 7.34-ounce weight of the iPhone XS Max.

Camera

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

The iPhone XS Max and iPhone 12 both feature a dual 12MP rear camera system, though there are some differences in the lenses and features. The iPhone XS Max has a wide and telephoto lens, and the iPhone 12 has a wide and ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 12 features include Night Mode, Deep Fusion, and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision (up to 4K at 30 fps).

Screen

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

The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch Super Retina HD (OLED) HDR display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. In comparison, the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED) HDR display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. Common display features include wide color (P3), True Tone, and a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

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

The iPhone XS Max has a battery capacity of 3,174 mAh, and the iPhone 12 has a battery capacity of 2,815 mAh. The iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 12 support fast wired charging and Qi wireless charging. The iPhone 12 also supports Apple’s MagSafe charging. In terms of battery life expectations, the iPhone XS Max battery can provide up to 15 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time. The iPhone 12 battery will offer up to 17 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time.

Processing

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.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone XS Max is available in three colors, and the iPhone 12 has twice as many color options. The iPhone XS Max colors include Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The iPhone 12 is available in Black, White, Green, Blue, Purple, and PRODUCT(RED).

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.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone XS Max and iPhone 12 each offer three options for storage, but the iPhone XS storage maxes out at 512GB, and the iPhone 12 storage maxes out at 256GB. The other two iPhone XS Max storage options are 64GB and 256GB, and the other two iPhone 12 storage options are 64GB and 128GB.

Reviews

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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