iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Pro

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Moving from the iPhone XS Max to the iPhone 12 Pro brings a handful of new features. Upgrades include a fresh new design, 5G network connectivity, ultra wide angle lens, 6GB of RAM, LiDAR scanner, Night Mode (which includes night portraits), Apple’s A14 Bionic chip, longer battery life, better drop protection with stronger glass, improved water resistance, MagSafe charging, and more.

Price Comparison

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Pricing

iPhone Xs Max prices start at $244, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 Pro low price of $350.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone 12 Pro has several areas of improvement as compared to the iPhone XS Max. The 12 Pro specs include a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display, Apple 14 Bionic chip, 12MP front-facing camera, triple 12MP rear-facing camera, and 5G cellular connectivity. In comparison, the iPhone XS Max feature set includes a 6.5” Super Retina HD display, Apple A12 Bionic chip, 7MP front-facing camera, dual 12MP rear-facing camera, and 4G LTE cellular connectivity. Both models use Face ID, and offer up to 512GB of storage space.

Size

Size iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Pro
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 187 g 6.6 ounces

The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1” display size, as compared to the 6.5” display size on the iPhone XS Max. The iPhone 12 Pro is also smaller and lighter than the iPhone XS Max. Measurements of the iPhone 12 Pro are as follows: 5.78” (H) x 2.82” (W) x 0.29” (D) with a weight of 6.66 ounces. The iPhone XS Max measures 6.20” in height, 3.05” in width, 0.30” in depth and weighs 7.34 ounces.

Camera

Camera iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Pro
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024

The iPhone 12 Pro has a more advanced camera as compared to the iPhone XS Max. The iPhone 12 Max rear camera array is a 12MP “Pro” camera system with a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens. The iPhone XS Max has a dual 12MP rear camera with a wide and telephoto lens. The iPhone 12 Pro has several features not available on the iPhone XS Max, such as Night Mode, Night Mode Portraits, Deep Fusion, Apple ProRAW, and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision (up to 4K at 60fps).

Screen

Display iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Pro
Resolution 1242x2688 1170x2532
Screen Size 165 mm 6.5 in 154 mm 6.1 in
Pixels Per Inch 456 ppi 457 ppi

The screen on the iPhone XS Max is larger than the screen on the iPhone 12 Pro, but the 12 Pro has a higher-quality display. The iPhone XS Max features a 6.5” Super Retina HD display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 625 nits (typical) max brightness. In comparison, the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 800 nits (typical) max brightness. Shared features include HDR, True Tone, and wide color (P3).

Battery

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

The iPhone XS Max has a 3,174 mAh battery capacity, and the iPhone 12 Pro has a 3,687 mAh battery capacity. These capacities allow for up to 15 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time on the XS Max, and up to 17 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time on the 12 Pro. Both of these phones are fast-charge capable and support Qi wireless charging. The iPhone 12 Pro also charges using Apple’s MagSafe charging system.

Processing

Processor iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Pro
CPU Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020) Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01

Color Choices

iPhone Xs Max

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPhone Xs Max color should you buy?

iPhone 12 Pro

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Pacific Blue
  • Silver

Which color iPhone 12 Pro is the most popular?

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Colors

The iPhone Xs Max introduces three new colors not found in the iPhone 12 Pro color palette: Pacific Blue, Gold, and Graphite. Both the iPhone Xs Max and iPhone 12 Pro share one color: Silver. However, the iPhone Xs Max does away with Gold and Gray, previously seen on the iPhone 12 Pro.
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The iPhone 12 Pro is available in four colors, and the iPhone XS Max is available in three colors. These two phones are available in Silver and Gold. The other colors for the iPhone 12 Pro are Graphite and Pacific Blue, and the other color for the iPhone XS Max is Space Gray.

Storage Options

iPhone Xs Max

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone Xs Max storage should I buy?

iPhone 12 Pro

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which storage iPhone 12 Pro is the most popular?

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Storage

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

Reviews

iPhone Xs Max

161 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 12 Pro

35 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Reviews

Both the iPhone Xs Max and iPhone 12 Pro earn 5.0 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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