iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12

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Moving from the iPhone XS to the iPhone 12 is still a sizable upgrade. Unlike previous generations, the base iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch OLED display, that’s larger than the 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone XS and even uses a slightly superior display technology. Other upgrades include 5G, A14 chip, ultra wide camera, better drop protection, improved water resistance, MagSafe charging, and more.

Price Comparison

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Pricing

iPhone Xs prices start at $185, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 low price of $334.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone 12 is a newer model, and it has several key improvements as compared to the iPhone XS. The iPhone 12 has a Super Retina XDR display, 5G cellular connectivity, and an Apple A14 Bionic chip. In comparison, the iPhone XS has a Super Retina HD display, 4G LTE cellular connectivity, and an Apple A12 Bionic chip.

Size

Size iPhone Xs iPhone 12
Width 71 mm 2.8 inches 72 mm 2.8 inches
Height 144 mm 5.7 inches 147 mm 5.8 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 177 g 6.2 ounces 162 g 5.7 ounces

The measurements for the iPhone 12 include a height of 5.78”, a width of 2.82”, a depth of 0.29” and a weight of 5.78 ounces. The iPhone XS measurements include a height of 5.65”, a width of 2.79”, a depth of 0.30”, and a weight of 6.24 ounces. The display size of the iPhone 12 is 6.1 inches versus the 5.8-inch display size of the iPhone XS.

Camera

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

The iPhone XS and iPhone 12 each feature a dual 12MP rear camera setup, but the XS has a telephoto and wide lens, and the 12 has a wide and ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 12 also has several features unavailable on the iPhone XS, including support for Night Mode, Deep Fusion, and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision (up to 4k at 30 fps). The iPhone XS has a 7MP TrueDepth camera on the front, and the iPhone 12 has a 12MP TrueDepth. Similar to the rear camera, the iPhone 12 front camera also has additional features such as 4K video recording (at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps).

Screen

Display iPhone Xs iPhone 12
Screen Tech None OLED
Resolution 1125x2436 1170x2532
Screen Size 149 mm 5.8 in 154 mm 6.1 in
Pixels Per Inch 463 ppi 457 ppi
Refresh Rate - Hz 60 Hz

The screen on the iPhone 12 is slightly larger than the screen on the iPhone XS. It is also of higher quality. The iPhone 12 has a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. The iPhone XS has a 5.8” Super Retina HD display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Common display features include HDR, True Tone, wide color (P3), and a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone Xs iPhone 12
Capacity 2659 mAh 2815 mAh
Longevity 12 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone XS and iPhone 12 are both fast-charge capable and support Qi wireless charging. The fast wired charging requires a Lighting cable and 20W wall power adapter. The iPhone 12 also supports Apple MagSafe charging. Otherwise, the iPhone XS battery is able to offer up to 14 hours of video playback time or up to 60 hours of audio playback time, and the iPhone 12 is able to offer up to 17 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time.

Processing

Processor iPhone Xs 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

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPhone Xs 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 vs iPhone 12 Colors

The iPhone Xs and iPhone 12 have completely different color choices. The iPhone Xs 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 12 is available in twice as many colors as the iPhone XS. Color options for the iPhone 12 include Black, White, Purple, Blue, Green, and PRODUCT(RED). The color options for the iPhone XS include Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

Storage Options

iPhone Xs

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone Xs storage should I buy?

iPhone 12

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPhone 12 is the most popular?

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Storage

The iPhone 12 introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone Xs: 128GB. Both the iPhone Xs 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.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone XS internal storage options max out at 512GB, and in comparison, the iPhone 12 storage maxes out at 256GB. The remaining storage options for the iPhone XS include 64GB or 256GB, and the remaining storage options for the iPhone 12 include 64GB or 128GB.

Reviews

iPhone Xs

148 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 12

39 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Reviews

Both the iPhone Xs and iPhone 12 earn 4.9 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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