iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Upgrading the iPhone XS to the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a significant improvement in almost every area, including the design, screen, camera, and battery life. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a massive 6.7-inch OLED display, 5G, an additional ultra wide camera, LiDAR scanner, Night Mode (including portraits), A14, 6GB of RAM, dramatically longer battery life, stronger glass body, improved water resistance, MagSafe charging, and more. The standout feature is the primary camera that has a larger image sensor with in-body stabilization that outperforms any other 2020 iPhone or those that came before it.

Price Comparison

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Pro Max Pricing

iPhone Xs prices start at $185, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 Pro Max low price of $515.

Specs Comparison

There are some notable differences between the iPhone XS and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone XS features a 5.8” display, an Apple A12 Bionic chip, and it supports 4G LTE cellular connectivity. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 6.7” display, an Apple A14 Bionic chip, and it supports 5G cellular connectivity. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also offers longer battery life and a better rear camera.

Size

Size iPhone Xs iPhone 12 Pro Max
Width 71 mm 2.8 inches 78 mm 3.1 inches
Height 144 mm 5.7 inches 161 mm 6.3 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 177 g 6.2 ounces 226 g 8.0 ounces

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is considerably larger than the iPhone XS. The iPhone 12 Pro Max measures 6.33” (H) x 3.07” (W) x 0.29” (D). In comparison, the iPhone XS measures 5.65” (H) x 2.79” (W) x 0.30” (D). Other details include a display size of 5.8 inches and a weight of 6.24 ounces for the iPhone XS, and a display size of 6.7 inches and a weight of 8.03 ounces for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Camera

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

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a better camera with more advanced features as compared to the iPhone XS. The iPhone 12 Pro Max rear camera hardware includes a triple 12MP array with a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens. The iPhone XS features a dual 12MP rear camera with a wide and telephoto lens. Some of the key features found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max include Night Mode, Night Mode Portraits, Deep Fusion for better image processing, and support for the Apple ProRAW file format. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also brings HDR video recording with Dolby Vision (up to 4K at 60 fps).

Screen

Display iPhone Xs iPhone 12 Pro Max
Resolution 1125x2436 1284x2778
Screen Size 149 mm 5.8 in 170 mm 6.7 in
Pixels Per Inch 463 ppi 457 ppi

The screen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is nearly an inch larger than the screen on the iPhone XS. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 6.7” Super Retina XDR (OLED) HDR display with a resolution of 2778 x 1284 and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. In comparison, the iPhone XS features a 5.8” Super Retina HD (OLED) HDR display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.Common features include wide color (P3) and True Tone support.

Battery

Battery iPhone Xs iPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity 2659 mAh 3687 mAh
Longevity 12 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone XS has a 2,658 mAh battery capacity and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 3,687 mAh battery capacity. Both of these phones are fast-charge capable with a 20W wall power adapter and Lightning cable, and both support Qi wireless charging. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also supports Apple MagSafe charging. In terms of battery life expectations, the iPhone XS offers up to 14 hours of video playback time or up to 60 hours of audio playback time, whereas the iPhone 12 Pro Max offers up to 20 hours of video playback time or up to 80 hours of audio playback time.

Processing

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

Color Choices

iPhone Xs

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPhone Xs color should you buy?

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Pacific Blue
  • Silver

Which color iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most popular?

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Pro Max Colors

The iPhone Xs introduces three new colors not found in the iPhone 12 Pro Max color palette: Pacific Blue, Gold, and Graphite. Both the iPhone Xs and iPhone 12 Pro Max share one color: Silver. However, the iPhone Xs does away with Gold and Gray, previously seen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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The iPhone XS and iPhone 12 Pro Max have some colors in common. They are both available in Silver or Gold. The iPhone XS is available in three colors total, with the third color being Space Gray, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is available in four colors total, with the remaining colors being Graphite and Pacific Blue.

Storage Options

iPhone Xs

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone Xs storage should I buy?

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which storage iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most popular?

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Pro Max Storage

The iPhone 12 Pro Max introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone Xs: 128GB. Both the iPhone Xs and iPhone 12 Pro Max share two storage options: 256GB and 512GB. However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max does not have options for 64GB, as seen on the iPhone Xs.
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The iPhone XS and the iPhone 12 Pro Max each offer three options for storage. On the low end, the storage begins at 64GB on the iPhone XS and at 128GB on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The other two storage options are the same for both models and include 256GB and 512GB.

Reviews

iPhone Xs

148 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 12 Pro Max

51 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Pro Max Reviews

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

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