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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr: What's the difference?

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr: What's the difference?

Picking out the differences between the new iPhones.
iPhone XS and XR front and back

They’re here. After months of rumours, hearsay, conjecture, leaks and much else besides, Apple’s new iPhones are finally official.

There are three to choose from: the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr. Each has their own strengths and each plays to a different market, with different features, specs and of course, a different price.

Want to see how they stack up? You’ve come to the right place.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr: Design

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The iPhone Xs is an upgraded version of the iPhone X, so all the main changes are under the hood.

It doesn’t look much different to its predecessor. You’ve got the same 5.8-inch screen, same notch for housing the front-facing camera and sensors, and the same lack of a home button (making that notch even more important, as it’s where the Face ID sensors live for unlocking the handset using facial recognition).

The iPhone Xs Max is the same but bigger. Apple has enlarged the screen to a monster 6.5 inches, but apart from that, it’s much the same design-wise as the iPhone Xs. Think slim bezels, all-screen design and no home button in sight.

The most drastically different design goes to the iPhone Xr. This comes in a range of new colours, signalling its (relatively) low price tag. Think a modern take on the iPhone 5c, which launched back in 2013.

Apple wants to have an iPhone for everyone. And on the design front at least, it seems to have ticked that box.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr: Performance

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The Xs and Xs Max feature a new Apple chip, named the A12. Based on a 7nm process, it’s quicker and more efficient than the A11 (which was found in the iPhone X). That means they will be quicker and more efficient too, with longer battery lives.

Both phones are bolstered by up to 4GB of RAM. Apple doesn’t reveal how much RAM its phones have, but this was rumoured before, and will likely be confirmed when reviewers get their hands on the devices.

That should translate to blisteringly fast performance.

The iPhone Xr has less power, as you would expect from a cheaper phone: it uses the same A11 processor as the original iPhone X, which is still plenty of power. 3GB of RAM is rumoured, which is 1GB less than its more powerful siblings.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr: Screen

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The good news is that all three iPhones are massive. The iPhone Xs has the same 5.8-inch OLED screen as the iPhone X, while the Xs Max uses the same display but enlarges it to a monster 6.5 inches.

At 6.1 inches, the Xr is still large, though it uses less advanced screen tech. Its LCD panel will look less impressive than its pricier siblings: colours will be less vibrant, while the image will be a little less sharp.

This could be even more noticeable at such a large size, but we’ll have to wait for a review unit to confirm.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr: Price

All iPhones XS XS Max and XR prices

Ah, the all-important question: How much will these slabs of mobile loveliness cost you?

The Xr is the cheapest of the bunch, but it’s still not exactly cheap. It starts at £749, which is only a couple of hundred quid cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

So you see, while the Xr might be the entry-level new iPhone, it’s in no way a budget option.

The Xs is the mid-range of the new models, starting at £999. That’s the same price as last year’s iPhone X.

For the top-of-the-range iPhone Xs Max, you’ll have to pay top dollar. It starts at £1,099, and a lot more if you want extra storage.

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