iPhone X vs iPhone Xs Specs Comparison: Any reason to upgrade ?

In this article, I will be comparing the iPhone X vs iPhone Xs in terms of design, display, performance and price. The iPhone Xs is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple, it’s an upgrade to the iPhone X smartphone which was introduced last year and took the world by storm with a notch.

Now, if you’re using the iPhone X, you must be wondering “Do I need to upgrade?”. Well, in this post we will be looking at a few similarities and differences between the devices and letting you know if there’s a need to upgrade or not.

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs – DESIGN

In terms of design, we won’t call it an upgrade. They are both identical, you can hardly tear them apart, they are both designed with Stainless Steel overall unibody with a glass back. The rear features are still the same

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs

They both measure 7.7 mm in thickness, however, the iPhone X weighs less at 174g, while the iPhone XS weighs more at 177g. The iPhone X is available in only Silver and Space Grey colours, while the XS gets a Gold version alongside Silver and Grey. Let’s see what both phones have to offer in terms of display and resolution.

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs – DISPLAY

The iPhone XS comes with a more advanced version of the OLED display on the iPhone X, but they both have a notch. The iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1125 × 2346 pixels in resolution and pixel per inch density of 459.

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs specs

While the iPhone XS is built around the same 5.8-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and boasts of 1125 × 2346 pixels in resolution and 463 pixels per inch density as well. There is no difference between the two phones here.

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs – CAMERA

In the photography department, the iPhone X sports dual rear 12MP + 12MP cameras with Quad-LED Flash, f/1.8 + f/2.4 aperture and 1.4um + 1.0um pixel size respectively. While the XS sports the same dual rear 12MP + 12MP camera with Quad-LED Flash, f/1.8 + f/2.4 aperture and 1.4um + 1.0um pixel size respectively as well.

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We are waiting on DXOMark to really find out if there’s been an upgrade here. For selfies, they both sport the same 7MP Selfie Camera with f/2.2 aperture, however, the XS has an infrared lens for Face ID while the iPhone X uses the selfie camera for that.

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs – Performance

The iPhone X is powered by the Apple A11 Bionic chip with Hexa-core processor that clocks up to 2.39GHzalongside 6-Core GPU. While the iPhone Xs comes with an advanced Apple A12 Bionic with Hexa-core processor that clocks up to 2.5GHz alongside 8-Core GPU.

The iPhone XS runs on iOS 12 operating system out of the box even though the X runs on iOS 11, it should get the iOS 12 update soon. In the RAM and storage department, there’s a bit of a difference. The iPhone X boasts of 3GB RAM with 64GB/256GB storage variants, while the XS comes with a bigger 4GB RAM and 64GB/256GB/512GB storage space variants. Personally, this is the only area, the iPhone Xs is considered an upgrade.

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs – BATTERY

The battery on the iPhone XS hasn’t been revealed yet by the company, however, the XS battery capacity should be much bigger compared to the iPhone X. The iPhone X is powered by a 2716mAh battery, the battery on the iPhone XS might not be up to 3000mAh or even less.

iPhone X vs iPhone Xs – Price Comparison

The iPhone Xs is more expensive obviously, it has a starting price of about $999 (N350,000). While the iPhone X price has fallen in recent times, it now has a starting price of about $899 (N300,000).

iPhone X VS iPhone XS Specs Comparisons

DISPLAY
Display size 5.8 inches 5.8 inches
Resolution 1125 x 2436 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Pixel density 459 ppi 459 ppi
Technology OLED OLED
Screen-to-body ratio 82.35 % 82.64 %
Peak brightness 625 cd/m2 (nit) 625 cd/m2 (nit)
Features HDR video support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor HDR video support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
CAMERA
Rear camera 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Aperture size F1.8 F1.8
Pixel size 1.22 μm 1.4 μm
Optical zoom 2.0 x 2.0 x
Hardware Features Second camera (12-megapixel, F2.4 aperture), Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI) Second camera (12-megapixel, F2.4 aperture), Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus (Phase detection), Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Video recording 3840×2160 (4K) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (240 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (30 fps) 3840×2160 (4K) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (240 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD)
Features Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Front camera 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Features High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
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DESIGN
Dimensions 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches (143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm) 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches (143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm)
Weight 6.14 oz (174 g)
the average is 5.8 oz (165 g)
6.24 oz (177 g)
the average is 5.8 oz (165 g)
Materials Main body: Glass; Accents: Stainless steel Main body: Glass; Accents: Stainless steel
Rugged Water, Dust resistant Water, Dust resistant
IP certified IP 67 IP 68
Biometrics Facial recognition Facial recognition
Colors Gray, Silver Gold, Gray, Silver
HARDWARE & PERFORMANCE
System chip Apple A11 Bionic APL1W72 Apple A12 Bionic
Processor Hexa-core, 2390 MHz, 64-bit, 10 nm Hexa-core, 64-bit, 7 nm
GPU Apple 3-core GPU Yes
RAM 3 GB
Internal storage 256 GB 512 GB
OS iOS (11.x) iOS (12.x)

 

BATTERY
Capacity 2716 mAh
Fast Charging USB Power Delivery USB Power Delivery
Wireless charging Built-in (Qi) Built-in (Qi)
Talk time 20.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1187 min)
Music playback 60.00 hours 60.00 hours
Video playback 13.00 hours 14.00 hours

 

NETWORK
CDMA 800, 1900 MHz
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD) Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66 Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71
LTE (TDD) Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
Data LTE-A Cat 12/13 (600/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS LTE-A Pro Cat 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS
Nano SIM Yes Yes
eSIM Yes
Multiple SIM cards 2 slots
HD Voice Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band
Mobile hotspot Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Connector Proprietary Proprietary
Features Mass storage device, USB charging Mass storage device, USB charging
Mobile Payment Apple Pay Apple Pay
Location GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
Other NFC, UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, AirDrop NFC, UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
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PHONE FEATURES
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Notifications Haptic feedback Haptic feedback, Vibration
Price $899 $999

CONCLUSION

Personally, the iPhone XS isn’t much of an upgrade to the X. They are quite identical, it’s kinda what Apple did with the iPhone 6 and 6S. Nonetheless, we will have to wait for benchmark scores to find out how powerful the A12 Bionic chip really is.

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