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iPhone XS vs. iPhone X: Apple Updates Its Marquee Flagship

by Danny Zepeda | September 12, 2018September 12, 2018 1:35 pm PDT

Apple today announced the iPhone XS, the successor to the fantastic iPhone X. Given it’s an “s” update, not much has changed with the exterior except for a fancy new gold color option. The rest of the changes come on the inside, including a powerful A12 chip, but even then there are only a few noteworthy changes.

That raises the question: Is the iPhone XS that much better than the still terrific iPhone X? Take a look at the spec comparison down below to decide which phone you think is the best smartphone.

Apple - iPhone XS Apple - iPhone X
Display Size 5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi) 5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi)
Resolution X 1125 1125
Resolution Y 2436 2436
Display Type Super Retina HD display Super Retina HD
Operating System iOS 12 (at launch) iOS 11 (at launch)
Processor A12 Bionic chip A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM N/A 3GB (unofficial)
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 7MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • FDD‑LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
  • Gigabit-class LTE with 4x4 MIMO and LAA
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • TD‑LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 800, 1900, 2100
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery N/A N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • QZSS
Height 5.65 inches (14.35 cm) 5.65 inches (14.35 cm)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 2.79 inches (70.9 mm)
Depth 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) .30 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 6.24 oz (177 g) 6.14 oz (174 g)
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray Space Gray Silver
Supported Audio Formats AAC‑LC, HE‑AAC, HE‑AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+) AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
Supported Video Formats HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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