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Apple iPhone XS vs iPhone X – What’s New [Comparison]



It’s the month of September and the latest Apple iPhones are now unveiled. The all-new Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the successors to iPhone X, the special 10th-anniversary iPhone. Along with the iPhone XS, the company also launched the iPhone XR with an LCD display. The Apple iPhone XS now replaces the iPhone X and comes with advanced hardware.

Now, let’s compare with the newly launched iPhone XS with the one-year-old iPhone X.


Apple iPhone X came out with a completely overhauled design featuring a huge notch display. In the past 12 months, we have seen many other smartphone brands embracing the notch design. The new Apple iPhone XS also comes with the similar notch design. However, the new iPhone XS uses Surgical-grade stainless steel frame with glass on the front and rear. Both the devices also come with the same screen size and offer the same hands-on feel. While the Apple iPhone X came in Silver and Space Grey color options, the new iPhone XS will be also available in the new Gold color option. While the original iPhone X is IP67 certified, the iPhone XS devices are now IP68 certified.


With the iPhone X, Apple started using OLED panels for its smartphones. This year, the company is launching two iPhones with OLED displays. Both the iPhone XS and iPhone X comes with same 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display that offers 2436 x 1125 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Both the devices also support 3D Touch, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 playback. The display on the new iPhone XS additionally supports 120Hz touch-sensing and its not same as a 120Hz display. It means only the touch digitizer runs at 120Hz for faster touch recognition.


Just like any other iPhone, the new iPhone XS also comes with an advanced chipset compared to the already superior A11 Bionic on the iPhone X. The new A12 Bionic chip is built on a 7nm FinFET node and packs 4-core GPU, 6-core CPU, and a dedicated 8-core Neural Engine. The new iPhone XS is truly a powerhouse and can perform real-time AR and AI tasks with ease. While the iPhone X sports 3GB of RAM and 64GB/256GB of storage, the new iPhone XS offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB/256GB/512GB of storage. The iPhone XS also lasts 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X. Also, the adapter provided within the box still lacks fast charging support.


Talking about the cameras, the hardware remains same on both the iPhone X and iPhone XS. There are 12MP dual rear cameras with OIS, 2x optical zoom, and quad-LED flash. On the front, there is a 7MP selfie camera along with several Face ID sensors. However, the 12MP primary sensor on the new iPhone XS comes with a larger pixel size for a better performance in low-light. Apple also introduced ‘Smart HDR’ which combines multiple photos with different exposures for a better single shot image. Now, the Portrait mode on iPhones can adjust the bokeh even after capturing the photo.


While the iPhone X came with iOS 11 out of the box, both the devices will be now running on the all-new iOS 12. Firstly, the iOS 12 brings the new Screen Time feature where the users will be notified of the time spent on using the device or the individual apps. Apple also finally fixed the messy notifications with the new iOS 12 by introducing grouped notifications. Since the iPhone XS now supports dual SIM dual standby, it will show the particular SIM details for calls and messages.

With the iPhone X being discontinued, the new iPhone XS offering a minor upgrade over its predecessor will be the go-to device for many Apple fanboys. Having said that, we would like to know your thoughts on this. Let us know, would you be interested in upgrading from iPhone X to iPhone XS. Share your opinion with us by commenting down below or tweet us at @PhoneRadarBlog.


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