Face-Off: iPhone XS Max vs XS vs iPhone XR

Published on December 5, 2019
Face-Off: iPhone XS Max vs XS vs iPhone XR
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We can help you when discussing iPhone XS and XR. Although the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are not available any longer.

The XS Max and XS have been substituted by iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apple remains on the XR iPhone at a new low prices of $599, while companies offer discounted prices for the XS and XS Max.

Size and Design

2018 saw Apple claim that bigger iPhones were better. The iPhone XS 5.8″ is Apple’s smallest new phone. The XS Max is the biggest iPhone ever with 6.5 inch display. This device is as same as the iPhone 8 Plus in size. The bezels have just been removed by Apple.

But if you want a design that’ll be called “juuuust right”, take the 6.1-inches iPhone XR into account. This handset also has another material, dropping stainless steel for aluminum.

The iPhone XR is available in coral, red, black, black, blue, white and yellow while XS versions are gold, silver and space gray. Apple is now producing and selling its own clear protection case for iPhone XR if you expected a case that would cover your colorful iPhone.

As far as these devices are concerned, each new iPhone has this known “notch” that Apple made its debut with the iPhone X last year. In addition, none of these phones have a home button, so it is time to learn how to close the XR, XS Max and XS apps on the iPhone.


Not every new iPhone screen is the same. The 6.5-inch XS Max and 5.8-inch iPhone XS are equipped with rich Super Retina OLED panels, which are even brighter than the iPhone X, according to our testing. The 6.1″ iPhone XR features an LCD display that Apple calls the Retina liquid display.

You probably will stick OK with the LCD-based XR and its less dynamic colors if you have never upgraded to an iPhone X (or seen one publicly). However, from OLED iPhones and wider viewing angles you will notice the more perfect black.

The iPhone XS Max has 2688 x 1242 pixels in 6.5-inch while the iPhone XS has 2436 x 1125 pixels in 5.8 inch Super Retina display. On the other hand, the iPhone XR’s 6.1-inch screen has 1,792 x 828 pixels. Therefore, iPhone XR screen is less sharp than the XS Max and XS iPhone.

However, you probably see this face-off with little frustration, if your hands prefer a smaller iPhone, as the smallest iPhone (the 5.8-inch XS) is still quite big. We believe that the new Apple iPhone 2019 (iPhone 11) has include a more compact model than the previous ones.


With the same dual 12 megapixel cameras, the iPhone XS Max and XS have a telephoto (ƒ/2.4) aperture and a wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) lens. The iPhone XR is equipped with a 12 megapixel (1.8 aperture) sense with a single way wide angle.

The 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom sensors are provided with these dual sensors in the iPhone XS Max and XS. Up to 5x digital zoom is available on the iPhone XR.

However, these phones are quite similar in terms of tricks. Both offer Smart HDR, in your photos which means more detail and color. You can also improve the portrait mode of the XR and XS iPhones using the Apple depth control adjustment option, so that after you shoot a portrait mode you can adjust the depth of the field.

Battery Life

The iPhone XS Max has the biggest smartphone Apple battery ever to keep its 6.5-inch screen glow. On our web surfing test, the XS Max lasted for 10 hours and 38 minutes. The smaller XS lasted 9 hours 41 minutes, just under the average 09 hours and 48 minutes category. You will want the iPhone XR for the best battery life that lasted 11 hours and 26 minutes on our battery test. With this test score, it listed on our longest battery life smartphone list. Yes, this model offers enough battery life to compete with the model you might need to borrow. Yeah, that’s right.

Each new iPhone is capable of quick charging and refuel half battery in 30 minutes. The Apple USB-C adapters were tested for 30 Watt and 87 Watt. Be aware that these accessories are not included in the original box, and cost additional price.

However, Apple now sells Smart Battery Cases for the XR, XS and the XS Max iPhones. Apple claims that your talk time will be extended to 39 hours. Whereas case XS Max raises talk time to 37 hours maximum. The XS case is rated for up to 33 hours of adding sufficient juice.


When speed is your priority, it is difficult to find a winner of our XS Max versus XS versus iPhone XR face-off. These handsets, except in one aspect, are just as compelling. Each has the same A12 Bionic processor on its XS Max, XS, and XR. It is the first 7 nanometer chips in the industry with 6.9 billion transistors.

The phones have a4-core GPU and a CPU with 6-core functions, four efficiency cores and dual high-performance cores for the CPU. Apps will start up to 30 percent more quickly, and feature improved, machine learning in real time. Better AR applications can also be expected, with 60 frames per second and low-light performance improving.


Here, at the check-out counter, comes the biggest disparity between our XR and XS Max versus XS. The XS Max is $999, and the XS for the 64 GB starts at $899. The iPhone XR starts at $599, which is cheaper than affordable.

Final Verdict

The iPhones XR, XS and XS Max appear to be more similar than their rates could indicate with respect to their camera and performance (except for the slower iPhone XR mobile data speed). In price as well as in size, you pay a pretty big bag for the biggest, most audacious display on the XS Max iPhone. The other major difference is that the camera of the iPhone XR does not offer optical zoom.

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