iPhone X vs. iPhone XS: Should You Upgrade?

iPhone X vs. iPhone XS: Should You Upgrade?

Apple’s most touted “iPhone” series is a tremendous game changer. With the reinvention in iPhone designs, performance as well as security and yes not to forget the price, Ahhh! The iconic iPhone X is having competitors now. Well, the pricing for the successors are even higher. But the million dollar question is, are there any key differences to justify an upgrade?

Let’s catch up some dynamic differences…

Display: Same Yet The Better One

Apple iPhone X is termed out to be Apple’s very first entry into OLED displays which immediately set the bar for everyone else. The iPhone XS makes some better improvements, though you won’t notice any major differences in core specs.

The iPhone XS sport the same sizes as iPhone X and have a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125. However, Apple offers a dynamic range with HDR content that is greater by 60% over the iPhone X thereby improving the images and videos. Moving on, the notch remains the same on iPhone XS as well. Apple claims the faster Face ID facial recognition to unlock your phone.

Well, no factual figure was put on differences, and the improvements are purely believed to be software based.

Design- Identical Twins

If you take a close look at the iPhone XS display, it will certainly reveal its upgrade over the iPhone X but in terms of design, both the phones are identical twins.

  • iPhone XS – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 177g (6.24 oz)
  • iPhone X – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 174g (6.14 oz)

Yes, a 3g (0.1 oz) weight difference is seen in both the iPhone. That can be said as a design improvement but you can’t spot them with naked eye.

The iPhone XS offers more water and dust resistance than the iPhone X. The iPhone X had an IP67 rating, whereas, the XS has an IP68 rating which means you can now submerge your iPhone in up to three meters of water!

You can also buy an Apple iPhone XS in a beautiful Gold color which is carried over from iPhone 8 series. Silver and Space Grey colors remains the same.

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iPhone XS Color Options image credit: Forbes.com

Performance- Defeating Itself

As of now, Apple’s A11 chipset (iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus) is the fastest performer of any phone and the new A12 chipset in the iPhone XS (also present in iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR) will maintain that crown:

  • iPhone XS – Apple A12 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU, Four-Core GPU, M12 motion co-processor, 4GB RAM
  • iPhone X – Apple A11 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU, Three-Core GPU, M11 motion co-processor, 3GB RAM

Cameras – Better Software Best Images

Apple will never admit its failure in the camera section against its rival Pixel 2. But with the iPhone XS, Apple is back slaying, “if you can’t beat them, Join them!” strategy.

Google Pixel introduced HDR+ whereas Apple has smartly named’ Smart HDR’ which combines the best parts of multiple photos taken at several exposures into a single images. This indeed improvised the dynamic range of iPhone weakness. The Portrait Mode allows a Samsung-style party trick. The iPhone XS also can adjust the background blur of an image after it is clicked.

Well, the Smart HDR rides to rescue for iPhone XS!

Read :  Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Apple iPhone X: What’s your choice?


There are many complaints about the battery life in iPhone XS as well. iPhone X too didn’t have a great battery life. Apple really should look into this feature seriously.

  • iPhone XS – 2658 mAh
  • iPhone X – 2716 mAh

Battery life of iPhone XS is lower than the iPhone X but the new chip is said to give a better battery performance.

Just like the iPhone X, the iPhone XS offers 3D touch and wireless charging.

In short: The rivals are doing far better when it comes to batter life and charging.

Storage and Price

The iPhone XS is available in a 512 GB variant in addition to the 64 GB and 256 GB variants. If you have any iPhone older than the iPhone X then this upgrade might be totally worth it. However, if you own the iPhone X then the new iPhone XS might not be worth it unless you don’t mind spending 1000 bucks. If you are still keen on upgrading you might also want to check out the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR before making a decision.

Bottom Line

Well, the naming of the phone is new, but with very little improvements. Yes, iPhone XS sports some smart improvements internally. Externally? Yes, if you get the Gold one.

For those who are in hurry to upgrade the old iPhone, the more colorful and affordable iPhone XR is the choice. It matches many, though not all specs of iPhone XS and starts at $750.

For jaw-dropping display and better battery life, iPhone XS Max is perfect; just make sure you got enough money to spend…

Also read: iPhone XS Max vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 : Battle Of Giants

What’s your choice? Apple iPhone XS is undoubtedly an excellent phone, but best is to check the other two options as well.

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