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Which Should You Buy? iPhone XR, Xs, Xs Max VS iPhone X

Just earlier today, Apple announced three brand new iPhones: the XR, Xs and Xs Max. Apart from being an unwieldy mouthful, the 2018 line-up has a complicated list of technical specifications. It will be no mean feat to decide which (very expensive) device would be the right one for you – so to aid you in your endeavour, we’ve provided you with a chart comparing the three new entrants with the previous iPhone X.

Sadly, the iPhone X has been discontinued, presumably due to manufacturing and supply chain costs not being favourable. We’ve still decided to include it in the table to give you a better perspective on technical advancements between the two generations of iPhones and the value from the large sum you’re forking out for this monumental upgrade.

The first on the list is the iPhone Xs. The Xs has the same form factor as it’s predecessor from last year, the iPhone X. Pronounced “Ten S”, this phone along with its larger version, the Max now comes in gold (joining silver and space grey). It has the same Super Retina 5.8-inch display that many loved from the X. This, however, is a far more robust phone. The Xs and all iPhones announced are equipped with what Apple calls the smartest and most powerful chip in the world: the A12 Bionic with next-generation Neural Engine.


This chip will be a daily part of user’s lives as it works its magic on processing all the tasks on the iPhone. The iPhone Xs offers a slight increase of 30 mins of battery life from the iPhone X. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max share almost all their features including the 12MP wide-angle telephoto dual camera that offers dual optical image stabilization, 2x optical zoom, brings Smart HDR across photos, improved Portrait mode with Depth Control and gives you the highest quality video capture in a smartphone. The Xs measures 143.6 mm (5.65 inches) by 70.9 mm (2.79 inches) and weighs 177 grams (6.24 ounces).

If you’re looking for a more immersive screen similar to the footprint of the iPhone 8+ the Xs Max is for you. This is the largest display that Apple has ever created and they managed to do that without enlarging the phone. It’s the has the exact same dimensions of 157.5 mm (6.20 inches) by 77.4 mm (3.05 inches) as the iPhone 8+ but sports a 6.5-inch super retina display. Bigger definitely means more battery power, the iPhone Xs Max can give you 1 and a half more hours of use than the iPhone X.

The iPhone XR is sort of the odd one out in this year’s lineup but it is by no means an ugly duckling. This phone features 6 colours including the dashing (PRODUCT)RED. And while not flaunting the same OLED display as the other 2, the XR has probably the most advanced LCD screen in the whole smartphone industry, dubbed Liquid Retina. The XR is also not falling behind in terms of hardware: it’s also equipped with the glorious A12 chip and its battery provides you with 1 and a half more hours of use than the iPhone 8 Plus. One of the major differences between the S series and the XR is the single 12MP camera. Of course being a single camera this limits the phone in the depth sector. Although it lacks that, it can still give you brilliant magazine quality photos. It shares the same front 7MP TrueDepth camera and also has Face ID so you can still unlock your phone fast and easily.

Look out for more news on our website on Apple’s upcoming releases and check out this graphic featuring the prices and release dates for each of the new phones.

Full comparisons can be found at https://www.apple.com/sg/iphone/compare/

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