Apple iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 6.5-inch Apple iPhone XS Max (with Apple A12 Bionic) that was released on September 12, 2018, against the Apple iPhone XR, which is powered by the same chip. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone XS Max
  • The rear camera has a 2x optical zoom
  • 40% higher pixel density (456 vs 326 PPI)
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
  • Has a 0.4 inch larger screen size
  • Has 33% more RAM: 4GB versus 3GB
  • OLED display (versus competitor's IPS LCD)
  • Thinner bezels – 6.41% more screen real estate
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone XR
  • Shows 30% longer battery life (33:02 vs 25:24 hours)
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Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type OLED IPS LCD
Size 6.5 inches 6.1 inches
Resolution 1242 x 2688 pixels 828 x 1792 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.4:9 19.5:9
PPI 456 ppi 326 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 625 nits 625 nits
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Tempered glass Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 85.41% 79%
Display features - DCI-P3
- Always-On Display
-
Display tests
RGB color space 98.8% 100%
PWM 240 Hz Not detected
Response time 11.2 ms 32.8 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity 1920:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
658 nits
643 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 157.5 mm (6.2 inches) 150.9 mm (5.94 inches)
Width 77.4 mm (3.05 inches) 75.7 mm (2.98 inches)
Thickness 7.7 mm (0.3 inches) 8.3 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 208 g (7.34 oz) 194 g (6.84 oz)
Waterproof IP68 IP67
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Silver, Gold, Gray White, Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow
Fingerprint scanner No No
Screen-to-body ratio
85.41%
79%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone XS Max and Apple iPhone XR in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Max. clock 2490 MHz 2490 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Tempest
- 2 cores at 2.49 GHz: Vortex
- 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Tempest
- 2 cores at 2.49 GHz: Vortex
Lithography process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Graphics Apple A12 Bionic GPU Apple A12 Bionic GPU
GPU clock 1100 MHz 1100 MHz
FLOPS ~560 GFLOPS ~560 GFLOPS

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
iPhone XR +1%
1123
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2869
2224
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
538212
510352
CPU 145567 142301
GPU 170450 188718
Memory 100025 70367
UX 112820 104916
Total score 538212 510352
3DMark Wild Life Performance
5726
5235
Stability 66% 69%
Graphics test 34 FPS 31 FPS
Graphics score 5726 5235
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 4 GB 3 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory clock - 2133 MHz
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 256, 512 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Software

Operating system iOS 12 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.2) iOS 12 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.2)
OS size 16 GB 11.1 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 3174 mAh 2942 mAh
Charge power 18 W 15 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (10 W) Yes, Qi (10 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 30 min) Yes (50% in 30 min)
Full charging time 03:29 hr 1:43 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 09:13 hr 11:16 hr
Watching video 10:50 hr 12:45 hr
Gaming 04:41 hr 05:10 hr
Standby 80 hr 123 hr
General battery life
25:24 hr
iPhone XR +30%
33:02 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Zoom Optical, 2x Digital
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 12 MP) 1 (12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.5", Apple iSight X (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Apple iSight X (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 52 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4" (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
-
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone XS Max from DxOMark -
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Image resolution 3088 x 2316 3088 x 2316
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm 32 mm
Sensor type BSI CMOS CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 60 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
110
103
Video quality
Generic camera score
105
101

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 5
Bluetooth features SPP, PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HFP, HDP, GAP, GAVDP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP SPP, PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HID, HFP, HDP, GAP, GAVDP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP
USB type No No
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
eSIM support* Yes Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 16 12
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
77.2 dB
iPhone XR +13%
87.3 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2018 September 2018
Release date September 2018 October 2018
SAR (head) 0.99 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.99 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the display, performance, camera, and design are more important to you, then choose the Apple iPhone XS Max. But if the battery life and sound are more of a priority – go for the Apple iPhone XR.

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