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IPhone XS Max Vs IPhone XR : What’s The Difference ?

iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone XR : What’s The Difference ?

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Feature and specifications comparison between the new iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr

The much-anticipated news about the unveiling of the latest iPhone product is finally here, as expected, Apple unveiled three products besides the Apple smartwatch during the annual September product unveiling.Let’s look at iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone XR in terms of performance and design.

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They released the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr alongside a redesigned Apple Watch 4.

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr is pronounced (iPhone “Ten-ess, Ten-ess Max and Ten-r). In this article we will take a look at the newly released model of iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr, highlighting the major similarities and differences between the two released versions.

iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone XR

The new released iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr serve as an upgrade on last year’s iPhone X, iPhone Xr could be said to be in the middle range of the X version in design and features.

Regarding price, the iPhone Xr is within the range of what the X class of iPhones cost although the prices and features of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are definitely in a new level.

The significant differences and indifference will be discussed below, read on, perhaps, with our breakdown you would be able to make a decision when thinking about the model to choose from.

Comparing iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone XR  Prices

The price range for the new model is based on the storage capacity of this phone, iPhone XS Max has a price ranging from £1,099 to £1,499. If you are purchasing an iPhone XS Max model with 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage capacity, it’s sold at £1,099, £1,249 and £1,449 respectively.

Meanwhile, iPhone Xr was produced based on a storage capacity of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, sold with a price range of £749, £799 and £899 respectively. Depending on the value it brings to you, you can choose the one that best meets your requirements based on your pockets.

iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone XR camera

The iPhone XS Max has a dual rear camera just like the iPhone XS, but iPhone Xr has only a single rear camera.

One of the basic camera characteristics of a flagship smartphones is its ability to have at least two rear cameras; these attributes are common in the average smartphones like the Honor Play. Well, with the new iPhone Xr, that’s not the case, the extra camera is reserved for the other two X-class model, the (iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max).

iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone XR

iPhone XS Max has a 12MP wide-angle camera. The two rear cameras in iPhone XS Max consist of a wide-angle camera and a telephoto lens, both are used as a medium of stabilising an optical image.

The wide-angle camera has a f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto is f/2.4. However, with the iPhone Xr which has only one rear camera, it shares the same attributes of 12MP wide-angle camera just like the iPhone XS Max, so there isn’t too much of a difference.

Screen comparison

iPhone XS Max is blessed with an OLED screen while iPhone Xr works with an LCD screen.

Not until last year, after the unveiling of the iPhone X product (which was the first iPhone with an OLED screen display), the phone produced by Apple has been working on LCD screen which of course isn’t bad at all.

The iPhone XS Max is manufactured with an improved OLED screen while iPhone Xr is designed with an LCD screen.

iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone XR

Incase you don’t know, an OLED screen is more colourful and richer in tune, they have a classic infinite black which leads to a very high-contrast display, this feature is evident while displaying a video as the iPhone XS Max supports a high dynamic range of video, Dolby vision and an HRR 10.

Tracing the history of Apple in producing an LCD phone, iPhone Xr LCD screen doesn’t make it inferior; it’s still an excellent version. Although while the OLED screen delivers an excellent image quality display, iPhone Xr isn’t far behind. As the CEO of Apple mentioned, it is the best LCD screen they will ever have. So, it isn’t bad anyway.

iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr Hardware

iPhone Xr has a 6.1-inch LCD screen display, unlike the iPhone XS Max which has a 6.5-inch OLED screen display. While iPhone XS Max comes with a picture density of 448 ppi, iPhone Xr is designed with a picture density of 326 PPI.

iPhone XS Max weights 208 grams, unlike the iPhone Xr which is 194 grams, a few grams of the XS model. iPhone XS Max is also designed with a body made up of a stainless-steel and glass, unlike iPhone Xr which is made up of an aluminium and glass body.

So, if you are the type that prefers a smartphone that can give you a full grip, iPhone XS Max will offer you a better solution with its 6.5-inch size compared to a 6.1-inch size offered by iPhone Xr.

Camera Advantages

While iPhone XS Max has a 12MP (f/1.8 wide-angle camera with OIS and a 12MP, f/2.4 telephoto camera, also with OIS), iPhone Xr version also offers a 12MP camera (with f/1.8 wide-angle camera with OIS only), this gives the XS Max model an edge over Xr model.

They both offer a 7MP front camera, which is just as good as you could think of. Also, both iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr offer a 4k video capacity. It’s good to know that, while iPhone XS Max offers you a continuous video playback of 15 hours, iPhone Xr offers you a 16 hours video playback.


Yes, both iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr work based on the Apple fastest processor, the A12 Bionic processor.

This assists the device with fast on board processing of different tasks which usually slows down most smartphone devices such as the usage of intelligence powered software or machine learning software. With this A12 bionic processor, your tasks will be carried out as fast as a jet.


iPhone XS Max is designed with IP68 water and dust density resistant while it’s counterpart, iPhone Xr is designed with IP68 water resistance., although this is no big deal.

This resistance rating implies that if your phone is dispersed in the water, either in the pool or bathtub for about 35 minutes, you need not panic about getting a new phone, both devices offer a great deal of assurance in resisting water spillage.


The iPhone XS Max comes in a gold, grey and silver color while iPhone Xr comes in gold, silver, white, black, coral, yellow, blue and red (product red). Although this year, Apple settled for more of a straw-colored Gold than the previous gold of the iPhone X’s model.


Unsurprisingly, none of this I phones uses a fingerprint scanner, so it’s FaceID all the way. Although many hoped Apple might also join the trend of under-secretary finger scanning technology, just like other phones from China, that’s not the case, so for those of you that prefer the FingerTouch ID to the Face ID, the new iPhone design only uses the Face ID (facial recognition) system.


Apple iPhone Xr is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB meanwhile, iPhone XS Max is available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity.  Thanks for reading iPhone XS Max Vs iPhone Xr ,leave us a comment below.

Samwel Dollah

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