iPhone XS Max versus iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus is bigger despite its smaller screen

The iPhone XS Max has just been announced and as the name suggests, this phone is big. It is the largest of the three new iPhones, making it a bit of a successor to the iPhone 8 Plus, although it contains more of the DNA of the iPhone X.

With that in mind, we have compared Apple's old phablet with its new phablet to see what exactly has changed and what you are getting for the large amount of money Apple is requesting for the XS Max.

Read on for a comparison of the two phones in all major categories, such as design, screen and camera.

iPhone XS Max versus iPhone 8 Plus design

The iPhone XS Max is a completely different beast for the iPhone 8 and that is most obvious from the front, while while the XS Max has a notch and almost no other bezel, the iPhone 8 has large edges above and below the screen, complete with a house button.

The lack of a start button on the iPhone XS Max means that you do not get Touch ID, but instead Face ID, which the iPhone 8 Plus does not.

However, there is less difference at the back and sides because both phones have a glass back and a metal frame. The orientation of the camera on the back is different – on the iPhone 8 Plus the two lenses are next to each other, while they are stacked vertically on the iPhone XS Max.

The iPhone 8 Plus is bigger despite its smaller screen

Of course, the dimensions and the weight also differ. The iPhone XS Max is 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm and 208 g, while the iPhone 8 Plus is 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm and 202 g. In other words, the iPhone XS Max is slightly smaller, despite having a larger screen.

And the colors also differ. The iPhone XS Max is available in silver, space gray and gold, while the iPhone 8 Plus is in all those parts and also adds red to the mix.

A not so visible difference is their water resistance, because the iPhone XS Max is IP68-certified (which means that it can be submerged up to 2 meters deep under water for up to 30 minutes), while the iPhone 8 Plus has IP67 classification and only depths of up to a meter.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus screen

Both phones have large screens, but the iPhone XS Max is by far the largest at 6.5 inches, while the iPhone 8 Plus is 5.5 inches.

The iPhone XS Max is full screen at the front

The iPhone XS Max is full screen at the front

The XS Max is also a higher resolution at 1242 x 2688 and 458 pixels per inch, compared to the 1080 x 1920, 401ppi screen on the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone XS Max also has a narrower aspect ratio and uses OLED, while the iPhone 8 Plus has an LCD screen.

The difference in display technology means that you can expect better contrast and more vibrant colors from the XS Max.

iPhone XS Max versus iPhone 8 Plus OS and power supply

A new year means a new chipset, in this case you get the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XS Max, while the iPhone 8 Plus has its predecessor, the A11 Bionic. That is not a clue, but you can really expect top performance from the iPhone XS Max.

Concretely, it is up to 15% faster and up to 50% more energy efficient – depending on which combination of the six cores are in play. The GPU and neural motor are also greatly improved for the iPhone XS Max.

There is less difference when it comes to the operating system. The XS Max comes with the brand new iOS 12, but you can update the iPhone 8 Plus there soon.

iPhone XS Max vs. iPhone 8 Plus camera and battery

Both the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 8 Plus have a dual-lens 12MP camera on the back, which allows things like optical zoom and portrait mode, but the iPhone XS Max has optical image stabilization on both lenses, while the 8 Plus just one lens.

There are also other improvements in the iPhone XS Max's camera, including new features such as the ability to adjust the depth of field after taking a picture.

Both phones have rear cameras with two lenses

Both phones have rear cameras with two lenses

However, there is less difference at the front, because both phones have a TrueDepth camera on the front, which allows depth detection in portrait mode and reinforces Face ID.

We do not know how big the battery in the iPhone XS Max is, but it is probably the largest ever placed on an iPhone and is cited as permanent for up to 15 hours of video playback or 13 hours of internet use. The iPhone 8 Plus now has a 2,691mAh battery, which we found in our test report for the whole day, but not much more.

iPhone XS Max vs. iPhone 8 Plus release date and price

The iPhone XS Max is available for pre-order this Friday (September 14) from $ 1,099 (£ 1,099, AU $ 1,799), and will arrive at the store on September 21st.

The iPhone 8 Plus is already out of hand and has had a price reduction, which reduced it to a starting price of $ 699 / £ 699 / AU1.149, so it's a lot cheaper.

Take away

The iPhone XS Max seems to be a big upgrade on the iPhone 8 Plus, not only to completely change the design, but also to pack into a much larger screen. Add to that the extra power and this is a pretty substantial change given the fact that we are in a & # 39; S & # 39; year.

If you choose between the two phones, then the iPhone XS Max on paper is at least considerably better – although you could wait for our full assessment to be sure.

Of course, the XS Max is also a lot more expensive, so it's worth considering how important the upgrades are for you.