It has taken a long time, but the long-awaited new phone from Apple has been announced. Dubbed the iPhone XS, it is an upgrade in a number of ways but not the complete revision that the iPhone X last year.
In fact, at first glance you would have trouble keeping the two phones apart. So what exactly is new and improved here? What not? And how do these two phones compare in general?
Read below for a complete design and a comparison of the specifications of the iPhone XS and iPhone X, so that you can get the answers to those questions.
iPhone XS versus iPhone X design
The iPhone XS seems more or less identical to the iPhone X, which is not a surprise because this is a model of S & # 39;
Both phones have a metal frame and a glass back, while at the front there is a notch above the screen but otherwise almost no edge.
Even the dimensions are the same, both at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, although they weigh slightly different, because the iPhone XS 177 g and the iPhone X 174 g.
But the iPhone XS should be more sustainable, as Apple claims that the rear window is the most sustainable ever in a smartphone. In addition, the phone is IP68 certified, which means that it can be submerged up to 2 meters deep in water for up to 30 minutes while the IP67 rated iPhone X can be submerged only 1 meter deep.
The iPhone XS also comes in a new golden hue, along with silver and space gray, while the iPhone X is only available in silver and space gray.
iPhone XS versus iPhone X display
Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone X have 5.8-inch OLED screens and as mentioned above they both have a notch and minimal edge. They also both have an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and a resolution of 1125 x 2436. That equates to a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch.
So there is not much to choose, but there are some improvements behind the scenes. For example, the iPhone XS has a 60% greater dynamic range than the iPhone X.
iPhone XS versus iPhone X OS and power supply
The iPhone XS is powered by the new A12 Bionic chipset from Apple, an upgrade of the A11 Bionic in the iPhone X.
Both chipsets have six cores, but the A12 Bionic is smaller at 7 nanometers – a first in the industry, and its performance centers are up to 15% faster than the A11 Bionic & # 39; s and are up to 40% lower power, while the efficiency cores are up to 50% lower power. It also has a 50% faster GPU and a tremendously faster neural motor.
Of course, the iPhone X is still one of the fastest phones, so it's unlikely that you'll notice a lot of difference in performance in real time.
You can also get more storage space in the iPhone XS, with a topping of 512 GB, compared to 256 GB for the iPhone X.
However, software is the same: while the iPhone XS comes with iOS 12, you can update the iPhone X soon. Keep in mind, however, that the iPhone XS will probably be supported for longer with updates.
iPhone XS vs iPhone X camera and battery
Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone X have a 12 MP dual lens rear camera, consisting of a telephoto lens f / 2.4 lens and a wide angle f / 1.8 lens. Both phones also have optical image stabilization on both lenses.
But the camera has been improved for the iPhone XS, thanks to things like a better True Tone flash and the ability to adjust the depth of field after taking a picture.
Of course, both phones also have TrueDepth cameras on the front, which reinforce Face ID – the main means to unlock the handsets.
Apple has not revealed the size of the battery in the iPhone XS, but has said that it lasts up to 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X. The iPhone X now has a battery of 2.716 mAh that lasts about one day in our tests.
iPhone XS vs iPhone X price and availability
The iPhone XS is available for pre-order on September 14 and is due to stores on September 21 at a starting price of $ 999 (£ 999, AU $ 1,579).
The iPhone X is now off, of course, but it is no longer directly available from Apple. In theory, it costs the same as the XS, but you can expect that stores are now starting to lower the price. In some stores we already see more than $ 100 / £ 100 discount.
The iPhone XS looks like a modest upgrade of the iPhone X, packaged in a newer, faster chipset, more storage space and other smaller upgrades, but keeps the design largely the same.
Like most Apple models, it seems more refined than a revision and therefore it is probably not worth it to upgrade to the X – at least on the basis of the specifications.
However, if you choose between the two and can push up the price, it is almost certainly the better phone, although you may want to wait for our full assessment in case there are hidden problems.