We compare the iPhone XS and iPhone X to help you decide | Digital Trends Spanish

Long before the new iPhone 12, the not so new iPhone 11 or the cheap second-generation iPhone SE, the phones that reigned in the Apple world were the iPhone XS and iPhone X. Although enough water has flowed under the bridge since their arrival (2018 and 2017, respectively), these are still excellent alternatives if you do not want to spend all your savings or are interested in having the latest at all costs.

The iPhone X and iPhone XS, while not having Apple’s newest hardware components, are still high-end equipment that can even be upgraded to the newest version of iOS. And they have features like their cameras or great displays that are still on par with even newer Android or iOS phones.


iPhone XS iPhone X
Size 143.6 × 70.9 × 7.7 mm (5.65 × 2.79 × 0.30 inches) 143.6 × 70.9 × 7.7 mm (5.65 × 2.79 × 0.30 inches)
Weight 177 g (6.24 oz) 174 g (6.14 oz)
screen 5.8-inch Super Retina AMOLED 5.8-inch Super Retina AMOLED
Resolution 2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 ppi) 2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 ppi)
Operating system iOS 12 iOS 11
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB
Micro SD Do not Do not
Payment services Apple Pay Apple Pay
Processor A12 Bionic A11 Bionic
Camera Dual 12MP rear, 7MP FaceTime HD front Dual 12MP rear, 7MP FaceTime HD front
Video 2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps 2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5 Bluetooth 5
Ports Lightning Lightning
Fingerprint sensor Do not Do not
Waterproof IP68 IP67
Drums 3,174 mAh 2,716mAh
Networking AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray Silver, Space Gray

Performance, battery and charging

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Most notable here is the upgrade to Apple’s latest Bionic A12 processor. This chip is faster and more efficient than its predecessor, the A11, which you will find in the iPhone X. Apple suggests it is 15 percent faster and 40 percent more energy efficient. There is also an improved neural engine in the A12 Bionic, along with augmented reality and graphical improvements that should please gamers.

The iPhone X comfortably handles whatever you can throw at it, but as more demanding apps and games are released to take advantage of this jump in processing power, we’ll see a gap, as Apple also suggests that apps will charge up to 30 percent. hundred faster on the iPhone XS.

We also expect significantly better battery life on the iPhone XS. Apple suggests that it should last half an hour longer per day on average.

Also, both iPhones support Qi wireless charging.

Winner: iPhone XS

Design and durability

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It will be difficult for you to distinguish between the two phones. As is tradition with an S update, the body of the iPhone XS is identical to that of the iPhone X. We have the same glass design with a notch at the top of the 5.8-inch OLED screen. However, only the iPhone XS comes in gold.

A cover or case is going to be a must for any of these iPhones, so check out our selection of iPhone X and iPhone XS cases. The iPhone XS, however, is covered in stronger glass.

On the other hand, iPhone X owners will be able to submerge their phone in shallow water, up to a meter deep, for up to half an hour without damage, while the iPhone XS has a slightly higher IP68 rating, which means it can handle depths of up to 2 meters during the same period.

Winner: iPhone XS


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Both models have the same 5.8-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,436 × 1,125 pixels. They are sharp, bright, and feature accurate colors. The aspect ratio is 19.5: 9, making it a wide screen, although that distinctive notch cuts off a portion of it. The screen-to-body ratio remains one of the highest, at 82.9 percent.

Winner: Tie


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We have been impressed by the dual-lens camera on the iPhone X and Apple has opted for the same configuration on the iPhone XS.

You have two 12-megapixel lenses, both with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), but one has an f / 1.8 aperture, while the other has an f / 2.4 aperture and supports 2 × optical zoom.

It’s capable of capturing great shots in a wide variety of different situations, though it doesn’t quite match some competitors when it comes to low-light photography.

One great thing it does is capture great portrait shots with blurred backgrounds, and the iPhone XS lets you adjust the depth of field after taking a photo.

Apple claims that the sensor in the iPhone XS is twice as fast, so we expect to see some improvements when we can test it out for a while.

The front camera has the same TrueDepth support, which allows FaceID to work safely and also allows Animojis and Memojis to work well. The iPhone XS has a faster Secure Enclave and algorithm update, which means the FaceID system works a bit faster.

Winner: Apple iPhone XS

Software and updates

Apple’s iPhone XS came with the iOS 12 operating system on board, while the iPhone X launched with iOS 11. However, both devices can be easily updated. Apple releases updates regularly, and both phones are easy to do; Currently, the two models can be updated to the latest iOS 14 without problems, and taking into account Apple’s track record in supporting its older phones, we daresay it will be quite a while before both the X and the XS are obsolete.

The software and update experience should be identical for both phones, but we’re going to give the iPhone XS, as it will likely continue to receive updates longer than its predecessor.

Winner: iPhone XS

Special features

Perhaps the main feature here is the TrueDepth front camera, which is capable of scanning your face, even in the dark, to unlock your iPhone. Apple has used the same technology to animate funny creatures in the form of Animojis or cartoons in the form of Memojis. They will add a bit of fun to your chats and they work much better than other similar features on other phones.

The iPhone XS adds dual SIM support, which is great for international travelers. For this reason, it is crowned the winner in this category.

Winner: iPhone XS

Overall winner

It’s no surprise that Apple has made improvements and that the iPhone XS is a slightly better phone than its predecessor, the iPhone X. It has better performance, longer battery life, and a few other tweaks to make it more attractive, but the difference isn’t massive. If you already have an iPhone X and want to upgrade, you should already consider the iPhone 12 or the iPhone SE, if you are looking for something cheaper. Now, if you have to choose between the X and the XS, then we recommend the latter.

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