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Should you upgrade to the Apple iPhone XS or XS Max?

By James Lu - 29 Sep 2018

From iPhone 7 or 7 Plus to iPhone XS or XS Max

  Apple iPhone 7 Apple iPhone 7 Plus Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB)
  Apple iPhone 7 Apple iPhone 7 Plus Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1048
  • From S$1248
  • From S$1889
  • From S$2039
Operating system
  • iOS 10
  • iOS 10
  • iOS 12
  • iOS 12
Processor
  • Apple A10 Fusion quad-core 2.33GHz processor
  • Apple A10 Fusion quad-core 2.33GHz processor
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
Built-in Memory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 3GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
Display
  • 4.7-inch Retina HD / 1,334 x 750 pixels (326ppi) / IPS
  • 5.5-inch Retina HD / 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401ppi) / IPS
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina HD / 2,436 x 1,125 pixels (458ppi) / OLED
  • 6.5-inch Super Retina HD / 2,688 x 1,242 pixels (458ppi) / OLED
Camera
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, f/1.8 iSight camera with phase detection autofocus, OIS and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.8, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.4, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.4, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
Storage Type
  • 32 / 128 / 256GB internal storage
  • 32 / 128 / 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
Battery
  • 1,960mAh
  • 2,900mAh
  • 2,658mAh
  • 3,174mAh
Dimensions
  • 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
  • 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
Weight
  • 138g
  • 188g
  • 177g
  • 208g

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were the first iPhones to introduce a dual rear camera setup and Portrait Mode  (but only on the 7 Plus), IP67 dust and water resistance and stereo speakers. They were also unique because Apple introduced two black color options that haven't been seen since: Matte Black, and Jet Black (although the Matte Black color is returning on the upcoming iPhone XR).

Once again, the main reason to upgrade to the XS or XS Max is the larger, bezel-less OLED display, which not only gives you more screen real estate, but also has a higher resolution, better contrast, and supports true HDR10/Dolby Vision playback. You also get wireless charging, much better cameras, and a much faster processor for upgrading.

What you get for upgrading

  • Larger display: 5.8-inches on the iPhone XS or 6.5-inches on the iPhone XS Max.
  • Taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio bezel-less display with notch.
  • Higher resolution OLED display (~458 ppi) with HDR10/Dolby Vision support.
  • IP68 dust and water resistance.
  • Stainless steel and glass design available in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold.
  • FaceID and Animoji.
  • Glass rear with wireless charging.
  • Louder stereo speakers.
  • More durable front and back glass.
  • More powerful A12 Bionic processor.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • Faster 4G LTE speeds. Both the XS and XS Max now support 4G LTE Cat 16 up to 1024Mbps.
  • Dual Sim functionality.
  • Longer battery life.
  • Much better rear cameras.
  • Improved Portrait Mode with adjustable depth-of-field.
  • 64GB and 512GB storage options.

 

What you lose for upgrading

  • TouchID.
  • Home Button.
  • Matte Black and Jet Black color options.