The iPhone X was the game changer. Thanks to it, the design of the iPhone was reinvented as well as the security and also the price we will expect to pay for a flagship smartphone from now on. The iPhone XS is even more expensive so let’s see if the upgrade is justified.
Displays – Better but the same
The iPhone X was Apple’s first device to be equipped with an OLED display, and then its rivals began to do that too. Even though the core specs do not seem different, iPhone XS is improved:
iPhone XS, iPhone X – 5.8-inch 19.5:9 aspect ratio True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 82.9% screen-to-body ratio.
Even though the iPhone XS features the same sized OLED panel like its predecessor, the company claims it will increase its dynamic range with HDR content. You will have the opportunity to see improvement in video and images as the HDR will be backed up by HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
iPhone XS’ major changed is called “120Hz touch sensing” but do not confuse it with the 120Hz refresh rate used for some other effects. 120Hz touch sensing means how fast the phone will look for touch input. The 60Hz panel refresh rate stays the same, but iPhone XS should feel more responsive than its predecessor.
Design – Identical Twins
Even though when we look at the display of iPhone XS, we can see how it was upgraded compared to the iPhone X. No difference catches our eye regarding its design:
- iPhone XS – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 177g (6.24 oz)
- iPhone X – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 174g (6.14 oz)
If we take into account the 3g (0.1 oz) difference in weight, we can say that Apple did change something, but we can’t see it with the naked eye.
Some of these improvements that can’t be seen include IP68 dust and water resistance which is upgraded in comparison with iPhone X’s IP67. What this change bring you? The possibility to dump your iPhone in three meters of water instead of one.
Performance – Beating Itself
The iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone X all featured the A11 chipset manufactured by the company which made those phones deliver the fastest performance. Now, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XS will not change the tradition as they are equipped with an A12 chipset.
- iPhone XS – Apple A12 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU, Six Core GPU, M12 motion coprocessor, 4GB RAM
- iPhone X – Apple A11 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU, Six Core GPU, M11 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM
What should you get from that? The company promises a 50% improvement in power efficiency and a leap of 50% while idle. Even though the boost to peak performance has an unimpressive 15%, the iPhone X is powerful enough.
Cameras – New Hardware, Better Software
Even though Apple will never admit this, we know that the rivals of the iPhone range are getting better, especially the Pixel 2. Because of that, Apple chooses the strategy ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ and equipped the iPhone XS with a similar image processing as the one Google’s Pixels have.
HDR+ is what Google called this and Apple decided upon Smart HDR which makes the best image out of multiple photos taken at different exposures. The dynamic range should be improved significantly by this. What is more is that the Portrait Mode was improved as well and the iPhone XS will blur the background behind the subject of the image.
Battery Life And Charging – Incremental Improvements
Many iPhone X users complained about the short battery life of iPhone X, so the company took that in mind and gave the iPhone XS more stamina. According to Apple, this improvement is just “30 minutes longer”. However, the A12 should have increased the efficiency by 50%, and a bigger battery should have also been fitted into the iPhone XS.
- iPhone XS – 2800 mAh
- iPhone X – 2716 mAh