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Apple iPhone 12 vs Apple iPhone XS Max

What is the difference between the Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone XS Max? Which one is better? The answers to these questions and many more can be found here in this detailed comparison of the two phones. Discover the differences in specs between these two desirable devices, from screen size to battery life, in the table below. We have all the information you need to choose the best phone for you.


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Common specs

Brand and model Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone XS Max
Rating (+7) (+7)
Release date 2020, October 13 2018, September
Dimensions (HxWxD) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm | 5.78 x 5.78 x 2.81 in 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm | 6.2 x 6.2 x 3.05 in
Weight 164 g | 5.78 oz 208 g | 7.34 oz
Body Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame Front/back glass, stainless steel frame
Colors Black, White, Red, Green, Blue Space Gray, Silver, Gold
Battery 2815 mAh, Li-Ion, non-removable 3174 mAh,  Non-removable Li-Ion
Battery life Stand by time - Up to 17 h (multimedia)
Music play - Up to 65 h
Talking time - Up to 25 h (3G)
Music play - Up to 65 h
Approximate price 880 EUR 1250 EUR

Screen

Technology Super Retina XDR OLED Super AMOLED
Touchscreen capacitive touchscreen capacitive touchscreen
Display colors 16M 16M
Screen size 6.1" inc 6.5" inc
Screen area 90.2 cm2 102.9 cm2
Screen format 19.5:9 (height:width) 19.5:9 (height:width)
Screen to body ratio 86.0% 84.4%
Screen resolution 1170 x 2532 px 1242 x 2688 px
Screen PPI /points per inch/ 460 PPI 458 PPI
Screen protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Other specs - Dolby Vision
-Wide color gamut
-True-tone
-HDR10
-625 nits (typ)
-1200 nits (peak)
- Dolby Vision
-HDR10
-Wide color gamut
-3D Touch
-True-tone
-120 Hz touch-sensing

Camera and Video

Rear camera, main 12 MP, Dual 12 MP, Dual
Camera specs -12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
-12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6''
-12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55'', 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF
-12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4'', 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
Functions Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec. 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
DxOMark Main Score 122 106
DxOMark Photo 132 110
DxOMark Video 112 96
Front camera, selfie 12 MP, Dual 7 MP, Single
Specifications 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6''
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)
Functions HDR HDR
Video 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS 1080p@60fps
DxOMark Selfie Score 98 82
DxOMark Photo 101 81
DxOMark Video 93 82

Performance

Operating system - OS iOS 14.1 iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 12.1.3
Chipset - Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) - Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
Processor CPU - Hexa-core (2x3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4x1.8 GHz Icestorm) - Hexa-core (2x2.5 GHz Vortex + 4x1.6 GHz Tempest)
Graphics processor GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
External memory No No
Internal memory 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM 64/256/512 GB, 4 GB RAM
Antutu 8 score 598478 431328
Antutu 7 score 354700
GeekBench 5 Single Core 1580 1111
GeekBench 5 Multi-Core 3920 2477
GeekBench 4 Single Core 4208
GeekBench 4 Multi-Core 10588

Communication and Connectivity

SIM card Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - for China Single SIM (Nano-SIM)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - for China
Network GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
Show all network frequencies:
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
Edge Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC Yes Yes
USB Lightning, USB 2.0 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE 5.0, A2DP, LE
Harmful irradiation
SAR EU - 0.99 W/kg (head) 0.99 W/kg (body)

Music and Audio

Radio No No
Headphone jack No No
Others - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Other features

Sensors - Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer - Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Other extras
- Siri natural language commands and dictation
- Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min
-USB Power Delivery 2.0
-Qi fast wireless charging 15W
- IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
-Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min
-Qi wireless charging
-Siri natural language commands and dictation
- IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)
-Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
Versions
- Versions: A2399 (International); A2176 (USA); A2398 (Canada, Japan); A2400 (China); A2399 (Hong Kong)

- Versions: A2101 (Global market) A1921 (USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) A2104 (China, Hong Kong); A2102 (Japan)

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