iPhone X vs XS: Should You Upgrade Now? What's The Difference?

Posted on 26th Jul 2019 20:33:18 in How to -

The moment has dawned where iPhone X users need to decide whether or not to make the upgrade to the iPhone XS. Do you know what the differences are? You definitely wouldn't be able to notice many when looking at them side-by-side.

Once you start using the iPhones, you begin to notice just how different (and more powerful) the iPhone XS is. The speed, for one thing, is something to keep in mind. Yes, the iPhone X is quite fast; but want to go faster?

As well as the speed, there are a few other improved features. In this post, we'll cover the major differences so you can determine if an upgrade is worth it.


So you thought the iPhone X was fast? Well, the iPhone XS takes it up a huge notch. When you run apps on the XS, lag between applications is practically non-existent. And that definitely speaks proof.

While loading times may not have been a significant problem previously, this new processor helps tremendously with general non-responsiveness, meaning that an action is triggered almost instantly when you touch the screen to perform the relevant action.

The key reason why the XS has a faster performance is due to the processor Apple implemented, the A12 Bionic chip, which Apple says includes a next-generation neural engine. No wonder it's speedy!

Improved graphics performance is also a bonus with this new chip, allowing faster and more seamless gameplay or interaction with graphics-heavy applications.


The camera in the iPhone XS has received a huge upgrade from the X. Low light performance, a faster camera app, and more focal points are the new brilliant improvements.

The camera, thanks to the new processor, is much faster overall. When you take a picture, the shutter lag is so minimal that you won't even notice it. You can take picture after picture effortlessly without any hassles.

The focal points allow you to achieve improved depth in your photos. In other words, you can capture a more accurate and aesthetically pleasing blur (known as Bokeh). If you're a fan of taking a lot of photos, then the camera is worth upgrading to, for sure.


Where the iPhone X comes with only two storage options of 64GB and 256GB, the iPhone XS comes in three options of 64GB, 256GB and 512GB.

This might not make a massive difference to you, but if you're someone who takes abundant videos or photos, use large applications, and rarely transfers files to a computer or prefers a "seemingly unlimited" storage space, you might want to opt for the iPhone XS 512GB storage space.


We all hate it when our phones come to the end of their battery life. It's frustrating and entirely inconvenient. So, how does extra battery life sound with the iPhone XS?

While not a vast difference, the XS offers an additional 30 minutes on top of the iPhone X battery life. This could mean the difference between making it home in that extra 30 minutes to charge your phone!

Apple received the feedback of the battery life with the iPhone X nicely - the smaller device was clearly going to hold a smaller battery, and with the brighter screen, the battery performance would drop considerably. Apple decided to include a little extra time for our iPhone-loving enthusiasts; it's a win regardless, no matter how small.

Minor Differences

So those were the major differences. Here are some minor changes from the iPhone X to the XS. They might not have an impact on your choice at all, but we thought we'd include them just in case.

Colour Selection

The iPhone X comes in the colours of space grey and silver. The iPhone XS includes these 2 colours in their selection but adds the option of gold for those who love the luxurious feel of it.


Both of these iPhones have the exact same dimensions. However, the iPhone XS is only slightly heavier with a weight of 177 grams (6.24 ounces) compared to the iPhone X 174 grams (6.14 ounces). Unless you're super attentive, and we mean SUPER, then you won't notice this difference at all.

Water Resistance

The iPhone X is water-resistant in about one meter of water whereas the iPhone XS is water-resistant to a depth of two meters for up to 30 minutes. If you're not taking your phone swimming in the pool with you (we hope not), then this change may not be too enticing.

And that concludes the differences! The iPhone X and XS are virtually identical in terms of exterior qualities. It's the changes that have been implemented on the inside - the faster processor and improved camera, specifically - that you should definitely take into account when tossing up between upgrading or not.

You can still experience the wireless charging, face ID, the premium look and feel, and the beautiful display with the iPhone X but you won't be getting those lightning-quick touch responses, minimal lag, or flawless camera upgrades. Will you make the upgrade?

Decided To Upgrade?

If you've decided that you want to make the upgrade to the iPhone XS from your X, then you might be considering selling or trading in your iPhone X.

The Buy Back for the iPhone X is currently at an All-time high, so now is the perfect opportunity to do so. The changeover price is the lowest that it will ever be! Save money, help the environment and upgrade to the spectacular iPhone XS.

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