iPhone XS vs iPhone X: what commonalities, what differences?

iPhone XS Ecran Avant Apres Keynote 600x450 - iPhone XS vs iPhone X : quels points communs, quelles différences ?

In addition to the iPhone XR, Apple has just launched two very high-end iPhone:iPhone Xs and theiPhone Xs Max. The first model is the successor to the smartphoneiPhone X. At first glance, the iPhone Xs seems to be no different from its predecessor. However, this new model has a few arguments to argue that we will discover in this article.

iPhone XS Front Screen After Keynote 600x450 - iPhone XS vs iPhone X: what commonalities, what differences?

A new A12 Bionic chip

This point represents the biggest difference between the two generations of iPhone. The A12 Bionic processor is much more efficient than the A11 version. It is a chip manufactured in 7 nm by the Thai company TSMC, against 10 nm for the A11.

Based on the statements made by the brand to the apple during the keynote, the new SoC has a processor 15% more efficient than the previous one, and a graphics chip 50% more efficient. This last point promotes the experience for game lovers. It is for this reason that the American company invited on scene 3 game publishers to show the perceived improvements.

The A12 Bionic is equipped with a new “Neural Engine” chip (8 cores versus 2 previously). It is an element that adds additional to the iPhone. If we compare it with the A11 Bionic chip, the “Neural Engine” allows the Core ML API to be up to 9 times more efficient.


The iPhone Xs is also dual SIM: it can accommodate a nano SIM and an eSIM. However, it will be necessary to wait for the next update of iOS 12 (iOS 12.1) to make it work. The Cupertino company has not announced when it will be available.

Thanks to the dual SIM, customers will be able to benefit from two numbers and two data envelopes on their smartphone. It will therefore be possible to use a personal number and another professional, for example.

New camera

The iPhone Xs seems to use the same photo module as the iPhone X. They are equipped with a main 12-megapixel f / 1.8 sensor and a secondary 12-megapixel f / 2.4 sensor. The Californian company said it used a new generation of sensors capable of picking up more light. The company has increased the size of the photosite to 1.4 ÎĽm, allowing the user to benefit from improved images, even in low light conditions.

Please note that the A12 Bionic chip also allows better photo processing. According to the statements made during the keynote, this chip can perform up to a trillion of operations on a photo.

Regarding video recording, it has also evolved. Using an iPhone Xs, you can shoot in HDR up to 30 frames per second, knowing that the iPhone X was not equipped with this mode. For sound, it is recorded in stereo.

Battery and charging

The apple brand has never given the characteristics of the battery built into its smartphones. It only gives the measured autonomy time.

According to information launched by the American firm, the iPhone Xs has an average autonomy of 30 minutes more than the iPhone X. In addition, the latter can last an additional hour in video playback.