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iPhone XS features vs. XS Max, XR, X

We compare Apple's new 2018 iPhones with each other and last year's iPhone X.

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The iPhone XS Max (right) and iPhone XS (left) both launched on Sept. 21. The iPhone XR (middle) came out over a month later on Oct. 26. Each is an update to 2017's iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

If you haven't taken the plunge yet and want to know what the differences are, we nail them down over the next few slides. 

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The iPhone XS retains the familiar design of the iPhone X, including a 5.8-inch OLED display and stainless-steel sides.

Take a look at CNET's drop test of the iPhone XS.

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Apple also offers a larger version of the XS with a 6.5-inch OLED display. It's called the iPhone XS Max.

Check out our camera comparison between the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9.

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With a footprint about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus (left), the iPhone XS Max has the largest display found on any current iPhone -- 6.5 inches vs. the 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 8 Plus.

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The iPhone XS and XS Max come in silver, space gray and gold.

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Apple opted for more of a straw-colored gold this time than previous gold iPhone models that were more cooper colored.

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Then there's the iPhone XR (right), which has a 6.1-inch LCD display and an aluminum and glass body instead of the stainless steel and glass of the XS Max (left).

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The iPhone XR comes in black and white.

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There's also a Product Red edition.

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You can also get it in blue.

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There's a coral version.

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And yellow too!

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The iPhone XR costs $749, £749 or AU$1,229. That's $50, £50 or AU$150 more than the iPhone 8 cost when it launched in 2017. But it's also $50, £50 or AU$150 less than the iPhone 8 Plus' starting price. 

Take a look at CNET's drop test of the iPhone XR to see how durable it is.

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The iPhone XS, like 2017's iPhone X, starts at $999, £999 or AU$1,629 for a 64GB model.

Check out our camera comparison between the iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3.

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The iPhone XS Max costs $1,099, £1,099 or AU$1,799 for 64GB. It's not much smaller than a Nintendo Switch, but has a larger screen (6.5 inches vs. the 6.2 inches). 

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All three 2018 phones have a new A12 Bionic processor that Apple claims is 15 percent faster than last year's A11 chip in the iPhone X.

Take a look at CNET's camera comparison between the iPhone XS and iPhone X.

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The iPhone XR has a single rear camera. The XS and XS Max both have dual rear cameras like the iPhone X.

Check out our camera comparison between the iPhone XR and XS.

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The iPhone XR, XS and XS Max are all available now. They'll make great gifts, but aren't the only phones you should consider adding to your gift list. 

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