iPhone 12 Pro Vs iPhone XS

iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Starting from £336.93
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iPhone XS
iPhone XS Starting from £182.79
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iPhone 12 Pro iPhone XS


iPhone 12 Pro iPhone XS
Width 71.5 mm 70.9 mm
Height 146.7 mm 143.6 mm
Weight 189 g 177 g
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.7 mm
Volume 77.62 cm³ 78.4 cm³


iPhone 12 Pro iPhone XS
Resolution 1170 x 2532 px 1125 x 2436 px
Density 460 ppi 458 ppi
Size 6.1 inches 5.8 inches


iPhone 12 Pro iPhone XS
Battery capacity 2815 mAh* 2658 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum power


iPhone 12 Pro iPhone XS
Maximum storage 512 GB 512 GB
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 6 GB 4 GB
5G support Yes No
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone 12 Pro iPhone XS
Front camera resolution 12 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes Yes
Optical zoom Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone 12 Pro iPhone XS
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 2 3

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iPhone XS vs iPhone 12 Pro Comparison

Does the iPhone XS rival the iPhone 12 Pro?

A first glance, the iPhone XS and the iPhone 12 Pro don’t look all that different, so how do they compare, and which phone is better? Hint: it depends on what you’re looking for and whether you want to pay the iPhone 12 Pro price.

iPhone XS -  a gorgeous screen, long battery life, and good cameras

The iPhone XS and the iPhone 12 Pro essentially have the same gorgeous OLED screen, they’re both of a similar size too, the iPhone 12 Pro is just a tiny bit bigger, it measures  146.7 x 71.5 mm, weighs 189 g, and has a 6.1-inch screen. The iPhone X’s screen is 5.8 inches, and it weighs 12 g less As for size there’s about a millimeter in it with the iPhone XS being the smaller of the two. There is a slight difference in pixels per inch, 458 compared to 460, but you’d be hard-pushed to notice that with the naked eye. The iPhone 12 Pro is also a bit brighter. The iPhone XS has decent battery life, and with average use, it will last you the day. Camera-wise you get 2 x 12 MP rear cameras with 2 x optical zoom and a 7 MP front camera with HD video recording.

iPhone 12 Pro – durable & fast with great memory, and an ultra-wide lens

The iPhone 12 Pro has a ceramic shield, meaning it’s more durable and better protected than the iPhone XS. It also wins hands down in terms of processing speed, and memory. It runs on an A14 bionic chip compared to A12 on the iPhone XS and it has 50% more RAM plus 6 GB compared to 3 GB. You also get around 7 hours more battery life. As for cameras, you get 4 x 12 MP with 2X optical zoom and an ultra-wide lens at the rear, and a 7MP camera at the front with 4K video recording capabilities. This model is also enabled for Wi-Fi 6.

Which should I buy?

The size, weight, and screen differences are almost imperceptible on these two phones, so none of those points should factor into your decision. If you want the latest camera, more speed, or longer battery life, get the iPhone 12 Pro, otherwise, get the iPhone XS. Both models can be bought for around a third less than the market price if you buy refurbished, and it’s good for the environment too.

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