iPhone 8 Plus Vs iPhone XS Max

iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 Plus Starting from £143.00
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iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS Max Starting from £219.99
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iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS Max


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS Max
Width 78.1 mm 77.4 mm
Height 158.4 mm 157.5 mm
Weight 202 g 208 g
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.7 mm
Volume 92.78 cm³ 93.87 cm³


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS Max
Resolution 1080 x 1920 px 1242 x 2688 px
Density 401 ppi 456 ppi
Size 5.5 inches 6.5 inches


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS Max
Battery capacity 2675 mAh* 3174 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 8 Plus iPhone XS Max
Maximum storage 256 GB 512 GB
CPU frequency 2.53 GHz 2.5 GHz
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 3 GB 4 GB
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS Max
Front camera resolution 7 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 8 Plus iPhone XS Max
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 3 3

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iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus Comparison

How does the iPhone 8 Plus shape up against the newer iPhone XS Max?

Newer technology doesn’t always make for a better phone. Choosing a new phone is about choosing what works for you, and figuring out what you want and need from a phone. These two phones are of a similar size and were released about a year apart, so let’s take a closer look.

iPhone XS Max – the first of its kind

With its X release, Apple launched a whole load of firsts. These were the first phones to get rid of the home screen and bezels for more screen space, the first to have just Face ID (a result of not having a home button), and the first to have an OLED screen. The iPhone 8 Plus in comparison has the older LCD screen, and it still has a home button, so big bezels, and Touch ID. The main difference this makes is the screen size compared to the size of the phone. The iPhone XS Max measures 157.5 x 77.4 mm and has a 6.5-inch screen, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus measures 158.4 x 78.1 mm and the screen size is a whole inch less (5.5 inches).

iPhone 8 Plus – a classic phone with good cameras and battery life

The iPhone XS Max might have the edge in terms of screen size and performance, but when it comes to battery life and cameras, the iPhone 8 Plus has plenty to offer. Both phone batteries will last you the day and both have dual 12 MP cameras at the rear and 7 MP at the front. There’s a slight improvement to the rear camera on the iPhone XS Max as it has optical image stabilisation on both lenses, compared to just one on the iPhone 8 Plus. Both phones have a glass and metal case and fast processors, though being the newer phone, the iPhone XS Max has a slightly faster A12 to the iPhone 8’s A11.

How to decide which to buy?

The newer iPhone XS Max is arguably a better phone, notably for its screen size and performance, but it was also around £300 more expensive on release. A lot of people still like the home button iPhone setup, and camera and processor-wise, the iPhone 8 Plus has a lot to offer. You can get either of these phones cheaper if you purchase refurbished and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too.

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