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Apple iPhone 12 (128GB) vs Apple iPhone XS (256GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPhone 12 vs Apple iPhone XS phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPhone XS XApple iPhone 12 (128GB)14Points
Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
6.1"
OLED

1170x2532

12
MP

12mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

2815
mAh

(Non removable)

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05PointsApple iPhone XS (256GB)Compare Apple iPhone 12 X
Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
5.8"
AMOLED

1125x2436

12
MP

7.1mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Hexa

2658
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)

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iPhone 12 (128GB)14 Advantages Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)vsiPhone XS (256GB)5 Advantages Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
+3.1GHz 64bit Octa-Core55%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2.25GHz 64bit Hexa-Core
+164 grams (5.74 ounces)8%
Lighter
vs177 grams (6.2 ounces)
+7.4 millimeters (0.29 inches)4%
Thinner
vs7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)
+1170x2532 pixels8%
Higher resolution screen
vs1125x2436 pixels
+6.1"5%
Larger screen
vs5.8"
+f/1.6 (aperture)13%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
vsf/1.8 (aperture)
+(dual front camera) 12MP + 0.3MP74%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 7.1MP
+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) Full HD (1920x1080)
+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster
vs4G+ LTE-A
+(5G NR) 5000 Mbps4 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbps
+2815 mAh6%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs2658 mAh
+20W33%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
vs15W
+1 slot (Single-SIM) + e-SIM (Eletronic)Advantage
It's more advantageous to have more than one phone operator in the same device
vs1 slot (Single-SIM)
+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO is newer and faster
vs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
128GB (111GB available)vs+256GB (244GB available)120%
More internal storage for applications and files
Aluminum frame, glass front/backvs+Stainless steel body, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
457 PPIvs+463 PPI1%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
Dual-LED flashvs+Quad-LED flashAdvantage
The Quad-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
Only digital zoomvs+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures

36 Common items in both devices
4GB LPDDR4X
NVMe (SSD)
Super Retina XDR OLED / Super AMOLED
Dolby Vision/HDR10
60Hz
16 million
(dual camera) 12MP + 12MP
+29 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
ModeliPhone 12 (128GB)iPhone XS (256GB)
Other model namesiPhone 12 A2172, A2402, A2403, A2404iPhone Xs A1920, A2097, A2098, A2100
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release date10/13/20209/21/2018, Announced: 9/12/2018
Depth7.4 millimeters (0.29 inches)7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)71.5 x 146.7 millimeters (2.81 x 5.78 in)70.9 x 143.6 millimeters (2.79 x 5.65 in)
Weight164 grams (5.74 ounces)177 grams (6.2 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backStainless steel body, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
System versioniOS 14iOS 12
Firmware updateiOS 15iOS 15
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A14 Bionic (5nm)64bit - Apple A12 Bionic (7nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 2 processors:
3.1GHz Dual-Core Firestorm
1.8GHz Hexa-Core Icestorm
Hexa-Core, 2 processors:
2.25GHz Dual-Core Vortex
1.6GHz Quad-Core Tempest
GPU graphical controllerApple GPU MP4Apple GPU (4-Core)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 568674 (v8)
Geekbench: 4067 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 58fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 346379 (v7)
Geekbench: 11472 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 47fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
RAM memory4GB LPDDR4X4GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage128GB (111GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
256GB (244GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
Display typeSuper Retina XDR OLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.1" inches5.8" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~87.1% (screen-to-body ratio)~81.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1170x2532 pixels (19.5:9)1125x2436 pixels (19.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)457 PPI463 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassCeramic ShieldScratch-resistant glass
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz
Display features625nits[typ], 1200nits[peak]
Dolby Vision/HDR10
Wide color gamut
True-tone
625nits[typ]
Dolby Vision/HDR10

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim cardNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload5000/1024 Mbps1024/150 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
All models:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
A2100 model:
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20
VoLTE
A2172 version:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
A2402 version:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
A2403, A2404 versions:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
LTE Cat16
VoLTE
A1920/A2100 models:
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14, 17, 18, 19,20,25,26,29,30,32,66,71)
TD-LTE (Bands 34,38,39,40, 41,46)
A2097 model:
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14, 17, 18, 19, 20,25,26,28,29,30,32,66)
TD-LTE (Bands 34,38,39,40, 41,46)
A2098 model:
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,11,12,13,14, 17, 18, 19, 20,21,25,26,28,29,30,66)
TD-LTE (Bands 34,38,39,40, 41,42,46)
Primary 5G networkA2172 version:
Sub6/mmWave (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261)
A2402, A2403, A2404 versions:
Sub6 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79)
Not supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NRGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
12 megapixels
12MP ultrawidef/2.4120°13mm1/3.6"
(dual camera)
12 megapixels
12MPf/2.452mm1.0µm
Main camera resolution4000x3000 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps
FlashDual-LED flashQuad-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.6 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens28mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extras1080p@240fpsfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
Front camera (secondary)(dual front camera)
12 megapixels
0.3MP SL 3D
7.1 megapixels
Front camera resolution4000x3000 pixels3072x2304 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length23mm lens32mm lens
Sensor size1/3.6" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
LoudspeakerStereo sound
Dolby Atmos
Supported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOVMPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFFMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio outputproprietary audio outputproprietary audio output
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity2815 mAh2658 mAh
Charger, watts20W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
15W Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registered20 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Black, White, Red, Green, Blue
- Oleophobic coating screen
- Face ID
- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX)
- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Face ID
- 3D Touch
- AirDrop, iCloud, FaceTime, Siri
- Apple Pay
- Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included
- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30min
- 1080p@240fps slow motion
- WiFi hotspot

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)Apple iPhone XS (256GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.99W/kg (head), 0.99W/kg (body)feature not registered
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