iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone XS Max

iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Starting from $397.15
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iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS Max
Starting from $180.49
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iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS Max


iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS Max
Width78.1 mm77.4 mm
Height160.8 mm157.5 mm
Weight228 g208 g
Thickness7.4 mm7.7 mm
Volume92.93 cm³93.87 cm³


iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS Max
Resolution1284 x 2778 px1242 x 2688 px
Density458 ppi456 ppi
Size6.7 inches6.5 inches


iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS Max
Battery capacity3687 mAh3174 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesYes
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.


iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS Max
Maximum storage512 GB512 GB
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity6 GB4 GB
5G supportYesNo
LTE supportYesYes


iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS Max
Front camera resolution12 MP7 MP
Main camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesYes
Optical zoomYesYes
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution2160 px2160 px


iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS Max
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
Number of microphones23

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Max Comparison

The iPhone 12 Pro Max or the iPhone XS Max – which is best?

Is it worth paying extra for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, or does the iPhone XS Max have a good enough spec to suit your needs? It depends on whether you want the ultimate photo and video quality, three cameras or two, and if an extra .2 of an inch screen size makes a difference to your viewing. Let’s take a look at in more detail.


iPhone XS Max: a top-quality phone with a big screen

This is the phone for you if you’re into gaming, streaming videos and like a large screen. With a dual camera set-up, one telephoto and the other wide angle, the camera takes high quality photos and benefits from HDR to sharpen images to a crisp definition. However, if you prefer a smooth design, you might find the protruding camera bothers you.  Battery life is another plus of the iPhone XS Max, with approximately a day and half’s life for average use. The 6.5-inch display is a little smaller than the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 6.7-inch, but does such a small variation really make a difference in everyday use?


iPhone 12 Pro Max: powerful, with a large, bright display

If you’re looking for one of the biggest phones out there, the iPhone 12 Pro Max fits the bill. The processor is fast, as with all Apples, and there’s not much difference in download speed between the 12 Pro Max and the XS Max. A big distinction between these phones is that the 12 Pro Max supports 5G and the XS Max doesn’t. However, this isn’t really a problem at the moment as 5G hasn't reached most areas yet. The 12 Pro sports three cameras, compared to two on the XS, and takes excellent quality photos. But the camera also protrudes, meaning the phone won’t lie flat on a surface and will move if you’re typing while it’s on your desk (this issue can be solved with a phone case which levels the back of the phone). Battery life lasts about a day, so a bit less than the XS Max (but it really depends on what you use the device for).

Unless you can't resist the pull of owning a phone with more high-end features we suggest you spend your money on the iPhone XS Max as here at Back Market we don’t believe the difference is that great between the two at all. Perfect for the average user and amateur photographer, this phone still offers the best in Apple quality at a cheaper price. Let’s face it, are three cameras really going to make a difference to your life?

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