Apple has finally taken the wraps off the latest and greatest set of iPhones, including the ultra-premium iPhone XS, the massive iPhone XS Max, and the so-called “budget” device, the iPhone XR. Featuring a new processor, improved camera features, and more, the new iPhones have a lot going for them. In particular, it seems like the iPhone XS Max is a great phone — considering its huge display and top-tier specs.
But how does the iPhone XS Max fare against other flagship phones for the year? The HTC U12 Plus is HTC’s best phone so far, boasting premium specs, a dual-sensor camera, and more. In case you’re considering buying one of these phones, we’ve put them head-to-head to find out which is better.
|HTC U12 Plus||Apple iPhone XS Max|
|Size||156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7 mm (6.17 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches)||157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm (6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches)|
|Weight||188g (6.63oz)||208g (7.34oz)|
|Screen size||6 inch Super LCD||6.5 inch Super Retina OLED|
|Screen resolution||2880 x 1440 pixels (537 pixels per inch)||2688 x 1242 pixels (458 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 8.0 Oreo||iOS 12|
|Storage space||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|MicroSD Card slot||Yes||No|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay||Apple Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Apple A12 Bionic|
|Camera||Dual 12MP + 16MP rear, dual 8MP + 8MP front||Dual 12MP + 12MP rear, 7MP front|
|Video||4K at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps||4K at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Version 5.0||Version 5.0|
Quick Charge 3.0 (QC 4.0 supported but requires separate charger)
Fast charging (requires separate charger)
Qi wireless charging
|App marketplace||Google Play||Apple App Store|
|Network support||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon|
|Colors||Translucent Blue, Ceramic Black, Flame Red||Silver, Space Gray, Gold|
|Review score||3 out of 5 stars||4 out of 5 stars|
Performance, battery life, and charging
Under the hood, the two phones are pretty different devices. While many Android flagships feature the latest Qualcomm processor, Apple makes its own mobile processors for its smartphones. The
The actual battery capacity on the two phones is similar, but the HTC U12 Plus comes out ahead, with its 3,500mAh battery — versus the 3,174mAh battery on the
Because of the better performance and the addition of wireless charging, the iPhone is the winner here.
Design and durability
Both the HTC U12 Plus and the
While both phones feature IP68 water resistance, which safeguards against drops into shallow water, they won’t cope well with drops, so cases are a good idea. Neither of the two phones feature a headphone jack. The HTC U12 Plus features a USB-C port, while the
The HTC U12 Plus and
While the resolution is slightly higher on the HTC phone, considering the fact that the iPhone’s display is better in every other metric, it’s the winner here.
Both the HTC U12 Plus and the
The cameras are similar, but ultimately the image processing and software of the iPhone beat out the camera on the HTC U12 Plus. At this point, if you’re an Android user and want the device with the best camera, the Google Pixel series is probably the way to go.
The front-facing cameras are also relatively different on the two devices. The HTC U12 Plus offers dual 8-megapixel lenses on the front, while the
Software and updates
We’re not going to do a deep dive into the Android vs. iOS debate — but we will go through a few main points. Android, for starters, is generally a little more customizable. You can add widgets where you want to add them, install apps from third-party app stores, and so on. With iOS, on the other hand, you get a slick, accessible platform that’s a little more organized. Everything is pretty much where you expect it to be, and it’s generally pretty secure.
Updates, however, are another issue — and one that iOS far excels in. With an iPhone, you’ll get the update as soon as it’s available, as long as your phone is compatible. With an Android phone, that’s really only true for Pixel phones — HTC phones will likely take a few months to get new Android version updates, if they get the update at all. Because of that, the iPhone’s the winner here.
The HTC U12 Plus offers a few special features, but not all of them will be considered advantages. For example, we found that the digital buttons, while interesting, were overly sensitive and didn’t really work the way they should. One thing that the HTC U12 Plus does offer over the iPhone is the inclusion of Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa — so you can use your digital assistant of choice when you want to.
Overall winner: Apple iPhone XS Max
It’s hard to get around the fact that the Apple iPhone XS Max is simply a better device — but it’s also a whole lot more expensive. The iPhone is more powerful, has a better display, a better camera, and will get updates nice and quickly. You do, however, pay for those advantages — so if money is an issue and you’re not too concerned about the special features the
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