The iPhone XS and XS Max are Apple's first iPhones with 4GB of RAM

The iPhone XS and XS Max are Apple's first iPhones with 4GB of RAM
At yesterday’s iPhone announcement, Apple focused heavily on the performance upgrades that come with the brand-new Apple A12 Bionic chip. In typical Apple fashion, though, the company stayed quiet on other technical aspects such as the RAM count.

Thankfully, less than 24 hours after the unveiling, Apple’s new iPhones have already started popping up on benchmarks around the world, thus revealing the missing technical details.
Starting off with the cheaper iPhone XR which is set to start at $749 in the US, the benchmark listing reveals an impressive single-core result of 4754 and a multi-core total of 9367. This is achieved by the new A12 Bionic processor which has seemingly been coupled with 3GB of RAM. For reference, this is the same amount of RAM featured inside last year’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

In terms of the more premium lineup, the iPhone XS Max achieved a single-core result that was more or less on par with the iPhone XR: 4813 points. When it came to the multi-core test, though, the flagship outperformed the iPhone XR by just under 1000 points, achieving a total of 10266 points. Once again, this was achieved thanks to the Apple A12 Bionic chip. Unlike the iPhone XR, though, the new iPhone XS Max boasts 4GB of RAM on the inside. On a separate note, while the regular iPhone XS is yet to be benchmarked, its internals are expected to match those of its larger sibling.

In comparison to last year’s iPhone X, the new models are seemingly reaching the same performance levels when it comes to the multi-core test. However, Apple’s improvements to its high-performance cores are extremely noticeable when they are isolated – the single-core result on the newer models is roughly 800 points ahead of last year’s flagship.


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iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)

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34 Comments

1. yalokiy

Posts: 961; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That should help it catch up to 6-8GB RAM androids in multitasking.

9. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 674; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The Ram race in Android phones is pointless. Android doesnt need 6-8GB Ram to do multi tasking. However i have to say that it is a shame that Apple is not enabling split screen and picture in picture in iOS for iPhones.

17. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I remember when Apple fans says that 3,4gb ram is pointless and here we are with iPhones came with atleast 3 max 4gb of ram. I also remember when Apple fans thinks that big screen size in phones is pointless and here 5.8 inch is the minimum size for the iPhone which goes upto 6.5 inches. If Apple don't use new tech upgrades in there new iPhones that doesn't means that those upgrades are pointless, Apple is maybe a generation ahead (or half in case of Kirin Soc) in processor and software optimization and battery optimization but they behind camera(Pixel 2s, p20 pro), screen(S9,Note9), and way behind in fast charging, Ram, Battery (in size) and even you think of new dual sim feature (or support), it's in Android for 9 or 10 years. If Apple is behind in using new techs enhancements(fast charging, more ram better camera, screen resolution, battery size etc.) then that doesn't mean they are pointless. It's Apple who failed to compete with other competitors in certain areas.

26. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 674; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Ease down buddy. If your phone has special features that require 3 to 4 gb ram, then your phone should have this amount of ram. But at the time you are referring to, such features did not exist. I think that Apple "fans" were making jokes about the high amount of ram with Android phones, because the reason for this high amount was simply Android's bad programming requiring so much ram. Now that the

27. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

"I think that Apple "fans" were making jokes about the high amount of ram with Android phones, because the reason for this high amount was simply Android's bad programming requiring so much ram." So, according to you Android phones needs more ram because Android versions programing is bad and requires more ram. So, According to you iPhones programming is getting worse than the previous ios versions. That's why they starting to use more ram! Lol, android one, or pixel devices runs efficiently in 2 - 4gb ram's, but that's not my point here. More ram means more apps usable at same time, OEM can provide new features in the future which requires more ram. Having more ram, rom, battery is always better. Having more ram helps your phone to not get laggy in future due new os versions and more ram requirement by apps.

22. Chris_ABN

Posts: 191; Member since: May 16, 2018

I really enjoy my split screen and picture in picture feature on my S9 Plus. I would of thought Apple to implement this feature in this year's iPhone.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1763; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Although the more ram the better habing 6 and 8 is a selling point right now. Pronly ises more battery. But I would like to see an iPhone run android properly. Not a jack but a iPhone build. I think What I don’t like is the way the memory is handled. You can have apps s**t down because they spoke the memory or whatever instead of slightly slowing down. Sometimes I think it’s the app I am using.

32. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Android needs 16gb of ram to be useful!

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ram is important to multi tasking, split screen stuff etc, so really there's little need to bump up ram on a iPhone until it adopts new to them ideas like mentioned. It's got fatter tires but can't spin both at same time so to say.

4. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 674; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Apple is not known to build in more ram than necessary into its phones. They increased the amount of ram because they need it. I guess the new camera features need the ram.

16. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"more ram than necessary" "They increased the amount of ram because they need" And Apple will dictate how much RAM their user will ever need.. But in reality it's different, their phones always need more than that. iPhone is well known to run out of RAM all the time, it need to relaunch apps most of time. It's been like that since forever. It's a good idea to always have more RAM than you'll ever need, for better experience, and for future-proofing.

25. whatev

Posts: 2218; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

“iPhone is well known to run out of RAM all the time, it need to relaunch apps most of time. It's been like that since forever“ Remember those times when the iPhone 6S and 7 were the nightmare for android trolls because they were flawless in speed and ram? Forgot about those times? It’s just now with iOS 11 that iPhones are bad on ram and speed, I recognize that, but this hasn’t been like this since forever like you’re trying to imply, I hope apple stop being a lazy b***h and brings back the flawless performance that has always characterized iPhones, iOS 10 was like the golden age for iPhones, iOS 11 is like a black stain and I hope apple fixes this ASAP

11. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 674; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

One more thing: iOS had split screen and picture in picture with iOS 9.1 and therewith before Google implemented these features into Oreo. But Apple limits these features to iPads.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4119; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Means nothing when it's phones were talking about.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also when Android had those features in third party apps and OEM skins years before When I first switch to Android I got a Nexus 5, had a video/youtube app with picture in picture

18. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Windows had this for ages but we talking about phones not other things.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Huh, my five year old tablet on Nougat can split screen and pip at half the ram, just saying.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Note 9 with 6gb of ram and 128gb of base storage with true multitasking and pen support is a better value... I'll still hold on to my og X until next year it looks like...

7. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 674; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Your comment doesn’t make sense. Why do you recommend a Samsung phone while staying on your iPhone X? You don’t own an iPhone X.

14. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

You don't know what I own... I have a note 9, G7, S9+, and a X. I was looking forward to Apple adding some good multitasking features to the Max since there is a bigger canvas to work with but that didn't happen. Some day's I carry my android and other's I carry my X.. I was going to trade in my X but I'll just hold on to it now...

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7251; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

A 16 GB laptop with 2 TB of storage and a 15" display makes the Note's multitasking look like a hiccup. I'm sure people reading this article are interested to learn about that laptop's value just as much as they are interested to learn about Note 9's.

5. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Today Even 100$ phones have 4GB RAM.

6. Fred3

Posts: 498; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I seen the SnapDragon 855 benchmark scores was 3697 single core and 10469 mult core but i'm not sure if it's official https://wccftech.com/snapdragon-855-geekbench-alleged-impressive-single-core/

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Was disappointed when I saw that rumor's multi core Now it seems TSMC's 7FF isn't living up to their promises Would also explain why the A12 CPU/GPU haven't improved as much as expect And why the 980 is big.med.little

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Was disappointed when I saw that rumor's multi core Now it seems TSMC's 7FF isn't living up to their promises Would also explain why the A12 CPU/GPU haven't improved as much as expect And why the 980 is big.med.little

8. OneLove123

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

So, basically almost the same score as the A11.

15. petza4

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 29, 2012

Almost the same benchmarks with A11 Bionic? Lol!!

19. Foxgabanna

Posts: 589; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The same A11 Bionic that still outperforms every android till this day? I'll take it.

31. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*CPU Was behind 835 in GPU, and behind the 845 DSP and AI/ML/DL This should take the lead until the 855 though

23. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

The increased RAM is there because people simply wouldn't know how to buy without it. Same as people won't buy "under-powered" 4-cyl autos even though few actually need high performance. Buyers just want it and see it as withheld and being cheated if they don't get it. As to split-view and other features, I think Apple just reserved those for software releases as doing it with the phones would make them seem less future-ready.

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