Comparison between:
- Apple iPhone XS Max
- Apple iPad Air 2

Brand and model

Information about the brand, model and model alias (if any) of a specific device.

Apple iPhone XS MaxApple iPad Air 2
Apple iPhone XS Max
Prices
Apple iPad Air 2
Prices
Model aliasA2101
A2104
A1566
A1567

Design

Information about the dimensions and weight of the device, shown in different measurement units. Body materials, available colors, certifications.

Width77.4 mm
7.74 cm
0.25 ft
3.05 in
240 mm
24 cm
0.79 ft
9.45 in
Height157.5 mm
15.75 cm
0.52 ft
6.2 in
165.5 mm
16.55 cm
0.54 ft
6.52 in
Thickness7.9 mm
0.79 cm
0.03 ft
0.31 in
6.1 mm
0.61 cm
0.02 ft
0.24 in
Weight208 g
0.46 lbs
7.34 oz
444 g
0.98 lbs
15.66 oz
Volume96.3 cm³
5.85 in³
242.29 cm³
14.71 in³
ColorsSilver
Gray
Gold
Silver
Gold
Gray
Body materialsStainless steel
Glass
Aluminium alloy
CertificationIP68-

SIM card

The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) is used in mobile devices for storing data authenticating the subscribers of mobile services.

SIM card typeNano-SIMNano-SIM
Number of SIM cards11
FeaturesDual SIM optional (A variant of the model with two SIM card slots is available)-
Dual SIM - nano-SIM and eSIM
Dual nano-SIM - market dependent
-

Networks

A mobile (cellular) network is a radio system, which allows a large number of mobile devices to communicate with each other.

GSMGSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
CDMACDMA 800 MHz
CDMA 1700/2100 MHz
CDMA 1900 MHz
CDMA 800 MHz
CDMA 1900 MHz
CDMA20001xEV-DO Rev. A1xEV-DO Rev. A
1xEV-DO Rev. B
TD-SCDMATD-SCDMA 1900 MHz
TD-SCDMA 2000 MHz
-
UMTSUMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1700/2100 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1700/2100 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
LTELTE 700 MHz Class 13
LTE 700 MHz Class 17
LTE 800 MHz
LTE 850 MHz
LTE 900 MHz
LTE 1700/2100 MHz
LTE 1800 MHz
LTE 1900 MHz
LTE 2100 MHz
LTE 2600 MHz
LTE-TDD 1900 MHz (B39)
LTE-TDD 2300 MHz (B40)
LTE-TDD 2500 MHz (B41)
LTE-TDD 2600 MHz (B38)
LTE 700 MHz (B12)
LTE 800 MHz (B18)
LTE 800 MHz (B19)
LTE 800 MHz (B20)
LTE 1900+ MHz (B25)
LTE 800 MHz (B26)
LTE 700 MHz (B28)
LTE 700 MHz de (B29)
LTE 2300 MHz (B30)
LTE 1700/2100 MHz (B66)
LTE 600 MHz (B71)
LTE 700 MHz Class 13
LTE 700 MHz Class 17
LTE 800 MHz
LTE 850 MHz
LTE 900 MHz
LTE 1700/2100 MHz
LTE 1800 MHz
LTE 1900 MHz
LTE 2100 MHz
LTE 2600 MHz
LTE-TDD 1900 MHz (B39)
LTE-TDD 2300 MHz (B40)
LTE-TDD 2500 MHz (B41)
LTE-TDD 2600 MHz (B38)

Mobile network technologies and bandwidth

Communication between devices within mobile networks is realized via various generations of network technologies, which provide different bandwidth.

Mobile network technologiesUMTS
EDGE
GPRS
HSPA+
LTE Cat 16
LTE-A
EV-DO Rev. A
TD-SCDMA
TD-HSDPA
UMTS
EDGE
GPRS
HSPA
LTE Cat 4
EV-DO Rev. A
EV-DO Rev. B

Operating system

Operating system is the system software, which manages and controls the functioning of the hardware components of the device.

Operating system (OS)iOS 12iOS 8.1
iOS 9

System on Chip (SoC)

A system on a chip (SoC) includes into a single chip some of the main hardware components of the mobile device.

SoCApple A12 Bionic APL1W81Apple A8X
Process technology7 nm20 nm
CPU2x 2.5 GHz Vortex, 4x 1.59 GHz TempestApple Cyclone ARMv8
CPU bits64 bit64 bit
Instruction setARMv8-AARMv8-A
Level 1 cache memory (L1)128 KB + 128 KB64 KB + 64 KB
Level 2 cache memory (L2)8192 KB
8 MB
2048 KB
2 MB
Level 3 cache memory (L3)-4096 KB
4 MB
CPU cores63
CPU frequency2500 MHz1500 MHz
GPU-PowerVR GXA6850
GPU cores48
GPU frequency1100 MHz-
RAM capacity4 GB2 GB
RAM typeLPDDR4XLPDDR3
RAM channelsDouble channel-
M12 motion coprocessor
Neural engine (8-core design)
M8 motion coprocessor

Storage

Every mobile device has a built-in storage (internal memory) with a fixed capacity.

Storage64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
16 GB
64 GB
128 GB

Display

The display of a mobile device is characterized by its technology, resolution, pixel density, diagonal length, color depth, etc.

Type/technologyOLEDIPS
Diagonal size6.5 in
165.1 mm
16.51 cm
9.7 in
246.38 mm
24.64 cm
Width2.73 in
69.25 mm
6.93 cm
7.76 in
197.1 mm
19.71 cm
Height5.9 in
149.87 mm
14.99 cm
5.82 in
147.83 mm
14.78 cm
Aspect ratio2.164:11.333:1
4:3
Resolution1242 x 2688 pixels2048 x 1536 pixels
Pixel density456 ppi
179 ppcm
264 ppi
103 ppcm
Color depth24 bit
16777216 colors
24 bit
16777216 colors
Display area85.41 %73.59 %
Other featuresCapacitive
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant
Capacitive
Multi-touch
Super Retina display
True Tone display
Force Touch
120 Hz touch-sensing
1000000:1 contrast ratio
625 cd/m²
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
Dolby Vision
HDR10
Wide Color display (P3)
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
LED-backlit
Retina display
Full Lamination Technology
Antireflective coating

Sensors

Different sensors measure different physical quantities and convert them into signals recognizable by the mobile device.

SensorsProximity
Light
Accelerometer
Compass
Gyroscope
Barometer
Infrared face recognition sensor
Light
Accelerometer
Compass
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint
Hall

Primary camera

The primary camera of the mobile device is usually placed at its back and is used for taking photos and recording videos.

Sensor typeCMOSCMOS BSI
Aperturef/1.8f/2.4
Image resolution4032 x 3024 pixels
12.19 MP
3264 x 2448 pixels
7.99 MP
Video resolution3840 x 2160 pixels
8.29 MP
1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP
Video FPS60 fps30 fps
FeaturesAutofocus
Continuous shooting
Digital zoom
Optical image stabilization
Geotagging
Panorama
HDR
Touch focus
Face detection
White balance settings
ISO settings
Exposure compensation
Self-timer
Scene mode
Macro mode
RAW
Autofocus
Continuous shooting
Digital image stabilization
Geotagging
Panorama
HDR
Touch focus
Face detection
Exposure compensation
Self-timer
Pixel size - 1.4 μm
Flash type - Quad LED
6-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Noise reduction
Sapphire crystal glass lens cover
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) - 28 mm
1080p @ 240 fps
Secondary rear camera - 12 MP (telephoto)
Aperture size - f/2.4 (#2)
6-element lens (#2)
OIS (#2)
5-element lens
IR filter

Secondary camera

Secondary cameras are placed above the screen of the device and are usually used for video calls, gesture recognition, etc.

Sensor typeCMOS BSI-
Aperturef/2.2f/2.2
Image resolution3088 x 2316 pixels
7.15 MP
-
Video resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP
1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP
Video FPS60 fps30 fps
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) - 32 mm
720p @ 240 fps
1.2 MP

Audio

Information about the type of speakers and the audio technologies supported by the device.

SpeakerLoudspeaker
Earpiece
Stereo speakers
Loudspeaker
Stereo speakers
Dolby Digital Plus
HAC (M3/T4) - Hearing Aid Compatibility
MAX98304

Radio

The radio in a mobile device is a built-in FM radio receiver.

RadioNoNo

Tracking/Positioning

Information about the positioning and navigation technologies supported by the device.

Tracking/PositioningGPS
A-GPS
GLONASS
Wi-Fi
Cell ID
GPS
A-GPS
GLONASS

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is a technology that provides wireless data connections between various devices within a short range.

Wi-Fi802.11a
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
802.11n 5GHz
802.11ac
Dual band
Wi-Fi Hotspot
802.11a
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
802.11n 5GHz
802.11ac
Dual band
Wi-Fi Hotspot
2x2 MiMO-

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a standard for secure wireless data transfer between different types of devices over short distances.

Version5.04.0
FeaturesA2DP
LE
A2DP
EDR

USB

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard that allows different electronic devices to exchange data.

Version2.02.0
FeaturesCharging
Mass storage
Proprietary
Charging
Proprietary

Headphone jack

The headphone jack is an audio phone connector, a.k.a. an audio jack. The most widely used one in mobile devices is the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Headphone jackNoYes

Connectivity

Information about other important connectivity technologies supported by the devices.

ConnectivityComputer sync
OTA sync
Tethering
NFC
VoLTE
Computer sync
OTA sync
TV-Out

Browser

A web browser is a software application for accessing, fetching, displaying and navigating through information on the World Wide Web.

BrowserHTML
HTML5
CSS 3
HTML
HTML5
CSS 3

Audio file formats/codecs

Mobile devices support various audio file formats and codecs, which respectively store and code/decode digital audio data.

Audio file formats/codecsAAC
AAC+
AMR
AMR-WB
eAAC+
FLAC
MIDI
MP3
OGG
WMA
WAV
AIFF
AAC
eAAC+
M4A
MP3
WAV

Video file formats/codecs

Mobile devices support various video file formats and codecs, which respectively store and code/decode digital video data.

Video file formats/codecs3GPP
AVI
H.263
H.264
QuickTime
MPEG-4
AVI
H.263
H.264
QuickTime
MPEG-4

Battery

The batteries of mobile devices differ in capacity and technology. They provide the electrical charge needed for the functioning of the devices.

Capacity3174 mAh8600 mAh
TypeLi-IonLi-Polymer
2G talk time25 h
1500 min
1 days
10 h
600 min
0.4 days
3G talk time25 h
1500 min
1 days
10 h
600 min
0.4 days
4G talk time-10 h
600 min
0.4 days
FeaturesWireless charging
Fast charging
Non-removable
Non-removable
Qi wireless charging-

Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)

The SAR rating shows the amount of electromagnetic radiation absorbed by the human body when using a mobile device, expressed in W/kg.

Head SAR (EU)0.99 W/kg-
Body SAR (EU)0.99 W/kg-
Head SAR (USA)1.16 W/kg-
Body SAR (USA)1.17 W/kg-

Additional features

Some devices have additional features, different from the standard ones above, but equally important and worth mentioning.

Additional features-437 g (Wi-Fi version)
 Apple iPhone XS MaxApple iPad Air 2