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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: An incremental update that’s also available in 6.5 inches

Posted:  September 13, 2018   By:    29 comments   

iPhone XS Official Launch

Apple has finally unveiled its latest generation of iPhone models – the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. They are the successors of the iPhone X and both of them feature an edge to edge display that comes with a notch. In case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced as the iPhone “Ten” S, not the iPhone “Axe” S.

In terms of design, it looks identical to the iPhone X and the only major difference is that it’s available in Gold in addition to its existing Space Grey and Silver options. The dimensions for the iPhone XS is identical to the iPhone X but it’s slightly heavier by 4 grams

Meanwhile the larger iPhone XS Max is a much larger phablet and the screen is 1-inch bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus. Because of its thinner bezels, the overall footprint of the iPhone XS Max (Width: 77.4mm Height: 157.5mm) is slightly smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus (Width: 78.1mm, Height: 158.4mm). The iPhone XS is quite hefty at 208 grams but it still retains the same thickness of 7.7mm as the iPhone XS.

The iPhone XS Max features a 6.5″ OLED display which pushes a resolution of 2688×1242. Meanwhile, the standard iPhone Xs retains a similar 5.8″ display as the iPhone X and it does a resolution of 2436×1225 pixels. Both have the same pixel density of 458 pixels per inch. The display on both models also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 as well as True Tone display, which adapts its white balance according to your ambient lighting.

Under the hood, Apple is powering both devices with their latest A12 Bionic Chip. Based on a 7nm process, the new chip has a 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU and a new Neural engine for AI tasks which is said to be capable of processing 5 trillion neural engine operations per second. As a comparison, the previous A11 Bionic’s neural engine does 600 billion operations per second. Similar to the Galaxy Note9, Apple is now offering its largest storage capacity yet at 512GB.

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In the imaging department, the camera specs look similar to the previous iPhone X. It retains a similar dual 12MP camera setup with a main f/1.8 wide-angle camera and a secondary f/2.4 telephoto shooter. Both are optically stabilised and it’s assisted by a quad LED true tone flashlight. The new image sensor offers a larger 1.4-micron pixel size compared to 1.22-micron on the iPhone X, which should translates to better low light performance.

What’s new on the latest iPhone XS series is the ability to adjust your bokeh effects manually in Portrait Mode. Finally, you can adjust how much bokeh you want by scrolling the Depth Control from anywhere between f/1.4 to f/16. Another new feature they have announced is Smart HDR which Apple claims to offer improved highlights and shadow detail.

When it comes to video, the iPhone XS still shoots in 4K up to 60fps but now they have added the ability to record audio in stereo. There’s also extended dynamic range for videos of up to 30fps. You still get OIS stabilisation for videos and it still does 240fps slow-mo at 1080p.

Over at the front, Apple still retains a 7MP f/2.2 front camera that supports Animoji and Portait Selfies. Like the iPhone X, it still has the same sensors which allows you to unlock your phone at a glance with Face ID.

As usual, there’s no mention on the battery capacity but Apple mentions that the iPhone XS offers 30 minutes longer battery life than the iPhone X while the iPhone XS Max can last up to 1.5 hours longer. Both support Qi wireless charging as well as fast charging if you have the supported charging brick and USB-C to lightning cable. Unfortunately, Apple is still bundling the same old slow 5W charger in the box.

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In terms of dust and water resistance, the latest iPhones are now upgraded from IP67 to an IP68 rating. While most manufacturers are claiming submersion of up to 1.5 metres deep, Apple reckons that you can submerge the latest iPhone XS and XS Max under 2 metres for up to 30 minutes.

The latest iPhone models are finally supporting Dual SIM but it isn’t the one that you would expect. For global markets, the second SIM comes in the form of an eSIM which is only supported by a handful of operators worldwide. Only the Chinese market will be getting a different variant that could accept two SIM cards in a single device. There’s also support for Gigabit LTE which can deliver even faster downloads on 4G depending on your network.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available for pre-order this Friday, 14 September and it will go on sale the following week on 21 September for first wave countries. As usual, Malaysia isn’t included in their first and second wave releases but we reckon it could arrive locally sometime in October based on last year’s launch.

The Malaysian pricing isn’t revealed yet but below is Singapore’s Apple Store listing for reference:

iPhone XS 64GB – S$1,649 (about RM4,974)
iPhone XS 256GB – S$1,889 (about RM5,728)
iPhone XS 512GB – S$2,199 (about RM6,633)

iPhone XS Max 64GB – S$1,799 (about RM5,427)
iPhone XS Max 256GB – S$2,039 (about RM6,151)
iPhone XS Max 512GB – S$2,349 (about RM7,086)

The bigger 6.5″ Max model with a massive 512GB storage option is Apple’s most expensive iPhone model yet as it touches the RM7,000 mark if we convert directly. The pricing for the standard iPhone XS 64GB and 256GB variants are pretty close to last year’s iPhone X at the time of launch.

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Overall, the iPhone XS is an expected incremental upgrade as indicated by its “S” post-fix. This is similar to jumping from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s or from an iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8. You get the usual performance upgrade, improved camera and slightly better battery life from its more efficient A12 chip. For those who wished for a bigger device, the iPhone XS Max offers the same hardware but you’re getting a massive display with the same pixel density plus a bigger battery.

What do you think of the iPhone XS and XS Max? Let us know in the comments below.

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29 Comments for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: An incremental update that’s also available in 6.5 inches

swan's fan

swan, how come msia still not in the first wave but china got into it?
are u bashing android praise apple but holding andoid in ur hand? if not, how come for the past ten yrs msia never show up in first wave? oops soli, is 11 yrs


Just way too pricey. Good luck for those android manufacturers, you all have another year of luck to boost sales by aiming Samsung


Waiting for swan to come in and lay down the law on all you detractors.

Do your thing, swan.

Your biggest fan




    That’s y they are a trillion dollar company…. Those troll sheep’s says that its priced premiumly cause of R&D. But…..

    Bloody Rich Malay

    Iphone is not for poor people like u. Just stay away from it.

Joe Hafiz

super curious??

iPhone XS Max 512GB USD 1499 = myr 6211,,,? this price kind of haha something is affordable, it’s priced reasonably in malaysia market is i am not mistaken LMOAooo


    Go and dream. iP X also 999 usd but Malaysia sell 5149. Poor Malaysians are paying more than Americans you’re actually subsidising their phone. Make America great again!


With this kind of ridiculous pricing, my best bet is to see what kind of packages the telco's can offer bundling this with call plans.


"…but now they have added the ability to record audio in stereo."

HAHAHA.. now that's worth the price..new technology ya'll !!!


7k… That’s almost the price of a premium gaming laptop… Lol… All hail Apple !!

I am glad I am not a high class swan… Loving Xiaomi. And I used some money saved from the price difference on charity and donations


    Hi I've been seeing a lot of the use of 'swan' in the comments in local forums. Is it a reference to something or a meme?
    Sorry for the stupid question


      Yes because he is famous for commenting shit and talk bad about Android users yet he cant give a valid reason why apple is great, he just pays whatever apple ask for and thinking future iphones will improve yet ended up releasing the same thing as android maybe worse

Ah Niang

it's hilarious how they introduced dual sim in 2018 yet in a way as if they invented dual sim functionality and no one had a clue how one can harness dual sim. LOLZ


    Fanatics might be oblivious and tot dual sim is a 2018 Apple God gifted feature.. You never know.. But there are such people


Malaysia not included in the list can seen Iphone sales in malaysia market are decreasing low as it's too damn expensive. Apple no need to 'secretive' hide the 2gb ram spec like in the iphone 8 and can proudly announced ram spec got 4GB. But how about the battery size??It's 'secretive' as the number could be around '2000 mah'.

    Normal Guy

    2000 mAh? Where you get such info? If based on what they claim you’re either correct and it means they have one of the most energy efficient OS out in the market to have better than X in terms of battery. If you’re wrong (which you most likely are), then you’re just an easy meal for swan.

    No wonder swan is famous here, thanks to people like you.


Willing Tan

What is the Battery Capacities?


    You need to wait for a tear down.. Apple never announce capacity on iphones

swan's fan

y malaysia still not in the first wave for continue 11 yrs


Still not bundling fast charger in the box. What the hell. Kedekut nak mampos. I feel pity to those who buy this crap. They couldn’t even showcase the coolness of their crap with the AirPower vaporware.


    I pity them apple users too, my friend’s iphone 6 are all rubbish crap already, takes 5 seconds to open whatsapp, crush all of sudden when playing light games, really really need to thank god that i stayed with Android my 2015 android still smooth as butter still has fast charging compared to the snail speed charging on the latest iphone


Pocophone kill these lol

    CT tong

    Correct and agreed

    CT tong

    Correct and agreed …………..


      agreed? in what aspect, just price?

      lmao come on lowlife

    Tam Cook

    POCO = Small. One year sales cannot even challenge a week of sales for Apple.


Wan people to pronounce it properly, should have just put as Iphone 10Ass / 10Ass Max…

nasi bapak

Gonna sell my kidney for some dongles