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Advice on iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max

Apple iPhone Xs is the successor to the iPhone X. The iPhone Xs is faster, more powerful, and has an even better looking design. And if you also add a larger screen, you get the iPhone Xs Max. That's the largest iPhone Apple's made to date. I'll briefly tell you about all the new features.

In short

iPhone Xs iPhone Xs Max
Dimensions 143.6x70.9x7.7 millimeters 157.5x77.4x7.7 millimeters
Weight 177 grams 208 grams
Display 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display 6.5-inch Super Retina HD display
Resolution 2436x1125 pixels 2688x1242 pixels
Processor A12 Bionic chip A12 Bionic chip
Camera 12 MP wide-angle and 12 MP telephoto lens camera 12 MP wide-angle and 12 MP telephoto lens camera
Face ID support Yes Yes
Water resistance IP68: up to 30 minutes and 2 meters deep IP68: up to 30 minutes and 2 meters deep

New design iPhone Xs

With the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, Apple seems to have completely stepped away from the familiar home button. The home button's made room for a full touchscreen. In that sense, the iPhone Xs is very similar to its predecessor, the iPhone X. Apart from the narrow bezel, the screen takes up the full front of the iPhone. In addition to the silver and space gray versions, iPhone Xs comes in a new gold version. The glass is slightly stronger than the glass we saw on the iPhone X. In fact, the Apple iPhone Xs is made of the strongest glass every put in a smartphone. And once again, the glass casing also allows for wireless charging.

The screen

iPhone Xs and Xs Max screen

The Apple iPhone Xs has a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display. The specially designed OLED display of the iPhone Xs offers the most natural color representation, HDR, and deep shades of black. The iPhone Xs Max is called Max for a reason. At 6.5 inches, Apple's iPhone Xs Max has the largest iPhone display ever. Hello games, movies, and series! What's notable about the iPhone Xs Max is that the display is a lot larger than that of an iPhone 8 Plus, but the phone itself is just as big. That means you won't have to worry about not being able to hold your iPhone Xs Max with 1 hand. Want to unlock the iPhone Xs? As with the iPhone X, you only need to take one look at your iPhone to do that. Face ID makes your face your password. Thanks to new algorithms, the iPhone Xs does this even more quickly than you were used to. This is the most secure form of facial recognition in a smartphone.

The processor

iPhone Xs and Xs Max Gold

The Apple iPhone Xs only has the best of the best. That's why it makes sense that the iPhone Xs contains the smartest and most powerful chip in an iPhone yet. I'm talking about the A12 Bionic chip. This chip is equipped with a Sexta-Core GPU, which was also in the A11 chip of the iPhone X. The cores are 15% faster and a whopping 40% more efficient than those of the iPhone X. What's notable is that the cores use 50% less energy. The A12 chip provides the best Augmented Reality experiences, beautiful portraits with depth division, and a lot more speed than before for everything you do on the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.

The camera

Camera iPhone Xs

The Apple iPhone Xs has a dual camera system, consisting of a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. In addition, there's a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera on the front. Both the front and rear cameras have a portrait mode. Photos in portrait mode look even more professional, thanks to the subtly blurry background. You can even adjust the depth-of-field yourself afterwards. Thanks to the new sensor, pictures are even more vivid with larger and deeper pixels. This also reduces white noise in low-light situations. From now on, you can leave your digital camera at home. Worried that you won't have enough storage space for all your pictures? The iPhone Xs is the first iPhone to have 512GB of storage space.

The battery life

iPhone Xs and Xs Max Silver

Did you think the iPhone X lasted a long time? The iPhone Xs has an even better battery life. The iPhone Xs lasts 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X, and the iPhone Xs Max even lasts 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X. What does that mean for phone calls, internet browsing, etc.? Find out in the following table.

How long does an iPhone Xs last?

iPhone X iPhone Xs iPhone Xs Max
Talk time (wireless) Up to 21 hours Up to 20 hours Up to 25 hours
Internet use Up to 12 hours Up to 12 hours Up to 13 hours
Play video (wirelessly) Up to 13 hours Up to 14 hours Up to 15 hours
Play audio (wirelessly) Up to 60 hours Up to 60 hours Up to 65 hours
Suitable for fast charging Charged up to 50% in 30 minutes Charged up to 50% in 30 minutes Charged up to 50% in 30 minutes

Water resistance - IP certification

iPhone Xs and Xs Max Gold

The IP certification indicates to what extent the iPhone can withstand dust and water. Thanks to the IP68 resistance standard, the iPhone Xs can withstand water and dust like never before. What does this mean? It means that the iPhone Xs can stay at a 2-meter depth under water for 30 minutes. It doesn't matter if it's fresh or salt water. You won't need to worry when you accidentally drop your iPhone in the sea or pool. Even when a beer spills over your iPhone in the bar, you won't have any problems, other than a sticky casing.


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