Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Launched

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Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Launched





Model / Variant

iPhone Xs
iPhone Xs Max

Launch Date

12th September 2018


iPhone Xs starts from $ 999

iPhone Xs Plus starts from $ 1099


Glass Body
Stainless Steel Casing


Gold, Silver, Space Grey

Display Size and Type

iPhone Xs - 5.8 inch Super Retina OLED

iPhone Xs Plus - 6.5 inch Super Retina OLED

Display Resolution

iPhone Xs - 2436 x 1125 pixels, 458 ppi

iPhone Xs Plus - 2688 x 1242, 458 ppi


A12 Bionic


6 Core
2.49 GHz


Quad Core

Memory Storage

64 GB
256 GB
512 GB


4 GB

Operating System

iOS 12

Primary Camera

12 MP + 12 MP

Camera Features

Image signal processor
Smart HDR
True Depth
Portrait Mode
Bokeh Mode

Secondary Camera

7 MP sensor
True Depth

SIM Type

Dual SIM
Dual standby

Other Features

Face ID
Neural Engine

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The much awaited successor to the iPhone X is here. Apple has launched the brand new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, shedding the ‘Plus’ tag for its smartphone.



The devices are made of surgical grade stainless steel and have a gold finish on the front and glass back. The devices also have rounded corners. Apple claims to have used the most durable glass ever in a smartphone for the display. The devices also have a silver and space grey finish other than the gold finish. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have IP68 dust and water protection.


The iPhone XS has a Super Retina OLED, 5.8 inch display. This is a bigger display than the iPhone 8 Plus but an overall smaller device in size. The device has a native resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels and a pixel density of 458 ppi.

The iPhone XS Max has a massive 6.5 inch with a Super Retina OLED display. The display has a resolution of 2688 x 1242 and a pixel density of 458 ppi. The massive size of the iPhone XS Max allows for a ‘split view’ in some apps while the device is in the horizontal position. This allows for more utility in one app.

The screen on both the devices have a 60 % greater dynamic range, offering better experiences than before.The devices also continue to support 3D touching and have True Tone display.


The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max use the highly anticipated A12 Bionic chip. This is the first 7 nanometer production chip in a smartphone and houses  6.9 billion transistors.  The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a 6 core CPU. This consists of 2 high performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores. This makes the new iPhone 15 % faster while using 40 % lower power.

The GPU has 4 cores and is  50 % faster than A11 bionic. This gives a  huge jump in graphics, according to Apple. The Neural engine has an 8 core design compared to 2 cores on the A11. It also has Dedicated Machine Learning.

The new A12 bionic can process 5 trillion operations per second. The devices will be available in storage options of upto 512 GB internal storage.The A12 bionic also improves the daily use of the device. It helps apps launch upto 30% faster. Providing a smoother every day experience.



The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a dual rear camera setup. Apple has improved this setup and it features a 12 MP wide lens and a 12 Mp telephoto lens. This is supported by an improved true tone flash.The devices use larger sensors and the lenses have an aperture of f/1.8.The smartphones also have Optical Image Stabilisation

The front camera setup hosts a 7 MP sensor. The front true depth system contains the sensor along with an IR camera and dot projector. This also provides depth in selfie portraits.

The new A12 bionic has an Image signal processor (ISP). This works to automatically adjust exposure, white balance, focus, noise reduction, and many more features whenever an image is taken.The chip also connects the ISP to the neural engine to make images better. It features Face and body detection, scene recognition, feature mapping and reduces red eye instantly. It can also perform 1 trillion operations per photo.

The camera also features Smart HDR. This ensures zero shutter lag. What this does is, it captures secondary inter frames and long exposure shots  to bring out more details, finding all the best parts and merging them into one image.The devices also feature advanced portrait mode and bokeh mode. This allows you to adjust the depth of field even after taking the picture. The new sensor is 2x faster and records stereo sound while shooting video.


Apple claims that the devices run on the best batteries any iPhone has featured. The iPhone XS has a battery which lasts 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X. The iPhone XS Max has the biggest battery featured in an iPhone and lasts an hour and a half longer than the iPhone X.

Other Features:

The new devices are Dual SIM with Dual Standby. They also use the eSIM technology. This uses a single physical SIM and one eSIM. Apple will also launch a special Chinese model, with two physical SIMs.

The Face ID is faster with better algorithms and a faster secure enclave. It is the most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone, according to Apple.

The technology also helps to provide the use of Animoji over a live video call. It also helps in a better selfie scene option.  The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max also feature Siri Shortcuts on iOs 12 . The devices feature the core ML, which is 9x faster and  runs on 1/10th of the energy.

There are huge jumps in Augmented Reality. The ARkit 2 , provides enhanced surface and object detection.  AR quick look,  can bring out an object you were looking at in your browser. This basically superimposes any object on to your surroundings to get you a better look at any object you might be wanting.


The iPhone XS is available in three storage options of 64 GB , 256 GB and 512 GB and starts at $ 999. In India the phone will start at Rs. 99,900.

The iPhone XS Max will be available in the same three variants and starts at $ 1099. In India the iPhone XS Max will start at Rs.  109,900.

Pre orders for the devices starts on 14th September and shipping begins on 28th September. The devices will go on sale in India a week after the global sale begins.



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