Apple launches the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Doris Richards
September 14, 2018

Alright, you might say, but what about the "cheap" iPhone XR?

For this post, I'll leave out the iPhone XS Max.

The company announced that it will start shipping the gadgets at the end of September with XR expected to be shipped in mid-October. Despite being a "budget" phone, the iPhone XR also gets dust and water resistance rated at IP67. So, what are the important differences to know before you choose which new iPhone X is right for you?

The Apple Watch Series 4 will go on sale in Hong Kong on September 21, starting at HK$3,199 for the 40mm and HK$3,399 for the 44mm. This year, it's the cheapest- the iPhone XR (that's pronounced ten-R).

Buying on contract makes that less painful, but if you can afford the outright price, a month-to-month SIM will generally offer higher data allowances. Hands-on reports say that the iPhone XR has the best display of any LED iPhone to date.

The iPhone Xs Max is virtually identical with the iPhone Xs, safe for the screen size: The super-sized premium iPhone features a OLED screen with a vertical screen size of 6.5 inches with a resolution of 2688 by 1242 pixels, and a pixel density of 458 ppi.

The iPhone XS comes in gold, space gray, and silver. The 6.1-inch features a bright LCD screen and comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, blue, coral and red.

When you fire up the app, you get a list of cards with all the Apple Watch owners you've spoken to recently at the top and underneath each card is an "available" slider which can be toggled on or off depending on whether or not the person is open for a chat.


Despite all the new sensors, bigger displays, and more powerful processors, the Apple Watch maintain its estimated battery life of 18 hours, so you won't have to worry about it lasting through a day, but it will also not take you much further.

Like the iPhone X, the XS has a 5.8-inch OLED screen, while the XS Max boasts a mammoth 6.5-inch OLED display.

All three phones have a 7MP TrueDepth camera on the front of the unit to enable Face ID, which will work the same across the board.

What can you do with all that handsome iPhone Xs Max screen?

In terms of raw performance at least, these three phones should be very similar, running as they do on the same chipset.

It is positioning the new watch as a more comprehensive health device, able to take an electrocardiogram to detect an irregular heartbeat and start an emergency call automatically if it detects a user falling down, potentially appealing to older customers.

To understand how big the screens are on the 2018 crop of new iPhones, I brought a few visual aides to Apple's grand unveiling Wednesday at its Silicon Valley headquarters. Note though that the iPhone Xr doesn't have 3D Touch - instead you need to use what Apple is calling "haptic touch", which sounds like a long press instead of a hard one. Confused? So are we, a little.

The biggest news for most smartphone users was the announcement of the new phone's dual-Sim capability, meaning users will have access to two phone numbers on the same iPhone at the same time.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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