When it debuted in September 2018, the iPhone XS Max was the biggest smartphone Apple has ever produced. It had an imposing presence in the hand with a 6.5-inch display, barely any screen bezel, and the now-iconic top-screen notch.
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM) – for China|
|CDMA 800 / 1900|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66 – A2101|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71 – A1921, A2104|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2018, September 12|
|Status||Available. Released 2018, September 21|
|BODY||Dimensions||157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm (6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||208 g (7.34 oz)|
|Build||Glass front (Corning-made glass), glass back (Corning-made glass), stainless steel frame|
|SIM||Nano-SIM and eSIM or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – for China|
|IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
|DISPLAY||Type||Super Retina OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 625 nits (HBM)|
|Size||6.5 inches, 102.9 cm2 (~84.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1242 x 2688 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)|
|PLATFORM||OS||iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 16.1|
|Chipset||Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)|
|CPU||Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)|
|GPU||Apple GPU (4-core graphics)|
|Internal||64GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Dual||12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
|Features||Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
|SOUND||Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|Positioning||GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||Lightning, USB 2.0|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|BATTERY||Type||Li-Ion 3174 mAh, non-removable (12.08 Wh)|
|Charging||15W wired, PD2.0, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
- Larger with the same design as the iPhone X
- Larger screen, a little bit shorter and narrower than the iPhone 8 Plus.
The iPhone XS Max’s appearance is misleading. The handset has rounded corners that make it seem thick when you pick it up. As a result, the phone doesn’t fit in the hand as quickly as it might, and given the XS Max’s size and price, you want to be able to grasp it firmly. However, this is only half of the tale.
During our in-depth study, we compared the iPhone XS Max against a variety of smartphones, including the Sony Xperia XZ3 (6-inch), OnePlus 6T (6.41-inch), and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6.4-inch screen). The iPhone felt thicker and more secure than any of them.
The ironic thing is that, at only 7.7mm, the iPhone XS Max is slimmer than any of those devices.
Tapered edges are the straightforward cause of this. Samsung, Sony, and OnePlus all have tapered back borders that make the smartphone look slimmer and fit your palm a little bit better.
The iPhone 8 Plus only has a 5.5-inch display, so the fact that the XS Max fits a massive 6.5-inch display into a chassis that is somewhat shorter and slimmer (at 157.5 x 77.4mm) than the iPhone 8 Plus is even more astounding.
There’s no denying that you’re getting a large amount of display space packed into a form factor that does a nice job of making the iPhone XS Max functional, even though it does feel a little heavy in the hand.
The iPhone XS Max has an incredibly luxurious appearance and feels thanks to the steel frame that surrounds it on the outside and the new formulation of glass on the front and back that is more durable than the glass on the iPhone X. Additionally, the phone’s resistance to dust and water has been improved.
The iPhone XS Max can now withstand being immersed for 30 minutes at a depth of up to two meters thanks to increased protection from Apple to IP68. Apple claims to have tested the security in a variety of liquids, including milk, wine, beer, salt water, chlorinated water, and chlorinated water. However, we don’t recommend intentionally subjecting the device to any of these.
For the iPhone XS Max and XS, Apple debuted a new gold finish that is a touch richer than the more understated gold finish available for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone XS Max is also available in Silver and Space Gray if the gold is a little too much for us.