The generation of multi-touch enabled smartphones were popularized and pioneered by Apple and that also can be said true to how smartphone were designed over the years. The traditional smartphone blueprint is gone and the new design built by Apple is the new age for smartphone devices.
The design of the new iPhone XS series follows the same design that the 10th anniversary iPhone came with last year with an all-display front with a notch on top. Unlike most copycats, Apple’s implementation of the notch design has its practical innovation with all of its front sensors are embedded to it plus it houses Apple’s new generation biometric authentication system, the worlds first Face ID.
iPhone XS Max
The name alone tells everything. The iPhone XS Max brings iPhone devices into the large smartphone race making it the largest iPhone device since it debut in 2007. It comes with a large and tall 6.5-inch Super Retina HD display, a variant of super AMOLED display designed specifically within Apple’s standards.
The new Super Retina display has a resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels packing a 458 pixels of an inch. It also features an enhanced touch sensing layer rated at 120Hz for virtually a lag-free screen experience together with its 3D Touch technology. It comes compliant with HDR10 and supports Dolby Vision, Wider Color Gamut with true-tone feature.
This is the base model of the two, a direct upgrade from the iPhone X of 2017. They share the same dimensions and obviously the design so can’t really know for sure if the one is holding the iPhone X or the iPhone XS. However when looking at the inside, one could tell them apart where the iPhone XS has a better hardware overall compared to its predecessor.
It’s got the same 5.8-inch super AMOLED display with the same 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution screen called the Super Retina display. It also matches the iPhone XS Max’s pixel density of 458 pixels per inch. It has an enhanced touch sensing layer as well at 120Hz but the display refresh rate is still kept at 60fps. Of course it has its signature 3D touch technologies, HDR10 Compliance with Dolby Vision support and true-tone feature with Wide color gamut.
Both handsets also includes an improved Scratch-resistant glass with Oleophobic coating and significantly trimmed down the bezels to virtually unrecognizable making the impression of a real all screen smartphone design while the notch remains on top.
Speaking of the notch, it still houses all the necessary hardware for Apple’s Face ID feature. The new generation iPhone devices no longer feature Touch ID functionality despite Android-based devices continue to do so with in-display sensors. As this becomes the only hardware-based security feature on the device, Apple further improved the system and is now a lot faster and even more secure than previous implementation.
For mobile photography, Apple improves the handsets dual-imaging sensors on the back with a 12 Megapixel main shooter having a larger pixel size at 1.44µm from its previous 1.2µm with a bright f/1.8 Aperture lens. It’s secondary sensor, a telephoto lens provides 2x optical zoom with an f/2.4 Aperture. Both sensors includes Optical Image Stabilization with BSI sensor, 6-Element Lens and is protected by Sapphire Glass.
On the front is a lone 7 Megapixel Selfie shooter with an f/2.2 Aperture lens and comes with Retina flash, it’s not actually a dedicated flash for the front-facing camera but the display becomes the source of light itself when taking a snap. It also features a BSI sensor, Image Stabilization, Animoji and Memoji and much more.
With lots of features included on the new iPhone, these features cannot be possible without its processing unit, and Apple made it sure that we all get the best. With the new iPhones, Apple introduces the new A12 Bionic chip, an improvement to last year’s chipset with Hexa-core processor and the world’s first chip based on 7nm process. It also includes a new 4-core Graphics chip to handle every graphics demanding applications available with up to 50 percent increase in performance and a higher memory bandwidth thanks to lossless compression.
The all Apple designed chip also comes with an 8-core neural engine than can do 5 trillion operations and is responsible on everything AI on the iPhone. These sums up to 6.9 billion transistors on a chip that makes it 15 percent more powerful and 40 percent more power efficient.
Feature-wise, the new iPhone devices packs a punch starting off with its built-in stereo speakers and there’s an IP68 rating for dust and waterproofing of up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. With that being just a so regular on any smartphone nowadays, what really sets the new iPhone apart from its predecessors is the addition of dual SIM functionality. Mostly, this feature includes a SIM tray for the regular physical SIM card and the second would be an eSIM, that’s most likely being offered in the US and some parts of the world. In China however, the country and most probably in all other parts of the world will have a real dual SIM functionality with a SIM tray that takes two physical SIM cards.
For power consumption, the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max comes with undisclosed embedded battery rates but it is said to included up to 20 hours and 25 hours of take time respectively hinting the idea that besides the bigger screen, the XS Max presumably includes a bigger battery as well.
With the 2018 iPhone models. Apple kept things simple by offering Space Gray and Silver color options plus a new Gold color variant which isn’t available last year.
For their prices, the iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64GB model, $1149 for its 256GB and $1349 for the 512GB variant. The iPhone XS Max on the other hand starts at 1099 for the 64GB version, $1249 for the 256GB and $1449 for the 512GB version. Customers can pre-order the handset today and will launch by September 21st.