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Apple iPhone XS review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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It may be expensive, but the combination of a top-notch camera and the power of the Apple A12 Fusion make the iPhone XS a compelling handset.

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Pricing & Availability

Launch price (RRP) $1,629
Launch date 2018-09
Apple iPhone XS

The good

  • Apple's A12 Bionic processor is super fast
  • Dual cameras shoot well
  • Gigabit LTE enabled (with a supported network)

The bad

  • Super slippery design
  • No expandable memory (still)
  • Battery life still behind Android flagships
Where the iPhone XS Max is Apple's "phablet" phone for the larger phone crowd, the iPhone XS looks back to where Apple used to be for those who want the complete iPhone experience on a smaller device.

Which isn't to say that the iPhone XS is a backwards-looking device in every aspect. There are clear design cues taken from 2017's iPhone X as well as price points that shift the goalposts for what you'll pay for a new Apple phone ever upwards.


  • iPhone X style with more screen space
  • Antenna points boosted around the frame
  • Slippery to hold, so a case is a must


  • Dual cameras shoot well
  • Smaller camera body makes it easier to snap shots
  • Video stabilisation is great


  • Apple's A12 Bionic is easily the fastest processor you can get in a mobile
  • IP68 water resistance, but not a good idea to get wet thanks to warranty woes
  • Gigabit LTE, but not the fastest
  • Technically dual SIM, but not in Australia
  • No expandable memory (again).
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Battery life

  • Battery capacity is increasing
  • But actual battery life still lags behind Android's best.
  • Still lags behind premium Android phones for battery life


  • A good option for iPhone upgraders.
  • Expensive, even for a premium phone.
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Pricing and availability

  • Price: From RRP $1629
  • Where to buy: Amazon | eBay | Kogan | JB Hi-Fi | Officeworks
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Compare iPhone XS plans

You can also purchase the Refurbished iPhone XS on a handset repayment plan from TeleChoice.

Apple iPhone XS specs


Display Size
5.8 inches
1125 x 2436px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
458 ppi


Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP
Video recording
Front camera megapixels
Front camera aperture size

Physical Dimensions

143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm


802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Apple A12 Bionic
Operating system
iOS 12
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Battery capacity

Device features

Headphone jack
Fingerprint sensor
Water resistance rating
Wireless charging

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