Apple iPhone XS: Pricing, features and specifications compared

The iPhone XS advances Apple's flagship smartphone line with better water resistance, a faster processor and an enhanced dual-lens camera.

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    2017 saw the debut of the radically redesigned Apple iPhone X, but this was just the start of Apple's transformational journey for its popular iPhone brand. On 13 September 2018, the smartphone manufacturer unveiled the successor to the iPhone X at its "Gather Round" event in Cupertino in the form of the iPhone XS, emphasising new features like longer battery life, faster performance thanks to the new A12 processor and better facial recognition via Apple's Face ID system.
    Apple iPhone XS at a glance
    When will the Apple iPhone XS come out? Pre-orders available on 14 September 2018 with availability from 21 September 2018.
    What’s new about the Apple iPhone XS? IP68 water resistance, A12 Bionic processor, better battery life.
    How much will the Apple iPhone XS cost? $1,629 to $2,199 depending on storage capacity.

    Apple's position in the premium market space has always been one of offering premium products at high prices, typically launching (at most) two new phones in a given year. In 2017, Apple flipped that script and launched three phones in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In 2018, it continued that trend with 3 new models unveiled at Apple's iPhone launch event on 13 September.

    Design

    • 5.8-inch OLED screen with Super Retina HD display.
    • IP68 water and dust resistance.

    Camera

    • Dual 12MP camera array with wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
    • Neural engine promises better image processing.

    Performance

    • A12 Bionic processor promises up to 50% better graphics performance and 15% better app performance.
    • Supports gigabit network speeds.

    Battery life

    • Don't expect big jumps in battery capacity.
    • Qi wireless charging support.

    Early outlook

    • Apple is sticking to what it knows best.
    • Prices are very premium.

    Pricing and availability

    • Pre-orders for the iPhone XS go live on 14 September 2018, with handsets available from 21 September 2018.
    • Pricing ranges from $1,629 for the 64GB model to $2,199 for the 512GB model.

    Apple's dominance in the premium space means that it'll have phones available on contract terms from the major carriers from day one. While some makers, such as Google offer their handsets up to single carriers, that's never happened here in Australia with any iPhone model.

    As such, we can expect pre-order plan pricing to arrive from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus at the same time as Apple opens up its pre-orders for the new devices. As always, we'll have a full analysis of plan pricing and your best options once carriers announce availability.

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    OS iOS 12
    Display size (inches) 5.8
    Display resolution (pixels) 2436x1125
    Pixels per inch (PPI) 458
    Processor Apple A12 Bionic
    Height (mm) 143.6
    Width (mm) 70.9
    Depth (mm) 7.7
    Weight (g) 177
    Battery size (mAh)
    Wireless charging
    Internal storage 64GB
    256GB
    512GB
    MicroSD expansion N/A
    Fingerprint scanner No
    RAM
    Water resistance IP68
    Rear camera (1) resolution 12
    Rear camera (1) aperture
    Rear camera (2) resolution 12
    Rear camera (2) aperture
    Rear camera (3) resolution
    Rear camera (3) aperture
    Front camera (1) resolution 7
    Front camera (1) aperture 2.2
    Front camera (2) resolution
    Front camera (2) aperture
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Network category speed Category 16
    NFC support Yes
    Updated September 19th, 2018
    Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
    Apple A12
    6.1
    1792 x 828
    64GB
    128GB
    256GB
    Apple A12 Bionic
    5.8
    2436x1125
    64GB
    256GB
    512GB
    Apple A12
    6.5
    2688 x 1242
    64GB
    256GB
    512GB
    A11
    5.8
    2436 x 1125
    64GB
    256GB
    A11
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    64GB
    256GB
    A11
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    64GB
    256GB
    A10
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    32GB
    128GB
    256GB
    A10
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    32GB
    128GB
    256GB
    A9
    4
    1136 x 640
    32GB
    128GB
    A9
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    32GB
    128GB
    A9
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    32GB
    128GB
    A8
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    16GB
    32GB
    64GB
    128GB

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