Apple's iPhone XS provides the power of the Apple A12 Bionic in a more compact frame than the iPhone XS Max.
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
In previous years, if you opted for the "smaller" iPhone, you were usually stuck with just a single camera of lesser quality. That's not the case this year because while the iPhone XS is Apple's smallest 2018 smartphone, it shares the exact same camera specifications and sensors as the larger and more expensive Apple iPhone XS Max. Apple does produce a single lens 2018 iPhone, but that's the cheaper iPhone XR.
At the back of an iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, you'll find dual 12MP lenses. The wide angle 12MP lens has an f/1.8 aperture, while the 2x optical telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture.
- 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).
Apple put itself firmly in first place for processor performance with the stellar Apple A11 Bionic at the heart of the Apple iPhone X, so it had its work cut out to do even better with the A12 Bionic that runs the Apple iPhone XS.
It's managed just that, with a processor capable of some truly astounding computational performance.
- Battery capacity is increasing
- But actual battery life still lags behind Android's best.
- Still lags behind premium Android phones for battery life
Apple has long had an issue with battery stamina, largely because it's consistently chased thinner devices, and with that design choice, it's given itself much less space for actual batteries. The iPhone XS packs in a 2,658mAh battery, which is slightly down from 2017's iPhone X and a degree below the 3,174 mAh battery in the iPhone XS Max.
The iPhone XS sits in a relatively high price bracket, although not quite as eye watering as that of the Apple iPhone XS Max. That's a handset that we'd argue is overpriced, where the iPhone XS is merely expensive, at least in its lower storage capacities.
At the same time, the combination of a top-notch camera and the power of the Apple A12 Fusion make for a compelling handset. It's easier to pocket than the iPhone XS Max, and it'll leave a much smaller dent in your wallet too.
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|Display size (inches)||5.8|
|Display resolution (pixels)||2436x1125|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||458|
|Processor||Apple A12 Bionic|
|Battery size (mAh)||2,659|
|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|
|Network category speed||Category 16|
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