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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.

5.8 inches

Display size

1125 x 2436px

64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP

Rear camera

2,659 mAh

Battery size

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Super slippery design
  • No expandable memory (still)
  • Battery life still behind Android flagships

Display

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

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
Weight
177g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Apple A12 Bionic
RAM
4GB
Operating system
iOS 12
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Battery capacity
2,659mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,629
Launch date2018-09
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.

Design

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

Camera

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

Performance

  • 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

Verdict

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

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Apple iPhone XS specs

Display

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

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
Weight
177g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Apple A12 Bionic
RAM
4GB
Operating system
iOS 12
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Battery capacity
2,659mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi

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