iPhone XS Max Review


The iPhone XS Max (pronounced ‘ Ten S Max ‘) was Apple’s largest smartphone ever created in September 2018 when it was launched. The iPhone XS Max features all the design changes and material options that were first introduced with the iPhone X: glass and stainless steel finish, an edge-to-edge OLED screen, Face ID, wireless charging, slim bezel, and front notch.

iPhone XS Max Review


  • 6.5-inch OLED display
  • Face ID
  • A12 Bionic
  • 4GB RAM
  • up to 512GB storage
  • IP68


Apple redesigned the iPhone X in September 2018 and created the XS. However, there is nothing new to see on this device. The XS Max has a 6.5 inches screen with a body thickness of about 7.7 mm, making it an Ultra slim phone when compared to some phones.

The iPhone XS Max is available in Silver, Space Gray and Gold colour options.

iPhone XS Max ReviewThe XS Max has a glass back covering, and if you dropped this device on a hard surface, it’s almost sure to crack. I would recommend that you use a phone case.

The front and rear glass, which is stronger than the iPhone X glass makes the iPhone XS Max look and feel superior.

Apple raised XS Max’s durability to IP68 for resistance to dust and water. Which means they can endure the submergence for up to 30 minutes in 2 meters of water.

There’s no headphone jack on the iPhone XS Max. Apple killed off the headphone jack on this device. You’ll find the USB port alongside speaker and microphone holes on the base of the XS Max.

The iPhone XS Max also supports wireless charging.

On the right side of the XS Max is the power/lock key with the SIM card tray below this key, while the volume keys sit below the mute switch on the left side of this device.

With an eSIM incorporated inside the phone, the XS Max is dual SIM enabled.


The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5 inches OLED display and comes with a super-sharp 2688 x 1242 pixel resolution with 463 pixels per inch and a 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio.

The XS Max display also supports wide colour DCI-P3 gamut from Apple and displays a 60% more dynamic range for photos taken with the device.

The XS Max comes with a feature called True Tone that blends your environment with the display colour and temperature to make content easier to read.

The XS Max display features a scratch-resistant glass with an oleophobic coating screen protection and also has support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, wide colour gamut, and advanced colour management techniques.

  • PPI ~ 463 PPI (pixel density)


The iPhone XS Max has three cameras, Dual Camera 12 MP + 12 MP cameras at the back with autofocus, Quad-LED flash, and one front camera 7 MP for taking selfies.

The XS Max is fitted with the same camera as the iPhone X.

The dual rear camera has two distinct features one camera is telephoto and the other wide-angle, with the same f/1.8 and f/2,4 apertures.

Some of the features of the camera are Face detection, Smile detection, Geo-tagging, Panorama, Touch to focus, 1080p HD video recording, auto image stabilization, Retina Flash using the display, and auto HDR.

Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 7MP

The iPhone XS Mas can capture up to 60 frames per second for 4 K video.

Apple also added a video encoder for maximum performance in real-time image processing and native support for HEVC encoding for the same quality of video with smaller file sizes.

Face ID

XSMax has FaceID. Face ID is a facial recognition tech that replaces the Touch ID fingerprint sensor used for authentication purposes in earlier devices. Face ID uses a facial scan instead of a fingerprint to unlock the iPhone XS Max; grants access to third-party apps, authenticate Apple Pay payments, etc

Face ID is part of the setup process when you get an iPhone X, much like the Touch ID. You will use Apple’s tutorial instead of applying a fingerprint to the phone to generate a simple 3D face scan that’s transformed into a series of data points.

When measured side by side with Touch ID, Face ID was slower than Touch ID.


iPhone XS Max runs iOS v12 operating system, and 2.49 GHz, Hexa Core Processor with an Apple GPU (four-core graphics).  The Apple A12 chipset powers the XS Max with 4 GB of RAM, you’ll find the first 7 nm mass-market chip on a phone.

The iPhone XS Max is available in 4 models A1921, A2101, A2102, and A2104.

  • OS iOS v12
  • Chipset Apple A12
  • CPU 49 GHz, Hexa Core Processor
  • GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • IP Rating IP68
  • Java No
  • Browser Yes, supports HTML5 (Safari)

The speakers are louder and clearer than any other iPhone, which comfortably matches the most popular Android handsets in terms of sound from the speaker. Beside the USB port, you’ll find one downward-firing speaker, and another pointing to you in the notch.

Additional core results in better parallelism, making it possible to perform more tasks simultaneously without slowing down the user interface.

The iPhone XS Max is IP68 water and dust resistant.

Excellent Performance — the XS Max User interface is smooth, and switching between apps is fast.

Battery Life

The iPhone XS Max comes with a non-removable 3174 mAh, Li-ion Battery with fast charging going from 0% to 50% in 30 min. The battery talk time is about 25 hours on 3G while the music playback time 65 hours.


3G, 4G, VoLTE support

The iPhone XS Max features LTE for data transfer speeds of up to 450 Mb / s. It supports more than 20 LTE bands that make working with networks elsewhere more likely.

WiFi, WiFi Hotspot (Tethering) support

Bluetooth v5.0 support

Bluetooth v5.0 allows you to use Bluetooth headsets to listen to music and calls wirelessly.

GPS, NFC support

Should You Buy iPhone XS Max?

The XS Max might be the ideal phone in certain respects. It offers a larger 6.5-inch display and is the first iPhone for those who need two SIMs.

One year on from the launch of the XS Max it is still an expensive phone, you won’t have any regret with what you are getting in return if you’re able to afford it.


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