Iphone x max: iPhone XS Max – Technical Specifications

Apple iPhone XR Vs iPhone XS Max: What’s The Difference?

The best new iPhone is
’s cheapest new iPhone. Yes, you read that right. Announced alongside the premium iPhone XS (guide) and iPhone XS Max (guide), the iPhone XR promises to deliver their best features for a lot less money. And this is perhaps most obvious when compared to the iPhone XS Max…

Here’s everything you need to know…


Displays – The Big Compromise

If the iPhone XR has a weakness, it’s the display. Furthermore, this is arguably the greatest strength of the iPhone XS Max:

  • iPhone XS Max – 6.5-inch OLED, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, True Tone, 2688 x 1242 pixels (458 ppi), 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 84.4% screen-to-body ratio,
  • iPhone XR – 6.1-inch LCD, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, True Tone, 1792 x 828 pixels (326 ppi), 1,400:1 contrast ratio, 79.0% screen-to-body ratio

Yes, both phones have huge screens over 6-inches. But while Apple goes to town on the iPhone XS Max with a high-resolution OLED panel, the company cuts costs on the iPhone XR with a relatively low res LCD that cannot natively display Full HD (1080p) content. Apple also removes its pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology from the XR.

And yet, I don’t think most customers will mind.

The iPhone XR has a 326 ppi, which is just as dense as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (which also use LCD) and no-one complained about their panels. The iPhone XR also matches the premium models other features: Dolby Vision / HDR10 compliance so it should still be good for watching Netflix, “120Hz touch sensing” for faster touch recognition and True Tone for keeping colours accurate.


As for the loss of 3D Touch, Apple is rumoured to be scrapping this feature in its next-gen iPhones anyway because so few people use it and you can get away with a long press hack in iOS 12 instead.

So yes, the iPhone XR lags behind the iPhone XS Max but it’s far from a deal breaker for most people. In fact, you’ll spot this is a theme in the next sections…

Read more – Apple iPhone XS Vs iPhone XR: What’s The Difference?

Design – Thicker, More Fun

Perhaps the biggest surprise when Apple launched the iPhone XR, was it had delivered the same premium ‘bezel-less’ design with Face ID as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max for a lower price. But look closely and the iPhone XR design betrays cost saving, though it is also a lot more fun:

  • iPhone XS Max – 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm (6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 in) and 208 g (7.34 oz)
  • iPhone XR – 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in) and 194 g (6.84 oz)

The giveaway to the iPhone XR’s budget roots is its thickness. The LCD display takes up more room than OLED, and it is not flexible so Apple cannot bend it at the edges to hide connectors. All of which means the iPhone XR has thicker bezels on all sides and is heavier than you might expect. But it remains something you need to look at closely to spot.


Another downgrade you’re unlikely to notice, is the iPhone XR swaps out the premium stainless steel chassis of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max for aluminium. But every iPhone prior to the iPhone X used aluminium without complaint.

Another tweak: the iPhone XR has IP67 water and dust resistance while the premium XS models have IP68. The difference? The iPhone XR can only be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one metre, not two metres. Yep, no biggie.

Meanwhile, the iPhone XR does match two great upgrades on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: 25% louder external speakers (with added stereo left and right channels), and dual sim support via a nano sim and eSIM. These work simultaneously so owners can have two numbers on a single device – great for work/home or home/travel options. This is entirely new to the iPhone range.

Finally, the iPhone XR comes in a much better range of colours and, to many, this will more than make-up for its thicker bezels.


While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are restricted to Silver, Space Grey and Gold, the iPhone XR comes in White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral and (PRODUCT)RED. Yes, you can get (PRODUCT)RED from day one and it looks brilliant. These colors will turn heads in a way no iPhone XS model can.

And from here it only gets better for the iPhone XR…

Performance – Rocket Ships

A real surprise is Apple choose to put the same cutting-edge internals as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max into the iPhone XR:

  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR – Apple A12 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU, Four-Core GPU, M12 motion coprocessor

Where there is a difference is RAM. The iPhone XS Max has 4GB RAM while the iPhone XR has 3GB. But don’t worry, while multitasking may be slightly faster in a year or two, the primary reason Apple gives the XS models 4GB is to drive their dual cameras while the iPhone XR has one (more in the next section). And more to the point, no-one thinks last year’s 3GB, dual camera sporting iPhone X is slow.

So what do you get with the Apple A12? (ignore ‘Bionic’, it’s marketing rubbish)


The big news is 50% leaps in graphics performance and power efficiency when idle. At peak performance, Apple claims a smaller 15% CPU boost but detailed third-party testing suggests the company massively undersold itself here. The new internals also bring support for the 600MHz 4G band, an increasingly popular frequency used by carriers to cover black spots. So this could be a crucial upgrade for some buyers.

Where the iPhone XR does miss out is another you-probably-won’t-care feature: the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have 4G Cat 16 LTE which is capable of one-gigabit downloads. The iPhone XR, by contrast, is restricted to 600Mbit which is far beyond what real-world carrier speeds can deliver anyway.

Read more – iPhone XS Vs iPhone X: What’s The Difference?

Cameras – Single Vs Double


From the outside perhaps the most noticeable difference between the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS Max, apart from their size, is their cameras:

  • iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR – Primary rear camera – 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, Optical Image stabilisation (OIS), Quad-LED True Tone flash, Portrait Lighting
  • iPhone XS Max – Secondary telephoto lens – 12MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, OIS, 2x optical zoom
  • iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR – Front ‘TrueDepth’ camera – 7MP, f/2.2 aperture

In short: what you’re missing out on as an iPhone XR buyer is the 2x optical zoom. At times this feature can be useful, but the telephoto lens is of inferior quality so in less than ideal lighting dual camera iPhones usually just crop an image from the primary camera instead. In most scenarios, you can also simply walk closer to what you’re shooting.


Despite its single rear camera, the iPhone XR still has Portrait Mode (as does the front) and it gets Apple’s new ‘Smart HDR’ image processing. Like Google’s HDR+ on the Pixel range, this combines multiple photos shot at different exposures into a single image to combat the iPhone range’s historically poor dynamic range.


Meanwhile, the new iPhones’ larger 1.4µm pixel size allows them to take in more light so you will get much better (if not quite Pixel-catching) low light photography this year on all models.

Read more – iPhone XS Vs iPhone XS Max: What’s The Difference?

Battery Life And Charging – Cheaper Lasts Longer

If your biggest concern about the iPhone XR is its screen, here’s the upside of that lower resolution: killer battery life.

  • iPhone XS Max – 3,174 mAh
  • iPhone XR – 2,942 mAh

Yes, the iPhone XS Max has a slightly bigger battery than the iPhone XR but the reality is Apple’s new budget model can last as much as 25% longer on a single charge.


The downside is the iPhone XR doesn’t get the unspecified “faster” Qi wireless charging of the XS models, but as they max out at 7.5W on a standard which can achieve 15W you’re not missing much.

Furthermore, despite your much bigger outlay for the iPhone XS Max, neither iPhone will get a fast wired charger in the box. So unless you want to pay $75 for the necessary charger and compatible cable, you really need a phone that lasts all day – and the iPhone XR will do this better than any new iPhone model.

Storage And Price – Maxed Out

Here is where the iPhone XR seals the deal:

  • iPhone XS Max – 64GB ($1,099), 256GB ($1,249), 512GB ($1,449)
  • iPhone XR – 64GB ($749), 128GB ($799), 256GB ($899)

The fact you can buy a 256GB iPhone XR for $200 less than a 64GB iPhone XS Max is astonishing. The fact you can buy two 64GB iPhone XR phones for less than the price of one 512GB iPhone XS Max is equally so. Furthermore, the midrange 128GB is arguably the sweet spot for many users and this is missing from the XS range meaning a choice of too little (64GB) or too much (256GB, 512GB).


Bottom Line

The biggest threat to sales of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is the iPhone XR. And Apple might just live to regret making this phone too good for the price gap.

Yes, the iPhone XR is technically inferior to the iPhone XS Max in most areas but these are not areas where people will care. Especially compared to its superior battery life and more interesting colours.

Don’t get me wrong, those who can afford the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will enjoy them, they are excellent devices.

But the long and short of it is the iPhone XR is just as fast as the XS models, takes the same quality of photos with its primary cameras, lasts longer on a charge and has head-turning White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral and (PRODUCT)RED finishes. None of these will come to the XS models except for (PRODUCT)RED, and you’ll have to wait months for that to happen.

The iPhone XR is Apple’s most interesting phone in years and, unless you have money to burn, it’s the model you should buy…


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iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS Max was the larger of Apple’s two 2018 flagship phones. It was the first plus-sized model in Apple’s all-screen phone line. Compared to the previous-generation iPhone X, the iPhone XS series included a faster A12 Bionic chip and better cameras. Apple discontinued the device the following year when the iPhone 11 Pro Max replaced it.

iPhone XS Max Features

Apple positioned the 2018 handsets less as a must-have upgrade for iPhone X owners and more as an entry point for owners of older Touch ID-based iPhones. The iPhone XS series gave those customers the new full-screen design while adding incremental processor and camera bumps over its predecessor. The iPhone XS Max offered those same features for the first time in a larger handset.

The iPhone XS Max with its smaller sibling, the iPhone XS

The 2018 iPhones marked the first generation where all of Apple’s new handsets had the redesign, including full screen, Face ID, notch, and new home and multitasking gestures.

The phone launched alongside the iPhone XS, its smaller but otherwise identical sibling. The following month, Apple released the cheaper iPhone XR, which had the same A12 chip but a lesser display, camera, and build quality.


The phone has a 6.5-inch edge-to-edge display, Apple’s biggest-ever iPhone screen at the time it launched. The lack of a home button required first-time users to learn swipe gestures for multitasking and returning to the home screen. Like the full-screen iPhones before and after it, it includes a notch that houses the front camera and Face ID sensors.

The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch display

The handset has 2688 x 1242 resolution at 458 PPI, a 1,000,000:1 typical contrast ratio, and True Tone. It supports the P3 wide color gamut.


Powering the phone is the A12 Bionic Apple Silicon. In addition to general speed improvements, it included an update to Apple’s Neural Engine. The eight-core portion of the chip focuses on machine learning, handling up to eight times more operations-per-second than the previous Neural Engine.

Phil Schiller introducing the A12 Bionic chip powering the iPhone XS

The chip’s processing portion is a six-core CPU with two performance cores and four efficiency cores. The performance cores are up to 15% faster than the A11, while the efficiency cores handle lower-intensity tasks using 50% less energy.

The A12 Bionic has a four-core GPU that’s 50% faster than the A11’s graphics. The iPhone XS Max’s chip also included a faster Secure Enclave that speeds up Face ID recognition compared to the iPhone X.


The handset’s camera specs were virtually identical to those of the iPhone X, but the dual-camera system offered subtle improvements over its predecessor. While it stuck with a wide-angle lens and a 2X telephoto lens, they had larger and faster sensors, bigger pixels, and an improved image signal processor (ISP).

The iPhone XS series introduced Smart HDR and Portrait Mode bokeh and depth controls

The iPhone XS was the first generation to support Smart HDR. It rapidly fires off multiple shots unseen to the user, applying machine learning through the Neural Engine to keep each image’s best portions. The result is a single photo with a wider spectrum of light and dark areas than any single picture could have provided. All of this happens in the background at close to real-time, taking a few seconds at most.

The handset was also the first to include bokeh and depth controls for Portrait Mode. After taking a Portrait Mode shot, you can adjust the background-blur level and apply portrait effects like studio light and contour light.

Improved Portrait Mode shooting on the iPhone XS (left) vs. the iPhone X

The primary wide-angle camera had a 20% larger pixel depth that provided better light sensitivity for low-lit shots.

The following generation, Apple added Night Mode for much better shots in poorly lit environments. Similar to Smart HDR, it takes multiple photos and uses machine learning to create a single image. Night Mode doesn’t work on the iPhone XS Max or its smaller companion.

The rear cameras are both 12MP. The wide lens has ƒ/1.8 aperture, while the telephoto lens is ƒ/2.4. It can record video in up to 4K resolution at up to 60fps.

The TrueDepth front-facing camera is a single 7MP lens with ƒ/2.2 aperture. It supports HDR and Portrait Mode with bokeh and depth control. 

Initially, the iPhone XS series sparked a minor controversy dubbed “Beautygate,” where customers noticed a strange beauty-filter type of appearance in their selfies. The front camera was over-applying noise reduction to Smart HDR shots, creating the appearance of excessively soft skin. Apple eventually fixed this in a software update.

iOS 12

The handset shipped with iOS 12, the company’s 2018 mobile software update.

Apple introducing iOS 12

The initial release added some new augmented reality functionality, including the Measure app, which allows rear cameras to measure real-world items in 3D space. It also added Screen Time, which provides multiple tools to monitor device and app usage.  

Other additions included MeMojis, which allow users to use the TrueDepth camera to map their faces, animating a personalized digital character. iOS 12 also added Siri Shortcuts, letting users create or install customizable macros, linking multiple tasks and apps.

Notifications were also updated to allow groups of notifications to be collected together, tidying up sometimes lengthy lists of updates.

Today, the iPhone XS Max runs the latest version of iOS 14.

Other iPhone XS Features

  • Up to 1.5 hours longer battery life than iPhone X
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Stainless-steel and glass build
  • Available in space gray, silver, and gold
  • 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage tiers

iPhone XS Max Review

In AppleInsider‘s review, we gave the phone 4.5 out of 5 stars.

AppleInsider gave the phone 4. 5 out of 5 stars


“This is an ‘S’ model year, and you’d think that there wouldn’t be big changes. On the outside, other than the size of the iPhone XS Max, that looks to be true — there aren’t a lot of big design changes. We’ve still got a notch and how much of a problem that is, is an exercise for the reader, and there’s still an edge-to-edge OLED screen.

“As with nearly everything, it’s what’s on the inside that matters.

“The most obvious upgrade is the new, beautiful 6.5-inch display. Colors are vibrant, videos look great even if they do either get cropped in or show black bars, and touch sensitivity is as good as ever.

“We got improved speakers this year, notably with a better represented 3D soundstage. When we played back music and movies, there were times we noticed a difference, and others we didn’t.

“The biggest change to audio is probably to the quality of the speaker audio coming out of the grill positioned in the True Depth Camera. This better speaker audio comes with the ability to finally record stereo audio in videos, which is the bigger deal for us.”

In hand

The iPhone XS Max (L) with the smaller iPhone XS

“How the handset feels in our hands is far and away the question we get asked the most.

“There have been jokes made about how massive the phone actually is. Here’s the thing, though — it’s actually a hair smaller than the iPhone Plus models, but a bit more dense. Sure, anyone with a smaller hand might struggle carrying this thing about, but no more so than they might have with the Plus line of phones introduced with the iPhone 6 Plus.

“The weight of the iPhone XS Max is largely due to the stainless steel frame rather than the aluminum. The glossy stainless sides and glass facing sides have a somewhat slippery finish, so the weight can either give you a little extra feedback to help you hang on to it, or be a problem making it drop from a hand more often, user depending. Throwing a case on can also alleviate the slipperiness, but if you have a tendency to ‘go naked’ and eschew protection, it could possibly be an issue.

“Fortunately, the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS have feature parity, including screen quality. There is no obvious feature you get by going with the 6.5-inch model over the 5.8-inch iPhone XS other than screen area. The only exception to this is Apple claiming a slightly increased battery life which we aren’t really seeing in actual use, but with the ubiquity of wireless chargers and MFi battery cases, this isn’t much of an issue.”


“We spend an inordinate amount of time snapping pics with our iPhone. That’s why an increase in quality — any increase in quality — grabs our attention.

“If you need just a few words about the camera it is this — it is better than the X, but not necessarily enough to warrant a whole upgrade on its own.

“What is new this year, is the pixel size. On the wide-angle camera, the larger sensor is equipped with a 1. 4-micrometer pixel pitch, increased from 1.22-micrometer on the year ago sensor. By increasing pixel depth by nearly 20-percent, it allows the pixel to capture more light, helping with low-light photography.

“Apple has also coupled the updated eight-core Neural Engine with the A12 Bionic to help master photography. Apple says that this helps with things like facial recognition, facial landmarks, and image segmentation during Portrait Mode photos.

“We immediately noticed quicker shutter speeds, and no lag when we went to take photos. When we shot in Portrait Mode, it was able to enable the Portrait effect quicker and identify the subject in less time that on our X.

“We took to the outdoors to get some sample photos and were pretty impressed. The photos look outstanding on their own, but when we compare certain ones to the X, there is both more and less difference.

Apple introduced a new gold color option with this generation

“When we max out the digital zoom to 10X, we notice that the iPhone X actually has a bit more detail. The Neural Engine smoothing effects in the iPhone XS appear to be a bit more aggressive in an attempt to make a more pleasing picture. When you are in fact shooting something that is supposed to be a bit more sharp — like these cliffs or a building — you don’t necessarily want so much smoothing going on.

“When we talked about specs, we said that these deeper pixels should help low light performance, and that appears to be exactly what has happened. Low light shots do appear a bit brighter, even when not using the flash.

“Speaking of the flash, that too got an update. The updated True Tone flash should help photos look more natural, but we use the flash so seldom it was hard to really tell. Looking at them externally, you notice it isn’t quite as pink on the two lower LEDs, but otherwise it seems quite similar.”


The most obvious upgrade is the beautiful 6.5-inch display

“Apple has done a great job with the new phone. It is quite frankly, the best iPhone Apple has ever made. That statement doesn’t carry much weight though, as every year Apple introduces to the world the ‘best iPhone’ they’ve ever made. It is as true this year as it was last year.

“It still is at its core, an iPhone. If you’ve been fans of the iPhone in the past, you will certainly love the latest model. It has the most tech ever packed into an iPhone that, seems to be more looking towards the future rather than being perfect just today.

“From a usability standpoint, all the apps that took advantage of the features of the iPhone X all run here on the iPhone XS Max. They certainly load a bit quicker, but for instance, Fortnite is not necessarily any more playable here than on last year’s iPhones, nor will Pages complete your task any better than it did before.

“The Neural Engine seems like a set-up for something. Sure, it helps take better pictures now, and we believe it also assists in parallelizing calculations across the A12 cores a bit better than previously, but it feels like untapped potential at the moment.

“Better Siri? Enhanced user security protections? Don’t know for sure yet, but it’ll be a fun ride.”

iPhone XS Max Pricing

Apple no longer sells the iPhone XS Max. Some retailers still have stock, but it’s now a two-generation-old flagship. The iPhone 12 series offers significant improvements across the board, so the 2018 model is only likely to appeal to shoppers today at a highly discounted price.

When it was still on sale, the phone started at $1,099 for 64GB of storage.

Apple iPhone XS Max: specifications, price and reviews

  • Display: 6.5″ OLED – 1242 x 2688
  • Chip: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Camera: 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
  • Battery: 3174mAh
  • OS: iOS 16.5
  • Weight: 208g













Final score

59 900 29

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Gorilla Glass 6 front and back
  • Clear screen with P3 color space support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Fast A12 Bionic processor
  • Pre Sunrise camera
  • Headset included
  • No fast charger included
  • High cost
  • NFC not available to third parties


Full specifications and tests of all components of the smartphone Apple iPhone XS Max

Size 6. 5″
Approval 1242 x 2688 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.4:9
Pixel density 456 dpi
Update rate 60 Hz
Adaptive Refresh Rate No
Max. declared brightness 625 nits
HDR 9 support0092

Yes, Dolby Vision
Display protection Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 85.41%
Features – DCI-P3
Display test
sRGB 98.8%
PWM 240 Hz
Response time 11.2 ms
Contrast ∞ Endless

True Peak Brightness (Auto)

659 nits

The Apple iPhone XS Max is the first American brand smartphone with a huge screen, which is suitable for watching high-definition HDR movies. The 6.5-inch OLED panel is ideal for gaming. The display resolution is 1242 x 2688 pixels and their density is 456 dpi.



Design and housing

Design and dimensions of the Apple iPhone XS Max case

Height 157.5 mm
Width 77.4 mm
Thickness 7.7 mm
Weight 208 grams
Waterproof IP68
Back panel material Glass
Frame material Metal
Available colors Silver, Gold, Gray
Fingerprint scanner No

Screen-to-body ratio



All characteristics of the Apple iPhone XS Max chip and tests in benchmarks

Chipset Apple A12 Bionic
Max. frequency 2490 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture – 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Tempest
– 2 cores at 2.49 GHz: Vortex
Transistor size 7 nanometers
Graphics Apple A12 Bionic GPU
GPU frequency 1100 MHz
FLOPS ~560 Gflops


Geekbench 5 (single-core)


Geekbench 5 (multi-core)

288 0

AnTuTu Benchmark 9


CPU 131883
GPU 196399
Memory 101393
UX 105859
Total score 538053

3DMark Wild Life Performance


Case peak temperature 45. 2 °C
Stability 66%
Graphics test 34 FPS
Graphics score 5714



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Memory type LPDDR4X
Number of channels 2
Storage capacity 64, 256, 512 GB
Accumulator type NVMe
Memory card No


Operating system iOS 12 (Updated to iOS 16.5)
System size out of the box 16 GB


Capacity 3174 mAh
Max. charging power 18 W
Battery type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable No
Wireless charger Yes, Qi (10 W)
Reverse charger No
Quick Charge Yes (50% in 30 minutes)
Full charge time 03:29 am
Autonomy tests
Web surfing 09:13 am
View video 10:50 am
Games 04:41 am
Standby 80 hours

Total autonomy

25:24 hours

The non-removable battery has a capacity of 3174 mAh, and thanks to support for fast charging, it can charge much faster than the same iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone XS Max offers at 90 minutes better battery life than iPhone X.


iPhone XS Max camera specs and testing

Main chamber
Matrix 12 megapixels
Photo resolution 4032×3024
Zoom Optical, 2x
Flash Quad LED
Stabilization Optical
8K video recording No
4K video recording Up to 60 fps
1080p video recording Up to 60 fps
Slow motion 240 fps (1080p)
Number of lenses 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Main lens – 12 MP
– Aperture: f/1. 8
– Focal length: 28mm
– Pixel size: 1.4 micron
– Sensor: 1/2.5″, Apple iSight X (CMOS)
– Phase detection autofocus
90 092
Telephoto lens – 12 MP
– Aperture: f/2.4
– Focal length: 52mm
– Pixel size: 1 micron
– Sensor: 1/3.4″ (CMOS)
Features – Bokeh Effect
– Pro Mode
– RAW Support
Examples Sample photos of Apple iPhone XS Max by DxOMark
Selfie Camera
Number of megapixels 7 megapixels
Photo Resolution 3088 x 2316
Aperture f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm
Sensor type BSI CMOS
Video Resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality


Video quality


Final Camera Score


Reviews of the XS Max say it has very good front and back cameras. The main one consists of two modules – 12-megapixel. The main one has an aperture of f/1.8, while the secondary has an aperture of f/2.4. There is a Quad LED True Tone flash.


Wi-Fi version Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi 9 functions0092

– Dual Band
– Wi-Fi MiMO
– Wi-Fi Direct
– Wi-Fi Hotspot
– Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5
USB type No.
USB version 2
USB functions – Charging
– USB mass storage mode
NFC* Yes
Infrared port No
Number of SIM* 1
SIM type Nano
eSIM support* Yes
Hybrid Slot No
LTE Cat* 16
2G network GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
3G network HSDPA 850, HSDPA 900, HSDPA 1900, HSDPA 2100
4G network LTE 700, LTE 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600, LTE 850, LTE 1700, LTE 900, LTE 1900
5G support No
Speakers Stereo
3. 5 mm audio port No
FM Radio No
Dolby Atmos Yes

Speaker tests

Maximum volume

77.2 dB


Class 900 92

Release date September 2018
Sales start date September 2018
Market availability Available
Head SAR radiation level 0.99 W/kg
Body SAR 0.99 W/kg
Sensors and transducers – Barometer
– Proximity sensor
– Gyroscope
– Accelerometer
– Light sensor
– Compass
– Face recognition scanner

*Please note! Package contents and some specifications of iPhone XS Max may vary by region.

User rating

3. 5 of
5 points
(202 votes)

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  • 2 more flash LEDs?
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  • 16.86% more battery capacity?
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  • 1GB more RAM?
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  • 21.82% higher resolution?
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  • 2 x 2.5GHz & 4 x 1.6GHz vs 2 x 2.53GHz & 4 x 1.42GHz
  • 12.07% larger screen size?
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  • 256GB more internal memory?
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44 User Reviews

Apple iPhone X

8. 7 /10

44 User Reviews

Apple iPhone XS Max

45 User reviews

Apple iPhone XS Max

9.0 /10

45 User reviews


9002 8 Build Quality

9.2 /10

43 votes

Screen Quality

8.9 /10

43 votes

9.0 /1 0

43 votes

Battery Life

6.9 /10

43 votes

7.8 /10

43 votes

Image 1322 8.3 /10

43 votes Size

8.3 /10

43 votes screen size

The larger the screen size, the better the user experience.

Display type



Type of technology used in the display.

Pixel Density



Pixel Density is a measure of screen resolution expressed as pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. Higher pixel density results in sharper and clearer images displayed on the screen, resulting in a better viewing experience.


1125 x 2436px

1242 x 2688px

Resolution indicates the maximum number of pixels that can be displayed on the screen, expressed as the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the number on the vertical axis.

refresh rate

Frequency at which the screen is updated. The higher the frequency, the less flicker (less noise) and the more natural motion representation.

touch screen sample rate

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone X)

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone XS Max)

The touch sample rate is the rate at which the screen can register your touch input and respond by displaying the next frame. Also called the touch screen refresh rate.


625 nits

625 nits

A nit is a measurement of the light emitted by a display, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays are easier to read, even on sunny days.

Has proprietary shatterproof glass

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Shockproof glass (such as Corning’s Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, light and can withstand a high degree of impact.

Gorilla Glass version

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone X)

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone XS Max)

Gorilla Glass is one of Corning’s most popular grades of chemically strengthened glass. Several versions have been developed, the newest of which are more durable and resistant to damage.


built-in memory

Built-in memory is the built-in space for storing system data, applications, and user data in the device. With more internal storage, you can store more files and apps on your device.

Random Access Memory

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a form of memory used to store work data and the machine code currently in use. It is a temporary, fast-access virtual storage that can be read and modified in any order, allowing fast data processing.

AnTuTu score



AnTuTu is one of the most important tests for Android devices. The score reflects the overall performance of the device by summing up the results of individual tests with various parameters such as RAM speed, processor performance, 2D and 3D graphics performance.

3DMark Wild Life test

Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark developed by 3DMark that tests the graphics performance of a device (using Vulkan API on Android/Windows and Metal API on iOS). Source: 3D Mark.

3DMark Wild Life Unlimited test

Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark developed by 3DMark that tests the graphics performance of a device (using Vulkan API on Android/Windows and Metal API on iOS). The unlimited version works off-screen, so factors such as screen resolution do not affect the score. Source: 3D Mark.

3DMark Wild Life Extreme test

Wild Life is a cross-platform test developed by 3DMark that tests the graphics performance of a device (using Vulkan API on Android/Windows and Metal API on iOS). The Extreme version is much more demanding on graphics than the standard Wild Life test. Source: 3D Mark.

Geekbench 5 result (multi-core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform test that measures the performance of a multi-core processor. (Source: Primate Labs, 2023)

Geekbench 5 result (single core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures the single core performance of a processor. (Source: Primate Labs, 2023)

CPU speed

2 x 2.53GHz & 4 x 1.42GHz (Apple A11 Bionic)

2 x 2.5GHz & 4 x 1.6GHz (Apple A12 Bionic)

CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second the processor can perform, considering all its cores (processors). It is calculated by adding the clock speeds of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors, each group of cores.


megapixels (main camera)

12MP & 12MP

12MP & 12MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of images captured by the main camera. A higher megapixel count means the camera is capable of capturing more detail. However, the number of megapixels is not the only important element that determines image quality.

megapixels (front camera)

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of images captured by the front camera. The higher megapixel count means the front camera is capable of capturing more detail, which is an important consideration for high resolution selfies.

has a built-in optical image stabilizer

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to track camera vibration. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, preventing image blur before it is captured.

video recording (main camera)

2160 x 60fps

2160 x 60fps

The maximum resolution possible for videos taken with the main camera. You can also select other frame rates, these videos usually have lower resolutions.

wide aperture (main camera)

f/2.4 & f/1.8

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone XS Max)

This is the widest aperture available at the minimum focal length. With a wider aperture, the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur due to faster shutter speeds. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus on the subject.

Dual-color LED flash included

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Dual-color LED flash consists of multiple LEDs with different color temperatures to provide the best color balance for photos and videos.

has a backlight sensor

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

sharpness and image quality.

has continuous autofocus when recording movies

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Subjects always stay in focus when recording movies.

Autofocus with Phase AF for photography

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Phase AF is much faster than Contrast AF and produces sharper images.

Operating system

there are clipboard warnings

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

This privacy feature alerts you with a small notification when an app is copying data from your clipboard.

has a “Location Privacy” feature

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

This privacy feature allows you to tell the app your approximate location rather than your exact location.

has “Camera/Microphone Privacy”

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

You can enable or disable the app’s access to the camera or microphone on your device. There are also icons on the device that show when the application is using the camera or microphone.

has Mail Privacy Shield

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

Mail Privacy Shield is a feature built into the default email app that blocks senders from using tracking pixels that can see when you have read the email. It also hides your IP address from senders.

There is a theme setting

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

Theme setting allows you to easily change the appearance of the user interface (UI). For example, change the colors of the system or application icons.

can block app tracking

✖Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max (iOS 12)

Some apps track your activity even when the app is not in use. This privacy feature allows you to block tracking either across all apps or on a per-app basis.

blocks cross-tracking

✔Apple iPhone X (iOS 11)

✔Apple iPhone XS Max (iOS 12)

This setting (in the default browser) allows you to block cookies and cross-tracking to keep you private.

has on-device machine learning

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

On-device machine learning is used to recognize people, places, and more in the Photos app. The algorithms run on the device itself and then store this sensitive data. Competing services upload photos and do so on their own servers, which requires you to provide personal information.

Can play games while downloading them

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

This means that you don’t have to wait for the whole game to be downloaded, as subsequent stages of the game will be downloaded during the game .


battery capacity



Battery charge, or battery capacity, is the amount of electrical energy stored in a battery. The higher the battery charge, the longer the battery life.

has wireless charging

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Supports Qi wireless charging standard. To charge your device, you just need to place it on the charging pad.

Supports fast charging

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Fast charging technologies such as Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express are used to reduce device charging time. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged up to 50% in just 30 minutes.

charging speed

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone X)

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone XS Max)

Charging speed is expressed in watts (W), a unit of electrical power. The higher the power, the faster the charging speed. It is important to use a compatible charger to obtain the advertised charging speed.

wireless charging speed

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone X)

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone XS Max)

Charging speed is expressed in watts (W), a unit of electrical power. The higher the power, the faster the charging speed. A compatible wireless charger must be used to achieve advertised charging speeds.

has reverse wireless charging

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

The device can be used as a wireless charging station to charge other devices.

Reverse wireless charging speed

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone X)

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Apple iPhone XS Max)

Charging speed is expressed in watts (W), a unit of electrical power. The higher the power, the faster the charging speed.

has a replaceable battery

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

In the event of a breakdown, the user can replace the battery

Has an ultra power saving mode

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

The device can save battery using only a black and white screen with a few basic icons. This means that even with a small amount of battery it is possible to keep the device running for a long time.


has 3.5mm mini jack jack

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

You can use a standard mini jack to connect most headphones.

has built-in stereo speakers

✔Apple iPhone X

✔Apple iPhone XS Max

Devices with stereo speakers provide sound from different channels on the left and right sides, creating a richer sound and better listening experience.

has aptX

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

aptX is a codec used for Bluetooth wireless audio transmission. It is developed by Qualcomm and supports 16-bit audio at 384 kbps.

yes LDAC

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

LDAC is a codec developed by Sony for Bluetooth audio. It supports a very high bit rate of 990 kbps, which provides high resolution audio. It can also automatically adjust the lower bitrate of 330Kbps or 660Kbps to improve stability.

yes aptX HD

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

aptX HD is a Bluetooth audio codec developed by Qualcomm. It supports high quality 24-bit audio (with a bit rate of 576 kbps).

yes aptX Adaptive

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

aptx Adaptive is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (from 279 kbps to 420 kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.

has radio

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

Can work as an FM radio with headphones connected

Number of microphones

The more microphones the device has, the better it filters out background noise and improves the overall sound recording quality.

has dedicated media buttons

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

You can control the music player blindly.


5G supported

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max (Apple A12 Bionic)

Supports 5G wireless technology. The 5G mobile network provides faster speeds and lower latency than the previous 4G network.

Wi-Fi version

Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)

Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)

Wi-Fi versions supported by the device.

Upload speed



Upload speed is a measurement of Internet bandwidth that represents the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can access online content.

Upload speed



Upload speed is a measurement of Internet bandwidth that represents the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can send information to a server or other device.

Has USB Type-C

✖Apple iPhone X

✖Apple iPhone XS Max

USB Type-C has reversible connector orientation and cable routing.