The biggest, fastest and most expensive “iPhone” in history. IPhone Xs Max Review

Today, the world began selling the flagship iPhone – the Xs and Xs Max models. Apple means the letter “S” such work on the bugs. But how to improve what, in principle, works fine? After all, last year’s iPhone X was good on all sides. The answer – in addition to another “iron” to offer a smartphone a little more. If earlier Apple called the increased modifications of “Plus”, now there appeared “Max” – the sense of renaming is not clear, but as it is. Now this is the king of “iPhones”: he is the most expensive, the biggest diagonal screen, he has the most capacious battery. We got the iPhone Xs Max on the release day and will share our impressions as we get to know it.


Immediately about the most exciting – the price. 5.8-inch version has not risen in price (from $ 999), but the novelty Xs Max starts already with $ 1099, and in Europe the price tag is even higher. Official cost in Belarus is still unknown. There is a suspicion that to go on a weekend to Poland, eat up to the zhurek’s dump and at the same time buy an iPhone will be more profitable than taking a gadget here.


iPhone X and iPhone Xs Max

Claims to the price are that Apple has never been a “laxtery” company. Its devices are expensive, but it releases them for the mass market, unlike Vertu and other shocking brands. And the cost of the new iPhone, of course, raises questions. And they get even bigger when you finally open the box: even in the iPhone Xs Max headphones are wound on a white cardboard. From the configuration of the smartphone with a peak price of $ 1449 (for the version with 512 GB) you are waiting for something more refined: the packaging of some Oukitel K10000 Pro looks “richer”, although the device costs 470 rubles. Adapter for 3.5 mm, by the way, is now sold separately, although since the iPhone 7 it was put in a box.

iPhone SE, iPhone X and iPhone Xs Max

The rest of the configuration is familiar: the cable Lightning-USB, charger, documentation and, in fact, the iPhone Xs Max itself. By the way, even since last year the iPhone has learned to quickly charge (and at the same time wireless), in the box there is only the usual z / y. But if you have a 12-inch Macbook or a Pro model of the current generation, you can also charge from the laptop – you just need to purchase a USB-C / Lightning cable, which, again, does not go with the iPhone.

Design differences from the iPhone X should be searched with a magnifying glass, and the Xs version will be identical at all: the dimensions match, and the back cover does not have the letter “S”. But now the top and bottom appeared stripes in the steel fringing for a more stable signal of wireless modules – before they were placed only on the sides. Because of this, the grilles for the speaker and microphone are asymmetric. In our case, the Max-version is instantly recognized: it’s just huge

On the right is the iPhone Xs Max. From this perspective it can be distinguished by an additional strip on the steel. It also appeared in the usual iPhone Xs


Let’s say the obvious: 6.5 inches is really very much. The iPad mini, if that, a 7.9-inch screen – not so much a rush. Using Xs Max with one hand is a bit difficult. Reaching the thumb to the opposite side is easy, but it’s not easy to get to the upper corners or the lower edge – you need to shift the device in your hand. On the other hand, we did not expect anything else from a smartphone with such a diagonal. If you do not want to test in practice Apple’s statement about “the most durable glass in the industry,” it’s better to work with the iPhone Xs Max with both hands. But then you can not hold onto the rail in the subway.

To touch the top edge, the smartphone should be kept approximately in the middle. To cut it out is very easy

The resolution of the 5.8-inch version did not change: 2436 × 1125 pixels at a density of 458 ppi. The Max version with a 6.5-inch screen got the same density, but the resolution here is 2688 × 1242 pixels. Both models have an OLED screen. The brightness of the display is stunning, and the smartphone adapts the illumination to a variety of conditions – there is no need to tweak it.


The new iPhone got the A12 Bionic processor. The core is still six, but the main thing is that the chip is made using a 7-nm process technology, that is, there should be excellent energy efficiency. So far this is the only smartphone on sale with a 7-nm processor. Soon, he will be joined by at least the Huawei flagship with the Kirin 980 chip.

At the presentation, Apple said that the iPhone Xs is running half an hour longer than its predecessor, and the Max version is already an hour and a half. And this despite the fact that the capacity of the 5.8-inch smartphone was slightly less: 2658 against 2716 mAh. But here you should also take into account iOS 12, which more rationally spends the charge. In the model Xs Max, which is not surprising, the largest battery among all iPhone – 3174 mAh. The similar size of the iPhone 8 Plus, for example, only 2,691 mAh. So far, to assess the survivability of the battery is difficult: you need to spend at least 3-4 days with the gadget.

Test result in GeekBench 4
Test result in GeekBench 4

RAM now 4 GB – in the iPhone X was one gigabyte less. To versions on 64 and 256 GB the top, on 512 Gb was added. Given the excellent camera and especially the video shooting capabilities, such a volume can be understood, although most users will have enough of an intermediate version.

Separately it is worth mentioning a new neurochip. It is more powerful than its predecessor nine times: 5 trillion operations per second against the miserable 600 billion in the iPhone X. This power should be useful in applications that involve advanced neural networks and conduct other complex calculations.

If you move away from the numbers, the iPhone Xs in reality is slightly different in speed from last year’s flagship, but the difference is almost invisible. This, of course, was expected: the power of A11 Bionic is enough for the eyes, and the applications that make the smartphone tense, really not. Therefore, the “iron” of the new products is just a reserve for the future and an excuse to run an extra benchmark once again to see beautiful figures on the basis of testing results.


At the presentation of Apple, perhaps the most attention was paid to the camera iPhone Xs. As before, there are two 12-megapixel sensors: a telephoto lens with a f / 2.4 aperture and a wide-angle sensor with f / 1.8. But the pixels themselves became larger. In simple terms, they now get more light, which directly affects the quality of the images. The hardware part is supplemented by software improvements. Apple made Smart HDR. The technology takes a lot of pictures with different settings and snatches out the most successful fragments from each, and then glues it all in one photo.

Examples of shooting under low light:

The difference in quality compared to previous generations of the iPhone is really noticeable. Yes, somewhere it is almost invisible, but there is always. Especially cool smartphone works out dark objects in bright light. Such conditions usually put on your lap any mobile camera, but the iPhone Xs does not give up some miracle and draws the picture to a very tolerable quality.

Despite the interim update, Apple seriously tried this year. Huge power reserves, potentially great opportunities for processing neural networks, an excellent camera – all this is very intriguing. Now, iron seems redundant: there are practically no tasks that are seriously burdened by the device. But they will definitely appear, and then six trillion operations per second will no longer cause a nervous laugh: they say, why so many.

As for the iPhone Xs Max, everything is clear: it’s the perfect smartphone for those who spend most of their lives in front of the gadget’s screen. The device is inconvenient to use one hand, but if you buy a device with such a diagonal, you do not really think about comfort – the main thing is how the content looks. And with this there is no problem: that video, games, social media or news media are all just perfect. Except for the price. But flagships for a thousand-odd dollars are a new reality. Cheaper they will not be.

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