What unusual can do the iPhone Xs Max with two SIM-cards

I use  iPhone Xs Max for about a month. The only thing that really upsets me about it is the package. Surprisingly, even in 2018, Apple puts a power supply in the smartphone box with only 1A …

But now is not about that.

Today we decided to figure out how the usual iPhone Xs Max really differs from the two-part straight from Gonkog .

I thoroughly studied both models, and this is how they differ ( spoiler: not only the number of sim-cards! ).

Design: Chinese iPhone Xs Max looks cooler

Pay attention to the labels on the back of the device. On the local model here is a fan of service notes – we have already told you why we need each of them. But in Chinese there are no additional designations .

Buying a two-phone iPhone Xs Max, you get the device exactly as Apple intended it: it’s a stylish, minimalistic smartphone with no unnecessary elements, marks, inscriptions and other useless nonsense.

Despite the fact that 90% of the time my smartphone is in a protective case of Spigen Slim Armor, for the rest I still take it off and enjoy the most minimalist body.

Looks great!

Dual SIM: Physical SIM wins electronic

Mini instruction: how to insert a pair of SIM cards in Chinese iPhone Xs Max

Despite the fact that eSIM can be launched in Russia today, local operators are not going to support virtual cards yet. Therefore, we are talking about the confrontation of the Chinese  iPhone Xs Max and the rest of the “ordinary”.

The advantages of the iPhone Xs Max for 2 SIM are enough:

  • You can use advantageous packages of calls on one and inexpensive Internet tariff for the second SIM card
  • There is a great opportunity to share personal and work conversations.
  • If you work in conditions of maximum mobility, you will definitely appreciate the use of the Internet from the SIM where it works best in a specific location – that is why I used to buy the dvuhtomenochnik
  • Abroad, the local operator “flies” perfectly into the second slot, and this is especially useful if you are on a business trip.
  • If you talk a lot in a couple of slots, you can put a couple of operators with profitable conversations in a particular direction

You can configure the work of the second SIM in details in the Settings> Cellular Communication menu: you can change the map for cellular data, the default operator for calls, and the label for tariffs.

Yes, in some cities in Europe and the United States eSIM is already working with might and main, and this technology is much more convenient than a physical map. Nevertheless, we are talking about our realities, and here the Chinese iPhone Xs Max is definitely much more convenient .

Sounds: on the part of the iPhone Xs Max you can not turn off the camera shutter


In this article, we push the Chinese iPhone Xs Max with all the other iPhone Xs Max. There are no problems with a dual-slot machine from the same Gonkog, but there are some nuances in some single-sense ones … For example, the sound of the camera shutter is not disabled in Japanese .

According to the legislation of this country, any photographic equipment must necessarily have the sound of the camera shutter in any mode – even in silent.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The reason for the strange rule was the popularity of voyeurism – sexual deviation, characterized by the urge to spy on people who have sex or are in intimate situations.[/perfectpullquote]

With the spread of smartphones, voyeurism has become a global problem for the people of Japan. A “photo hunt for skirts” began in the country. Then her government decided to oblige the manufacturers of mobile devices to leave the shutter sound on.

If you do not like to take pictures with the sound of the shutter, avoid the model iPhone Xs Max A2102 , which is designed specifically for Japan. With the Chinese A2104, there are simply no such misunderstandings.

Internet: all iPhone Xs Max use the same LTE frequencies

We analyzed the official specifications of all iPhone Xs Max models for different countries: A1921 for the USA and Canada, A2101 for Russia, Europe and Asia, A2102 for Japan and A2104 for China.

iPhone Xs Max A1921: (US and Canada)

  • GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • FDD ‑ LTE
  • TD ‑ LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)

iPhone Xs Max A2101: (Russia, Europe and Asia)

  • GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • FDD ‑ LTE
  • TD ‑ LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)

iPhone Xs Max A2102: (Japan)

  • GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • FDD ‑ LTE
  • TD ‑ LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46)

iPhone Xs Max A2104: (China)

  • GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • FDD ‑ LTE
  • TD ‑ LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)

Chinese iPhone Xs Max looks like the most versatile solution and supports all necessary LTE frequencies and not only. Nevertheless, in fact in Russia and most other countries you will not notice problems with any of these smartphones.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Interesting fact! During the call, the Chinese iPhone Xs Max forcibly switches the mobile Internet to the SIM card with which the call is coming. At the same time, LTE immediately turns into 3G. [/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]

You cannot simultaneously call the first SIM card and use the mobile Internet from the second one, even if it is selected for this purpose by default in the Settings> Cellular Communication> Cellular Data menu.


Cost: iPhone Xs Max from China and Hong Kong will be more expensive

I bought a 256GB dual-sim iPhone Xs Max for 1540 bucks (103 thousand rubles), and it is very expensive … But let’s compare official prices from the lowest possible in the world to Russian and Hong Kong (in the rest of China it is too expensive).

How much is the iPhone Xs Max at 256 GB: (of. Course on 11/15/2018)

  • American – about 83 thousand rubles.
  • Hong Kong – about 92 thousand rubles.
  • Russian – 109 990 rubles .

If you are a supporter of the official Russian retail, you have one option – the last. If you are considering a gray market, the difference between a regular and a two-part iPhone Xs Max will be about 10 thousand.

Oh yeah, today you will also have to pay another 10-20 thousand rubles. for the delivery of the device from another country …

Why I chose the dual-purpose iPhone Xs Max:

1. I use the second SIM card for backup access to the mobile Internet, where the main operator can not cope.

2. There are no service signs on the back of the Chinese iPhone, so it looks better.

3. On dvuhsimochny iPhone guaranteed you can turn off the shutter sound – if you get a Japanese single-value, you can not do it.

4. Dvuhsimochny iPhone Xs Max supports the maximum number of mobile communication standards, it can be considered the most versatile.

5. It is a pity, but a two-symbol iPhone will definitely cost you more than one-thousandth thousand by ten or more.

However, in the end, you have to make a decision about buying a device that you need yourself.

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