Apple iPhone Xs Max

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The "1-Minute" Review

The Apple iPhone Xs Max marks the top end of Apple’s 2018 phone line-up. But unlike previous years, the Max doesn’t offer features you can’t find in other iPhones.

It’s the same phone as the iPhone Xs -- just with a larger 6.5-inch screen. However, the larger screen also includes a higher resolution of 2688-by-1242 pixels. This means you don’t have to sacrifice clarity or detail to enjoy the larger screen.

The increase in the phone’s size adds just over an ounce to the weight of the device. So it’s still ultra portable. However, the larger size made it harder for reviewers to use in one hand. Even those with larger hands might struggle.

Otherwise, it’s the same blazing performance, beautiful screen, and powerful camera you’ll find in the Xs. For a full summary of what to expect, check out our iPhone Xs summary.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.49 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Business Insider

But much about the XS Max is the same as the X, and the XR, and even iPhones from two, three, four years ago, and that's because of iOS. Once you get over some of the biggest changes of upgrading to a fancy new phone, you're left with the exact same operating system that everyone else has.

- Avery Hartmans, Business Insider
Absolute Geeks

The Apple iPhone XS Max, is a great smartphone, and is the best that Apple had done so far, that’s for sure! If you’re an iPhone fan and waiting for that bigger screen to make a come back, then is the one for you! Of course the price tag is not for everyone, but if you are willing, you’ll be very ha...

- Absolute Geeks
TechPP

That said, if you have the budget and are looking for a phone with a big display and great performance, the iPhone XS Max is pretty much a no-brainer. This is simply a whole lot of really smart phone for a lot of money.

- Nimish Dubey, TechPP
VR-Zone

The iPhone Xs Max is artful at what it does best- providing a top-tier, large-screen user experience in a premium-feeling, well-designed form. For Apple users used to smaller screens, the Xs Max brings everything to the next level with minimal wasted space.

- Ian Ling, VR-Zone
TrustedReviews

For anyone other than those completely devoted to iOS and the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone is becoming an increasingly tougher sell. Yet, if you have the money available and want that ease of use that iOS devices bring, then you’re still getting an absolutely fantastic device with the XS Max.

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews


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Apple released the iPhone Xs Max on September 21, 2018.


The iPhone Xs Max price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Apple iPhone Xs Max prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone Xs Max with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.5"

The Apple iPhone Xs Max's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1242 x 2688 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.49 GHz

There is a Apple A12 Bionic Hexa core 2.49 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 64/256/ 512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3174mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3174 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 1500 minutes, 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone Xs Max Specs

Overview
Release date September 21, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System iOS 12

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Processor Apple A12 Bionic Hexa core 2.49 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/256/ 512 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3174 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 638 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Stainless steel
Colors Gold, Space Gray, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 208 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1242 x 2688 pixels
Pixel density 458 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera, f/2.4), HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Business Insider

Bigger isn't always better

from Business Insider

But much about the XS Max is the same as the X, and the XR, and even iPhones from two, three, four years ago, and that's because of iOS. Once you get over some of the biggest changes of upgrading to a fancy new phone, you're left with the exact same operating system that everyone else has.

Read full review

But much about the XS Max is the same as the X, and the XR, and even iPhones from two, three, four years ago, and that's because of iOS. Once you get over some of the biggest changes of upgrading to a fancy new phone, you're left with the exact same operating system that everyone else has.

Read full review

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Absolute Geeks

The best that Apple had done so far

Absolute Geeks

The Apple iPhone XS Max, is a great smartphone, and is the best that Apple had done so far, that’s for sure! If you’re an iPhone fan and waiting for that bigger screen to make a come back, then is the one for you! Of course the price tag is not for everyone, but if you are willing, you’ll be very happy.

Read full review

The Apple iPhone XS Max, is a great smartphone, and is the best that Apple had done so far, that’s for sure! If you’re an iPhone fan and waiting for that bigger screen to make a come back, then is the one for you! Of course the price tag is not for everyone, but if you are willing, you’ll be very happy.

Read full review

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TechPP

eXpanded Edition

from TechPP

That said, if you have the budget and are looking for a phone with a big display and great performance, the iPhone XS Max is pretty much a no-brainer. This is simply a whole lot of really smart phone for a lot of money.

Read full review

That said, if you have the budget and are looking for a phone with a big display and great performance, the iPhone XS Max is pretty much a no-brainer. This is simply a whole lot of really smart phone for a lot of money.

Read full review

Less

VR-Zone

An Android user’s perspective

from VR-Zone

The iPhone Xs Max is artful at what it does best- providing a top-tier, large-screen user experience in a premium-feeling, well-designed form. For Apple users used to smaller screens, the Xs Max brings everything to the next level with minimal wasted space.

Read full review

The iPhone Xs Max is artful at what it does best- providing a top-tier, large-screen user experience in a premium-feeling, well-designed form. For Apple users used to smaller screens, the Xs Max brings everything to the next level with minimal wasted space.

Read full review

Less

TrustedReviews

A great phone in just about every area

from TrustedReviews

For anyone other than those completely devoted to iOS and the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone is becoming an increasingly tougher sell. Yet, if you have the money available and want that ease of use that iOS devices bring, then you’re still getting an absolutely fantastic device with the XS Max.

Read full review

For anyone other than those completely devoted to iOS and the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone is becoming an increasingly tougher sell. Yet, if you have the money available and want that ease of use that iOS devices bring, then you’re still getting an absolutely fantastic device with the XS Max.

Read full review

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Firstpost

Greatest iPhone ever

from Firstpost

Is this the best iPhone money can buy? Absolutely. Does it make sense to spend so much on a phone, even if it's an iPhone? Absolutely not.

Read full review

Is this the best iPhone money can buy? Absolutely. Does it make sense to spend so much on a phone, even if it's an iPhone? Absolutely not.

Read full review

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Canadian Reviewer

The best smartphone for content creators and creatives on the go

from Canadian Reviewer

The amount of computing power behind the new iPhone XS Max puts it in a class of its own. Especially considering iOS 12 is tuned for performance as well as battery life. Anyone who needs to quickly shoot, edit and share videos and photos will be well served by the iPhone XS Max and its vast range of features.

Read full review

The amount of computing power behind the new iPhone XS Max puts it in a class of its own. Especially considering iOS 12 is tuned for performance as well as battery life. Anyone who needs to quickly shoot, edit and share videos and photos will be well served by the iPhone XS Max and its vast range of features.

Read full review

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Neowin

Bigger, better, faster

from Neowin

The iPhone Xs Max is a really great phone, just like its predecessors. Sadly, there's nothing unique that sets it apart from last year's model, but it does well overall. If you buy one, I don't think you'll regret it, as long as you considered the price point and discussed it with your spouse be...More

The iPhone Xs Max is a really great phone, just like its predecessors. Sadly, there's nothing unique that sets it apart from last year's model, but it does well overall. If you buy one, I don't think you'll regret it, as long as you considered the price point and discussed it with your spouse before purchasing it. As I said in the title, it's bigger, better, and faster, and that's about it.

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iPhone in Canada

Bigger is better–but it will cost ya

from iPhone in Canada

It feels great to have the larger screen again versus my iPhone X, despite the burning hole in my wallet. The best camera is the one with you, and the iPhone XS Max camera takes it up to another level. iPhone XS Max–just buy it and live in the moment. You’ll thank me later (that is until your credit card statement arrives).

Read full review

It feels great to have the larger screen again versus my iPhone X, despite the burning hole in my wallet. The best camera is the one with you, and the iPhone XS Max camera takes it up to another level. iPhone XS Max–just buy it and live in the moment. You’ll thank me later (that is until your credit card statement arrives).

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Digit

Incredibly fast with a gorgeous display and very impressive cameras

from Digit

The iPhone XS Max is not only the most expensive iPhone, but also the best. Its performance is far ahead of its Android counterparts, but when it comes to the camera, it just barely manages to creep past the Pixel 2XL. The iPhone XS Max may be an ideal smartphone for many users, incorporating the...More

The iPhone XS Max is not only the most expensive iPhone, but also the best. Its performance is far ahead of its Android counterparts, but when it comes to the camera, it just barely manages to creep past the Pixel 2XL. The iPhone XS Max may be an ideal smartphone for many users, incorporating the best of everything, but you are bound to baulk at the price, especially when you realise that this time, not only is there no fast charger in the box, but the lightning to 3.5mm converter has been removed as well.

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