Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max Launched Having 5.8″ and 6.5″ OLED Display

It’s time to say goodbye to the iPhone design that has been around since 2014. The last year’s iPhone X is the blueprint for Apple’s future smartphones. This include Face ID instead of a fingerprint scanner and the notch.

Apple iPhone Xs Max

The Apple iPhone Xs Max is the largest iPhone in history with a 6.5” AMOLED display. The bezels have dissolved, giving the screen a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a notch. The new screen has essentially the same width as the 5.5”inches panel on the iPhone 8 Plus, but the extra height accommodates additional content.

iPhone Xs Max compared to iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone Xs compared to iPhone 8 Plus

The new “Super Retina” display holds the 458 ppi pixel density of the iPhone X and the resolution up to 1,242 x 2,688px. For smooth operations, the screen’s touch sensing layer runs at 120Hz (but the UI still renders at 60fps). The display still supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but the dynamic range has been increased by 60%.

Touch ID is dead officially, long live Face ID. Apple has refused to move the fingerprint scanner to the back, although rear fingerprint scanner is the most suitable position, leaving the 3D face scanner as the only biometric authentication method. A faster security enclave has sped up facial recognition compared to the first generation.

The dual 12MP camera has been completely revamped. The main wide-angle shooter has an all-new sensor with larger pixels 1.4µm, up from 1.22µm. The aperture remains at f/1.8. The telephoto camera uses a 12MP sensor, f/2.4 lens with 2x optical zoom with OIS.

Improved cameras on the front and back
Improved cameras on the front and back

The updated bokeh effect allows you to adjust the depth of field after a photo has been taken.The power of the A12 Bionic chipset has been put to use in the Smart HDR feature. It starts with zero shutter lag, the camera captures a 4 frame buffer. It also captures interframes, plus a long exposure, all of which is merged into a single photo with awesome dynamic range.

Improved image processing
Depth of Field can be adjusted after the fact

The selfie camera has been improved as well. The 7MP RGB sensor has improved in speed, not in resolution. It should be upgraded now because its here from iPhone 7 and two years have passed with same resolution. Where other manufacturers are using 24 MP cameras, Apple is stick to this.

Video recording now supports stereo audio finally! – and wider dynamic range.

The iPhone Xs models have a stainless steel chassis and a new formulation for the scratch-resistant glass – Apple claims it’s the most durable on a phone. Apple also bumped up the water resistance to IP68, so your iPhone should survive for half an hour under 2 meters of water (or beer, apparently Apple tests for every scenario).

Apple is sticking with 64GB as the base storage, but the highest capacity is now 512GB to answer the challenge from Android flagships. The 256GB option is also available.

Apple iPhone Xs

The iPhone Xs is a proper S-model.–It builds on the hardware and features from last year without changing too much. So, physically little has changed as happens Everytime, but as they say “true beauty is on the inside”.

The Apple A12 Bionic chipset will leave behind Android flagships in performance and it has more memory to work with than its predecessor, plus a 512GB storage option. The base variant remains at 64GB and there’s a 256GB version too.

This should be the first 7nm chipset to hit the market, although Huawei has announced Kirin 980 but Mate 20 Series with this chipset will be unveiled next month. It features a 6-core design (2 big + 4 small), plus a 4-core GPU and a new 8-core neural engine, which add up to a whopping 6.9 billion transistors. All Apple-designed.

All told, the big cores are 15% faster and 40% more power efficient than the A11 cores. The power usage of the small cores has been cut in half. The GPU offers 50% higher performance and higher memory bandwidth thanks to lossless compression. The neural engine has “only” have twice the number of cores as the previous generation, but it’s hugely more powerful – it can do 5 trillion operations, up from 600 billion.

The 5.8 inches display has the same resolution as last year’s model – 1,125 x 2,436px. Pixel density matches the Max model, same for the touch frame rate 120Hz. Apple also improved the stereo speakers to deliver wider sound.

The two iPhone Xs models are playing it safe when it comes to color options. The smaller Xs does gain the Gold paint job (which the iPhone X lacked), but the other two Silver and Space Gray are standard. There’s no Red yet.

Apple introduced Dual SIM functionality to its iPhones. In the West, the embedded SIM (eSIM) is used in addition to the single SIM slot to offer dual SIM functionality.

China will get a special model that actually has two physical SIM slots.

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