At the end of the 3rd quarter 2018 finally Apple Inc. officially launches iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max to the world mobile market. Both of these cellphones are the successors of iPhone X which certainly has some improved features and performance from its predecessor. How many changes has the iPhone Xs and Xs Max brought? What is improved from the previous generation iPhone? All of this we will peel together in a review article of the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the latest iPhone phones from Apple at the end of 2018. But before that, let's look at the prices and specifications of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max.
Price of iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
When the price was announced, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs were practically crowned as one of the most expensive cellphones in the world. The selling price of the iPhone Xs at its inaugural launch is starting at $ 999 or thereabouts IDR 14,900,000 (the cheapest model). Whereas the iPhone Xs Max is priced starting at $ 1099 or thereabouts IDR 16,400,000 (the cheapest model). The two prices are for the cheapest iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max models, while the most expensive models are priced IDR 25,200,000 (iPhone Xs Max 512GB) and Rp 23,500,000 (iPhone Xs 512GB). Seeing the official price is quite high, this cellphone will be the most expensive cellphone in Indonesia beat the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
IPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max specifications
|Processor||Apple A12 Bionic|
|Speed||Hexa-Core (2x Vortex and 4x Tempest) with Neural Engine|
|The GPU||Apple GPU (4-core graphics)|
|Internal Memory||64GB / 256GB / 512GB|
|Back||Dual Lens 12MP F1.8 (Wide) + 12MP F2.4 (Telephoto), OIS, PDAF|
|The video||4K Video (24 fps / 30 fps / 60 fps)
1080p HD (30 fps / 60 fps)
720p HD 30 fps
|Feature||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Large||5.8 inches (82.9% screen to body ratio) – iPhone Xs
6.5 inches (84.4% screen to body ratio) – iPhone Xs Max
|Resolution||2436 x 1125 pixels – iPhone Xs
2688 x 1242 pixels – iPhone Xs Max
|Dimension||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm – iPhone Xs
157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm – iPhone Xs Max
|Weight||177 grams – iPhone Xs
208 grams – iPhone Xs Max
|Battery||Li-Ion 2658 mAh – iPhone Xs
Li-Ion 3174 mAh – iPhone Xs Max
|Color Options||Gold, Space Gray, Silver|
|Network||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|WLAN||WiFi 802.11ac 2 × 2 MIMO|
|GPS||Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS|
|NFC||Yes with Reader Mode|
At first glance there seems to be nothing new offered by the iPhone Xs compared to the iPhone X, except in terms of performance, RAM, and ROM. Although the iPhone Xs Max has a larger screen size, in terms of other specifications nothing is much different from the iPhone X. So what are the new features in the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max?
1. iPhone Xs & Xs Max screen
Unlike its predecessor which only comes in 1 model, the successor to the iPhone X now comes in 2 models, the original version of the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max, what's the difference? The most striking difference between the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max is the screen size. iPhone Xs Max has a larger screen size than the iPhone Xs. Even the iPhone Xs Max screen is the biggest screen ever on the iPhone. The iPhone Xs Max screen has a 6.5 inch wide screen. Meanwhile, the screen size of the iPhone X is still the same as the iPhone X which is 5.8 inches. What else are the latest features in the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max?
2. iPhone Xs & Xs Max performance
Performance is one thing that is improved on the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. Thanks to the Bionic A12 Chip with Neural Engine, you can enjoy faster and smarter cellphone performance. The A12 Bionic chip consists of 2 high-performance cores for handling heavy duty and 4 efficient cores for handling everyday tasks. On the chip there is a controller to divide the tasks between the two types of cores and maximize the six cores on the chip when needed.
Bionic A12 chip on iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
Improved performance on the 6 cores in the A12 Bionic Chip allows chip performance to rise up to 15% faster than the A11 Bionic. Meanwhile, in terms of efficiency the Bionic A12 Chip is 50% more efficient than the Bionic A11 Chip on the iPhone X. Then in terms of graphics, the Bionic A12 Chip also has better graphics capabilities. With a total of 4 GPU cores, the Chip A12 has more cores than the A11 Bionic so that its graphics performance can touch 50% faster.
RAM and ROM capacity of iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
Besides being powered by a more powerful processor or chip, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max are also powered by greater memory capacity. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max RAM capacity is greater than the iPhone X which is 4GB. Larger RAM capacity allows multitasking on this cellphone to feel lighter. In addition, a choice of larger internal memory ranging from 64 GB to 512 GB allows you to store more photos and videos on the latest iPhone X series.
3. Face ID Faster on iPhone Xs & Xs Max
The Face ID on iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max is designed to make it easy for you to unlock your screen, log in applications, and make payments online. The front camera with TrueDepth, Secure Enclave, and Neural Engine features allows iPhone Xs and Xs Max to recognize users more quickly and safely. Face ID can recognize faces and unlock screens quickly.
Face ID can also be used to log in applications and banking accounts. The Face ID on the iPhone Xs and Xs Max is also integrated with Apple Pay so for online payment verification you just have to face your face to the front of the screen. This fast and secure Face ID is supported by 3 main components inside the notch on the screen, namely:
- Dot Projector: Functioning to shoot 30,000 dots (dot) invisible to recognize faces
- Infrared Camera: Read a face mapping patterned by 30,000 dots and send face recognition data to Secure Enclave on the Aion B12 chip to be matched to the database
- Flood Illuminator: Shoots infrared light to make it easier for the camera to recognize your face when it's dark.
4. Camera iPhone Xs & Xs Max
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are equipped with 2 rear cameras with 12MP resolution each. The two cameras consist of one F1.8 wide-angle camera and one F2.4 telephoto camera. The latest iPhone X series cameras can do optical zoom up to 2x and digital zoom up to 10x. The iPhone Xs camera is equipped with Smart HDR to produce photos with the best subject details even though the subject turns to the sun.
The bokeh and depth control capabilities of the iPhone Xs are also improved so that the bokeh effect applied to the photo is more perfect and natural. The camera is also armed with a larger sensor size so that it can capture object details better even in low lighting conditions. Meanwhile, the 7MP front camera is equipped with a better Selfie Potrait Mode. With the integrated Neural Engine, the camera can recognize objects and separate them from the background. With these superior features, the front camera of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max can provide a more natural bokeh effect and various lighting effects to be applied in your photos.
Conclusion Review of iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
In general, there are 4 new features of the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max namely: screen size, performance, Face ID, and camera. The most striking update of the iPhone Xs compared to the iPhone X is its performance. Although the screen size of the iPhone Xs Max is bigger than the iPhone X, the iPhone Xs series is almost no different from its predecessor. The performance of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max is clearly higher because it is supported by a faster Bionic A12 Chip and more RAM and ROM. Apart from that, there are no new features brought by the iPhone Xs brothers even in terms of design even though there is nothing new. Still interested in buying iPhone Xs & Xs Max?