iPhone XS: Quick Review

When Apple launched iPhone X last year, it was a worth-buying phone. So, this year, we weren’t expecting anything that is impressive – and it’s been the case with the new iPhone XS.

The new phone is totally similar to its predecessor, and it just comes with a few key upgrades, including a new 512GB of storage variant, an all-new A12 Bionic processor and a slightly enhanced display. Let’s now take a brief overview of the new iPhone XS.


The primary thing that excited many people last year was an all-new design, and Apple did great with iPhone X. Basically, the iPhone XS has the same design with its predecessor, and only comes with a few tweaks inside to mark it out as the next iPhone X generation.


The main change might come from the color scheme when this year Apple added a gold shade thrown into the mix. The glass still appears on both front and back again, and in spite of the fact that there is not really anything changed year on year, Apple has still delivered a striking smartphone design to the smartphone market. The feeling when holding the new XS is still a premium feeling, offsetting that sky-high price.

In the hand, users will feel it difficult if it’s the iPhone X or iPhone XS, except for the gold coloring aside, but you still get a feeling of the most premium smartphone on the market. The durable glass on the back doesn’t diminish the great feeling at all.

It really is identical when compared to the iPhone X, since the chances of anyone noticing the difference between these two phones are minuscule.

On the left-hand side, it is the volume buttons and silencer rocker switch while there is a larger Power button on the right of the phone, which is enough to be used effectively without destroying the flow of the rim.

The iPhone XS comes with water-resistant to the IP68 rating. According to Apple, it’s an improvement over the iPhone X when users could slosh it about in the bath without a care. There are also dual stereo speakers on the top and bottom of the phone.


As mentioned, the new iPhone XS hasn’t changed much in terms of the display. It’s still a 5.8-inch OLED display, which was already one of the best screens on a phone last year, with rich colors, deep black color, and strong contrast ratios. The aggravating notch still appears at the top of the phone, containing the selfies cameras and speaker.


Apple has stated that the company improved the performance of the screen by adding 60% better dynamic range to offer better for HDR 10 and Dolby Vision movies. It basically improves the quality further by making bright and dark elements richer and clearer.

While watching HDR video does not bring a very impressive feeling, it was still engaging and deep.  Scrolling around the device brings a pleasant experience, and thanks to the powerful A12 Bionic chipset, the speed was phenomenal. Apps could open and close like a flash, the camera instantly fired up, and while we loaded the PUBG game the overall quality was extremely great, and it does offer a feeling that you have a console quality inside a smartphone.


Although there are just some minor refinements to the iPhone XS’s camera, there are nowhere as some are looking forward. However, it’s good to have dual cameras on the ‘normal-sized’ iPhone. On the back, you can see two 12MP sensors, which both come with optical image stabilization (OIS). There is a wide-angle lens, offering higher-quality in low-light condition, and the second one is a telephoto lens for 2x zoom to reach to subjects closer.


These two cameras can also be used together in Apple’s Portrait Mode, which can enable blur backgrounds, change the lighting or add effects to the subject just with simple swipes. You can also adjust the depth effect of the bokeh from within the Camera app. Overall, thanks to the new A12 Bionic’s Neural engine chipset, the quality is enhanced better and is incredible.


It’s pity when Apple did not talk about the battery capacity of iPhone on stage, the company only preferred to talk about what the phone could actually do. The iPhone X is equipped a 2,700mAh, but it could last the day pretty well for moderate use. Apple claimed that the iPhone XS, with the new A12 Bionic chipset integrated inside, was capable of lasting 30 minutes longer than its predecessor, but that is actually not too much.

There’s also wireless charging technology based on the Qi standard. The back is still glass, so you should not worry about the charging signal not getting through.

While there aren’t huge strides in battery life on the new iPhone XS, it’s hardly surprising when giving it the same frame, with little space to put a battery that comes with bigger capacity.

Price and release date

The iPhone XS will be officially available for pre-orders from September 14th in most countries worldwide, while the phone will be going on sale globally from September 21 if you plan on picking an iPhone XS up from an offline store.

In terms of price, the good news is that the price does not rise over the incredibly expensive iPhone X last year. The 64GB iPhone XS variant just comes in at $999, which is around £999 / AU$1,629. While the bigger 256GB iPhone XS model will be pricing at $1,149 (£1,149 / AU$1,879), and the highest 512GB iPhone XS will cost $1,349 (£1,349 / AU$2,199).

However, although the price of other rival smartphones, like Galaxy Note 9 has been going up, the iPhone XS is still one of the costliest phones currently on the market (apart from its sibling: iPhone XS Max, which will have an eye-watering price tag of $1,099 for lowest variant).


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