Apple iPhone XS 256GB
Maybe this is something Apple should have started way back in the days. I am talking about naming Apple smartphones in this very fashion we have seen them embrace with iPhone X. I say embrace because we see other smartphone manufacturers derive names of smartphones from an earlier version – a series of totally different smartphones that fall in one line or group. I’ll give an example of how Huawei has the Honor line of smartphones or even Samsung’s most related with J line of smartphones which has the likes of J3, J4, J7 and now we even see J6. Had this been the case with Apple, well, feel free to imagine. Anyway back to it, it is here and it is the September 2018 Apple iPhone XS. Below is a comprehensive list of its features.
- GSM (2G), CDMA, HSPA (3G), EVDO, LTE (4G) network technology
- Nano-SIM and e-SIM
- IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)
- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
- 5.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen
- 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution
- Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating protection
- iOS 12
- Apple A12 Bionic
- Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
- Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- 256 GB , 4 GB RAM storage and memory
- Dual 12MP + 12MP primary camera
- Quad-LED dual-tone
- 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
- 7MP selfie camera, 1080p@60fps
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- USB 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
- Face ID
- Non-removable Li-Ion 2658 mAh battery
- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min
- Qi wireless charging
- Available in Space Gray, Silver or Gold
This is about everything you need to know about Apple iPhone XS. Below is an in depth analysis.
Design and build
So really, looking at then side to side, iPhone XS looks everything like the iPhone X. except for size maybe, every other detail has been maintained. It is okay to check for pictures online but I’ll try paint it for you. First it has these dimensions 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and its choice of build materials sees it weigh about 177 grams.
Speaking of material, the front and back of iPhone XS is made purely and entirely from scratch resistant glass while the frame is stainless steel, other manufactures go for aluminum here but hey, this is an iPhone. This build allows for water resistance IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins), good thing you need not worry about those almost never occasion of your phone dropping in water. It is exciting to know you can have this phone function fine even in the rain.
The back has the dual camera (vertical placement) on the top left corner. We see a shinny apple logo on the back still and iPhone branding at the bottom. Notable on the front is that notch at the top that has selfie camera, sensors, call speaker and all those details included by Apple.
Display and camera
The display of this phone is Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen that stands relatively tall at 5.8 inches. Safe to say this is a phablet device and that 82.9% screen-to-body ratio supports this claim. With 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution you should expect a very detailed, clean and crisp panel. A 19.5:9 aspect ratio and ~458 ppi density is what it has to offer this display.
Impressive? Yes, also safe to say so. It is with great relief we learn that it is scratch-resistant glass with oleophobic coating for protection. You don’t want to walk around with a broken iPhone XS display, leave alone go through the cost of replacing it. Other details listed under display for this phone include Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant, Wide color gamut display, 3D Touch display, True-tone display, and 120 Hz touch-sensing.
I have always loved camera performance on Apple smartphones. This time here and again the company hasn’t let me down. Primary camera (s) is an impressive dual 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF and 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom, as impressive as its 7MP front-facing ‘say cheese’ lens.
I love to see overlooked Optical Image Stabilization on board here. A feature that comes in so handy especially when it comes to video recording which by the way is 4k for the primary lens and 1080p@60fps for the front-facing camera. Superb cameras on this phone my people, 9 out of 10 my verdict.
Performance and memory
It runs iOS 12 of course. Another thing I love above the iPhone again is how timely updates are rolled and received for almost all their smartphones. iOS 12 has been hyped all 2018 and now, with a new release comes it. An Apple A12 Bionic chipset, Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest) CPU and Apple GPU (4-core graphics) power this beast of a smartphone.
There is no support for SD card here, we are already used to that so, nothing new about that. All three versions of this Apple iPhone XS run on 4GB of RAM with 256 GB internal storage. Typical iPhone, expect no stutter while operating your phone friend, even with tens of applications running in the background.
Don’t we just love fast battery charging on smartphones these days? Here we get Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min. Kudos! Don’t we fancy wireless charging on smartphones these days? Thanks to the glass back of XS, we have wireless charging for its Non-removable Li-Ion 2658 mAh battery that should give up to 6-7 hours of screen-on time. That’s about a whole day of mixed usage. With up to 20 hours of talk time and 60 of music play, you can never go wrong with it.
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal Storage: 256GB
- Battery: 2658 mAh
- Main camera: 12MP + 12MP
- Front camera: 7MP
- Display: 5.8 inch
- Processor: A12 Bionic chip
- Connectivity: nano-SIM + eSIM setup, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi
- Colors: Silver, space gray, and gold.
- OS: iOS 12.