iPhone XS Max: Specification, Price and Review

Ray November 17, 2020

iPhone XS Max: Specification, Price and Review

iPhone XS Max

Apple’s maxed it 2017 iPhone X with the release of the iPhone XS max.
The Maxed version is more powerful, more durable, larger battery and flaunts the biggest screen ever by iphone. It also boast of a camera that’ll occasionally make you squee, but, the price-tag has been ramped up to the max as well.

Design and Display

The iPhone XS Max is a follow-up on the the XS and broadly speaking, the iPhone X before it.
Like the iPhone XS, the frame is made of stainless steel, not aluminium, while the front and back comprises of a glass sandwich.

There’s also a metalic band around the vertically arranged dual camera bump on the top left corner alongside a centrally placed apple logo and iPhone branding on the glass back.

The Max edition get a bump in waterproofing from IP67 to IP68, which simply means you can submerge them in up to 2m of water for up to 30 minutes

The front screen offers improved 1242 x 2688 pixel resolution to maintain the same 458ppi on a bigger 6.5-inch OLED display, for richer blacks and better colour accuracy even as well as improved power efficiency.

The notch here, houses the front-facing camera and Apple’s TrueDepth sensor technology.

It also boast of a much improved 625 nits of peak brightness with 19.5:9 aspect ratio while maintaining it’s support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision as well as True tone display and 3D Touch display.

At 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm and a heft of 208, it is broadly the same dimensions and weight as an iPhone 8 Plus and won’t fit into your pocket like the XS – a trade-off for the bigger screen.

On the left edge are volume toggle and mute buttons; on the right, there’s a largish power/lock eye and SIM card tray beaneath it.

The Max version is available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold finishes.

The Cameras

On paper you won’t spot any real upgrade when compared to the XS, but due to it’s fairly larger pixel and more processing power, it capture noticeably better photos

Two cameras are on the rear side consist of a 12MP wide angle camera with f/1.8 aperture and another 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom.

The rear setup consist of a True Tone flash, dual OIS, 4K video at up to 60fps, 1080p slo-mo at up to 240fps, Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting.

Upfront is a 7MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and Retina Flash can capture 1080p video at up to 60fps, Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, Animoji/Memoji and 3D mapping for Face ID.

Hardware and Software

The Max version blaze ahead with the A12 Bionic chip using 7nm process technology, firing up graphics performance and power efficiency, along with a next-gen Neural Engine equipped with learning capabilities has been boosted to eight cores in total, allowing it to handle 5 trillion operations per second.

The iPhone XS Max runs apple latest iOS 12 with quality-of-life features like siri, grouped notifications, Do Not Disturb at bedtime as well as new app like Screen Time- to wean you off Facebook or whatever consumes too much of your time and Memojis/Animoji and faceTime features.


Like the XS, onboard storage is furnished with 4GB RAM paired to multi-ROM options, ranging from 64GB, 256GB as well as the maxed out 512GB non-expandable storage space.


It feature a dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0, dual band Wi-Fi, NFC for Apple Pay only, 4×4 MIMO antenna array for Gigabit LTE and lots more but still lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and fingerprint sensor.


The iPhone XS Max is fuelled by 3174mAh battery, which is iPhone biggest capacity and comes with a the bog-standard 5W mains charger which is disappointing at such premium price tag.
Apple didn’t include USB-C PD charger and Apple’s Lightning-to-USB-C cable fast charger in the box, you need to purchase them separately. It also support wireless charging, but, you’ll need to purchase that separately.

iPhone XS Max Price and Availability
The price of iPhone XS Max cost about $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,799 for the base 4GB/64GB, while the 256GB cos $1,249 / £1,249 / AU$2,049 and the maxed out 512GB is priced at $1,449 / £1,449 / AU$2,369.

In Nigeria it sells for about 398,000 Naira, 452,000 Naira and 525,000 Naira for the 64GB, 256GB and 512GB respectively.

Apple no longer sells the iPhone XS series after the release of the iPhone 11 series but you can still find the handset at leading global online storees.