In the introduction I used the word “leader” and a little horrified – it’s the iPhone, what were the flagships! Well, any time, and such terms, Apple has long been gone from the formula “all in the family of smartphones we have one iPhone” – you can now pick up the iPhone cheaper, older iPhone, and iPhone on all the money. Today we will talk about the latest – iPhone Xs Max, and in the most Royal version with 512 GB memory in gold color. To walk so to walk!

Since the announcement of

the iPhone Xs and Xs, Max (“ten-es”, in any case not “x s”!) it’s been more than a month, their characteristics and differences from the previous version (which, incidentally, disappeared from the corporate store – if left in place the iPhone 8) is not what is known – memorized. But repetition is the mother of learning, so just a couple of lines: Xs installed fresh Apple A12 c Bionic neural Neural Engine coprocessor, more RAM (4 instead of 3 GB), a version with 512 GB of non-volatile memory. But the main thing – added a version of Max with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Yeah, Apple have long held precepts of the founding father, but if we start doing large smartphones – you can never stop.

The design is left untouched, but Apple says the use of more durable glass front, rear, and also about the class of dust – and moisture protection IP68. Camera characteristics are not different, but Apple claims that using a new wide-angle sensor for the main camera. Well, a scattering of smaller changes – it’s time to talk about this in more detail.


Apple iPhone Xs Max Apple iPhone X Huawei P20 Pro Sony Xperia XZ3 Samsung Galaxy Note9
Display 6.5 inch, Super AMOLED, 2688 × 1242, 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone 5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 2436 × 1125, 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone 6.1 inch OLED
2240 × 1080 pixels, 408 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6 inch, OLED, 2880 × 1440, 537 ppi, capacitive multitouch 6.4 inch, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2960, 516 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Safety glass No information No information No information Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Apple A12 Bionic six cores (2 × Vortex + 4 × Tempest) Apple A11 Bionic six cores (2 x Moonsoon + 4 x Mistral) HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.7 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz 9810 Samsung Exynos Octa with eight cores (4 × Mongoose M3, 2.7 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A55, 1.8 GHz)
Graphics controller Apple GPU (4 cores) Apple GPU (3-core) ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz Adreno 630, 710 MHz Mali-G72 MP18, 900 MHz
RAM 4 GB 3 GB 6 GB 4 GB 6/8 GB
Flash memory 64/256/512 GB 64/256 GB 128 GB 64 GB 128/512 GB
Memory card support No No No There There
Connectors Lightning Lightning USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm
SIM card One nano SIM and one e-SIM One nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection

GSM 850/900

/1800/1900 MHz

GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

GSM 850/900

/1800/1900 MHz

3G cellular communications HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz

HSDPA 800/850/900/1700

/1900/2100 MHz

HSDPA 850/900/1700

/1900/2100 MHz

Cellular 4G LTE Cat. 16 (1024 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, 71 LTE Cat. 12 (450 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat.18 (up to 1200 Mbps): ranges not specified LTE Cat. 18 (1200/200 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 4.2 (aptX HD) 5.0 5.0
NFC Yes (Apple Pay) Yes (Apple Pay) There There There
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, heart rate sensor, pressure
Fingerprint scanner No No There There There
The main camera Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer, both cameras Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer, both cameras Triple module 40 + 20 + 8 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/2,4, hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash 19 MP, ƒ/2.0, optical stabilization, hybrid auto focus, led flash Double module: 12 MP with variable aperture ƒ/1,5/2,4 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization in both cameras, led flash
Front camera 7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without autofocus, no flash 7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without autofocus, no flash 24 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash 13 MP, ƒ/1,9, without autofocus, no flash 8 MP, ƒ/1,7, autofocus, no flash
Food Removable battery: 12,06 W⋅h (3174 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: of 10.26 W⋅h (2716 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery 12,65 W·h (3330 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)
Size 157,5 × 77,4 × 7.7 mm 143,6 × 70,9 × 7.7 mm 155 × 73,9 × 7.8 mm 158 × 73 × 9.9 mm 161,9 × 76,4 × 8.8 mm
Weight 208 grams 174 grams 180 grams 193 grams 201 grams
Protection case IP68 IP67 IP67 IP65/68 IP68
Operating system iOS 12 iOS 12 Android 8.0 Oreo, shell EMUI Android 8.0 Oreo, shell Sony Xperia Android 8.1 Oreo, own shell
Current price 85 200 106 rubles to 990 rubles from 70 rubles to 990 81 990 rubles 54 990 rubles 69 990 rubles 69 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB, 89 990 rubles for the version on 8/512 GB

iPhone Xs Max – information about the hardware according to the application CPU DasheX

Design and ergonomics

Didn’t manage to wipe away the tears, presnovka from the eye when you look at “the unibrow/bangs/neckline” iPhone X, as the market was filled with imitators: their own variations on the same theme presented not only a myriad of little-known Chinese and Xiaomi is inevitable, but major manufacturers – from LG to Huawei. Samsung and Sony are kept stoically – let’s see how long they’ll last. More nobody laughs – and, indeed, has already begun the race for the title holder the most compact of the notch or cutout one-piece with the most filling.

iPhone Max Xs in this race is not involved – the neck is exactly the same as in the “top ten”. Solid, large neckline with front camera, speaker, IR sensor for Face ID. In General, no proportions, nor any details of the exterior have Xs/Xs Max has not changed: the frame around the screen is reduced to a minimum, piping steel (as usual, a hell of a brand and easily scratched) and the front panel, and back are covered with tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass version that can be called.

iPhone Max Xs, the front panel in the neckline is an earpiece, front camera, light sensor and sensor TrueDepth

Despite a 6.5-inch display, the dimensions of the iPhone Xs Max corresponds approximately to the iPhone 8 Plus. Not to say that is an uncommon advantage – all the same Plus 8 was, and remains, excessively large smartphone. But beyond a reasonable “max” comes out: 157,5 × 77,4 × 7.7 mm and weighs 208 grams. It is a little heavier and even a little less than Samsung Galaxy Note9. To use this smartphone not that convenient, but… it’s familiar, so to speak. The era of shovels a long time to come, you know.

iPhone Xs Max, rear panel: corner unit camera with dual lens, microphone and flash light with many LEDs

Available colors: gold, space gray, silver. Simple, tasteful, boring. We, again, got gold Xs Max. Chic, brilliance, but still all are in their cases, the difference in these color variations is reduced to zero – the front of it anyway one big screen.

Phone Xs Max, left edge: switch audio modes, control keys promoxity/shutter camera

iPhone Xs Max, right side: power key/activate Siri and a slot for a single (in this case) nano-SIM

Set of functional elements remains the same from year to year: the power button and activate Siri (big) – to the right as the slot for the SIM card (or, Oh God, two SIM-cards in Chinese version), volume button (middle) – left switch zvukovyh profiles (small) – ibid. Lightning from the bottom. And no mini Jack. Yes, all have been humbled, but the flaws will still enter.

iPhone Max Xs, the top face is devoid of functional elements

iPhone Max Xs, bottom side: Lightning connector, microphone and main speaker

Class dust and moisture protection have changed – now IP68, not IP67. On the one hand, cool, mobile can in theory to stay under water longer without any consequences. On the other hand, you will lose in this case a guarantee as before.

The fingerprint scanner is often mentioned here (Vivo NEX), there (20 Pro Huawei Mate) on the display, but Apple strongly avoids this technology. After a small failure in the past year, disguised a pretty good system for facial recognition, the company continues not to file the form and develops its Face ID. Now it works even better – it is, it uses machine learning, and iPhone is able to track changes in your appearance. Anyway, running facial recognition Xs Max really quickly and smoothly.

iOS 12

As in the case with by iPhone, a radical change this year was not followed in terms of operating system. iOS 12 looks more like about Android updates, which are almost not changed any logic or appearance of the axis, mainly tightening the performance and all sorts of nice things, like improved control over energy consumption. And if Android 9.0 Pie has been updated in the most serious way in recent years, iOS 12, on the contrary – very conservative.


The best part is that appeared in iOS 12 – grouping of notifications on the lock screen. He never looks messy, all in folders of their applications, very convenient. Also directly from the lock screen to manage notifications – turn off or leave without a sound.


Improved monitoring of battery consumption – this in no way changes the duration of your smart phone and it Doze not from Google, no. Just now you can see how much energy consume certain applications and look at the charts this expense. Also added the function of “screen time”, which you can find out how much time is spent using the smartphone, including with the layout of the application. It not only allows you to “save” much is frightening. But what is the sense to be afraid of? Yes, we all crash in smart phones, such now time.

FaceTime added to group calls in which can participate up to 32 people. It is time to finally say goodbye to Skype, really – if everyone had an iPhone, of course. Also, FaceTime can now be used, animaze and new “copyright” animated emojis – Emoji.


Unlike animated Emoji that represented, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Note9, Emoji not take as a basis for your face – they have to create templates like you do “idol” in Sims. I note that the gender division in the patterns there – Apple has avoided any problems in this precarious region, offering to pick up any hairstyles, beards and the shape of the chin to any person. To do something similar on a very difficult space for sculpture is almost there.


Updated ARKit, so you can expect more applications with the use of augmented reality is to work with them iPhones running iOS 12 is better. Also becoming a part of the iPhone and neural networks: your smartphone tries to sort pictures by folders and help with the search even before you’ve fully formulated the request; also following you Siri is trying to give advice depending on your preferences. Also voice assistant now help you create your own quick commands. These things are fully manifest themselves only in Xs and Xs Max, which has a special module for neural network computing.

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image (11) But seriously the experience with a smartphone the inclusion of artificial intelligence is not affected – it’s the same iPhone, with a fast and logical operating system, annoying his obsession with Apple services inexperienced or irregular “Apple” users like me, and pleasing those who are firmly incorporated in the ecosystem. iOS 12 runs on Xs Max is really very fast and stable. Without a small stable and some apps during testing are not done, but any serious claim to the smartphone to present a not obtained. It’s great.

Display and sound

The iPhone Xs Max set 6.5-inch OLED-display with a resolution of 2688 × 1242. As always, Apple avoids even numbers, achieving their own goals – in this case, the density of pixels, called Super Retina 458 ppi. Exactly the same density have displays and iPhone X c Xs.

The display is straight, not curved, OLED like the Samsung Galaxy last years Sony Xperia XZ3 or Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Of course, the manufacturer declares that it is “the best in the world” organic led display – neither agree nor argue with that is impossible. Traditionally Apple all is well with the screens, and when using current technology everything was quite good. Screen Xs Max, as befits any OLED has infinite contrast, conventionally, support Dolby Vision and HDR10. The picture looks great, especially if you activate the mode, True Tone, which allows the smartphone to pick their own color depending on the ambient lighting mode is also appeared on the iPhone in the past generation, and in Xs has not disappeared. It is activated by default, I recommend this setting just not to touch. However, we have tested the iPhone screen Xs Max and True Tone without it.

I must say that adaptive brightness for iPhone Xs Max is not disabled smartphone will always have to adapt to outside lighting, whether you want it or not. The brightness slider in the dark and under bright artificial light during our measurements was very high, but in one case, the colorimeter showed 258 CD/m2, and in another – 521 CD/m2. There is a suspicion that in bright sunlight the smartphone will be able to “lift up” the brightness yet. Anyway, enjoy iPhone Xs Max comfortable in any light, without any amendments and assumptions.

iPhone Xs Max, gamma. Yellow line – Max indicators Xs, dotted – reference gamma

iPhone Max Xs, color temperature. Blue line – performance Max Xs, the dotted reference temperature

iPhone Xs Max and color gamut. Gray triangle – coverage of the sRGB, the white triangle – the coverage of Xs Max

Apple has always been famous for the ability to customize the displays of their devices from iMac to iPhone. Xs Max is no exception. Average gamma at default settings is 2,23 – a figure close to ideal. Note how smooth the curves, is a rarity in the world of mobile devices. Color temperature a little above normal – 6 700-6 800 K. the Average deviation of DeltaE for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is 2.02 at the maximum allowable rate of 3 and the benchmark of 2.00. Color space almost exactly matches the sRGB standard. You will see on the iPhone the colors as intended by the content creators.

iPhone Xs Max gamma when activated, mode, True Tone in the dark. Yellow line – Max indicators Xs, dotted – reference gamma

iPhone Max Xs, color temperature when activated, mode, True Tone in the dark. Blue line – performance Max Xs, the dotted reference temperature

iPhone Max Xs, color gamut when activated, mode, True Tone in the dark. Gray triangle – coverage of the sRGB, the white triangle – the coverage of Xs Max

In order to demonstrate the impact on image render mode True Tone – offer the results of measurements with activated automatic adjust rendering based on ambient conditions. In a dark room color temperature is much lowered, the brightness at the limit does not exceed 226 CD/m2, the color space is shifted relative to the norm. The image on the screen is perceived at the same time very cool. Bravo, Apple switching to OLED space even the slightest claim did not – installed in the iPhone is beautiful and perfectly customized displays.


Display settings iPhone Xs Max

With the sound of the Xs Max everything too. There are stereo speakers. They are not directed toward the user, as in the Sony Xperia XZ3 – on a couple of spoken works standard speaker located on the bottom (right horizontal grip) edge. But the volume and frequency range – excellent. Moreover, the feelings, there is progress compared to the iPhone X, which was also decent sound.

But with the output on earphones is not so simple. On the one hand, there is full support for standards in wireless audio transmission high resolution and adapter no one bothers to buy other direct quality assessment of audio section iPhone Xs Max is perhaps impossible.


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