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Review of the smartphone Apple iPhone Xs Max: the largest apple.

Review of the smartphone Apple iPhone Xs Max: the largest apple.

Apple has never made an iPhone this big, but also so expensive. – also. Is the novelty worth the money? Understanding the review.

The most “budgetary” version of the iPhone Xs Max 64 GB will cost 97,000 rubles. And the most advanced version with 512 GB of memory will cost almost 130,000 rubles. Why is Apple asking so much money? The iPhone Xs Max looks like an enlarged copy of the iPhone X, but it also has a couple of new features. Among the main innovations are a faster A12 processor, an improved camera and a Dual SIM function (although not for everyone). Xs Max is available in Silver, Gold and Space Gray.

Appearance: iPhone giant.

The iPhone Xs Max features a 6.5-inch display, making it the largest Apple smartphone to date. Like the iPhone X, the new model has an almost bezel-less display without the familiar Home button. The weight of the new iPhone is by no means small: 280 grams, but thanks to the aspect ratio of 19.5: 9, the gadget fits comfortably in the hand and does not seem bulky.

The transitions between the stainless steel display bezel and glass are very smooth, just like the iPhone X. The combination of glass and mirror polished metal looks very noble, but such a surface quickly collects all fingerprints. Xs Max is not afraid of water – the new model is certified according to the IP68 standard and can withstand half an hour at a depth of two meters.

We were not surprised at all that Apple did not return the fingerprint sensor and the Home button, but there is still a “bang” (notch) on the top of the display. It hides a front-facing camera and a number of sensors that are necessary for face recognition using Face ID technology. By the way, the unlocking of the new model works much faster than the iPhone X.

Display: Highest resolution iPhone.

The Xs Max received an OLED display with a resolution of 2688 × 1242 pixels and a density of 458 ppi. The picture on the smartphone screen looks clear, it is impossible to see individual pixels. Typically, OLEDs have brighter colors, higher contrast, and blacks that are truly black. In addition, the OLED screen is thinner than the LCD. Colors on the iPhone Xs Max look very natural, the screen reproduces 100% DCI-P3 color space.

iPhone Xs Max with 6.5-inch display – largest iPhone.

The brightness level of 669 cd / m² ensures that even in direct sunlight you won’t have any problems reading the content on the screen. For the display, we recommend choosing the True Tone setting, also known from the iPhone 8. It allows the iPhone to adjust to the ambient light so that colors are displayed as naturally as possible regardless of where you use the smartphone..

Performance: Apple sets new standards.

In terms of performance, Apple is breaking new ground. The combination of up to 4GB of memory and the most important innovation, the new A12 Bionic processor, helps the Xs Max run fast and smoothly. We are talking about the first 7nm Apple processor (instead of 10nm Apple A11). Using the same technology, Huawei produces the Kirin 980 processor..

According to Apple, each core of the new CPU is 30% faster and 40-50% more efficient than its predecessor. Apple also installed another chip in the new iPhones called the Neural Engine, which is responsible for machine learning of the gadget. The improved performance of the new processor is maximized in games. The results of the first GFX benchmark test showed that the 3D capabilities of the new models are 50 percent higher than all current Android devices.

Dual camera iPhone Xs Max.

At first glance, the dual camera on the back of the new iPhone does not differ from the camera on the iPhone X. Like the previous model, it is a combination of a wide-angle and telephoto lens with an f / 1.8 or f / 2.2 aperture. This combination allows you to adjust the depth of field and provides a true 2x optical zoom. As before, the camera has an optical stabilizer. The smartphone shoots video in 4K HDR, and additional stabilization helps to make the video as clear and smooth as possible.

The camera’s resolution remains at 12MP, but despite this, the photos taken on the Xs Max are better than on the iPhone X. The Xs models received a more light-sensitive image sensor with larger and deeper pixels. Together with the new graphics chip on the A12 Bionic processor, these improvements allow you to capture detailed portraits and create great shots even in low light conditions..

Apple calls the photo innovation Smart HDR. The program selects the best four frames from shots with different aperture settings and combines them into one optimal HDR image. Already in the first test shots, it is clear that the new iPhone models are much ahead of competitors in photo quality..

The program selects the best four frames from a variety of shots with different aperture settings and combines them into one HDR image.

Compared to pictures taken with the iPhone X, the image noise level remains the same (not particularly disturbing, but still noticeable). Fine structures such as hair or yarn are better visible even in dim light. The camera also makes texts and small details easy to read and distinguish. Pictures taken with double zoom were very sharp and detailed. We especially liked the cameras’ fast auto focus.

Photo on iPhone Xs Max.

You can shoot with the bokeh effect with both the front and rear cameras. In the new models, you can adjust the sharpness of the background after shooting, and this is very convenient.

Battery life and charging.

According to Apple, the iPhone Xs Max should work 90 minutes longer on a single charge than the iPhone X. The model received a 3174 mAh battery and we tested it in practice. During our tests, we played videos on the smartphone and loaded web pages at medium brightness. iPhone Xs Max worked 9 hours 20 minutes — an hour more than iPhone Xs.

At the same time, the developers equipped a huge iPhone with a surprisingly weak power supply (5 Volts, 1 Ampere), which is too small for fast charging. Because of it, the charging time for the iPhone Xs Max is a little over four hours. But in any case, the iPhone can be charged wirelessly. According to Apple, the induction charging coil of the new iPhones has been redesigned to allow faster charging using Qi technology..

Equipment: greedy for a 3.5mm adapter.

A12 processor and improved camera — only two of the three major innovations in the iPhone Xs Max. All owners of Android devices have been familiar with the third since time immemorial: Dual-SIM. But in the iPhone, the implementation of this technology is a combination of real Nano-SIM and eSIM. Russian operators do not support this SIM card format. You can read about the advantages and disadvantages of eSIM here.

Otherwise, the Xs Max is not much different from the Xs. Both devices have Bluetooth 5.0, they support LTE Cat 18 at speeds up to 1200 Mbps for incoming traffic. There is still no memory card slot. In terms of packaging, Apple is also not happy with its generosity: the kit includes only a power supply (5 V), a corresponding Lightning cable and Lightning headphones. Unfortunately, there is no adapter for 3.5 mm, a protective case and a film in the kit. It’s a pity, because with such a high price of the device, it would be appropriate to put various accessories to the iPhone..

Xs Max stereo speakers deliver clear and loud enough sound. Compared to the new iPhone, the sound of the Google Pixel 2 or Samsung Galaxy S9 seems to be less great and even a little dim..

Test results.

If it weren’t for the overpricing of the new iPhone XS Max, it would have made it to the top three in our ranking. The smartphone has top-end specifications: a huge 6.5-inch OLED display is sharp and excellent color reproduction, and the camera is capable of taking great pictures. The short battery life and the long charging process turned out to be a fly in the ointment. We were never able to justify such a high price of the smartphone, so it was far from the top ten of our top.


Excellent performance Bright 6.5-inch OLED display Good camera Top performance.

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