The iPhone XS Max is Apple's supersized take on the iPhone X model, with a few upgrades under the hood. So how does it stand up to Samsung's most recent release and plus-sized offering, the Note9?
The iPhone XS Max was announced this morning for a late September release, and Apple is coy as usual on certain specs such as CPU benchmarks and battery size. However we've compared the numbers to Samsung's August release as best as possible, to see how iPhone's new offering matches up.
The iPhone XS Max is being billed as Apple's biggest and best iPhone ever. So when can you get it? And how much will it cost? Here are the Australian specifications, pricing details and availability info!
Here's how the specifications compare:
|Galaxy Note9||iPhone XS Max|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 (Oreo)||iOS 12|
|Display||6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi)||6.5-inch Retina HD Display, 2688x1242 (458 ppi)|
|Body||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g, IP68||157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm, 208g, IP68|
|Camera||Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS - Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4) - Telephoto: 12MP AF (F2.4) - 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom Front: 8MP AF, F1.7||Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS - Wide-angle: 12MP AF sensor (F1.8) - Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4) Front: 7MP TrueDepth camera (F2.2)|
|CPU||10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz) 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz)||7nm A12 Bionic chip, six core CPU and four core GPU|
|Memory||6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 8GB RAM (LPDDR4), 512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)||4GB RAM 64/256/512 GB|
|Sim Card||Single SIM: Nano SIM||Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)|
|Battery||4,000mAh, Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC, Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA||Up to 25 hours talk time, up to 13 hours internet use. Fast Charge capable, Qi compatible wireless charging.|
|Network||Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18||Gigabit-class LTE with 4x4 MIMO and LAA|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)||W802.11ac Wi‑Fi with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology, Lightning connector, NFC, Location (Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor||Face ID, Barometer, Three‑axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Authentication||Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password. Biometric Lock Types: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition. Intelligent scan: Combines iris scan and face recognition||Lock type: Passcode. Biometric lock type: Face ID|
|Audio||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE||AAC‑LC, HE‑AAC, HE‑AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3) and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+)|
|Video||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM||HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2 and Motion JPEG|
|Price||From $1499||From $1799|
Neither phone has a distinct advantage over the other, and ultimately a choice will come down to what you value in a phone, whether it's the iPhone XS Max's unique Face ID system or the Note9's cheaper price and inclusion of a headphone jack.
The Note9's notable point of difference over the iPhone is, of course, the included S-Pen, for all the stylus-lovers out there. Despite numerous rumours to the contrary, the new iPhones still don't support Apple's own brand stylus, the Apple Pencil. Some even speculated that the new phones would ship with an Apple Pencil in box to compete with the Note9, but it appears Apple isn't too keen to bring stylus functionality to its smartphones.