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iPhone XS Max: Biggest screen, battery and iPhone price tag ever

Apple's new supersized smartphone costs up to $1,449.

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Like the iPhone XS, only bigger.

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Apple wasn't kidding when it called this phone the iPhone XS Max. When you see it in person, there's no question that this hulking behemoth deserves its name. It looks strikingly similar to an iPhone 8 Plus -- already a big phone -- that grew an even larger, better screen.

How large? We're talking about a 6.5-inch OLED display that's a hair bigger than the Galaxy Note 9's 6.4-inch screen. The XS Max (that's "10-S," not "excess") isn't just Apple's largest iPhone ever. It's also its most expensive -- by a long shot -- and has the highest-capacity battery on any iPhone. With such a massive, power-sucking display, it has to.

The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099 for the 64GB version and climbs from there. That price tag is already $100 steeper than last year's iPhone X and the brand-new 5.8-inch iPhone XS.

While the iPhone XS Max contrasts most starkly with the lower-rent iPhone XR, all three new iPhones for 2018 have the basics in common: iOS 12 software running the show, Apple's new A12 Bionic chipset within, at least one 12-megapixel camera with a few new camera tricks and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera with Face ID to unlock the phone. (See below for all the specs and prices.)

Preorders start Friday and the XS Max goes on sale Sept. 21.

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How the iPhone XS Max differs from the iPhone XS

Size: The iPhone XS Max is physically larger, standing at over 6.2 inches tall with a 6.5-inch screen. The Max XS literally hulks over the iPhone XS -- see for yourself in the video above.

Display resolution: The XS Max has a whopping 2,688x1,242-pixel resolution for its OLED display, versus the iPhone XS' 2,436x1,125 resolution screen. Don't be fooled, though. Both phones have the same pixel density of 458 pixels per inch. That means whatever you watch on either screen will look sharp.

Weight: Larger phones are heavier phones. The Max weighs 7.3 ounces (nearing half a pound!), compared to the iPhone XS' 6.2-ounce weight.

Battery life: Apple says that the XS Max will last an hour and a half longer than the iPhone X did. The XS, however, promises 30 more minutes of battery life.

For more details: iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max vs. iPhone XR: What's the difference?

Also read: iPhone XR, XS, XS Max: Everything you need to know about Apple's three new iPhones

iPhone XR, XS, XS Max specs


iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436x1,125 pixels 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688x1,242 pixels 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792x828 pixels
Pixel density 458 ppi 458 ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.7x2.8x0.3 in 6.2x3.0x.3 in 5.9x3.0x0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 143.6x70.9x7.7 mm 157.5x77.4x7.7 mm 150.9x75.7x8.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.24 oz; 177g 7.3oz; 208g 6.8oz; 194g
Mobile software iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12
Camera Dual 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel Single 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM N/A N/A N/A
Expandable storage None None None
Battery N/A, but Apple claims it will last 30 min longer than iPhone X N/A, but Apple claims it will last 90 min longer than iPhone X N/A, but Apple claims it will last 90 min longer than iPhone 8 Plus
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) None (Face ID) None (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No
Special features Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji
Price off-contract (USD) $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB)
Price (GBP) £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB) $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB) AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB) AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,299 (128GB), AU$1,479 (256GB)

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