iPhone XS, XS Max and XR certified by SIRIM Malaysia

iPhone XS, XS Max and XR certified by SIRIM Malaysia

The all new Apple iPhone series has stormed the world with their debut on the first launch in selected markets. Despite carrying the most expensive iPhone prices to date, we have yet to see any hesitations from Apple fans in getting the new iPhone models. Although the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR are yet to be sold in Malaysia, but we have a good news for you as they are arriving our market soon.

Based on SIRIM Malaysia’s listing, iPhone XS, Xs Max and XR have all being certified with the codename Apple A2105, Apple A2097 and Apple A2101 respectively. Thus, we are expecting them to be released in the Malaysian market very soon.

The iPhone Xs Max is the largest iPhone in history with an expansive 6.5” AMOLED screen. The bezels have dissolved, giving the screen a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio and leaving behind a notch. The new screen has essentially the same width as the 5.5” panel on the iPhone 8 Plus, but the extra height accommodates additional content.

The new “Super Retina” display maintains the 458ppi pixel density of the iPhone X by bumping the resolution up to 1,242 x 2,688px. For smoother operation, the screen’s touch sensing layer runs at 120Hz (but the UI still renders at 60fps). The display still supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but the dynamic range has been increased by 60%.

The dual 12MP camera has been completely revamped. The main wide-angle shooter has an all-new sensor with larger pixels – 1.4µm, up from 1.22µm. The aperture remains at f/1.8. The telephoto camera uses a 12MP sensor, f/2.4 lens with 2x optical zoom (and it has OIS). The selfie camera has been improved as well. The 7MP RGB sensor has improved in speed if not in resolution.

The iPhone XS models have a stainless steel chassis and a new formulation for the scratch-resistant glass – Apple claims it’s the most durable on a phone. The 5.8″ screen has the same resolution as last year’s model – 1,125 x 2,436px. Pixel density matches the Max model, same for the touch frame rate (120Hz). Apple also bumped up the water resistance to IP68, so your iPhone should survive for half an hour under 2 meters of water (or beer, apparently Apple tests for every scenario).

Apple is sticking with 64GB as the base storage, but the highest capacity is now 512GB to answer the challenge from Android flagships. The 256GB option is now the middle ground.

The Apple iPhone XS is a proper S-model – it builds on the hardware and features from last year without changing too much. So, physically little has changed, but as they say “true beauty is on the inside”.

The Apple A12 Bionic chipset will leapfrog Android flagships in performance and it has more memory to work with than its predecessor, plus a cool 512GB storage option. The base remains at 64GB and there’s a 256GB version too.

The iPhone XR is a tall screen (19.5:9) so you get slightly more surface area than an iPhone 8 Plus, even when you account for the notch.

Apple has a new name for this display – Liquid Retina. Name aside, the pixel density is the same as the iPhone 8 Retina display (326ppi), resolution is 822 x 1,1792px (so below 1080p). This LCD panel did gain the 120Hz touch sensing (not to be confused with a 120Hz refresh rate) and wider color gamut of its AMOLED-based siblings.

The camera onboard is essentially the main module of the XS camera. It has the larger 1.4µm pixels and all the advanced shooting techniques (Smart HDR, adjustable bokeh) that the Apple A12 Bionic chipset enables.

Touch ID fingerprint reader is still absent, and probably will be missing from all future iPhones from now on, in favour of the Face ID scanner, so its 2018 offerings are consistent on that count. In fact, all three iPhones use the same new True Depth camera for Face ID.

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