September 14, 2018

iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR first look: Accessories to buy now

By Team Ventev Topic: Tech Specs

Apple continues to push the limits of what mobile tech can do while offering a seamless user experience. That appears to be its strategy in the face of low-priced competition. That’s good for you, because it means the company will continue to offer amazing mobile devices.

With the release of three new iPhones this week, the XS, XS Max, and XR, it’s clear that Apple is capitalizing on its reputation as a premium phone maker. The company now offers a “mass market” phone for $749. The most expensive of the three, the XS Max, will clock in at $1099 for a base model, and $1,449 for one with 512 GB of storage.

So what do you get for that price tag? We talked with Ventev engineer Brad Cox for a first reaction to these new phones.

 

 

The biggest iPhone updates inside and out

On the design front, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR are relatively modest updates to the iPhone X.

The iPhone XS has the same 5.8-inch screen size as the iPhone X. The XS and XS Max both feature eye-popping OLED screens, with the 6.5-inch XS Max clocking in with the largest iPhone screen ever. While the XR’s LCD screen sits in between the other two at 6.1 inches.

Apple has also touted its new A12 chip, which powers machine-learning photo enhancement, the ability to run multi-player augmented reality games, and a game engine that rivals consoles.  

What about the battery?

While our team will run the new iPhones through the paces in our testing lab, on the charging front, we expect them to perform in much the same way as the iPhone X. That means we anticipate they will still be compatible with fast wireless charging, and if you want to plug in, with the USB Power Delivery spec too.

One new feature: The new phones come with bigger batteries. Apple says the XS will last 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X, while the XS Max comes with Apple’s biggest phone battery ever, and it will last 90 minutes longer than the X.

To get a fast charge, go beyond the in-box charger. Ventev’s wallport r1240 and wallport r2240, both of which are bundled with cables, charge at 12 watts. And keep your eyes peeled for additions to our Power Delivery line of wall and car chargers. The wallport pd1180 and dashport pd1300 will be available soon!

To keep you untethered, we also have the wireless chargestand, a powerful wireless charger designed to keep your phone upright, in either portrait or landscape mode. The wireless charging car kit and the stylish wireless chargepad+ take your wireless charging options even further.

And of course, we know that buying an iPhone isn’t all about performance. It’s about style and design too. If you want to take your phone game to the next level, check out our tough-tested chargesync alloy cables. They come in gold, silver and steel gray to match the XS and XS Max. iPhone XR lovers can get in on the action with the colorful options in our chargesync flat cable collection.

The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR are snazzy pieces of machinery worthy of the Apple name. The big question for Apple is whether it’s gone far enough to fend off all that competition from low cost makers. Only time will tell.

Here are the key specs:

  • Storage: XS and XS Max: available in 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB versions. XR: available in 64 GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
  • Availability: XS and XS Max available for pre-order Sept. 14. XR pre-orders begin Oct. 19.
  • Processor: A12 Bionic chip and next-generation Neural Engine
  • Screen sizes: XS: 5.8 inches; XS Max: 6.5 inches; XR: 6.1 inches
  • Cameras: XS and XS Max: Dual 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto. XR: single 12-megapixel wide-angle.
  • Colors: XS and XS Max: Gold, Space Gray, Silver. XR: Black, White, (PRODUCT)red, Yellow, Coral, Blue.

Stay tuned for our full testing of the new iPhones!

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