IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

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Pre-orders for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are going to be live tomorrow, but what we have is an early glimpse of how thee devices might perform when they are officially released by the company. The price for the iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64 GB model and goes up from there for 256 GB and 512 GB. The new range now comes with a fullscreen display and FaceID as standard - this was introduced by the trendsetting iPhone X a year ago. The iPhone XR surprisingly includes numerous same capabilities as the iPhone XS, with the most significant differences being the LCD display and a single-lens camera system. The overall design is much the same.

So if you want to listen to music with wired headphones on your fancy new $1,449 iPhone XS Max, you'll have to shell out an extra $9.00 for one of the clumsy, much-hated and all-too-frequently lost adapters. Beavis believes this is where most of the cost saving has been generated for the model. It has an LCD screen instead of OLED and has a single camera instead of a dual camera.

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Gareth does note though that the camera system also supports Smart HDR, which allows the iPhone XR to "really capture the high-end elements of a photo, fusing the light and dark elements well", and that the pictures he took were clear, sharp and colourful.

If you're a USA consumer who's been grumbling about how normal $1,000 price tags for shiny new flagship phones are getting these days, well, maybe count yourself lucky instead.

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The pre-order period for the Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the Apple Watch Series 4 is nearly upon us.

Both of these factors might explain Apple's thinking. Techradar's Apple iPhone XR hands on can be enjoyed in full, at a time that suits you, right now.

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