iPhone XS: Specification, Price and Review

Ray November 17, 2020

iPhone XS: Specification, Price and Review

iPhone XS

The iPhone XS is the sweet spot in the 2018 iPhone series. It is a slight refresh of the 2017’s iPhone X.

After the announcement of iPhone 11 series in 2019, which is its direct successor, Apple confirmed it would discontinue the sale of iPhone X.

However, the XS comes with 3D Touch-equipped AMOLED display, future-proof Bionic chipset, fairly longer battery life and improved camera among other upgrades, all wrapped in a superbly portable chassis

Design and Display

The iPhone XS is in most respects physically identical it’s predecessor and a premium build, that sits comfortably in the hand thanks to the pillowed glass and rounded metal rail but this time, a polished stainless steel instead of it’s predecessors aluminium rail around the edges.

As with 2017 glass build, apple says the XS glass has been reinforced to enables faster wireless charging, less prone to cracking and scratching but attracts fingerprints like nobody’s business.

A pill-sized camera bump, a centrally placed apple logo and iPhone branding sits on the polished glass back.

Another upgrade is it IP68 rating from last year’s IP67, this means better protection against dust ingress and can happily swim up to two metres of water for up to 30 minutes without springing a leak.

The front is stunning display, which is practically unchanged from it predecessor. The screen almost reaches to the edge interrupted by a notch and rounded corners. The notch here, plays host to the front-facing camera alongside Apple’s own TrueDepth sensor technology.

Just like it predecessor, it retains the Face ID biometric and no fingerprint sensor in sight.

It flaunts a 5.8-inch “Super Retina display” offering a custom OLED design with 1125 x 2436 resolution, 458ppi density and 19.5:9 aspect ratio that boasts up to 625 nits of peak brightness.

It still maintains it supports for HDR10, Dolby Vision HDR standards, as well as the iOS system-wide colour management for the best colour accuracy in the industry.

And finally, Apple retained it’s 3D Touch tech so you can access quick function shortcuts with just a click.

At 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and a heft of 177g, the phone is slim, lightweight and it’s the smallest of the series – iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and fractionally heavier that the iPhone X.

On the right side is the power/lock key and a SIM card tray sit below it while the physical mute switch and volume keys are placed on the left side.

Unlike andriod phones, holding the power/lock key down will bring up Siri, so to turn off your device, you need to hold down the power and volume up keys until an on-screen prompt appears.

There’s a new “Gold” finish that is added to existing Silver and Grey options

The Cameras

The cameras are largely the same as on the predecessor, but edge over with an improved picture quality thanks to the new processing system inside.

On the rear, you get a dual 12MP wide angle and telephoto camera arranged in the similar fashion.

The camera app allow editing of depth of field to tweak blurred background effect to your exact liking. There are other features like Animoji, Memoji, dual optical image stabilization, 2x optical zoom.

Upfront has a 7MP Truedepth camera which doubles as selfie camera and 3D mapping for Face ID.

Hardware and Software

The XS is manned by a Apple’s A12 Bionic processor chip based on 7nm process technology. The SoC has six (hexa-core) CPU cores plus a smart layer , which Apple calls the Neural Engine, enabling your phone to become more intelligent, learning as you use it and powerful AR capabilities.

The chip boast of up to 50% faster graphics performance, 50% lower usage with its efficiency cores, about 15% faster main performance cores and improved image processing.

The software runs on Apple’s improved iOS 12 OS.


The performance is further facilitated by a 4GB RAM, an upgrade of it’s predecessor’s 3GB storage and an in-built storage ranging from 64GB to 512GB, non-expandable storage.

A £1000 bucks only gets you 64GB, you need to cough an extra £350 to get the maxed out 512GB version is an extra £350.


It comprises of a dual SIMs ( single SIM tray plus eSIM functionality), Gigabit LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0,


The iPhone XS is fuelled by 2,658mAh power pack, which is a little smaller than it’s predecessor’s 2,716mAh. But, with the improved power efficiency of the A12 Bionic chip, Apple claims it can last 30 minutes longer.

It’s 7.5W fast charging support can refill 50% of charge in a half-hour. Like the X, it supports wireless charging too.

iPhone XS Price and Availability

The price iPhone XS starts at $999 / £999 / AU$1,629 for the based model, which translates to about 360,000 Naira in Nigeria, 6,390 GHC in Ghana and 124,000 KSh in Kenya.

The iPhone XS was anniut on September 14, 2018 and was made available on September 21, 2018.