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Apple iPhone XS succeeds iPhone X and comes with top-notch features and specifications. Together with its variant XS Max, the new smartphones come with super AMOLED touchscreens, hexa-core CPUs and also the iOS 12, among other high-end features. In this Apple iPhone XS and XS Max review, see the phones’ specs, features and price in Kenya.

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max Specs, Features and Price in Kenya
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In Brief, Apple iPhone XS and XS Max Specs

  • Screen – 5.8, 6.5 inches
  • Camera – 7, 12MP
  • RAM – 4GB
  • Storage – 64, 256, 512GB
  • Network – LTE
  • Processor – Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • OS – IOS 12
  • Battery – 2658, 3174mAh
  • Price – KSh. 140,000 (Min)

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Apple iPhone XS and XS Max Screen, Display and Size

The XS and XS Max come with 5.8 and 6.5-inch screens respectively. The super AMOLED capacitive multitouch screens feature 16M colors, 19.5:9 ratio (458 ppi density), at least 1125 x 2436px resolution and also an 82.9/84.4 percent StB ratio.

The screen is protected with a scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating which boast Dolby vision/HDR10, wide color gamut display, 3D touch display, true-tone display and also 120 Hz touch-sensing.

When it comes to the size, the smaller variant measures 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and weighs 177 grams. On the other hand, the max variant measures 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm and weighs 208grams.

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The two phones spot dual rear cameras (12MP) and single selfie camera (7MP). One of the dual cameras features f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS and PDAF while the other has f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF and 2x optical zoom. The general features include quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama), stereo sound rec. and at least 1080p@24fps video resolution.

The selfie camera has features such as f/2.2, 32mm (standard), HDR and also a 1080p@60fps video resolution.

Memory, Processor and OS

For both phones, the RAM stands at 4GB while the storage has the following options – 64, 256 and 512GB.

As for the processor, the CPU is hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest) while the graphics card features the Apple GPU (4-core graphics). In addition, the XS and XS Max use the Apple A12 Bionic chipset.

Concerning the OS, the devices have iOS 12.


First, the available network technologies include GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO and also LTE. Second, the base variant works with Nano-SIM and e-SIM while the other variant use single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by).

In addition, there are connectivity features such as Bluetooth 5.0 (A2DP, LE), GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac (dual-band, hotspot), NFC and also the USB 2.0 (proprietary reversible connector).

Moreover, there are sensors such as face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and barometer.

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There are just a few multimedia features and include alert types (vibration, proprietary ringtones) and a loudspeaker with stereo speakers.

Miscellaneous Features

These features include an audio player (MP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF, Apple Lossless), video player (MP4, H.265), iCloud cloud service, siri natural language commands and dictation, document viewer and photo/audio/video editor. There are also features such as Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX), iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email and Push Email, and the HTML5 (Safari) browser.

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max Battery

As indicated above, the smaller variant has a 2658-mAh battery while the bigger one boasts a 3174-mAh battery. The non-removable Li-Ion batteries support Qi wireless charging and fast battery charging (50 percent in 30mins). The talk time and music play is at least up to 20hrs and 60hrs respectively.

Design, Material and Color

As far as design is concerned, the Apple phones look classic and are pretty user-friendly. They resist dust and water up to 2m for 30 mins (IP68 qualities).

The main materials are stainless steel (frame) and glass (front/back) and the popular colors include space gray, silver and also gold.

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Apple iPhone XS and XS Max Price in Kenya

Apple phones are usually expensive, and according to a number of retail outlets, the new devices cost between KSh. 140,000 and KSh. 195,000 (around $1400 and $1950).

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max Full Specifications




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  • Dimensions – 143.6×70.9×7.7mm
  • Dimensions (2) – 157.5×77.4×7.7mm
  • Weight – 177g
  • Weight (2) – 208g
  • Material – Stainless steel + glass
  • Dust and waterproof – Yes (IP68 degree, up to 2m for 30 mins)


  • Type – Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Size – 5.8 inches
  • Size (2) – 6.5 inches
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio – 82.9 percent
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio (2) – 84.4 percent
  • Resolution – 1125×2436 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio – 19.5:9
  • PPI Density – 458
  • Colors – 16M
  • Protection – Scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating
  • Multitouch – Yes


  • Dual – Dual SIM (Nano-SIM and e-SIM)
  • Single (2) – Single SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • Dual (2) – Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Rear Camera

  • Dual – 12MP (f/1.8, 26mm wide, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom)
  • Features – Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, etc
  • Video – 1080p@24fps

Front Camera

  • Single – 7MP (f/2.2, 32mm standard)
  • Features – HDR
  • Video – 1080p@60fps


  • RAM – 4GB
  • Storage – 64, 256, 512GB
  • Memory card slot – –


  • CPU – Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • Chipset – Apple A12 Bionic
  • GPU – Apple (4-core graphics)
  • OS – iOS 12
  • Custom user interface – –


  • USB – USB 2.0 (proprietary reversible connector)
  • Bluetooth – 5.0 (A2DP, LE)
  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band, hotspot)
  • NFC – Yes


  • FM radio – –
  • Loudspeaker – Yes (stereo speakers)
  • 3.5mm jack – Yes
  • Infrared port – –


  • Sensors – Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


  • Type – Non-removable Li-Ion
  • Capacity – 2658mAh
  • Capacity (2) – 3174mAh
  • Charging time – –
  • Fast charging – Yes (50 percent in 30mins)
  • Wireless charging – Yes (Qi)
  • Standby – –
  • Talk time – Up to 20hrs
  • Talk time (2) – Up to 60hrs
  • Music play – –
  • Internet use – –
  • Battery life – –
  • Endurance rating – –


  • Type – Bar
  • Bezel – Minimal


  • Variety – Space gray, silver, gold


  • Charger – Yes
  • USB cable – Yes
  • SIM card ejector – –
  • User manual – Yes
  • Pin – –
  • Protector case – –
  • Protector film – –
  • Warranty – –


  • KSh – 140,000 (min)


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