iPhone XS Tidbits: Brighter Displays, Improved Wireless Charging and Stereo Speakers

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The first batch of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max reviews are out, and just like every year, Apple is being praised for its latest iPhones. Compared to the iPhone X, the iPhone XS (and XS Max) offer an even improved display, better battery life, improved performance, and an even more impressive camera.

We have already done a roundup of the iPhone XS reviews. In this article, we are going to highlight some of the interesting tidbits about the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max as revealed in the reviews.

iPhone XS Tidbits

Design and Face ID

  • The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max come with a more durable glass than the iPhone X.
  • Apple has used a new coating process called Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) to help improve the durability of the stainless steel chassis.
  • The iPhone XS and XS Max come with even better stereo speakers than the iPhone X.
  • Face ID on the new iPhones is faster by around 0.5 seconds. It is not a huge difference but a welcome change nonetheless.
  • Face ID still does not have landscape support on the iPhone XS series.


  • Apple has once again used among the best mobile OLED panels on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The Super Retina displays of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can reach a brightness level of 611 nits and 606 nits. This is higher than the Galaxy Note 9’s brightness level of 604 nits. (Via Tom’s Guide)
  • The iPhone XS and XS Max OLED screen cover 123 percent of the sRGB gamut. While impressive, this is lower than the Galaxy Note 9’s coverage of 224 percent.
  • The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a more accurate OLED panel than the Galaxy Note 9 with a Delta-E score of 0.25 and 0.22, respectively. The Galaxy Note 9 managed a slightly worse score of 0.34.

Samsung had managed to set a new benchmark with the Galaxy Note 9’s OLED display but it looks like Apple has once again managed to best the company in this regard.

  • Despite the iPhone XS Max coming with a bigger and higher resolution 6.5-inch display, it does not actually show more information. The display density for the iPhone XS and XS Max is exactly the same. The iPhone XS Max makes use of the bigger display to show bigger icons and text. Apple says it did this to ensure that the touch points on the iPhone XS Max did not become too small.


  • The camera improvements on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are significant when compared to the iPhone X. They make the iPhone X photos “look terrible most of the time.” (Via The Verge)
  • However, despite these improvements, the iPhone XS camera is not better than Google’s Pixel 2 from last year.
  • The new Depth Control effect on the iPhone XS actually blurs different parts of the background at a different rate, just like it would happen on a DSLR. This is better than what one can do on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9 and the Pixel 2.

Wireless Charging and Connectivity

  • The wireless charging coil inside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max has been improved. This means the phone will charge wirelessly even when they are not placed perfectly over a wireless charger. (Via The Verge)
  • Both handsets will also wirelessly charge faster by around 30 minutes using your existing charger.
  • The iPhone XS Max offers better battery life than the Galaxy Note 9, though falls a bit short when compared to the Google Pixel 2 XL. (Via Tom’s Guide)
  • The Gigabit LTE modem on the new iPhones helps in improving the up/down LTE speeds dramatically on T-Mobile’s network.

Some of these tidbits are definitely interesting. What do you think about them? Drop a comment and let us know!