Apple fans in Singapore get hands on new iPhones

Judy Cobb
September 22, 2018

On launch day for the Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Belkin revealed their newest dual-device wireless charger for iPhones and the Apple Watch. The awesome folks at iFixit have managed to obtain them as well and diligently pop up the devices to show the world what made these new phones tick. The iPhone XS Max starts at Rs 1,09,900 and also will be available by end of this month.

TechSmartt dropped the iPhone X (last year's model), the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max from an unofficial pocket height, head height and around 10 feet onto a tennis court. The BoostUp Wireless Charging Dock has "optimized wireless charging" up to 7.5W for one iPhone and 5W/1A for Apple Watch.

Strangely, the iPhone XS' battery capacity of 2,659 mAh is actually slightly less than the 2,716 mAh battery in the iPhone X, which sort of makes you question if all that extra effort was worth it. They said it's the right time for an upgrade. But none of the enhancements are significant unless a user upgrading a much older iPhone. The edge-to-edge screen creates the illusion the device itself is 21% larger than its predecessor, but it'll fit in your hands just as easily (or not) as older Plus models.

In a clever marketing strategy, representatives clad in Huawei t-shirts handed out the powerbanks to those in the queue at Apple's flagship Orchard Road store. It's enough to outperform the recently-released Samsung Galaxy S9 (though the iPhone X A11 Bionic chip was faster, too - this one's just even faster than that). Huawei told Mothership that it gave away around 200 power banks to customers waiting in line for a new iPhone.

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The iPhone XS is priced from S$1,649 (64 GB) to S$2,199 (512GB), and the iPhone XS Max is priced from S$1,799 (64GB) to S$2,349 (512GB). "You'll need it. Courtesy of Huawei", read the message on the front of the power banks.

The XS Max battery uses two cells and has a larger 12.08 Wh capacity.

If you're on the fence, consider the iPhone XS or XS Max as a several-year investment.

When we went hands-on with the iPhone XS and XS Max, we were mainly struck by how similar they felt to the iPhone X-particularly the iPhone XS.

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