Huawei couldn't resist trolling Apple fans following biggest iPhone tradition

Ruben Fields
September 22, 2018

Although Apple quietly discontinued some of its lower-cost devices, including the iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and the iPhone X, it still sells two older models - iPhone 7 ($449) and the iPhone 8 ($599) - at cheaper price points, if you want a replacement device without splurging for the XS line. They planned to bring the phones back to Chile and hand them out to family members and friends perhaps hoping for a discount.

Well, maybe not all consumers.

Today is the day when Apple fans can finally get their hands on the new iPhone XS and XS Max.

Tech fix site iFixit posted an extensive joint iPhone XS and XS Max teardown early Friday and found them mostly similar to last year's iPhone X. The 18 new iPhones were valued at over $18,000. You can use the dock as a nightstand for Apple Watch too.

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All three iPhone models managed to survive the pocket drop, which is not shocking given the handset's premium ultra-durable stainless-steel and glass construction.

The company's 2018 lineup, specifically the iPhone XS and XS Max, delivers on that promise: They're the smartest, fastest, best iPhones we've seen to date. The iPhone XS, amazingly, again emerged with almost no visible damage.

While the asymmetry of the speaker and mic grilles on the bottom of XS and XS Max might look a little jarring, by deleting two holes on left, Apple made room for an extra antenna band, which according to test results from SpeedSmart, Tom's Guide, and others, resulted in a serious improvement in LTE data speeds. We anticipate Apple releasing more of these how-tos in the near future. The iPhone XS Max starts at Rs 1,09,900 and also will be available by end of this month. If you trade your phone in directly to Apple, the values run from $70 for an iPhone 6 to $525 for the most recent iPhone X. Small changes include an added antenna band on the bottom of each device near the Lightning port (which iFixit speculates has to do with Gigabit LTE), a 32 percent larger wide angle sensor and increased pixel size for the rear camera in both phones, and a larger taptic engine and extended logic board in the iPhone XS Max.

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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