Apple iPhone XS: unboxing and first look

Psst! Looking for the bigger iPhone XS Max? Check out our iPhone XS Max unboxing right here!

Apple caused a significant stir last year when they introduced the iPhone X, which not only set itself apart from its previous offerings with a dramatic design makeover, but also pushing the limits in terms of pricing. For its successor, the iPhone XS, Apple predictably follows the same procedure it has done in previous years by retaining the same design while upgrading the hardware. We just got in our unit, so we’re putting it through the proper unboxing treatment!

Inside the box:

  • iPhone XS
  • EarPods with Lighting Connector
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • User Manuals
  • Apple Decals

Apple's packaging has been relatively consistent with each release, and there’s nothing terribly out of place this time around with the iPhone XS. The box itself bears the typical minimalist qualities we’ve seen countless times, so that means a few brandings around the packaging, a quick list of what’s included on the back, and an image of the iPhone XS that’s scaled to size. All your typical standard fanfare from Apple.

Of course, the iPhone XS is the standout item inside of the box, which comes with the usual set of goodies. They include the EarPods, Lightning cable, wall adapter, user manuals, and yes, those Apple decals.

Same looks, upgraded hardware

Our particular unit is the $999 64GB base model in silver, which looks whiter in tone than anything else, but other color options include space grey and the new gold one. Technically speaking, the design here with the iPhone XS is no different from last year’s iPhone X – so there’s not as much of the wow factor involved with this unboxing. Regardless of that, the phone feels incredibly solid and familiar, to the point that it’s indistinguishable from its predecessor.

Underneath it all, however, we know that the iPhone XS does indeed pack some marked improvements with the new hardware. If we’re to take a peek at the phone’s specs, they may not be all too different from its predecessor. Take for example the Super Retina HD display with that notorious notch. The resolution and size are identical, but Apple claims superior performance in the form of being greater dynamic range with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. The same can also be said about the rest of the hardware, like the processor, dual-cameras, and the new sensors used for its TrueDepth camera for Face ID.

Being that “S” device, we can expect the typical incremental improvements, but we’re most eager to see if there’s any substantial justification for going with the upgrade. We’ll save our judgement for now until we put it through some proper testing. Expect our in-depth review soon!

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iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)



1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hope John V. or Joshua S. write review for this phone.. (or anyone besides Alan F. and Victor H.) :D

9. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Why? Is it because they're biased?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

These new iPhones desperately need split screen, picture in picture and Pencil support, but outside of those 3 features, they’re great phones. Beautiful, fast, smooth, and a tad boring. 9.3 on the Darkk meter, the big 3 features, makes them a 9.6. Note 9 is a 9.4, cause it has a music player glitch, live message bug (my live message still doesn’t work, even after Samsung updated it), and another bug, that affects the schedule message feature (sometimes they don’t send at the scheduled time). It also gets a little warm in standby (odd).

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2250; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I agree... Apple should eliminate the 5.8 XS and make a XS Max and XS Pro at 7.5”. For next year their line up should be XR2 = 6.1” XS Max 2 = 6.5” XS Pro = 7.5” No need for a 5.8” phone as everyone are buying XS Max’s Would love to see this lineup next year

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr I agree 100%

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I used to think you were a troll but I enjoy your perspective most of the time. Thanks dude

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not a troll at all bro, just a tech fan that calls it like he sees it. Just brutally honest.

17. pradhanmn

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

yours is the Most honest review

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A 5W charger on a $1000 phone is a huge joke.

6. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Geek people care but for most of us who charge our phone every night is enough. Also i have an ipad pro and i use its charger for charging my iphones. Got a tons of 5W in my drawers.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So being ripped off is okay as long as you're not a geek? Okay bud.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s very true, but it wouldn’t stop me from buying a phone though. It should be included however.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah, still a fact that it's a great phone. Also that dongle is missing now. Wireless is still an alternative, not a replacement.

7. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Should lose full 1 point for using exactly same design as last year.

13. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Didn't happen from 2014-2017.

14. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Hey phonearena where is the article of Qualcomm suing apple ?? Still waiting

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