First iPhone XS teardown gives away a smaller battery capacity than the X

Ladies and gentlemen, the first teardown of the new 2018 Apple crop is here, and it is of the 5.8" iPhone XS. Is it the same inside as the iPhone X, does it sport the same battery capacity, did it blend? All pressing questions which the video above from the Dutch handyman FixjeiPhone answers with aplomb.

To that middle question - the L-shaped battery is a tad different than the 2716mAh capacity unit that is installed in the iPhone X. The repair guy that did the video and the label on the pack itself say 2658mAh, referring to the actual capacity. This is slightly smaller than on the X, even though there is no visible separator between the eventual battery sections like there is on the X.

The motherboard itself is incredibly tiny, considering it is carrying the world's most powerful mobile chipset - the A12 Bionic - and is situated a tad differently than it's slapped in the iPhone X. 

Apple also outfitted the XS with a larger camera sensor, hence the bump on the back got a tad taller, which might present issues with some snug fit older cases for the X. The whole video can serve as a repair manual, too, should you decide you have a grand to throw down the drain trying to disassemble that pesky water-tight XS body.

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Related phones

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)
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Highlights thinness but keeps designing a 2012 style camera hump... Yep, that's Apple.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yeah what's with that bump, kinda warty.

2. w1000i

Posts: 247; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Still 98% of the original one. not a big deal.

3. CableTelcontar

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Smaller battery not a big deal?

6. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

it last 30 minutes longer in use than the old one, so definately not.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Based on a key note that was full of lies. Good source on that one.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

So it's also fine if iPhone XI have 98% battery size than iPhone XS, and XIS have have 98% battery size than iPhone XI, and so on?

16. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

It’s fine as long as battery life keeps increasing like this generation.

21. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Spoken like a true sheep

4. Be_Mine

Posts: 258; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Even if mankind invented a new type of Battery which triple the battery life at the same size factor. Apple will still opt to decrease the battery capacity to make the phone thinner, instead of letting the phone have great battery life in the current iPhone size and thickness. No matter how power efficient the next cpu, gpu, display get. The newer iPhone will always have the about the same battery life as the previous model.

7. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

i don't think new iPhones are thinner? and battery life is up 30 minutes so not bad at all, looks like the new chip is doing great job for battery life.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I've seen a review on another site and the dude said the xs battery life is pretty much on par with x (meaning 8h - confirming PA scores - so a full day should be no stretch) and the Max gets 12h, which is 2 day usage. I'm waiting for more tests and I'm very curious to see xr results.

19. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Yet Apple says the XR has the best battery life from the new lineup. Looking forward to see what's going to be like

12. whattab

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yet with the release of iOS 12, and the new ability to monitor Screen On Time, my iPhone X approached almost 10 hours SOT yesterday while my S8 Active (and its 4000mah) battery has only ever reached just over 6 hours of SOT. And my Note8 has only reached 5 hours SOT max. I purchase most of the latest Apples and Androids, so don't try to play the "iSheep" card with me.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't know why you are only getting that with the 8 active and the note 8 My son gets about 10 to 11 hours with his active and I get 7 to 8 hours easy with my note 8.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

World's most powerful mobile chipset,... Cpu at this time but certainly not the most powerful GPU in a chipset. Smoke and mirrors PA.

10. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Okay. My understanding of why there is a smaller capacity battery instead of a larger one especially since its a single battey rather than double. If Apple gives a large battery this year and a new component next year or years will take up more space. They will have to drastically reduce battery capacity which will piss ppl off. So a 30 min increase is a decent increase according to them. The other thing could be, Tim Cook wants to make more profits and cheap out on a $1000 phone.

13. notfair

Posts: 741; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

They "save" money by decreasing the battery capacity. Basically the new CPU is more power efficient therefore they saw an opportunity to make money by ordering smaller capacity batteries. there you go.

17. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah, because increasing battery life trough more efficient components is *much* cheaper than just make one of the cheapest components (battery) a bit bigger.

18. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

They could remove the headphone jack and make the battery even bigger, ohh wait they already removed it :P

20. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

LOL, good one

22. Chris_ABN

Posts: 192; Member since: May 16, 2018

If Apple makes a bigger battery, you isheep will be paying 200$ extra dollars on top of the pocket raping prices Apple charges.

23. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Hey!!! Apple calls it "INNOVATION" because instead of 2700 its 2716 mAH. that .16 is innovation for apple.

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