iPhone XS, XS Max and XR battery capacity size revealed

iPhone XS, XS Max and XR battery capacity size revealed
The three newest iPhones – the XS, XS Max and XR – have now all passed certification in China and a mandatory part of that is disclosure of the actual battery capacity of the devices, a number that Apple does not share on its own website.

So for all who are curious, here are the battery capacity sizes on all three new iPhones:


The iPhone XS Max in particular has the largest battery ever put on an iPhone, but interestingly, it is the iPhone XR that Apple says will last longest of the three, outlasting last year's iPhone battery champ, the 8 Plus, by a full hour and a half. Another curious tidbit is that the new iPhone XS actually seems to have a slightly smaller battery (2,658mAh vs 2,716mAh) than last year's iPhone X.

Of course, keep in mind that battery size alone is not what makes for great actual battery life. Software optimizations and effective power management of the internal components of a phone, as well as the screen resolution and brightness, have key roles as well.

We will be testing the battery life of all new iPhones soon, so stay tuned.


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40 Comments

1. mahima

Posts: 730; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Massive battery...3xxx battery for iphone.. What an innovation

6. Pcworld1976

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Calm that in the PA tests will set a new record. XZ3 500 nits 6 h iPhone xs 1 nit 12 h

33. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

They don't have test models.

2. Pietertjep85d

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Why doesn't Apple see that we don't need thin phones, when te battery is insuficient… I (and many others) would prefer a Phone that goes through a full day of heavy usage, without worrying about the battery all the time. Even when the Phone would be 0.5 times thicker. That's actually why I still got my LG V20 with removable battery.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

There was a race to make the thinnest phone/tablet before there was a race to eliminate bezels.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

One can get a full day out of a regular iPhone, the plus one easily gets a power user through a day and the X (this info is from busy people that spend a lot of time communicating with the phone) gets you home safe after a 10h work day.

12. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

In hard use a half day is good on an X, nowhere near a day. iPhones hold their charge well on standby and in at higher battery %, but once you get to medium use and the battery starts falling they drop like a stone. That is my experience and from what I have seen in many battery tests. Add to this terrible recharge times and it is clear iPhoneshave one of the worst battery packages compared to its peers.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I constantly get 5h on my regular 7 (I used to get about 6h 2y ago), 4.5h with betas. X is about 1-1,5h better, which means you get - let's say - a 6h deal; a 10h day work (which is 25% more than the average) means meetings, calculations, reading offers, managing teams, 5 minutes rest every hour, a lunch brake, reading documents, going to the bathroom, going places etc (it might also mean carrying rocks and stuff, but that doesn't involve tech usage). I assure you that even the busiest man, unless he's working at a call center, is covered by a 6h usage time during a day's work. Of course I would have loved to have seen a 4-5k mAh (if the R truly is 1h better than 8+, we might have a 2 days power user smartphone, imagine having a phone as powerful as the iPhone, lasting 3-4 days with normal->medium hard usage), but the batteries in iPhones are far from being as bad as some say they are.

35. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I have the RED Hydrogen phone now with its 4,500mAh battery. Totally worth having a battery that size. I regularly get 2 days of usage with about 5-6 hours of screen on time. Right now, I charged it 1d 22h ago and have 38% left, with 3h 8m of screen on time.

24. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Yeah you can get a full day if you aren't doing anything other than calling and texting... When I had the 8, I had to charge that s**t multiple times throughout the day. Now on my S9+, it's one charge and I'm good to go even with heavy usage

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's just not true, I manage at least 100 emails per day, I send maybe a few hundred texts, I open at least 10 pdf, today I have 3h talk time but my daily average is around 90 min; I never close the data/wifi/bt, everything is sync instantly, I check out some Facebook stats for my ads and services and I still get 5h out of my 7. I charge the phone mid day, because I might need it fully charged in the night (and because I use it a lot) - that's why I'm going to see how XR battery holds, because I'm thinking to get it - but most of the users should have no problem getting through the day with a single charge (I know a lot of people with 1+ day from a single charge on the 6 - text and voice - so they should have no problems with 7 or 8 batteries.

37. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

That is just not true. Cellular usage and internet usage drain iPhones down to 50% or less in less than 3 hours of usage. YouTube tests have proven this beyond any doubt. 1no one I have every seen with an iPhone, that I closes 25 workmates, over 30 friends and 20 family members who I know cant keep their hands off their phones even when eating or talking. Cannot go more than 5 hours of usage before they need a charger. And they get mad about how long it takes for the phones to charge, considering they have small batteries.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why bother? people will still line up in front of their store anyway.. And smaller battery is cheaper, that's also mean "more profit".

3. mootu

Posts: 1519; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

This is hardly unexpected, in fact it's pretty normal for Apple.

4. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Wow that’s amazing. They said the XS Max has the biggest battery ever put into an iPhone, but if this is true then the iPhone XR actually has the biggest battery ever put into an iPhone too. Like iPhone 6 Plus got like 11.1Wh which is about 2915 mAh ? The XR phone actually surprise with this. It also explains how it could last so long. An super efficient LCD instead of larger OLED and a battery that is just a bit smaller equals better battery life. This probably has to do with much more bigger massive wireless charging coil. Despite XS fusing two high capacity lithium polymer cells into one which dramatically increases capacity, this was used ap to make the coils bigger. That translates to much faster wireless charging without any increase in power. Efficiency is the key ! Maybe even higher wattage will come trough with an software update like a year ago. Who knows. And of course 7nm A12 bionic sips power by drops. So display is the biggest problem in here and big screen takes up a lot of power.

23. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

XR has 720p screen... That is why it will last more

34. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Plus the screen is also smaller so it has less pixels to push

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I see no reason why one average user would chose anything but the XR. I mean sure there is 3D Touch (which is a great feature to have but not groundbreaking) and gigabit speeds (which some countries will take more than 2-3y to have and which makes almost no difference on the phone; I had 50, I now constantly have 100, very often when I'm outside I have 200 Mbps - over 50 it's the same s**t) and of course HDR (for those who are watching intensive media on a phone - I don't know why, but there are many) but the R is a far better and wiser choice: (almost) the same features, cheaper, long lasting, generous but still manageable size, more colors.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Reason to not choose XR - Low-res screen - Inferior camera - Fat all around bezels But no worries, XR will be the most popular iPhone compared to the other two, just because it's cheaper.

18. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Camera is not inferior. Just doesn't have telephoto lens. All your other points are valid.

25. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Don't forget that the iPhone XR does not support gigabit speeds and is 2x2 mimo instead of 4x4 mimo like the new iPhone XS/XS max. Apple has added 4×4 MIMO to their iPhone XS line of phones. This technology has been available on Android handsets for quite sometime, and it’s nice seeing Apple finally joining the club. The outgoing iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and even the upcoming iPhone XR only include 2×2 MIMO. This means you unfortunately won’t see these improvements, even in the upcoming iPhone XR, unless you have the iPhone XS or XS Max. Aside from 4×4 MIMO, the new iPhone XS and XS Max also gain support for QAM and LAA, which are other radio technologies that will help improve speed and range on the new phones.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This is what I have to test before buying. If xs max gets me 10h and the speeds are significantly better than xr's, I will go for the Max (I can live with its size), but I have said it before: depending on the place of travel in my country, I am able to get 200 Mbps with the 7 (speeds that most of the world will get in 1-2y time) and on the phone I assure you there's no fundamental difference between 50 and 200 or 400 Mbps (which I have on wireless): the sites load instantaneously, I can stream 4k without hiccups, a 20 MB xlsx (which you should know contains a huge amount of data) opens just as fast. This is a deciding thing for me.

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

- if you tell me that a display that I hold at 30-40 cm from the eye, which means I will never see a difference between 300ppi and 300.000ppi is low resolution, I will tell you you're right but it doesn't matter; it's just like my car has a 280 kmh indicator on the speedometer, but I can't drive more than a few km at that speed (I can go to Germany and push the pedal, but I have gotten this car to get from Milan to Zurich, then to Geneva and the speed limit on the highway is 140 kmh); - inferior than what? - really, 1 mm difference is a real problem for you when you consider a battery life of 10-12h (2 day of standby)? I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying that the gain in battery is worth it.

19. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

The OLED screen on the XS series I guess would look much better than the LCD on the XR, that's probably the main reason. The second for me would be the portrait mode camera, but I'm a camera geek :)

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm sure it looks better (I love the colors of my Samsung although I know they are not real life - I have not actively used the X to form an opinion about its calibration) but I'm more of a "close to life" person and the LCD on iPhones (7 and 8 at least) is the best at that. BTW, it's a nice article to do: take a picture with the same scenery and compare it: on a (good) laptop, on the (great) displays of some phones - LCD and OLED; and compare it on the scene with the phone next to the scenery (maybe take a picture - use a Nokia 1020 :) -, containing all the phones, the laptop and the scenery, but I trust your judgement). You'll probably be surprised, if you never did it before.

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

My iPhone X has average battery life. I think Apple deliberately put mediocre battery so they can put this as a feature in the future.

10. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

As long as my iphone last a day, I’m good. But hoping  cam get distant wireless charging. Excited to get my iphone Max 512gb gold.

11. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

From 2,716mAh to 2,658mAh? Really, apple? 100% sure this will revive the wall-hugging jokes.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22053; Member since: May 28, 2014

I realize that optimization plays a key role in the iPhones concerning battery life, but it wouldn’t kill Apple to put much larger batteries in their iPhones. Imaging the battery life if they had put a 4,000mAh battery in the XS Max, 3,500mAh battery in the XS, and a 3,200mAh battery in the XR? iPhones have amazing standby time, and the 8 Plus really did have good battery life, but once you get into heavy usage territory, the battery begins to drop at a pretty steady pace.

16. Pcworld1976

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

the only one that optimizes the iPhone is PA. Apple should give them work

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