Is the iPhone Xs Max Apple's biggest phone yet?

Is the iPhone Xs Max Apple's biggest phone yet?
Apple's alleged 2018 iPhone naming scheme seems rather unusual when compared to previous years. We've got the iPhone Xs – a direct sequel to last year's anniversary model; the Xs Max (or Xs Plus) – the same premium offering but with a 6.5" screen; and the iPhone Xr (or Xc) – a more affordable, 6.1" device with an LCD display and a single camera on the back. All three phones will reportedly inherit the "notched" bezel-less design Apple introduced with the iPhone X last year.

On paper, the 6.5" iPhone Xs Max sounds huge. The sizeable Galaxy Note 9 is 6.4". It certainly is the biggest screen Apple has ever put on an iPhone, but it is also the biggest iPhone ever? Let's find out.

We know that the iPhone Xs Max will sport a 6.5" display (not accounting for the rounded corners) with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Considering that the Xs Max will retain the same screen aspect ratio as the iPhone X, we can scale last year's model up to match the 6.5" diagonal of the new Max model. This leaves us with an interesting result – a phone that is just a bit bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, we can't be sure whether the bezels won't add a couple of extra millimeters to the all-around frame of the iPhone Xs Max, but this experiment still allows us to compare the screens of the two phones.

iPhone Xs Max – 19.5:9  |  6.5"
iPhone 8 Plus – 16:9  |  5.5"

All that said, the iPhone Xs Max may, indeed, turn out to be the biggest iPhone ever, though it won't be much bigger than the current Plus models. After all, that was the whole idea of this shift in smartphone design to begin with – keep the footprint, increase screen real estate.

Given the popularity that iPhone Plus models are enjoying, it's a smart move on Apple's part to introduce a successor to last year's iPhone X with a bigger screen. The 2017 anniversary iPhone model has a 5.8" display and is just a bit bigger than previous 4.7" iPhones.

So, what do you think about the iPhone Xs Max (or Xs Plus)? Too big or just perfect? Tell us in the comments down below.

Disclaimer: The dimensions used in this material are based on preliminary information about the device(s).

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53 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2203; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

That will be mine in 512GB once the preorders open up... I may go with the unlocked Apple version over Verizon's version...

6. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I will be ordering one in Gold :) Looking forward to the big screen and split view.

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Soind like ipad?

20. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Only more portable. Can say the same about the note 9 vs a galaxy tab. Note 9 is tempting to me though also. I will know tomorrow which one I want to get...

37. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If it's only a larger screen size over the plus without things that other phablets can do. Then it's once again only a bigger iPhone that offers no real upgrade in terms of usability or functionality. Like split screen multitasking, or a stylus. Plus if Apple charges over $1400 for the XS Max, then it's just an overpriced iPhone once again.

21. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2203; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Yep I'm prepared for a $1399 price point for the 512GB model

23. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Rumor is they will be same price as last years x pluss

33. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

There was no X Plus last year... there was the X, 8, and 8 Plus.

24. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Rumor is they will be same price as last years x pluss

30. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I'm waiting for the 4TB version. I can't wait to lose a life full of memories in just one go.

43. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

That is the reason why you upload every single file to the cloud. That way you don't have to worry about losing anything.

46. RoyalMike unregistered

Cloud storage lacks the security of having everything in your own pocket.

51. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Than why the extra storage on the phone? The cloud app is simply deleting the files less used on the device when you need the extra space and you're set. No need to pay extra for extra storage with modern day OSes.

53. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

I use the extra storage mostly for traveling. Movies, tv shows, etc. But I keep my entire music library on my phone at all times, which is 178GB on its own.

2. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

it's wet dream

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The excess maxipad looks like it will be difficult to get the control center gesture done with one hand. Poor design really.

4. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

just as difficult as pulling down the notification tray on any large screen Android phone

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nope, if you want it that gesture is available for Android where a quick swipe down anywhere on the screen brings down the notification shade.

12. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

that only works in the home screen, not if you're running an app, so your point is not valid

26. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Can also do it via swipe on fps on any screen. All much easier.

29. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Remember the diversity of android...the experience is different depending on the OEM. A swipe down anywhere on the homescreen gives me tons of info...but only when I'm on the homescreen (LG V30) - thank goodness because that would be annoying while navigating a browser...or any app for that matter.

50. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

In my Mate 10 pro, you can access notifications centre by swiping down the fps even if there was an app open or there were two apps open (split screen).

44. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

You still have to adjust your fingers to swipe down to bring the notification shade. I had it set up on my OnePlus 5T, but eventually, I got tired of having to adjust my fingers to pull down the notification shade. Also, I would accidentally pull down the notification all the time, which was nauseating.

47. RoyalMike unregistered

Stop buying Chinese crap then... Samsung is the solution

52. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You can but who's dumb enough to do such a cumbersome thing?

8. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

They’ve learned that not as many people care about one hand usability as once thought. The Plus line has sold well and is being used by many people with hands that aren’t large enough to use it with only one hand. The average consumer doesn’t mind.

25. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Good one you less than troll

27. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Awww muffin...

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31052; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I need it to make serious use of the large canvas, or it is a no go. Split view, picture in picture, and pencil support are a must. Symbols on the keyboard and a dedicated numbers row, would be nice too.

7. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I'm ok without pencil support but Split View is a must for me as well. Biggest reason to have the bigger screen is split view.

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