Apple released three new iPhone models in September 2018 and the iPhone XS Max is not only the biggest but also the most expensive of them all. The original price of the phone starts from $1,099 and can go up to $1,449 for higher storage.
The XS Max is considered a record breaker as it features the biggest display on an iPhone, has the most advanced features and processing power, and has the highest price tag ever.
There are a lot of similarities between the iPhone XS and XS Max. They both are powered by A12 Bionic chip – the industry’s first 7nm CPU with 8-core Neural Engine for faster Face ID and advanced camera capabilities like Smart HDR or dynamic depth of field. They have the maximum storage capacity of 512GB, feature the same stainless steel and glass design, notched front display, dual rear camera setup, IP68 water resistant rating, and OLED Super Retina displays.
There are just a few differences, such as the bigger battery on XS Max offering an hour longer than the battery on XS. Another difference is the huge 6.5-inch display on XS Max as compared to 5.8-inch on XS. Besides, although both models feature the Dual SIM Dual Standby technology, the iPhone XS offers a nano-SIM and digital eSIM while a version of the iPhone XS Max can take two nano-SIM cards at the same time. You can find that version in countries where eSIM is not available, such as China.
The iPhone XS Max comes in 4 model numbers, which are A1921, A2101, A2102, and A2104; They differ not only in LTE bands but also in the SIM card architecture. Let’s check out all those differences.
iPhone XS Max A1921
|Description||The iPhone XS Max A1921 is the only version available in the United States and it works on both GSM and CDMA networks. This model is also available as a SIM-free factory-unlocked edition at Apple Store. Apart from the US, you can find it in other countries like Canada and Puerto Rico. Although the version supports dual SIM with an eSIM and a nano-SIM card, you should always buy the unlocked version to use two different carriers without any restriction.|
|Countries & Carriers||United States
U.S. Virgin Islands
|Part Numbers||United States – Unlocked SIM-free
United States – AT&T
United States – T-Mobile
|United States – Verizon
United States – Sprint
iPhone XS Max A2101
|Description||The A2101 is the global version widely available in most countries in Europe and Asia. You can buy it in the United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, Italy, France, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. This model doesn’t support CDMA networks. It supports dual-SIM cards (1 eSIM and 1 nano-SIM card).|
|Countries & Carriers||Andorra
Isle of Man
United Arab Emirates
|Part Numbers||United Kingdom
iPhone XS Max A2102
|Description||The iPhone XS Max A2102 is built exclusively for the Japanese market. What makes it different are some exclusive bands used by carriers in Japan, for instance, band 11 for au and SoftBank, band 21 for Docomo, and band 42 that all those carriers are using. It supports dual-SIM cards (1 eSIM and 1 nano-SIM card).
Besides, if you plan to buy this version, notice that it always make a shutter sound when taking photos even when you mute the phone. This law is to discourage covert photography and ensure privacy.
|Countries & Carriers||Japan
iPhone XS Max A2104
|Description||The XS Max A2104 is the model released in China and Hong Kong. This is the only version that allows inserting two physical nano-SIM cards to the same SIM card tray.|
|Countries & Carriers||China
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