The iPhone XS and XS Max will be available in the UK next week, while the XR will be here next month.
The XS Max – the premium model – features the largest screen and battery that Apple has ever used for an iPhone, which is reflected by a £1,099 starting price, which rises to £1,449 for the 512GB storage version.
The XR is the relative ‘budget’ version, with a starting price of £749. It features many of the same specifications as the two XS models, with some drawbacks, such as having only a single rear camera and an LCD screen – unlike the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen of the XS.
Buying a new iPhone is never MoneySaving – but if you’re determined to get one anyway, buying it in the right way could save you almost £600 over two years compared with the cost of a standard contract.
See below for a round-up of the different ways to buy an iPhone XS or XS Max.
For full info on cutting the cost of an iPhone, see our Cheap iPhones guide.
What features do the new iPhones have?
Apple has said its new iPhone XS and XS Max take the smartphone to the “next level”.
They feature some of the following specifications:
- iPhone XS – 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display, dual 12-megapixel telephoto and wide-angle rear cameras, 7-megapixel front-facing camera, 4K video recording at up to 60 frames per second, up to 20 hours’ talk-time battery life.
- iPhone XS Max – 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display, dual 12-megapixel telephoto and wide-angle rear cameras, 7-megapixel front-facing camera, 4K video recording at up to 60 frames per second, up to 25 hours’ talk-time battery life.
- iPhone XR – 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, 12-megapixel rear camera, 7-megapixel front-facing camera, 4K video recording at up to 60 frames per second, up to 25 hours’ talk-time battery life.
Buying a new handset on a traditional mobile contract from the major mobile networks can be £100s more expensive than buying the handset outright and pairing with a cheap Sim.
Yet reseller sites such as Mobiles.co.uk* (owned by Carphone Warehouse) or MobilePhonesDirect are almost always cheaper than going direct to the network. They can sometimes even undercut buying upfront – and right now we’ve found pre-order deals on EE, O2 and Vodafone that can save you up to £560 over the two-year contract for the same deal if bought direct, and up to £100 cheaper than a comparable handset and Sim combo.
Our top-pick iPhone XS deal with a high data allowance works out £598 less than O2’s comparable standard two-year deal. Via Mobiles.co.uk* (part of Carphone Warehouse), if you’re an O2 newbie, you’ll get 15GB of data with unlimited minutes and texts for £34/month, though you’ll have to stump up a hefty £410 upfront – so £1,226 over the two years. That’s also about £60 cheaper over the two years than the cheapest alternative we found buying the phone upfront and pairing with an equivalent Sim.