Apple iPhone XS Max prices compared across the region: Who's the most expensive?

The Apple iPhone Xs Max.
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Apple has definitely crossed a new pricing threshold with the launch of the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, its most premium and expensive model to date. 

It's a known fact that almost everything is more expensive in Singapore when compared to other countries in the region, but exactly how much more are you forking out in Singapore versus elsewhere around the region? 

We take a look at how the iPhone XS Max is priced in different countries around this region:-

iPhone XS Max Singapore Hong Kong Taiwan Japan Australia
64GB edition S$1,799 HK$9,499
256GB edition S$2,039 HK$10,799
512GB edition S$2,349 HK$12,499

As expected, consumers in Singapore are paying the highest price for the iPhone XS Max in all three storage tiers. Japanese consumers, on the other hand, are enjoying significantly lower retail prices for the handset with savings between S$262 to S$320! 

First look at Apple iPhone Xr, Xs, Xs Max

  • The new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr all feature full-screen design without the home button that has been a feature since the first iPhone launched 11 years ago.
  • Instead, all the new iPhones will use only face recognition technology, or Face ID, for user authentication.
  • It is a bold move by Apple, considering many iPhone users are still very used to the touch button, or Touch ID’s fingerprint authentication.
  • The new iPhone Xs is the direct successor to last year’s iPhone X, sporting the same 5.8-inch Oled screen but with updated and faster A12 Bionic processor,
  • better water resistance, all-new image sensor of rear dual-camera system, improved TrueDepth camera system for advanced Face ID among the improvements.
  • Catering to users who want bigger screens, Apple also launched the iPhone Xs Max with the similar specifications as the iPhone Xs, but with a bigger 6.5-inch Oled screen.
  • Both iPhone Xs and Xs Max will be available in silver, black and a new colour option - gold.
  • However, Apple has not forgotten the budget market with the iPhone Xr.
  • It features the same design and processor as the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, but comes with a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD screen that has less contrast and dynamic range as well as less power efficient compared to Oled screens.
  • The cheaper iPhone Xr only has a single rear camera, unlike the rear dual-camera system of iPhone XS and XS Max.
  • However, it comes in more colours including red, blue, yellow, black and white.
  • Apple also introduced a fourth generation of the Apple Watch with a major redesign -- and a series of features designed to improve its performance as a medical and health device.
  • The smartwatches are able to detect hard falls, and an electrical heart rate sensor can take an electrocardiogram.
  • Apple stressed its devotion to data privacy, saying all health information gathered is encrypted on the smartwatch to be shared only as users see fit.
  • The new Apple Watch Series 4

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The prices quoted in this article are based on currency exchange rates at the time of publication, hence do expect slight variations to the actual amount you are paying at the Apple Retail Store in the different market. 

Of course, this also does not take into account your travel-related expenses if you plan to go abroad to pursue these savings. Your best bet is to find a friend or family member who is traveling to either Hong Kong or Japan, and have your preferred new iPhone to hitchhike back with them.

Happy shopping!

This article was first published in Hardware Zone