This Drop Test Pits the iPhone X Against the iPhone XS, XS Max

Iphone Xs Max Drop Test Credit: TechSmartt
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Today marks the official retail launch of Apple’s latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max flagships. And while early adopters patiently await the delivery of their brand-new handsets, it appears that a few have already made their debut in a new hands-on drop test.

As portrayed in the following video, which was published by YouTube channel, TechSmartt, the test features the original iPhone X pitted against the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

It’s described as the “ultimate drop test” for Apple’s new handsets — though at this point, we’re fairly certain it’s the one and only.

As we’ve witnessed in the myriad of smartphone drop tests before, today’s, too, was staged around three separate “types” of drops — a pocket drop, a head-height drop, and finally, a 10-foot drop using all three premium iPhone X and XS models.

Pocket Drop

The first test was the pocket drop test. As its name implies, this test is intended to simulate the potential damage to an iPhone which somehow, someway winds up tumbling from your jacket or pants pocket.

All three iPhone models managed to survive the pocket drop, which is not shocking given the handset’s premium ultra-durable stainless-steel and glass construction.

Head Height Drop

Next is the head height drop, which is intended to simulate the potential damage from dropping your iPhone XS, either accidentally or otherwise, while its held up against your ear during a phone conversation. 

As you can see, results of the head height drop were a bit different, with the original iPhone X suffering a small but noticeable crack in its front-facing display, and the iPhone XS remaining blemish free.

10-ft Drop

Finally, the YouTubers carry-out a 10-foot drop, which, in the name of science, is meant to simulate what would happen if you were to drop your iPhone X or XS from 10-feet in the air.. 

Interestingly, while the original iPhone X and super-sized iPhone XS Max both succumbed to gruesome shattering in the 10-foot drop test, Apple’s iPhone XS — built of the same materials, mind you — managed to survive the fall.


It’s important to remember, above all else, that drop tests like this are not scientific in nature; and therefore, they’re not intended to serve as a guideline from which to draw conclusions — but only so as to demonstrate, in a hands-on setting, the elemental integrity of the devices being tested.

From that vantage point, it appears that Apple’s latest iPhone XS and XS Max might boast a slightly more formidable build than even the iPhone X — but again, given the lack of scientific precedent, it’s impossible to say with certainty how your handset will fare in a remotely similar setting.

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