The Number One: The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the heaviest iPhone yet at a whopping half pound

The weight of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is as hefty as its name and price.

Tipping the scale at just under half a pound (7.97 ounces, to be exact), the largest device in the new iPhone 11 series revealed at this week’s Apple event is the heaviest iPhone ever, muscling past last year’s iPhone XS Max, the previous record holder at 7.34 ounces.


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Granted, the latest edition to the iPhone line features four camera lenses (including the three rear lenses that are freaking some potential customers out.) It also packs A13 Bionic chip, a 6.5-inch screen and a lithium-ion battery that is supposed to last five hours longer than that of the iPhone XS Max, making it the most substantial of Apple’s smartphones to date.

And that’s before snapping on a protective case and screen cover.

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And with the price starting at $1,099, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is not exactly light on the wallet, either — although that didn’t stop Apple AAPL, +0.53% fan boys and girls from preordering the phone on Friday, and leading the #iPhone11ProMax hashtag to trend on Twitter TWTR, +0.30% throughout the day Friday.

The new iPhones showed momentum in weekend preorders, as well. Shipment wait times for the high-end Pro and Max devices are 17 days on average, compared with 11 for the XS/Max phones last year, which suggests the phones are in demand.

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But some potential buyers expressed shock about the phones’ heft on social media, as the iPhone 11 Pro Max is certainly a heavier phone for users to bear versus competitors like Sony’s SNE, -0.67%   Xperia XZ2 (6.98 ounces), the Google GOOG, -0.67%  Pixel 3 (5.22 ounces) and LG G5 (5.61 ounces).

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It’s 66% heavier than the original iPhone that dropped in 2007, which weighed just 4.8 ounces — although of course, the overall dimensions of that phone were also much smaller, and it wasn’t stuffed with as many features as its cutting-edge descendants.

Apple did not respond to a MarketWatch request for comment about its ballooning smartphones. A look back at the iPhone’s specs over the past 12 years, however, shows that ever since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were introduced in 2014, almost every generation has been heavier than the one before it as screen displays have gotten larger, and the phones have developed more advanced cameras. (The 2016 iPhone SE is a notable exception at a svelte 3.99 ounces, although that came in smaller dimensions modeled after the iPhone 5 and 5s.)

Here’s how much the weight of the bigger iPhones has fluctuated over the just past few years.

iPhone 6 Plus: 6.07 ounces

iPhone 6s Plus: 6.77 ounces

iPhone 7 Plus: 6.63 ounces

iPhone 8 Plus: 7.13 ounces

iPhone XR: 6.84 ounces

iPhone XS Max: 7.34 ounces

iPhone 11 Pro Max: 7.97 ounces

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