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Released September 21, 2018. Models A1921, A2101, A2102, A2104. Available as GSM or CDMA / eSIM or nano-SIM / 64, 256, or 512 GB / Silver, Gold, or Space Gray. (Pronounced "iPhone 10 S Max.")

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motherboard differences: iPhone XS Max real dual-SIM versus eSIM+SIM

it would be great to see the motherboard differences between the true dual-SIM version available in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau versus the international eSIM+nano-SIM version.

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I think it’s the same as the Xr as well as the Xs models. Apple has been pushing hard on cutting down the part differences between the Mac systems & iPhones when they are the same part as in this case. See Motherboard differences: iPhone XR China dual-SIM vs EU/US eSIM+SIM

Here’s a bit more from Hong Kong 6 Things to Know about the iPhone XS Launch in China

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Same board layout, likely different SIM reader. China version has actual dual layer SIM reader while the world version has a SIM reader with the same dimensions, but with one side blocked. China version should have NOSTUFF on the eSIM chip location

SIM tray part should be different as well. China version has a thicker dual facing SIM tray.

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Same board layout, likely different SIM reader.

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