Guide to Buying a Refurbished iPhone XS - WeSellTek

The iPhone XS was first released in September 2018 along with the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, and is the successor to Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone X model which proved to be very popular.

A iPhone XS boasts ‘next generation technology’ with a new processor that delivers faster performance, improved battery life, and an improved super retina screen display to really show those vibrant colours, and a ‘break through dual camera system’.


Where can I buy an iPhone XS?

There are many online retailers and marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon selling iPhone XS handsets, and it is important to check the seller out before making the purchase, and to ensure the device is refurbished and not ‘second hand’ or ‘used’. In most cases, used or second hand phones will be cheaper and may be more appealing, however most will not be tested to guarantee every function works correctly, or come with any form of warranty.

Here at WeSellTek, for a handset to be classed as refurbished, it will undergo an extensive 70 point diagnostic check, a Check Mend search to ensure the device is not blacklisted, a full thorough clean and polish, network unlock, and a data wipe and factory restore to remove all data. Only then, once the phone has passed each stage with no defects, will the iPhone XS be ready for sale and come with a 12 month warranty.

How much does an iPhone XS cost? 

When the iPhone XS was first released the RRP for the basic model was a staggering £999. Today a refurbished iPhone XS can be purchased from a starting price of £240 up to £330 depending on the cosmetic condition and memory capacity, which provides a high saving on a brand new phone and also easy to see why refurbished phones are proving to be hugely popular.

A iPhone XS is available in either Silver, Space Grey, or Gold, and a memory capacity of either 64GB, 256GB, 512GB. Each refurbished device will be available in different cosmetic conditions of, fair, good, excellent or pristine. Handsets graded as Fair will contain more marks and heavy scratches compared to those graded as Pristine which will contain next to non or very light surface scratches only. More information on our Grading Criteria can be found here.

Some examples of our current pricing is as follows:

  • iPhone XS, 64GB, Good Condition, Network Unlocked £259.95
  • iPhone XS, 64GB, Excellent Condition, Network Unlocked £289.95
  • iPhone XS, 256GB, Pristine Condition, Network Unlocked £329.95


iPhone XS Specs

 refurbished iphone xs

iPhone XS: Key Features

  • Height: 5.65 inches 
  • Width: 2.79 inches
  • Depth: 0.3 inches
  • Weight: 177 grams
  • Screen: 5.8-inch (diagonal) OLED Multi-Touch display
  • A12 Bionic Chip with next-generation neutral engine
  • Face ID
  • Nano-SIM tray
  • IP68 Rated
  • Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras with 10x digital zoom, six-element lens, and dual optical image stabilization.
  • 4K video recording, Slo-mo video support for 1080P
  • 7MP front facing camera with retina flash, Smart HDR and wide colour capture, 1080p HD video recording at 30 or 60 fps

The internal specifications of a refurbished iPhone XS are identical to that of a brand new iPhone.

iPhone XS Performance

The Apple iPhone XS was marketed as the ‘Most Advanced iPhone Ever’ which features a 5.8 inch All-Screen design with a powerful A12 Bionic Chip and a Breakthrough Dual Camera System which really boosts the performance from that of its processors.

A iPhone XS features a 2,658 mAh lithium polymer battery and supports the ability to fast charge using an 18W adapter which can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Similar to the iPhone X and iPhone 8, this iPhone will also all for wireless charging.

Apple have stated, this model will last up to 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X and will allow for up to 12 hours internet use, 14 hours video playback, and 20 hours talk time usage.

The iPhone XS handset sold here at WeSellTek all go through an extensive testing process so that there is no difference in performance or functionality from that of a brand new handset and making them more reliable than cheaper used or second hand markets available on the market.

Does a refurbished iPhone XS come with a new battery? 

A question we often get asked here at WeSellTek is, what are the batteries like on a refurbished iPhone? During our refurbishment process all batteries are extensively tested and drain tested to ensure the battery is performing as well as it should and in good working order with a minimum battery health of at least 80%.

Stats for the iPhone XS battery Life? 

According to Apple the iPhone XS is capable of up to 60 hours audio playback and 14 hours video playback which is long enough to watch a few films! For those people who like to browse the interest, this model will give up to 12 hours internet usage on a single charge, and up to 20 hours talk time for those often on long phone calls.

As a refurbished device, the iPhone XS will have at least 80% battery health, and in most cases this will usually higher.

Does a iPhone XS have wireless charging?

Following on from its predecessor the iPhone X, a refurbished iPhone XS will support wireless charging and works with a QI charger.

How much storage is in a iPhone XS? 

An iPhone XS is available in 3 different memory capacities, 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. For anyone who regularly uploads their data onto the iCloud, a more cost effective choice would be the 64GB variant. Whereas those who like to store various videos, audio and data on their phone, the 512GB would be the most appropriate choice, but this will be slightly more expensive.

The Apple iPhone XS also has 4GB of RAM which is slightly more than its predecessor the iPhone X which has 3GB of RAM.

Does a iPhone XS come in its original box? 

Our refurbished iPhones at WeSellTek are supplied in a plain white box and come with a brand new UK mains plug, USB charging Lead, and a sim release tool, regardless of the cosmetic condition chosen. On occasions some of our refurbished iPhone XS handsets may be supplied in their original box.

Does a iPhone XS come with headphones? 

Our refurbished handsets do not include headphones in the box. Though headphones can be used with a refurbished iPhone XS providing they have a lightning adapter or connect through Bluetooth, as there is no 3.5mm jack input on these handsets.

Does a iPhone XS come with a charger?

Here are WeSellTek, all of our refurbished iPhones are supplied with a new UK mains plug along with a lightning to USB charging cable, which will allow the device to be used and charged straight from the box.

Does a iPhone XS come with a SIM Card?

Refurbished Apple iPhone XS handsets from WeSellTek are network unlocked and allow any network sim card to be inserted into the phone and ready to use straight away. Although we don’t include SIM cards with our devices, these can be picked up from a network provider such as EE, Vodafone, or O2.

On occasions we have some network locked devices, which can often be found on our sale page for a great price, so it is always worth keeping a check for a great bargain!

iPhone XS Camera performance?

The iPhone XS comes with a Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto camera that features dual optical image stabilisation and 2x optical zoom. Other features include, Portrait mode, Quad-LED True Tone flash, autofocus, Smart HDR and burst mode for those who want to capture that special moment.

This model phone also boasts a brilliant 7MP front facing camera which allows for all those special selfie moments to be caught and saved.

iPhone XS Video performance?

An Apple iPhone XS can film in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second with 1080P recording and 720P recording for the rear and front camera respectively. With 2x optical zoom and up to 6x digital zoom, and the ability to take 8MP still photo’s while recording 4K videos, this device really does capture all of those moments.

During our refurbishment process, the cameras on our devices are fully tested to ensure there are no defects and the quality is exactly as it should be with superb quality.

Does the iPhone XS have Face ID?

A Apple iPhone XS will have a fully functioning Face ID that will allow the device to be unlocked by using facial recognition.

Sometimes, we may list an iPhone XS with no Face ID function on our sale page. These handsets are fully functioning and operating as you would expect, apart from the Face ID element, and these can often be found at a great knock down price!

Does a iPhone XS come with a warranty?

A warranty is always a good sign that the refurbished iPhone XS you are interested in has been refurbished to the highest condition and the retailer is reputable. It also gives you peace of mind that the phone will be covered should any manufacture defects occur such as camera faults or charging faults. 

At WeSellTek, we offer a 12-month warranty and a 14-day no-hassle returns policy.

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