The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max may be the most premium iPhones to come out of Apple’s Special Event, but the real showstopper might be the more affordable iPhone XR. True to rumors, the handset is the first iPhone since the iPhone 5C to get launched in a variety of bright colors – Black, Blue, Coral, White, Yellow, and PRODUCT (RED).
Unlike the iPhone 5C though, the iPhone XR isn’t compromising on its build or specs. It has the same Apple A12 Bionic processor as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Its single f/1.8 12MP camera has the same features as its dual-camera cousins thanks to a mix of software and Apple’s Neural Engine. Wireless charging and dual-SIM (nano-SIM + eSIM) support is present as well.
Most notably, Face ID is around as the only biometric unlocking option in the iPhone XR, leaving Touch ID well and truly dead except in past models. The infamous notch can be seen at the top, housing the entire TrueDepth camera array which makes face unlocking, Animoji/Memoji, and Portrait mode selfies possible.
iPhone XR vs iPhone XS
There are a couple of drawbacks though. The biggest one is the 6.1-inch 1792 x 828p (HD) LCD screen which Apple is calling Liquid Retina because of the way it flows into all four corners. The company claims it’s the most advanced LCD in the industry, but it’s not as high-quality as the OLED panel found on the iPhone XS pair.
Still, if the iPhone 8 duo’s LCD panel was good enough for you, the iPhone XR’s should do just as well. Apple’s blessed it with all kinds of iPhone XS features like a wide color gamut, high color accuracy, Tap to wake, True Tone, and 120Hz touch sensing. However, you’ll have to live without 3D Touch.
3D Touch has been replaced by Haptic Touch which is a similar-feeling long-pressing tool. Peek and pop won’t be possible, but you will be able to open up the camera or flashlight directly from the home screen. 3D Touch never really took off like it should have in any case, so you might not miss it too much.
Another compromise lies in the water resistance department. The iPhone XR has an IP67 rating, meaning it can be dipped up to 1m underwater for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone XS has a higher IP68 rating. The former also has an aerospace-grade aluminum band, whereas the latter has a surgical-grade stainless steel one.
Specifications of the iPhone XR:
– OS: iOS 12
– Display: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD 19.5:9, 1792 x 828 pixels
– CPU: A12 Bionic
– Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
– Camera: 12MP rear, 7MP front
– Battery: 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 Plus
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fiac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0
Price and Availability
The big appeal of the iPhone XR is supposed to be its budget cost. While it’s certainly cheaper than the astronomical $999 and $1099 for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, respectively, the phone is by no means cheap. The 64GB version costs $749/Rs 76900, the 128GB costs $799/Rs 81900, and the 256GB costs $899/Rs 91900.
As speculated, Apple is delaying the iPhone XR. The device will go up for pre-orders on October 19 and sales on October 26 in markets all over the world including the US, the UK, India, Australia, and China. You can buy it via the Apple Store.