The iPhone XR—which is $250 cheaper than the iPhone XS, starting at $749 with 64GB of storage—is currently the company’s most mainstream product as well as its most popular iPhone. It doesn’t offer the perfect OLED display or dual rear cameras of the pricier iPhone XS and XS Max, but the iPhone XR delivers all the other top aspects of those flagships.
New features of XR
There are a number of key features that are the same as iPhone XS : iOS 12 is the operating system that runs things, and it’s backed up by the wildly-powerful A12 Bionic chipset inside and the same convenient Face ID for quickly unlocking your phone. The single rear camera offers excellent performance and impressive portraits, complete with depth control.
Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
OS: iOS 12
Screen size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 1792 x 828
CPU: A12 Bionic
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 7MP
Colors: Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral, Red
The Liquid Retina screen
The 6.1-inch LCD is big, bright and colorful, though OLED screens offer better blacks and wider viewing angles. The new ‘Liquid Retina’ display things are supposed to closer to the high-end OLED screen.
Design: Multiple colors
This is the first iPhone in a long time to come in so many colors: (product) RED, which is the sample we have, blue, white, yellow, coral and black. It’s a nice look, although it would be nice to have some more flashes of color on the front of the phone too.
The iPhone XR is also a thicker design, with chunkier bezels around the side of the phone – hold it side by side with an iPhone XS. The TrueDepth camera is up front, along with the notch, to help you log in via Face ID, as well as have fun with Animoji and Memoji and capture portrait selfies.
The iPhone XR is IP67 water-resistant, which means it can withstand 1 meter of water for 30 minutes, compared to 2 meters for the same amount of time for the IP68-rated iPhone XS.
No 3D Touch an Issue?
This feature has been removed for the iPhone XR, presumably to save money – instead you have to do a ‘long press’ to do the same thing. So if you ever accessed shortcuts by pushing harder on an app, or opened the torch with a harder prod on the lock screen… well, that’s gone.
Battery Lasts Long
Apple believes you’ll be able to get 90 minutes more battery life out of the iPhone XR than the 8 Plus, which is a big jump in real terms.