Alongside the more premium iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple also unveiled the more “affordable” iPhone XR. So, what sets the the new device apart from its more premium counterparts aside from the name?
LCD Display and Improved Performance
For starters, the iPhone XR sports a 6.1-inch LCD display, and with a notch of course. With the introduction of this new device, the whole lineup now consists of phones with edge to edge screens. Apple is calling the LCD screen a “Liquid Retina” display, which comes with a resolution of 1792 x 828 resulting in a pixel density of 326. When it comes to design, the iPhone XR looks almost identical to the iPhone XS though its frame is made out of aluminum instead of stainless steel. Nonetheless, it still packs IP67 water and dust resistance which should allow the smartphone to withstand submersions of up to 1 metre for 30 minutes.
Now under the hood, it packs the latest and greatest from Apple, including the A12 Bionic processor which should offer improved speed and performance. This year, Apple is putting much focus on Neural Engine AI processing, and this chip is built to handle that. While RAM wasn’t made known, we do know the internal storage it packs. The iPhone XR will be available in three variants: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Battery life is said to be better than the iPhone 8 Plus, and will last 1.5 hours longer. Also, dual SIM support is available, though only those sold in China will support a physical secondary SIM. The rest of the world will only be allowed to use an eSIM as a secondary.
No Dual-Camera Setup
Unlike its more expensive siblings, the iPhone XR features a single camera instead of two. However, this single shooter is the 12MP wide-angle camera which is found on the iPhone XS. So does this mean it will not offer portrait mode? No, portrait mode is still available, and will be created with a mix of software and hardware to give that famed bokeh effect. Meanwhile, selfies will be handled by a 7MP shooter, identical to that found on the iPhone XS. Improved Face ID is offered as well as portrait mode selfies, and Animoji.
An Array of Colour Options
The last we’ve seen Apple offering this many colour options for an iPhone was when the iPhone 5C was around. Now, things have changed and the iPhone XR will be available in a wide variety of colours. This includes black, white, blue, coral, yellow, and red colour options. As for pricing, the new iPhone will retail for $749 for the 64GB variant, with the 128GB and 256GB options available for $799 and $899 respectively. Pre-orders will only begin in late October, and Malaysia will likely receive it a while after that.