iPhone XR is one of the three iPhone models that Apple launched in 2018. Apple iPhone XR provides much of the same user experience of 2017’s iPhone X. However, the new smartphone does come with some of the notable changes. The new iPhone XR has a larger display with 6.1-inch LCD panel and comes in a number of color options. The iPhone XR, however, does retain the TrueDepth camera that was first launched with the iPhone X and also lacks a physical Home button.
What is iPhone XR?
The iPhone XR is one of the new iPhone models that Apple launched in late 2018. The other two models are iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. While The iPhone XS and XS Max are the true flagship devices of 2018, the iPhone XR does offer similar user experience but with some sacrifices. The iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max feature the same chipset, Face ID, and TrueDepth camera system. However, the difference lies with the rear camera and the display technology used. The sides of iPhone XR are made of aluminum while a stainless steel bezel is used in the other two models.
iPhone XR Storage Options
Apple is offering iPhone XR is three storage options. The device does not support external storage such as SDcard.
iPhone XR Color Options
Apple has introduced multiple colors for its new iPhone XR. While we have seen previous iPhone models to come in three color options other than the iPhone 5x, the iPhone XR is launching in six color options. These colors include White, Black, Yellow, Coral, Blue, and Product(Red).
iPhone XR Price
Since Apple has trimmed down iPhone XR on certain specifications, the company has priced iPhone XR much lower than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The price of iPhone XR varies depending on the storage capacity. The iPhone XR price breakdown is like this:
|iPhone XR Price||$749||$799||$899|
iPhone XR Design
iPhone XR features the modern design touch of Apple’s latest iPhone crop. However, the bezels are thicker than the iPhone XS or the iPhone XS Max. The edges of the device, are made of aluminum which does not give the premium feel of an iPhone XS. The back of the device is made of all glass.
The overall size of the iPhone XR is larger than the iPhone X / XS but smaller than the iPhone XS Max. There are two speaker grills at the bottom of the device but only one of them actually works. The device also lacks 3.5mm headphone jack. There is no physical Home button on the front side which is completely covered with the display with a notch at the top just like the iPhone X. The iPhone XR features IP67 waterproofing.
iPhone XR Display
Unlike the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch LCD display panel. While LCD has been the standard display tech in iPhone line, the company has first time made the LCD display to cover the whole front of the device and calls it Liquid Retina Display. There’s no chin or forehead on the front side, however, Apple has introduced the notch at the top of an LCD display.
Being the second largest iPhone in the lineup, the iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1792×828 (18:9 ratio). The display has a pixel density of 326ppi.
iPhone XR Specs
|Material||Glass, Metallic frame|
|Water & Dust Resistance||Rated IP67|
|Resolution||828 x 1792 pixels|
|Display Features||True Tone Display|
|Chipset||Apple A12 Bionic
|Internal Storage||64GB / 128GB / 256GB|
|SIM Card||Dual SIM (nano-SIM & eSIM)|
|Sensors||Face ID (Facial recognition)
Ambient light sensor
|Main Camera||12MP Wide-angle:
4K - @24fps, @30fps, @60fps
1080p - @30fps @60fps
720p - 30fps
|Front Camera||7MP - ƒ/2.2 aperture
1080p HD video recording
|Camera Features||Portrait Lighting
digital zoom up to 3x
Optical image stabilization
Quad-LED True Tone
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac Wi‑Fi with 2x2 MIMO|
iPhone XR Camera
The camera is where iPhone Xr falls way behind the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Unlike iPhone XS or the iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR only features a single shooter 12MP lens on the back as found on the iPhone 8. However, the camera is capable of shooting up to 4K video at 60fps and features optical stabilization.
With the help of A12 Bionic chipset, improved camera sensors, and improved signal processing, the camera is capable of capturing more details. Using machine learning, the smart HDR feature of the camera makes improvements to the photos. Despite have a single camera lens, the iPhone XR is capable of taking Portrait Mode photos.
On the front side, the device packs the TrueDeth camera system with 7MP lens used for facial unlocking and selfies. This is the same setup across all three new iPhone models.
iPhone XR FAQs
What's the difference between iPhone XR and iPhone XS?
We have a detailed rundown of differences between iPhone XR and iPhone XS. Please check out this link:
Does iPhone XR support wireless charging?
Yes, the iPhone XR does support wireless charging. This is why the device has its back covered with glass.
Did Apple added Home button to iPhone XR?
Just like iPhone X, Apple has removed the Home button and Touch ID from iPhone XR as well. Apple has introduced Face ID as an alternative to Touch ID.
Does iPhone XR come with Dual Camera System?
No, iPhone XR does not come with dual camera setup. Apple has added only a single camera at the read of the device.
Is there anything new with True Depth Camera or Face ID?
Apple has installed the same TrueDepth camera technology inside iPhone XR as the iPhone XS. So, there’s no difference.
What's the iOS version running on iPhone XR
Since iOS 12 is released before the launch of iPhone XR and Apple has even released iOS 12.0.1 software update, the iPhone XR will definitely be running the iOS 12.x version of Apple’s mobile operating system at the time of launch.
What about iPhone XR battery?
Here are the official battery specs of iPhone XR:
- Talk time (wireless): Up to 25 hours
- Video playback (wireless): Up to 16 hours
- Internet use: Up to 15 hours
- Audio playback (wireless): Up to 65 hours
- You should see around 90 minutes of additional battery life compared to the iPhone 8 Plus.