iPhone XR: The new cheaper iPhone does not have much to envy the iPhone XS

iPhone XR: The new cheaper iPhone does not have much to envy the iPhone XS

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The iPhone XR is like a class of iPhone XC, since it is one of the most colorful iPhones as it was the 5C.

Screenshot by Juan Garzón / CNET

The iPhone XR is a new iPhone that comes, in part, as successor to the iPhone 8, a bit like the expected iPhone SE 2 and also the iPhone X.

For starters, the iPhone XR is the only new iPhone that has a single rear camera, the only one with LCD screen and the cheapest one, with a price lower than that of the iPhone XS Y iPhone XS Max.

Even so, Apple learns a bit from Google and integrates on the iPhone XR photo features with a blurred background (known as bokeh or portrait) when using a single camera, as the Internet giant did with the Pixel 2 Y Pixel 2 XL.

In addition, you find that the iPhone XR has Face ID with its beautiful -u awful- eyebrow (depends on your taste) can be charged wirelessly, its screen has almost no bevels and the gestures to control the cell phone are the same as the company introduced in the iPhone X.

Differences of the iPhone XR with the iPhone XS and XS Max

  • Average screen (6.1 inches instead of 5.8 as the XS or 6.5 as the XS Max)
  • The resolution and density of pixels is lower (326ppp vs. 458ppp in the other models)
  • Option of storage of 128GB, but without option of 512GB like the others (64GB, 128GB and 256GB)
  • IP67 water resistance certification (up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes) instead of IP68 like the others
  • Initial price of US $ 749, instead of US $ 999 as the iPhone XS and US $ 1,099 as the iPhone XS Max
  • Just a 12 megapixel rear camera, but it offers the possibility of taking photos with a blurred background (portrait)
  • It does not have 3D Touch
  • 3GB instead of 4GB of RAM
  • It is thicker (8.3mm vs. 7.7mm)

A new, more colorful iPhone

Although the iPhone XR has the same eyebrow, metal frame and glass back, it is the 2018 iPhone with the most colors available so far.

With this, Apple allows this cell to differentiate more and surely attracts young people.

The iPhone XR will be available in red (Red product), yellow, white, coral, black and blue.

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The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch screen, the largest LCD screen that Apple has used on an iPhone.

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The same processor of the XS and XS Max

With the new Apple A12 Bionic processor, the company promises that the cell phone can be up to 15 percent faster than the iPhone X and up to 50 percent better in graphic processing. In addition, the neuronal engine that is integrated to that processor also promises to be up to 9 times faster, offering different performance benefits in different areas of iPhone use.

Double SIM

For the first time, a iPhone offers dual SIM card support or SIM card. However, unlike many cell phones with Dual SIM, Apple offers the possibility of integrating a physical SIM card, while the other is digital (eSIM). This means that you simply can not change it, but it will depend on the operator.

The only country that will receive an iPhone XR Dual SIM with two slots for physical cards (one on one side and another on the other side of the drawer) will be China, for the time being.

Without much to envy the iPhone XS

The iPhone XR does not have a dual rear camera like the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, but with a single 12 megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 1.8 it manages to capture photos with a blurred background that can also be adjusted after taking the photo and promises offer improvements in the capture of moving objects.

In addition, thanks to the A12 Bionic processor, the iPhone XR integrates the same function of the iPhone XS that Apple calls Smart HDR (Smart HDR), which manages to capture more shots instantly to achieve more detail both in places where there are shadows and in the best illuminated parts.

On the other hand, the cameras also bring some improvements in video. For example, now you can record stereo sound, it promises to offer better results in low light or backlit situations.

iPhone XR: Features and specifications

  • Display: 6.1 inches (LCD – Liquid Retina)
  • Resolution: 1,792×828 pixels
  • Density of pixels: 326ppp
  • Processor: Apple A12 Bionic
  • OS: iOS 12
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Rear camera: 12 megapixels with aperture f / 1.8
  • Face ID: Yes, with improvements in detection speed
  • Water resistance: IP67 (up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes)
  • Other features: True Tone Display, Apple Pay, dual SIM (Dual SIM), double speakers (one on the bottom edge and one on the headset)
  • Colors: Gold, silver (white) and space gray
  • Size: 150.9×75.7×8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams

Bands and frequencies

Model A1984:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Price and availability

The iPhone XR has a starting price of US $ 749. Your presale begins on October 19 and will be available on October 26 in red, yellow, white, coral, black and blue.

In Mexico, the iPhone XR has an initial price of 18,499 pesos, and in Spain of 859 euros.

First impressions

The iPhone XR does not have much to envy to the iPhone XS, since it offers practically the same power – and a very similar design.

I think the iPhone XR is the most attractive option for those users who wanted to buy the iPhone X last year, but because of its high cost they did not. But it should be noted that this phone does not have the double camera that allows 2X optical zoom, because it offers up portrait mode with a single rear camera and even brings a better Face ID facial recognition.

The most unfortunate thing is that it is a relatively large cell phone (its screen measures 6.1 inches) and Apple no longer sells a new small-sized iPhone (the iPhone 8 had a 4.7-inch screen).

Also, I think the colors will attract some young people who were waiting to get an Apple phone that does not make so many sacrifices in front of the others that the company sells.

In addition, since the iPhone XR is Dual SIM, the interest in some markets could help Apple to grow considerably because it was a flaw that many noticed and a feature found in Android. Surely, the greatest success of this could come in Asia, mainly in China.

We will need to do our full analysis to really know how much this iPhone differs from its little brothers, but our first impression is that it will not make much difference.

Comparison: iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max

iPhone XR

iPhone XS

iPhone XS Max

screen

6.1 inches (LCD)

5.8 inches (OLED)

6.5 inches (OLED)

Resolution

1,792×828 pixels

2,436×1,125 pixels

2,688×1,242 pixels

Pixel density

326ppp

458ppp

458ppp

OS

iOS 12

iOS 12

iOS 12

Processor

Apple A12 Bionic (six cores)

Apple A12 Bionic (six cores)

Apple A12 Bionic (six cores)

Storage

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

64GB, 256GB, 512GB

64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Storage expansion

Do not

Do not

Do not

Rear camera

12 megapixels with aperture f / 1.8

Double camera of 12 megapixels, one with optical image stabilization and aperture of f / 1.8 and f / 2.4

Double camera of 12 megapixels, one with optical image stabilization and aperture of f / 1.8 and f / 2.4

Slow motion recording

240fps in Full HD, 60fps in 4K

240fps in Full HD, 60fps in 4K

240fps in Full HD, 60fps in 4K

Frontal camera

7 megapixels (TrueDepth Camera)

7 megapixels (TrueDepth Camera)

7 megapixels (TrueDepth Camera)

RAM

3GB *

4GB*

4GB*

Battery

15 hours of Internet browsing

12 hours of Internet browsing

13 hours of Internet browsing

Removable battery

Do not

Do not

Do not

Connectivity

4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz)

4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz)

4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz)

NFC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Waterproof

Yes (IP67: up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes)

Yes (IP68: up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes)

Yes (IP68: up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes)

Fingerprint reader

Do not

Do not

Do not

Iris reader

Do not

Do not

Do not

Face recognition

Yes (Face ID)

Yes (Face ID)

Yes (Face ID)

Wireless charging

Yes

Yes

Yes

Important features

LCD screen with almost no bezels, 3D facial recognition, animojis, single-camera bokeh effect, Apple Pay, Siri, double horn

Screen almost without bevels, recognizing 3D facial, animojis, bokeh effect that can be adjusted after taking the picture, Apple Pay, Siri, double speaker, 3D Touch

Screen almost without bevels, recognizing 3D facial, animojis, bokeh effect that can be adjusted after taking the picture, Apple Pay, Siri, double speaker, 3D Touch

Size

150.9×75.7×8.3mm

143.6×70.9×7.7mm

157.5×77.4×7.7mm

Weight

194 grams

177 grams

208 grams

Price

US $ 749/859 euros / 18,499 Mexican pesos

US $ 999 / 1,159 euros / 24,499 Mexican pesos

US $ 1,099 / 1,259 euros / 26,999 Mexican pesos

* To be confirmed.

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