Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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The iPhone XR: How does it stack up?

The iPhone XR (pronounced “ten-R”) is the twelfth generation of the iPhone and was announced on September 12, 2018, alongside expensively valued iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at Steve Jobs Theater by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The smartphone was officially released on October 26, 2018, with pre-orders beginning on October 19, 2018, attributed to the much hype surrounding its official release. iPhone XR is considered the least expensive of Apple’s iPhone X line of devices despite having the same processor (the Apple A12 Bionic chip) as the high price iPhone XS and XS Max models.


  • Processor: Apple A12 Bionic six-core CPU, rour-core GPU, M12 motion coprocessor
  • Display: 6.1-inch 1792*828 pixels resolution IPS LCD (326 ppi)
  • Operating system: Apple iOS 12
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64, 128, and 256 GB internal options
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture, OIS, Quad-LED True Tone flash. 7-megapixel front facing the camera with f/2.2 aperture.
  • Wireless Technology: LTE Advanced, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
  • Dust and water resistance: IP67
  • Battery: 2,942 mAh battery rated at up to 25 hours of talk time, 65 hours of audio playback, and 16 hours of video. Wireless charging and fast charging (with charger sold separately)
  • Dimensions: 150.9*75.7*8.3 mm and 194 grams
  • Colors: Black, White, Blue, Yellow, Coral, and Red
  • Weight: 6.8 ounces


iPhone XR hardware design is somewhat similar to the iPhone X only that it has larger bezels with aluminum edges different from the stainless steel in the iPhone XS and XS Max. It has a more metallic color with clicky buttons providing it with a stylish, harmonizing stripy modern look.  The hardware design has further been enhanced with the use of a variety of fun classic colors adapted via a seven-layer color process to give it a classy executive finish. The phone’s glass backs come in black, white, blue, yellow, coral and red color along with color-matched aluminum bands that seamlessly blends with the phone’s back.


iPhone XR’s size is perfect for users who may find the XS model to be small (5.8- inch) and the XS Max (6.5-inch) model too big. At 6.1 inches, the phone’s size fits perfectly amid the two models and slightly smaller than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus making it the perfect phone to deliver alluring experience ranging from Instagramming to video streaming desired by most phone users today.


Despite having Liquid Retina LCD instead of the modern OLED display, iPhone XR’s 6.1 Liquid Retina still delivers exceptional brighter and colorful displays effectively living up to the expectations of any iPhone enthusiast at a less expensive cost. The 1792 x829-pixel edge-t-edge screen with no home button delivers exceptional display both indoors and outdoors regardless of direct sunlight.


iPhone XR offers remarkable audio quality thanks to its dual speakers producing broader stereo booming sound to fill the whole room. Additionally, there is a true volume boost functionality to for even greater sound experience at low pitched volumes.


iPhone XR’s single-lens 12-megapixel with a f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization camera has been designed to capture crystal clear photos with less difference from the dual-lens iPhone XS and XS Max models. Additionally, it has a wide-angle camera sensor coupled with the Smart HDR functionality enabling it to capture wide-angle pictures in high contrast scenarios by minimizing background skies or lights and brightening up the foreground for visibly bright photos.


The Apple A12 Bionic processor termed by Apple Inc. as the “smartest and most powerful chip” to be integrated into a smartphone produces smooth-silky performance regardless of the application size being processed by the phone. The phone’s processor is so much advanced that it can support multiple players when playing the augmented reality game AR blast something that Android devices have not yet achieved.

Final Verdict: The iPhone XR despite being least expensive iPhone released by Apple Inc. this fall delivers exceptional performance, longer battery life than other flagships, stellar camera and comes in a variety of colors making a perfect modern futuristic iPhone to go for when considering cost over functionality.