Apple didn’t just bring the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to its event on Wednesday; it also showed off the iPhone XR, a colorful new iPhone that feels like a hybrid of last year’s iPhone X and iPhone 8. Let me explain.
When viewed from the back, the iPhone XR looks a lot like the iPhone 8, with its glass back and single lens camera. Flip the device over, and it looks similar to the iPhone X and iPhone XS, notch and all. The difference, however, is that the display is LCD and not OLED.
Apple says the iPhone XR’s LCD display—Apple calls it Liquid Retina—is the most advanced LCD screen on the market. While I didn’t have much to compare it to, it looked fantastic in person, with beautiful colors and brightness. The screen doesn’t quite stretch edge-to-edge the way the iPhone XS does, but it still looks great.
Another thing that looks great are the iPhone XR’s different colors. I was drawn to the blue, but what really stole the show was coral. The iPhone was made to wear that color. There’s also yellow, red, and a few others, which look awesome.
While the iPhone XR lacks the iPhone XS’ steel frame, it still feels sturdy and premium, much like the iPhone 8. Really, you won’t even notice the difference, because you’ll be mesmerized by the colors anyway.
Apple also omitted 3D Touch from the iPhone XR, which some Apple fans actually might prefer. The technology has become polarizing over the past few years for its perceived lack of use among users. I think it’s handy, but it’s something I can live without.
Users do get Face ID, plus many of the iPhone XS’ best features, such as the A12 Bionic chip and dual-SIM support. The device also features IP67 water resistance and a single 12MP camera with support for portrait mode features.
Pre-orders for the iPhone XR will go live on October 19 with shipments going out on October 26. Prices start at $749 for the 64GB model.
Apple on Wednesday officially unveiled the iPhone XR, its affordable, colorful flagship. The device slots in below the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max but it still looks to sport a number of high-end features, including an edge-to-edge display, Face ID and a number of new colors.
The new model is Apple’s new affordable iPhone to replace the iPhone 8 line that was available last year. It offers many of the features available on the iPhone X but in a new body made of glass and aluminum.
Apple added a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display with a 1792 by 828 resolution with 326 pixel per inch that reaches from edge to edge. It’s the first LCD display Apple has offered in the new design. The new display design makes way for the gesture-based controls first introduced with the iPhone X.
Unlike the two other iPhones announced, the Xs and Xs Max, the iPhone XR only comes with a single 12MP camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), Smart HDR and Portrait Model with Depth Control. However, the front does feature the same camera system found in the higher end models with the 7MP front-facing camera.
Speaking of the front-facing camera, it is one of the many sensors used for the True Depth system used for Apple’s Face ID biometric sensor, which is available on the iPhone XR.
Powering everything is Apple’s new A12 Bionic chip, the most smartest and powerful chip include in a iPhone that comes with the new next-generation Neural Engine Apple talked about in detail during the event.
It’s available in six colors: Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and (PRODUCT) RED. Each looks very eye-catching and should help capture the attention from customers looking to get a smartphone with some color. The iPhone XR features IP67 water and dust resistance and the most durable glass in a phone, as Apple claims. The new glass back makes way for wireless charging.
Other features the iPhone XR borrows from more expensive brethren is the stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE advanced connection and Dual SIM.
The iPhone XR will be available in three different storage configurations: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. It will start at $749 with pre-orders opening on October 19 and will ship out October 26.