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The slightly more affordable Apple iPhone Xr is the iPhone 5c/SE of this generation

The iPhone Xr is the 'cost saving' version of the iPhone X/Xs
The iPhone Xr is the 'cost saving' version of the iPhone X/Xs
The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max — with their engineering triumphs and associated price tags — might have been the headlining announcement out of Apple today, but the cheaper iPhone Xr has the potential to be where most consumers direct their money. Reminiscent of the iPhone 5c and iPhone S, the iPhone Xr brings many of its flashier siblings features for US$250 less.

It’s hard not to think of the iPhone Xr as being a bit like the modern version of the much-derided iPhone 5c, with the comparatively lower price tag and the six colorful launch options. But that would be doing the phone an injustice because the principle behind it is more like the well-received iPhone SE that packed current-gen technology into the previous-gen design.

The iPhone Xr features the new A12 Bionic SoC with its increased performance and efficiency. It also gets the neural processor cores that help with AI functions, such as camera enhancements. The inclusion of the neural processor is an important one here since the iPhone Xr is the only 2018 iPhone to feature a single rear camera. The extra AI ability should help with creating more convincing portrait shots (possibly like the Pixel 2) without the assistance of an extra sensor to help with depth perception.

The front of the phone looks like the iPhone X with thicker bezels, while the body uses an aluminum and glass construction similar to the iPhone 8. Apple has used a 6.1-inch LCD panel on the front, putting its size in between the two ‘Xs’ variants. Using an LCD instead of an OLED means the colors won’t appear as saturated and contrast won’t be as high, but this isn’t really a negative since good quality LCDs are still very nice to look at.

Other features that carry over from the more expensive options include iOS 12 with the tweaks it brings, dual SIM (Nano-SIM + eSIM), and gigabit LTE.

Specifications:

  • SoC: A12 Bionic
  • Storage: 64/128/256 GB
  • Screen: 6.1-inch 1792 x 828 IPS LCD, 625cd/m2, true tone
  • Cameras: 12 MP f/1.8 (rear); 7 MP f/2.2 (front)
  • Colors: Black, white, blue, yellow, coral, and PRODUCT(RED)
  • IP67

The MSRP for the iPhone Xr is US$749, but you will need to wait longer to get hold of one with pre-orders starting on 19 October and availability from 26 October. A portion of the sale on PRODUCT(RED) models goes towards HIV/AIDS research.

iPhone Xr Black
iPhone Xr Black
iPhone Xr White
iPhone Xr White
iPhone Xr Blue
iPhone Xr Blue
iPhone Xr Yellow
iPhone Xr Yellow
iPhone Xr Coral
iPhone Xr Coral
iPhone Xr PRODUCT(RED)
iPhone Xr PRODUCT(RED)

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Craig Ward, 2018-09-13 (Update: 2018-09-13)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.