iPhone XR Review – Affordable yet classy


Apple in its launch event launched 3 new iPhones, out of which iPhone Xr caught the most attention. iPhone XR is Apple’s attempt to give the customers the iPhone X experience but at a considerably lower price. It is the closest you can get to the iPhone X, with the bezel-less screen and Face-ID. In order to accomplish their target of creating a device at such a low price point, Apple made certain sacrifices in the specs:

Display and Body

One thing that sets the iPhone XR and the other two devices apart are their displays. iPhone XR has a cheaper, liquid retina LCD display, compared to OLED screens in the other two. The dimensions stand at 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm sq, with a 79% screen to body ratio. It has a 326 ppi density, which is obviously lower than that of its siblings. The phone weighs a little over 190 grams. Other display features include

  • True-tone display
  • Wide color gamut display
  • 120 Hz touch-sensing
  • Scratchless glass screen

In order to cut the production price, the body is made of aluminum, instead of the pricier stainless steel.


One thing that remains common in all the new iPhones is the processor. iPhone XR too uses the A12 bionic chip, which is the fastest processor in any iPhone. It makes the phone more efficient and quicker. The multitasking will also seem to have eased up. The CPU is the similar as well, with the device running a hexacore CPU. Like other iPhones, the GPU graphics are quad-core as well.

The similarity in processors in the three new iPhones indicate that the real difference would only be in size, not performance.


The main difference between iPhone XR and the other two is the camera. While the iPhone Xs and Xs Max both have a dual-lens camera, iPhone XR only has a single lens. This means that the picture would lack the wide angle and the wide color gamut. However, the phone will still click photos with TrueDepth feel.

Coming to the camera specs, the back camera is a 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, 1/2.55″ single lens camera. Videos can still be shot at 2160p at20/40/60 fps and at 1080p at 30/60/120/240  fps. The camera can click HD photos with the HDR. The front camera, on the other hand, is the same in all three models. It is a 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm camera which can shoot 1080p videos at 60 fps.

Special features and misc

The phone has all the sensors its siblings have: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and the barometer. It supports wireless charging and can charge up to to 50% in 30 mins.

One factor that will make this phone a success is the wide range of colors it is available in. The phone will be available in Coral, White, Black, Red, Yellow, and Blue. All variants will be available in 64/128/256 memory options with a 3GB ram.

My buying suggestion

It is truly the most vibrant and vivid looking iPhone one can get. The difference of nearly $250 between this and the other phones makes this a steal for what it offers. Those who want to buy a newer, more modern iPhone with Face ID can go for this!


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An engineering graduate, Harry turned to writing after a couple of years of experience in core technology field. At The iBulletin, Harry covers latest updates related to trending apps & games on the app store.


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