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Latest Apple iPhone XR Review




Apple iPhone XR smartphone was launched in September 2018. The phone comes with a 6.10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 828x1792 pixels at a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

Apple iPhone XR is powered by a hexa-core Apple A12 Bionic processor. It comes with 3GB of RAM.

The Apple iPhone XR runs iOS 12 and is powered by a 2942mAh non-removable battery. The Apple iPhone XR supports wireless charging, as well as proprietary fast charging.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Apple iPhone XR on the rear packs a 12-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It supports a 7-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.2 aperture.

Apple iPhone XR based on iOS 12 and packs 64GB of inbuilt storage. The Apple iPhone XR is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and eSIM cards.

Connectivity options on the Apple iPhone XR include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth v5.00, NFC, Lightning, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India) with active 4G on both SIM cards. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass/ magnetometer. The Apple iPhone XR supports face unlock with 3D face recognition.

The Apple iPhone XR measures 150.90 x 75.70 x 8.30mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 194.00 grams. It was launched in Black, Blue, Coral, Red, White, and Yellow colours. It features an IP67 rating for dust and water protection.

As of 24th March 2020, Apple iPhone XR price in India starts at Rs. 47,749.


DESIGN AND DISPLAY


The design of the iPhone XR is both familiar and novel and for those used to the home button, its loss is going to be quite a jolt. It comes with a benefit though: the iPhone XR is all-screen on the front (bar the notch at the top) and gives you a more striking feel in the hand overall.


CAMERA


If you’re any kind of seasoned iPhone user, you probably won’t be that impressed by the iPhone XR’s camera. That’s not to say it’s not decent – it’s powerful at times, and often just takes a good snap without much work – but it doesn't really improve the iPhone’s camera story that much.




PERFORMANCE, SOFTWARE AND BATTERY LIFE


The iPhone XR is powered by the same Apple A12 Bionic chip inside the iPhone XS duo, so it's no surprise that its performance is pretty similar. It handled everything that we threw at it with aplomb, something we've come to expect from a new iPhone, and indeed other smartphones in this price bracket.

PUBG Mobile defaults to the ‘High' frame rate and ‘HD' graphics settings, but we bumped them to ‘Ultra' and ‘HDR' respectively, and playing the game was still a pretty smooth experience. Extended sessions of games such as Asphalt 9: Legends were not a problem either, and we didn't run into any heating issues.

Benchmarks show that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both have 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone XR has to make do with 3GB of RAM, the same as the iPhone X. While this didn't really prove to be a problem in our experience, it's something to bear in mind if you like your devices to be “future proof”, as would be the case with the more expensive iPhone XS duo.


Verdict


While we are not fans of its display, it does its job without being particularly great. In other areas such as performance and camera quality, the iPhone XR more than holds its own, and is a match for the more expensive iPhone models as well as other flagship phones.

That brings us to its price. We've made it abundantly clear that we are not fans of the upward trend that we've seen across the entire range of Apple products. As we noted in our iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review, even with the promise of regular software updates and better resale value, it's getting increasingly difficult to justify the price tags that Apple's phones command.

With a starting price of Rs. 76,900, the iPhone XR isn't exactly a bargain, but it's better value for money than the iPhone XS, and certainly the iPhone XS Max. Heck, even the speaker grille at the bottom is symmetrical, so it shows no one was napping at the wheels while designing this one.

Though Apple has discontinued the iPhone X in some markets, it's still very much around in India and available at pretty much the same starting price as the iPhone XR. As much as love the display on the iPhone X, the camera improvements that Smart HDR brings tilt the balance in favour of the newer iPhone, which also brings other niceties like dual-SIM support and a faster processor. The iPhone X is only for those who truly value the deeper blacks on the AMOLED display or are put off by the size of the iPhone XR, and cannot afford the iPhone XS.

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