iPhone Xr is the budget-friendly version iPhone 2018
If the recently announced iPhone Xs and Xs Max are out of your budget – let’s face it, it probably is – then Apple got you covered with the iPhone XR, the budget-friendly option of the iPhone trio announced today morning.
It is the last of its kind – it still uses an LCD screen. But it is a tall screen (19.5:9) so you get slightly more surface area than an iPhone 8 Plus, even when you account for the notch.
Apple has a new name for this display – Liquid Retina. Name aside, the pixel density is the same as the iPhone 8 Retina display (326ppi), resolution is 822 x 1,1792px (so below 1080p). This LCD panel did gain the 120Hz touch sensing (not to be confused with a 120Hz refresh rate) and wider color gamut of its AMOLED-based siblings.
There’s another holdout from previous generations – the single-camera – making this more of a successor to the iPhone 8. If you were hoping for a more compact model (say, an SE sequel), you’re out of luck. In fact, here’s how it compares size-wise with the 8 Plus.
The camera onboard is essentially the main module of the XS camera. It has the larger 1.4µm pixels and all the advanced shooting techniques (Smart HDR, adjustable bokeh) that the Apple A12 Bionic chipset enables. Yup, this one uses the same chipset as the iPhones that cost $250 more.
Touch ID fingerprint reader is still absent, and probably will be missing from all future iPhones from now on, in favour of the Face ID scanner, so its 2018 offerings are consistent on that count. In fact, all three iPhones use the same new True Depth camera for Face ID.
The XR comes with either 64, 128 or 256GB versions. 128GB have been missing from Apple line-up of phones, looks like it is coming back this year.
The XR will have much more youth-inspired bold colourways than the Xs duo however. Apple is offering Blue, Yellow, Coral, Black and Product Red on launch.
The 64GB version of the iPhone XR be available for $750/€849/£749, which is around RM3,200. You’ll be able to pre-order it on October 19 and units will ship out on October 26 in the first-wave countries to receive it. No words on Malaysian release date, but we will keep you posted.