October 20, 2018

Apple revealed 3 iPhones in 2017, and it seems like we can continue to expect a set of 3 for the foreseeable future. Last year, the most high-priced iPhone was in focus and this year, it will be the cheapest - the iPhone XR. The American multinational technology company had some discernment that the most colorful and affordable iPhone would be big since it was given the main event spot in Apple media event.

It shares similar qualities as the new iPhone XS and XS Max, however, there are reasons why it’s $250 cheaper than the iPhone XS. It is believed that shipments of the "entry-level" new iPhone are anticipated to hit 20 million units in the month of Oct. The momentum is set to remain in 2019, as per the data by December order revision.

Early advantages of iPhone XR over the XS

The $749 iPhone XR is effectively the "entry-level" new iPhone, although it actually transcends its step-up model in many important ways.

More colors: Apple manages to propose more color options for its affordable devices, and the trend has continued with the iPhone XR. It’s one of the most remarkable features of the phone, as it comes in white, coral, product (Red), blue, black, and a mesmerizing yellow. In comparison, the XS Max and XS are available in only three colors that look more classy than gaudy.

Bigger screen: The 6.1-inch LCD display screen puts the XR squarely between the 5.8-inch iPhone XS and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. It’s not cumbersome at all and very comfortable to hold.

Battery life: Looking at Apple's estimated battery life charts, the XR can last up to 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus. To see more precise measurements, we’ll have to use the phone for a few days and see if Apple’s claim is accurate.

The price: iPhone XR is something that will interest a lot of buyers: at $749 for the 64GB model, $799 for 128GB and $899 for the 256GB it’s incomparably reasonable than the iPhone XS, which is grabbing all the headlines from Apple’s launch event.

Notable compromises on the XR

If any of these are deal-breakers, you'll choose the XS or XS Max.

No 3D Touch: Many of us have never used 3D Touch in the first place on the iPhone. However, there is a haptic touch that will allow few basic force-press actions on-screen, a little like the MacBook trackpads or Apple Watch. This is more than enough, but few might want the push-in functions on notifications and apps.

Low-res screen: The iPhone XR has a significantly lower screen resolution and density than iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The 6.1-inch display has a 1792x828 pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi). For comparison, the iPhone XS resolution is 2436x1125 pixel resolution at 458 ppi, and the iPhone XS Max is 2688 x1242 pixel resolution at 458 ppi.

Software portrait mode: The portrait Mode is enabled with the dual rear cameras, those amazing shots that focus the forefront and blur the background, DSLR-style. According to Apple, the XR will enable a software-based Portrait Mode with a single camera, however, it may just be suited for portrait shots of people which could limit its appeal and will lack a few Portrait Mode effects such as Stage Light Mono and Stage Light.

No telephoto camera and gigabit LTE: iPhone XR comes with a single 12MP camera on the back of the phone, exactly like the iPhone 8. Therefore, you get less digital zoom and no 2x optical zoom. Although, this 6.1-inch phone has "Advanced LTE," similar to 2017's iPhone X. However, the speed gains that is on the XS will be missed.

An aluminum body and 1 meter of water resistance: iPhone XR comes with an aluminum body rather than of steel. However, we get more color options and a glass sandwich design, so it actually looks like a win. The XS has 2 meters water resistance whereas XR has the same water resistance as iPhone X. Honestly, it doesn't even matter unless you're sinking into a deep pool.

Bottom line:

The XR is well worth waiting for and it seems like it will be the default iPhone for a lot of people this season. Unless you can't live without 2X optical zoom in the XS cameras, or you're totally sold on the mega-size screen of the XS Max, you should hold off on the decision until then. Pre-orders on the iPhone XR starts October 19th, with the phone going on sale October 26th.

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