Apple iPhone XR review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR
  • Display

    6.1 inches

    828 x 1792


  • Storage

    64GB, 128GB, 256GB

  • Battery size

    2,942 mAh

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Apple's iPhone XR is probably the iPhone you should buy this year, but it's a phone full of unusual design decisions, not all of which have a positive overall impact.

The good

  • Good battery life
  • A12 Bionic processor is still great
  • Wide choice of colours

The bad

  • Apple's still pricing it at a premium, even if it is "less expensive"
  • Single lens camera limits camera functions.
  • Slower onboard modem
  • No 3D Touch capability.

The iPhone XR positions itself as Apple's fun, colourful and more affordable iPhone, while still retaining plenty of premium features.

The iPhone XR impresses with solid CPU performance and the best battery life of any iPhone we've tested so far. It's Apple's "lower cost" iPhone this year, but it's pretty far from being "affordable", with some notable limitations that you don't hit with the iPhone XS to take into consideration.

Design

  • Wide and pleasing range of colours.
  • Aluminium frame.
  • LCD display, but larger than the iPhone XS.
  • No headphone jack.
  • Only one offical Apple case for protection.
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Camera

  • Single, not dual lens.
  • Portrait mode, but limited effects.
  • Post shot focus adjustment works well.
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Performance

  • A12 Bionic still impresses, even with less RAM.
  • Lower water resistance than other 2018 iPhones.
  • Slower category speeds than premium iPhones.
  • 3D Touch is missing.
  • eSIM for dual SIM support – sort of.

Battery life

  • Impressive battery life compared to other iPhones.
  • Apple still has to catch up to competitors for battery endurance.
  • Wireless charging.
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Verdict

  • An obvious choice for the Apple faithful.
  • But Apple's redefining where it sees "entry level" pricing.
  • Compromises may make the iPhone XS your better match.

Pricing and availability

  • Available outright from Apple with pricing at $1,229 (64GB), $1,299 (128GB), $1,479 (256GB).
  • Also expected availability through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone on contract.

The official announcement of the Apple iPhone XR took place in the US on 12 September 2018 at 10am, which equated out to early on 13 September here in Australia AEST. Pre-orders went live on 19 October 2018, with retail availability from 26 October 2018.

The iPhone XR is also available on contract terms from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

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Apple's more affordable flagship

The iPhone XR provides Apple's latest processor and operating system in a package that's more affordably priced than the iPhone XS Max.

  • Good battery life
  • A12 Bionic processor is still great
  • Wide choice of colours
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Specifications

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.1 inches
Resolution 828 x 1792
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size 1.8
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 7MP
Front camera aperture size 2.2
Dimensions 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
Weight 194g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
Processor Apple A12
RAM 3GB
Operating system iOS 12
Internal storage

64GB

128GB

256GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 2,942mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance IP67
Wireless charging Qi
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