Apple iPhone XR review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

What is the iPhone XR?

Apple heralded in a change of design thinking with 2017's Apple iPhone X, and in 2018, it has taken that thinking wide, especially for the colourful and slightly less expensive Apple iPhone XR.


Apple iPhone XR at a glance
When did the Apple iPhone XR 2018 come out? Launched on 12 September, pre-orders from 19 October with availability from 26 October.
What’s new about the Apple iPhone XR 2018? Colourful designs, Apple A12 processor, 6.1-inch LCD display.
How much will the Apple iPhone XR 2018 cost? $1,229 (64GB), $1,299 (128GB), $1,479 (256GB).

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.

Camera

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

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.

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

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.

Apple iPhone XR

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.

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OS iOS 12
Display size (inches) 6.1
Display resolution (pixels) 1792 x 828
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Processor Apple A12
Height (mm) 150.9
Width (mm) 75.7
Depth (mm) 8.3
Weight (g) 194
Battery size (mAh) 2,942
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
128GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 3GB
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture 1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 7
Front camera (1) aperture 2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
NFC support Yes
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Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.1
1792 x 828
64GB
128GB
256GB
2,942
5.8
2436x1125
64GB
256GB
512GB
2,659
6.5
2688 x 1242
64GB
256GB
512GB
3,179
5.8
2436 x 1125
64GB
256GB
2,716
4.7
1334 x 750
64GB
256GB
1,821
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
256GB
2,675
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
256GB
1,960
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
256GB
2,900
4
1136 x 640
32GB
128GB
1,624
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
2,750
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
1,715
4.7
1334 x 750
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB
1,810

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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