Apple iPhone XR review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR
  • Display

    6.1 inches

    1792 x 828


  • 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.

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Specifications

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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