The new iPhone XR

During its September event, Apple announced the release of three phones – the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR is the newest and most colourful sibling in the latest iPhone family. By shaving a few features off the more powerful XS and XS Max, Apple has been able to offer this new generation phone at a cheaper price.

The iPhone XR is a brightly coloured, and much more playful device compared to its more serious and business-like siblings. Its specs also mean that while it isn’t as powerful as the other two phones, it may be exactly what most people need in a phone.

What’s special about the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is a throwback to the old iPhone 5C model, which was the original iPhone to offer multiple bright and unusual colours. The new phone comes in 6 colours: Black, White, (product) Red, Yellow, Blue and Coral. However, compared to the plastic body of the old C model, the new iPhone XR gives users a much more premium feel as it comes with an aluminium body.

As well as the aluminium body, it also has an all-glass back, so you can charge it wirelessly with any Qi-compatible charger, bringing it in line with all iPhones since the 8 model, although it has the lightning port on the bottom for conventional charging.

iPhone XR display

The iPhone XR measures in at 150.9 x 75.7mm, bigger than the original X and newer XS models, although still smaller than the XS Max. The extra space gives you 0.3 inches of additional screen, putting it in between the iPhone XS and XS Max in terms of display size. In all but the largest of hands, the size of the XR fits comfortably, with none of the complaints often seen by the XL models on offer from Apple.

The display itself is Apple’s patented Liquid Retina display (that means an LCD display for people who aren’t interested in Apple-speak). This is a step down from the Super Retina OLED display that you find on the new XS models but that won’t make a difference if you are used to the display on the iPhone 6, 7, or 8. The display also utilises True Tone technology which uses the sensors inside the device to change the colour of the screen according to the ambient light in the room.

The LCD display gives you the best-in-class colour accuracy, with 1792 x 828 pixel resolution at 326 ppi. This is multitudes higher than the 40-inch 4K television that sits in your living room, which generally comes in at 110 ppi.

iPhone XR performance

The XR runs on the same A12 Bionic processor as the new XS devices, so while the XR has compromised in a few places, performance is not one of them. There is plenty of power on this device to play the most powerful and demanding games, experience augmented reality, as well as processing photos and videos with ease. Compared to the iPhone X from 2017, this gives you 50% more in graphics performance, as well as a 15% boost in CPU performance at its peak.

The iPhone XR has 3GB RAM. This is 1GB less than the XS, however this extra ram is needed for the iPhone XS dual camera, so the vast majority of users won’t be missing out.

Apple claims that the iPhone XR battery will last up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8+. This will give all but the largest power-users peace of mind that their battery will last from morning to midnight.

The XR comes with a capacity of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB so you will have plenty of space for all your files and photos.

How does the iPhone XR camera compare?

The iPhone XR has two cameras, one on the back and one front facing camera on the notched screen. The back camera gives you a 12MP wide-angle, with a f/1.8 aperture. The phone also gives users portrait mode with advanced bokeh (background blurring) and depth control, as well as optical image stabilisation and live photos.

Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t have optical zoom, only offering the digital option. This will disappoint hardcore photographers, but it is more than enough for most people who are just taking a few snaps here and there.

For people heavily into video, the iPhone XR offers fantastic performance. The camera can record in 4k at 24 fps, 30 fps, and 60 fps, as well as 1080p HD in 30 fps or 60 fps, and 720p HD video recording at 30 fps. The phone gives you real cinematic video and recording in a small package.

In terms of the front facing camera, it offers 7-megapixel TrueDepth and includes FaceID, so you can unlock and pay for items while using your face as your password.

The iPhone XR specifications

Processor: A12 Bionic

Screen: 6.1-inch LCD (1,792 x 828 Pixels)

Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Face ID: Yes

Rear Camera: Single 12MP (ƒ/1.8)

Front Camera: 7MP, ƒ/2.2

Battery Life (claimed): Up to 16 hours of video playback

Metal frame: Aluminium

Colours: Black, White, (Product)Red, Yellow, Blue, and Coral

Weight: 6.8 ounces

Size: 5.9 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches

How Hoppy can help

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