iPhone XR: Features, Cost And What Else Is New


Apple has an apparent habit of revising its expensive models into cheaper, more approachable ones for a larger audience. It first started with the release of iPhone 5c which was basically iPhone 5 but in a more colorful and plasticky body, then came the iPhone SE that had the features of iPhone 6s but a smaller body of iPhone 5.

With its latest release of a $1000 phone – namely, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max – Apple decided to do the same and rolled out iPhone XR.

It is different from iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max in many ways, but none of those are significant enough to lessen its credibility as one of the best smartphones out there.

The Body

iPhone XR has a body made of ‘aerospace-grade aluminum bands’ that is slightly different in appearance from its steel-bodied and expensive cousins, but still looks decent enough.

Other than that, it’s a tad thicker than iPhones Xs and Xs Max, but the overall it has a beautiful finish, just like you would expect from an iPhone.

At 6.1 inches, it stands at a perfect size between the standard iPhone Xs and the larger iPhone Xs Max. By far it is the most comfortable one to hold among all of the newest versions, with similar features and a size that is neither too big nor too small.

The glass back on the iPhone XR makes wireless charging possible and it is available in 6 beautiful colors.

The Camera

The camera on iPhone XR comes with a single lense setup.The portrait feature that made iPhone X and iPhone Xs so special are also available in XR, but there’s a catch, the feature only works with human faces, anything other than a human face in the main focus will not give the same results.

The lense is f/18, wide-angled, 2x faster sensor that provides smart HDR for photos, portrait mode along with depth control, 4k videos and all this coupled with the same 12 megapixel back camera that comes with the Xs.

A12 Bionic Chip and The Battery

Apple has introduced it’s latest and arguably the fastest processing chip called the A-12 Bionic. which according to Apple is the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone.

As per Apple: “The chip is coupled with the next-generation Neural Engine, which delivers incredible performance. It uses real-time machine learning to transform the way one experiences photos, gaming, and augmented reality.”

When it comes to battery time, surprisingly, iPhone XR holds a larger battery than any of the previous iPhones. Though it is not clear that how much longer the battery lasts when compared to the Xs but user reviews have indicated that it lasts a long time between charges.

The Screen

The iPhone XR’s screen is good, and I mean seriously good. With a unique 6.1-inch screen size, its resolution is slightly lower than the Xs models. This might make it look weak on paper but in real time usage you won’t know the difference.

The screen on the iPhone XR is LCD which Apple has dubbed “Liquid Retina Display.” This lower resolution LCD screen is one of the reasons Apple is able to offer the iPhone XR at a cheaper price.

The screen bezels are slightly more pronounced than iPhone Xs, which virtually has none, but this does not distract you while you, per say, watching videos or playing games on this ample 6.1 inch screen.


Saving money is cool and if you are looking for a new iPhone and doesn’t want it to cost you an arm and a leg, then iPhone XR is your best bet and will give you the most bang for your buck. In the UAE, it starts form AED 3,179 for the 64GB model, with 128GB and 256GB available for AED 3,389 and AED 3,809 respectively.

Also, check out Souq.com for the latest offers and options to pay your phone in installments if you have a credit card with one of the participating banks.


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