Apple announced an affordable iPhone Xr starting at $749

Apple announced the new iPhone Xr late at the ‘Gather Round” event at Apple Park campus in Cupertino. And it was all we expected it to be. Apple emphasized on the display quality, the top-notch build quality, and the colours of the phone in a relatively short description. So here’s is what the iPhone Xr is all about.

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Apple coined a new term for the 6.1-inch LCD display – Liquid Retina. The display is tall coming in at 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It has 326ppi pixel density same as the iPhone 8 and resolution is 828 x 1792p which is less than 1080p. There’s no 3D Touch on this but the display is slightly bigger than the iPhone Xs. Apple is instead offering new Haptic touch system, similar to the one on the MacBook Pro trackpad.

Also, there’s an IP67 rating with the iPhone Xr while the more expensive iPhone Xs has IP68 grade waterproof. The chip inside the iPhone Xr is the A12 Bionic, the same as the other two models which is great to see.

The camera is where the iPhone Xr seems to make a compromise. It features a single 12MP wide-angle lens, however, it still offers a Bokeh mode by combining hardware and software. The front sensor is a 7-megapixel lens that will not only work for Animojis, Memojis, but also Face ID. All three handsets run iOS 12 out-of-the-box.

As for battery life, again there’s no size but Apple says it will offer an hour and a half of more juice than the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone XR starts at $749 for the 64GB base variant. Pre-orders will begin on October 19th for the iPhone Xr and shipping will start on October 26th. There will be a choice of six colours – white, black, blue, yellow, coral and Red.

Apple iPhone XR specifications

  • 6.1-inch (1792 x 828 pixels) LCD 326ppi Liquid Retina display, 3D Touch
  • Six-core A12 Bionic 64-bit 7nm processor with four-core GPU, M12 motion co-processor
  • 64GB, 128GB,256GB storage options
  • iOS 12
  • Water and dust resistant (IP67)
  • Dual SIM (secondary eSIM from select carriers or physical SIM in China)
  • 12MP wide-angle (f/1.8) camera,optical image stabilization, True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240 fps
  • 7MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash
  • TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition, Stereo speakers
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with reader mode, GPS with GLONASS
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery with Qi wireless charging, fast charging, up to 15 hours of internet use
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  1. Shad8x
    September 12, 2018

    “Affordable”, hilarious.

  2. Allan Mwenda
    September 12, 2018

    Since when is $750 “Affordable”. Meizu 16th is affordable. This is highway robbery

  3. Cinegain
    September 12, 2018

    Hahah, their entry level is like on a P20 Pro level price.

  4. Freeje238
    September 12, 2018

    Baaa! Baaa! Come on grab it while it’s hot!

  5. Wandering Droid
    September 13, 2018

    wow!!! a dual sim. what innovation!

  6. grancu
    September 13, 2018

    Affordable? lower resolutions, large bezels … and built as a cash cow with components and parts from the other phones. Not sure the title is right mate.

  7. Johhny John
    September 13, 2018

    What a joke, affordable my ass.