After announcing the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max at the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple also announced a third iPhone that will be the successor to the iPhone 8 from last year. It’s not called iPhone 9, but iPhone XR for some reasons.
The new iPhone XR is essentially an iPhone Xs with different screen and shredded features on offer. While the notch and edge-to-edge display are here to stay, Apple has opted for a 6.1-inch LCD display with a 1792 x 828 resolution at 326 pixels per inch. Of course, there’s a better name to it — Liquid Retina Display. The notch at the top inherits all the camera and sensors from iPhone Xs, meaning you can have all the front-facing features of the premium flagship on this affordable unit.
Inside the iPhone XR remains the 7 nanometer A12 Bionic; the same chipset that’s powering the high-end iPhone. While all these may seem overwhelming, the iPhone XR camera on the rear-end is a single-lens deal, unlike the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. However, Apple says it has tweaked the hardware and software to create bokeh similar to the higher models. It follows along a single 12-megapixel lens with OIS, Smart HDR, and Portrait Mode with Depth Control.
The iPhone XR is also Dual SIM compatible, just like the premium models, and features stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.0, and wireless charging. The handset comes in a wide range of colors, including Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). It will be offered in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage choices, starting at $749 with pre-orders beginning October 19, followed by shipping October 26.