Apple iPhone XR 256GB  +2 variations

price₹ 91,900 onwards

launchOct, 2018

93.9

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58.8

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Design

  • Continues the gorgeous, premium design language of last year's iPhone X - the only change here from the XS models, is that the frame is 7000-series aluminium and not stainless steel - but the build quality is still absolutely top-notch
  • Ditching the home button and moving to a face-based login was a bold move from Apple last year - and its mostly ended up working (with just a bit of a learning curve for previous iPhone users), and thus allowed modern iPhones to go nearly all-screen - the new iPhones this year continue the trend
  • Comfortable body - the XR isn't iPhone XS size, or XS Max size - it's right in the middle, and that looks likes a sweet spot - it feels much more comfortable to hold than the wider XS Max, and easier to use with one hand
  • Water and dust resistance
  • The XR also comes in a wider array of fun color options - lighter blue, coral, red and bright yellow - all look cheerful and well done - and for many iPhones users, it might be a refreshing break from silver, black and gold, if they want something new (these colors options are not available on the iPhone XS/Max)
  • Face ID is now faster than before

Display

  • The LCD display is fantastic - large, vibrant, and bright - arguably the best LCD display on any phone - though it's a (small) step behind the OLED one on the XS models in terms of contrast (it's also lower resolution on paper, but you are unlikely to notice that in regular use)
  • Uses a durable, scratch-resistant glass (as per Apple's claims, the front display glass is as strong as the XS, while the rear glass is "better than the iPhone X, " but not as strong as what the XS)
  • Larger screen than the iPhone XS
  • No HDR support (which is there on the XS series) - which means very high-contrast videos won't look quite as good as on the XS - but this is of course nit picking - you will only really know the difference if you keep the phones side-by-side

Software

  • The new iOS 12 brings a number of new features like group notifications and most importantly makes deep performance improvements - Apple is known for regularly tuning its software to perform optimally with the hardware - overall, this as refined and polished a software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones of course is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • No 3D touch support, that's present on the XS series - though if you are like most iPhone users, you are unlikely to miss this little-used feature

Performance

  • The iPhone XR is a performance monster - there is no other way of putting it - it still blows the best Android phones away - and the new A12 Bionic processor sets a new standard for performance, and for chip design - with the same internals, you get the same top-end performance as the XS series
  • The most important gains from the crazy fast A12 Bionic are in AI, AR and graphics - AR apps for instance show better, smoother video and higher-resolution backgrounds (Apple says that's due to a greatly improved Neural Engine chip for machine learning and computer vision)

Camera

  • The rear and front cameras will blow you away, and are just a slight step behind the best camera smartphones - the iPhone XS/Max and the Pixel 3
  • The rear camera delivers great photos in both dark and high-contrast environments (Apple calls this "Smart HDR") thanks to a new sensor and the new image processor on the A12 Bionic chip - in practice, this means photos look better whether shot on a nighttime street, in a dark bar or in bright sunlight - focus is faster, too
  • There is also a new adjustable background depth feature in portrait mode, that allows you to tweak the bokeh level, giving you even more power over your photos
  • The iPhone XR' video recording quality might benefit even more from the phone's camera improvements than still photos - the added HDR (better auto contrast, as with the still photos) and extra stabilization will make even your more casual videos look more vibrant, even at 1080p and 30fps - and the microphones now record in stereo, too
  • The only (small) difference from the iPhone XS/Max cameras is that there is no second tele-photo lens on the rear - which means no optical zoom shots, and slightly less amazing bokeh shots - - Also the bokeh shots only work on people - but not on pets, for instance

Audio

  • As with the iPhone XS series, the iPhone XR pumps out some solid stereo sound in landscape mode - it sounds crisp and loud - movies and games sound great, almost like listening on an iPad Pro
  • Headphone jack dongles are now no longer included in the retail package - which means you will have to rely on Apple's included lightning port earphones (or purchase wireless earphones)

Battery

  • Good battery life - in fact the best battery life of this year's iPhones - it will last you the full day even with heavy use
  • Better wireless charging than before - Apple says the phone's wireless charging coil has improved so there'll be fewer misses when you place it on a charge pad
  • No fast charger included in the retail box - Apple only includes a 5-watt basic Lightning iPhone charger in-box - a fast charger will need to be purchased separately

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  • Finally, the iPhones this year also add dual SIM support - this is done with a physical nano-SIM + eSIM combination (eSIMs are currently supported in India only on Airtel and Jio)
  • All said and done, the iPhone XR most of iPhone XS/Max features and advantages, and does it at a much lower price - it's in fact, arguably, the best iPhone value in years - for most people this is going to the iPhone to get this year

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  1. For most people, this is the iPhone to consider this year as you're getting pretty much everything the more expensive phones offer at a much lower price
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  2. The best iPhone value in years
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  3. It's a great iPhone, period, and, for that matter, it's the iPhone most people should buy
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  4. XR could end up being more disruptive to competitions portfolios than any iPhone since the 6/6 Plus launch
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  5. If one thing is clear about the iPhone XR, it’s that Apple is going to sell tons of these
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  6. Finally, an iPhone with a decent battery
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Apple iPhone XR 256GB Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSApple iOS 12Expected update to next Apple iOS version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.1 inches
Screen Resolution828x1792 pixels (~ 324 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • LCD
  • Liquid Retina HD Display
  • True Tone Display
  • Wide Colour Display (P3)
  • Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating
  • Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously
  • 120Hz touch-sensing
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Face ID
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Face UnlockYes, IR Based
Processor/RAM
Processor2.49 GHz, Hexa Core, Apple A12 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2942 mAh
Battery Talktime25.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Internet Usage Time: upto 15 hrs
  • Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 16 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 65 hrs
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight194 gm
Thickness8.3 mm
Camera
Primary Camera12.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • F/1.8 Aperture
  • Digital Zoom up to 5x
  • Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • 6P lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire Crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • HDR
  • Live Photos
  • Local tone mapping
  • Red-eye Correction
  • Exposure control
  • Auto Image Stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Geo-tagging
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps
  • 30 fps
  • or 60 fps
  • Full HD Video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • HD Video recording at 30 fps
  • Slo-mo Video for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video
  • Continuous Autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Stereo recording
Secondary Camera7.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting
  • Animoji and Memoji
  • Full HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • HDR
  • Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p)
  • Live Photos
  • Retina Flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Auto image stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Exposure control
  • Timer mode
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortLightning
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
TV OutYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreApple App Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes, IP67 Rated
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers)
  • Siri
  • Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins, IP67 Rated
  • Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content
  • AirPlay Mirroring
  • Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video Mirroring and Video Out Support
  • Lightning Connector
  • AirDrop
  • AirPlay
  • AirPrint
  • Control Centre
  • Handoff
  • HomeKit
  • iCloud
  • iCloud Keychain
  • Multitasking
  • Night Shift
  • Notification Centre
  • Siri
  • Spotlight Search
  • iMovie
  • Pages
  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • iTunes U
  • GarageBand
  • Apple TV Remote
  • iTunes Remote
  • Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure

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