Apple iPhone XR

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Apple iPhone XR features a capacitive 6.1 inches’ touchscreen display. This device runs on an operating system of iOS 12. The device comes with 12 MP rear camera. The front side also has 7 MP camera. It is accessed by a RAM of 3 GB. A non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery powers the device.

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Apple iPhone XR Specifications



Dimensions143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
ColorsBlack, Red, Yellow, Blue, Coral, White
Weight194 g
MaterialFront/back glass, stainless steel frame

IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)



Screen TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size6.1  inches
Screen Resolution828 x 1792 pixels
Screen To Body Ratio79.0%
Pixel Density326 ppi
Screen ProtectionScratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating


Operating SystemiOS 12, upgradable to iOS 12.1
ChipsetApple A12 Bionic
CPUHexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
GPUApple GPU (four-core graphics)


Internal Storage64/128/256 GB
Card SlotNo


Rear Camera12 MP
Rear Camera FeaturesQuad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama), panorama, HDR
Video Resolution2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
Front Camera7 MP
Front Camera FeaturesHDR


SIMNano-SIM, Electronic SIM card (eSIM)
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE
USB2.0, proprietary reversible connector
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi direct


SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Earphone JackNo
MessagingiMessage, SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
ApplicationsFast battery charging: 50% in 30 min, Qi wireless charging, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player, MP4/H.265 player, Audio/video/photo editor, Document editor


 BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh Battery

 Apple iPhone XR Review


The apple iPhone XR is another apple phone made in 2018 along with iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. It has an awesome display size of 6.1 inches. The iPhone XR is cheaper than the iPhone X which sells for more than a thousand dollars while iPhone XR is around $800.

Apple leaves the iPhone XR with an LCD display unlike the AMOLED display that was used on iPhone X. The camera setting is no dual camera setting but just a single camera at the rear and the same 7 MP camera for selfie as seen in recent iPhones.

The apple iPhone XR seems so heavy with its aluminum frame and a front and back glass design. The display is bigger at 6.1 inches having a resolution of 1792 x 828. The device has a rear camera of 12 MP which is not dual like seen on iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X. You are going to meet the same 7 megapixel selfie camera that has been on iPhone devices for long. We all are earnestly looking for to when apple will be making higher megapixel cameras rather than 12 megapixels and 7 megapixels.

Apple leave the iPhone XR with a 3 GB RAM and three internal memory versions which includes 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. You don’t need to be told that apple didn’t make the apple iPhone XR with a memory micro SD card slot.

The SIM type is dual SIM technology but it has to be a nano SIM and an e-SIM. The battery is awesome at 2942 mAh capacity which will last longer as the device supports fast charging. There is a Face ID technology for maximum security features.

You should also know that it does not have a home button, therefore there is no fingerprint sensor. The apple iPhone XR is the first of apple phones to come with an operating system of iOS 12 which is upgradable to iOS 12.1.


If you unbox the device, make sure that the pack is freshly covered with a seal indicating that it has never been opened before you are about to open it. Just like apple has always been, you are not going to find any other newer thing in the pack if not a white three-pinned charger. You will also see a lightning cable that is also white.

You will definitely find a pair of earpods that are white. A provision for lack of an earphone jack was made and it is an analog jack adapter which you will plug to the charging port and plug the earphone into the other end of the chord that has an earphone jack. You will also find manual books and a sim card remover pin.


The iPhone XR has a physical dimension of 150.9 millimeters long, 75.7 millimeters wide and 8.3 millimeter thick. The iPhone XR measures more than iPhone X in length, width and thickness. As it weighs 194 grams, it is a confirmed information that it is heavier than iPhone X.

The device lacks an audio jack but a wireless paired earPods are made available for that inconvenience. The device is a waterproof for itself. The audio system of the device has an active noise cancellation with dedicated mic. And guessing rightly, the water immunity made apple not to include and earphone jack to the device. But before you charge your iPhone XR or any other waterproof device, make sure it is very dry so as to avoid destruction of the phone by short-circuit.

With the earpiece at the top front-side of the phone, it’s screen seems to cover the entire front section of the phone but some space was left for the earpiece and front camera with its sensors. This is how the iPhone X was also designed. The front side also sees a 7 MP camera just like iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

The home key is no longer there because the entire front is almost covered with 6.1 inches’ LCD screen that has a screen-to-body ratio of 79%. And since there is no home key, there is no fingerprint sensor on the device, rather the security functions of the fingerprint sensor were replaced with a face ID.

The left side of the phone has the silencer key and two volume keys while the right side has the SIM slot for a Nano SIM and also a power/lock button. Apples iPhone XR comes with Qi wireless charging technology.

At the bottom of the phone are paired eight rounded openings with a USB port of 2.0 placed in between them. These eight openings are microphone and speaker respectively. At the back you will see a 12-megapixel camera with a quad-LED dual tone flash beside it.

This device has variant colors of Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, Coral and White colors. The color of the containing pack of a particular iPhone X determines the color of the iPhone inside the pack.

At the back, you will see a camera of 12 megapixel placed at the left side of the rear part of the phone. The camera has a Quad-LED dual-tone flash under it. At the center of the rear part of the phone, you will see the apple logo magnificently place on the glass cover. At the center bottom of the rear side of the phone, you will see “iPhone” written there and ‘designed by apple’ written in tiny letters and fonts.


The device has a 6.1 inches display. This 6.1 inches’ display is an IPS LCD display unlike the iPhone X that has an AMOLED display. This display has a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels making it to have 326 ppi pixel density. The display ration is 19.5:9, while in percentage, 79%.

This LED screen has true tone display technology. This technology when turned on adjusts the color based on ambient lighting. When these true tune adjustments are turned on, it will automatically correct white balance using the ambient light sensor.

The device has a brightness of 700 nits which comes with a wider color gamut. The brightness of the display is excellent with a contrast ratio of 1600:1. The color calibration is also awesome as it produces excellent colors that we see around the environment.

The phone has a technology that supports Dolby Vision and HDR-10. And this technology can emulate HDR effects in some apps like the default Videos app for content purchased from iTunes.

Performance and Memory

The operating system that runs this device is iOS 12. The iPhone XR is the first apple device to have that version iOS 12 operating system and it is upgradable to iOS 12.1. The iPhone XR is equipped with a new generation A12 Bionic chip making it the first iPhone to come with such chip.

It is also having a hexa-core CPU that has two high-performance cores (vortex) and four high-efficiency cores (tempest). This bionic A12 chip runs at a speed of 2.5 GHz. These 2.5 GHz bionic A12 chips are more powerful than the chips in A11 bionic. The GPU is a four-core that is 30% more powerful when compared with GPU of A11 bionic.

The A12 Bionic comes an octa-core Neural Engine, which is a neural processor. The neural processor helps in hardware acceleration for AI machine learning. The AI Machine learning allows the system to improve functioning in complex tasks over time without specific additional programming.

This device comes with a 3 GB RAM like the iPhone 7 plus, iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X that comes with 3 GB RAM. The device has three versions of internal memory including 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB internal memory. As sad as it has always been, iPhone devices do not come with a slot for an SD card thereby making files and data to be stored on the phone memory.


The Apple iPhone XR comes with a rear camera that is 12 megapixels. This camera has wide telephoto technology just as iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X. The camera comes with wider sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 at 26 millimeters. The wider camera has 1.4 µm pixel size, while the telephoto camera has 1.4 µm pixel size.

The rear cameras have new image processor as it is capable of shooting real time images. The camera comes with a new file format feature. All images taken with the iPhone 8 camera will be saved in the HEIF file format and videos in HEVC (H.265) video format. In case you don’t like the new format, you can choose your preferred format.

The selfie camera is 7MP camera in iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X. The front camera has a face detection technology w. HDR makes images darker when turned on. The selfie camera has an aperture of f/2.2 at 32 millimeters.

The front camera can record selfie videos at 1080p resolution. The device has panorama technology which helps the camera to take panoramic shots at 180 degrees. The selfie camera has a Face ID sensor that was used to replace the fingerprint sensor that would have been on the home screen.


The iPhone XR has a WLAN, a 5.0 version of Bluetooth, an A-GPS and also an NFC. It has no radio. The USB port is version 2.0 with proprietary reversible connector. The device does not come with a fingerprint sensor and also it does not come with a home key. But a Face ID sensor was made in place of the fingerprint sensor. It also has an accelerometer, a gyro, a proximity, a compass and a barometer.

Talking about the network technology, we have 2G bands (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) and (CDMA 800 / 1900), 3G bands (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100) and (CDMA2000 1xEV-DO) and 4G bands (LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 29(700), 30(2300), 32(1500), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100), 71(600)).

The connectivity speed for HSPA is 42.2 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 is 600 Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload while EV-DO Rev.A is 3.1 Mbps.

Software and Applications

It is pre-installed with imassaging capabilities, SMS messaging, MMS, Email and Push Email. The browser is safari HTML5. Apple preinstalled cool software like Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player, MP4/H.264 player, Audio/video/photo editor and a Document editor.

Siri is an Apple digital assistant that is used by 370 million people monthly. It has a female voice that sounds smarter. Siri is good at question-and-answer conversations and gives multiple results. It also suggests new topics that you may find interesting. Siri is also a translating app. If you speak to it in English, it will translate that to French, German, Italian or Chinese.

The iPhone XR has its Phone applications opened to third-party messengers such as Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp and these third-party applications can share the same in-call screen as phone calls. Apple has always offered Wi-Fi calling. This is possible if whom you want to call has a Wi-Fi calling enabled smartphone. Apps like Calendar, Notes, Weather, Calculator and Alarm are also there.

You will not fail to see the App store which is divided into two. The two divisions are Apps and Games. The iOS 12 comes with a new feature which includes a password manager that can ask you for password while you are using an app.

You will get a 5 GB storage space on iCloud which is not much enough for backing up anything. You should know that your media files like photos and videos taken with the camera of the iPhone is automatically backed up on iCloud. And 4k videos that that iPhones can record can cover the whole space on you iCloud.

It also comes with FaceTime which is available for iOS and Mac devices and allows you to make free calls (voice and video) to any other FaceTime-enabled device. It also supports capturing a Live Photo from those video calls.

Some other apps include iWorks suite, Numbers for viewing and editing excel file, and the Keynote app for viewing and editing presentations. You will also see Apps like Calendar, Weather, Calculator and Alarm, apple maps, file manager and clips. The clip of an app is used for editing videos

Battery and Price

A non-removable Li-Ion battery of 2942 mAh powers the device. Its talk time is up to 25 hours on 3G mode. Apple iPhone XR price is about $900.

Apple iPhone XR Key specs

  • OS – iOS 12
  • Display – 6.1 inches
  • Dimension – 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
  • Screen Resolution – 828 x 1792 pixels
  • SIM – Nano SIM and e-SIM
  • CPU – Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
  • Rear Camera – 12 MP
  • Front Camera – 7 MP
  • Internal Memory – 64/128/256 GB
  • RAM – 3 GB
  • Battery Capacity – 2942 mAh battery

 Apple iPhone XR Pictures

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