Apple iPhone XR review
All-new Liquid Retina Display
This Apple iPhone XR review takes a look at the more affordable model in the new generation of iPhones. The smartphone gets an all-new Liquid Retina display, a breakthrough camera and the smartest processor ever used in an iPhone.
The most advanced LCD display used on a smartphone.
The Apple iPhone XR has a Liquid Retina display which is the most advanced LCD in the smartphone industry. The 6.1” screen has a resolution of 1792 x 828 and 326 pixels per inch. The advanced backlight technology allows the screen to stretch into the corners for an all-screen look. You will see true-to-life colours and a wider colour gamut.
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The iPhone XR has been created using premium materials and these include the most durable front glass ever used on a smartphone. The 6 different colour options have been made using a 7-layer colour process making them richer and deeper than ever before. The precision-machined aluminium bands fit seamlessly with the glass panels. The Apple iPhone XR is available in black, blue, white, red, yellow and coral. The phone weighs in at just 194 grams and measures a slim 8.3mm thick.
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The Apple iPhone XR has the latest A12 Bionic processor, this is the most powerful and advanced chip used in an iPhone. The processor uses real-time machine learning and the next-generation Neural Engine for impressive performance. This latest chip outperforms the predecessor with:
- 50% faster graphics processing
- 50% less power usage
- 15% faster performance cores
Phone Set Up
Three memory options
The Apple iPhone XR is available in three different memory variants. You can opt for the 64GB, 128GB or 256GB options depending on your requirements.
Face ID has been featured on previous iPhone models. This feature uses 30,000 focal points on your face to create a map of your features. The latest A12 Bionic chip has made this feature perform even faster for an almost-instant phone unlock. The machine learning technology can recognise you even if you have made changes to your appearance, such as putting on glasses or a hat.
The latest iOS 12 is on board giving you a comprehensive set of apps from the start. These are just some of the apps you will find on the Apple iPhone XR:
The new A12 Bionic chip makes this phone exceptional to use. Apps launch quickly and whatever task you are doing, the Apple iPhone XR can handle it.
Camera & Video
Advanced camera features
The 12MP rear camera has a f/1.8 aperture and uses advanced algorithms and the Neural Engine to create detailed images and videos. Some of the camera features include:
- Smart HDR - adds more shadow and highlight details
- Bokeh and Depth control - blur backgrounds or change depth of field
- Low-light detail - deeper, larger pixels improve image fidelity
- 4K video
The 7MP TrueDepth front camera is a wide-angle lens with Portrait mode for selfies and new Animoji and Memoji features. The Retina Flash illuminates your shot and you can choose from different Portrait Lighting modes such as:
- Stage Mono
The highly efficient processor and advanced machine learning make the phone adapt power usage to your personal style of using the phone. The Apple iPhone XR battery offers up to:
- 25 hours talk time
- 15 hours internet use
- 16 hours video playback
The battery includes fast-charge so you can get up to 50% recharge in just 30 minutes. The Apple iPhone XR also supports wireless charging with a Qi charger, not included.
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Written by: Michael Brown