Meet the 2019 iPhone XR, Apple's dual-camera budget flagship


Although the iPhone XS and XS Max represent the best of Apple, the best-selling model at the moment is actually the iPhone XR. This phone, like its premium siblings, will be receiving a substantial upgrade later this year. And today, with four months to go, Steve Hemmerstoffer has partnered up with Pricebaba to showcase what the 2019 iPhone XR might look like. 

The 2019 iPhone XR gains an extra camera on the rear


Like the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max that leaked a few weeks ago, the 2019 iPhone XR (iPhone XR 2? iPhone XT?) looks set to adopt a large square-shaped camera module over on the rear. This marks a pretty big change in direction for the line – last year’s iPhone XR includes just one small camera in the top-left corner – but it does better align the smartphone’s look with those of Apple’s upcoming premium offerings.

Occupying the extra space, as previous rumored, is an extra camera. According to reports, Apple’s 2019 budget flagship will borrow its sensors from the more expensive models. This means the primary camera should boasts a 12-megapixel resolution once again, while the second camera is rumored to introduce a 2x telephoto zoom lens into the mix.


Completing the entire camera setup should be a quad-LED flash towards the right side of the sensors and a small microphone. Unfortunately, the super-wide-angle camera expected on the iPhone XI series isn’t present. On some final notes, it’s worth pointing out that the thickness of the 2019 iPhone XR’s camera bump is claimed to be minimal. Additionally, on all versions the glass inside the camera area will apparently match the color of the rear. 

Zero changes have been made to the front or sides


Turning the phone over and taking a look at the front, there’s no need to be alarmed if you can’t notice any differences. That’s because the 2019 iPhone XR reportedly adopts the same 6.1-inch LCD display found on the current-gen model. From the look of these renders, no efforts have been made to slim down the bezels. Moreover, the notch on this particular iPhone design hasn’t been modified either.

Once again, the notch is expected to house Apple’s Face ID sensors, an in-ear speaker, and the usual selfie camera. This time around, though, the latter is rumored to be receiving an upgrade to a 12-megapixel sensor, as is expected on the iPhone XI and XI Max. Also, a special black coating on top of the notch is apparently included in an attempt to create a sleeker look.

Moving away from the front and over to the sides, the 2019 iPhone XR maintains the aluminum frame found on last year's model. Presumably, this choice is a combination of cost-cutting measures on Apple's part and the need to differentiate the model from premium offerings – the iPhone XI lineup features a stainless steel frame. Another noticeable difference versus the premium alternatives is the mute switch, which in this case hasn't been redesigned and looks just like the one found on Apple's current models.

Rounding out Apple's 2019 iPhone XR design is a Lightning connector along the bottom rather than a USB-C port, an elongated power button which doubles as a Siri button on the right, and the volume keys on the left.

2019 iPhone XR release date and availability


The 2019 iPhone XR, like most other iPhones that precede it, should made its official debut at Apple's annual hardware event in early September. Sales of the smartphone are expected to kick off during the third week of the month and the device will most likely be available to purchase at all major carriers.

Aside from the features mentioned above, the upcoming model is expected to ship with Apple's A13 chip on the inside along with a larger battery and fast charger. The iPhone is also expected to arrive with iOS 13 on board, the upcoming version of Apple's mobile operating system which leaked just a few days ago.

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76 Comments

1. LawnBoy

Posts: 189; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Omg......Apple, wtf

14. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 127; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

They didn't even other to upgrade the display to 1080p or oled. They made one noticeable upgrade but when it comes out isheeps will still be screaming innovation.

18. User123456789

Posts: 918; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They wont upgrage the huge Max to 1440p. Why would they use 1080 on 11r? It will sell much more than other too again.

24. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

As far as i know only tech geeks had a problem with Xr resolution. In real life, people still pick Xr, i saw that in youtube.

48. Vancetastic

Posts: 1320; Member since: May 17, 2017

Ok, midan.

51. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Because it's cheaper than he other 2. DUH!!!!! Exactly why Samsung sells more cheap phoens than flagships. If Apple had more cheaper models it would be the same. But with Apple, buying cheaper means buying older. With Android you can get a brand new cheaper device that is better than a cheaper flagship. One thing about being on top, is the higher you are; the further it is to fall and the more its gonna hurt when you hit the bottom.

55. User123456789

Posts: 918; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

My phone has 1080p 16:9. On youtube it is easy to see difference when video is played 720 and 1080p.

64. RajRicardo

Posts: 495; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Its because the display on the XR is compared to the display on a cheap Xiaomi phone. You need real results, compare with a Sony with 1080p LCD or Huawei with Samsung 1080p OLED. Let's see which phone people pick.

35. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 696; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Considering the fact that the XR has sold more than the XS & XS Max combined, clearly most people aren't worried about the resolution.

37. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Most people can only afford XR.

52. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

But that shouldn't be the point. if other phones are offering better for the same price, why can't Apple. You are essentially paying for what isn't there. Are you actually ok with that? Here let me test my theory. You go to a eatery and order a hot dog with everything. This eatery charges a bit more when you get it with everything vs plain. But after you order they bring you a plain one and trying to charge you the same price, for what you actually ordered. Are you OK with that? Because what you said it isn't the point. They sold more because they are cheaper. That doesn't mean they shouldn't get their monies worth. Getting their monies worth would mean, based on other phones that cost the same, you should have a QHD+ display and it should be OLED, you should have 128GB minimum of storage, you should have a 3500MaH battery or even larger,you should have a headphone jack, you should have IP68, you should have USB Type C , you should have a fast charger and you should have premium headphones in the box. Why? because you can buy a phone exactly like that for the same price. If they can do it, why are you will to except less from Apple at the same price point? It probably cost Samsung $350 to make the S10e. Apple wants to make a "similar' phone, but have it cost even less to make so they make morr profit. How? By basically shoving a iPhone 8 into a new shell and charging you $750 for it.

65. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

How about OS? Ecosystem? Post sales services? Apps optimization? Updates? Reliability after 5 years? I don’t think any old android flagship device comes close with iphone 6. Its stills smooth as new.

57. User123456789

Posts: 918; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They were worried with their wallets. That is why Xr sells more.

69. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

This may have more to do with how much money people have to spend on a phone as opposed to which is better or preferrable. The point about the screen is valid though. Most people don't care that much so long as they can read it.

50. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

What makes the fans so stupid is, they consider this an upgarde to the iPhone 7/8 plus models, when its a downgrade. why do you have to drop down to a HD+ display from 1080P? If Samsung can sell a phone with a QHD+ display for $750, why can't Apple. In fact, 1080P phones are below $300. But their only argument is Apple is making so much money. Yes they are and I'm glad they are only ripping you all off for it. because I refuse to get ripped off. That's why I stop buying macs. Why pay double to apple, to get a computer that is usually 2 or 3 hardware generations behind? Fool by a logo and their own insecurities of feeling they need to be superior to someone. While carrying a heavily overpriced inferior product. The iPhone itself is inferior to other phone sin its price point. The cameras don't take as good a photo, videos are so unstable when moving, no headphone jack, smaller batteries, smaller storage, lower resolutions, less app capability and flexibility. But yet all this is worth MORE money than what the competition offers? Which is the total opposite. Apple loves suckers!

58. User123456789

Posts: 918; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

1 - Apple does want want to sell a $750 phone with Full HD because they now cheaper model will outsell the rest much more. It would mean less profits. 2- If I was owner of a company that makes screen I would charge more from Apple than other companies because I know iphones will selll much more than other flagships. So I can earn much more money. Bills of materials , of Xs Max has about same price of S10+. Since Samsung has many in-house stuff they can get cheaper compared to other brands.

66. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Mac vs Pc. Pc sucks!

71. BuffaloSouce unregistered

And dumbassess like you will be crying about anything

2. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I actually like this design.

3. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

"Budget phone"........ and it will come out at $800.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 596; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Budget flagship, not budget phone. Don't quote something that's not written.

12. Kdk2020

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 27, 2016

Absolute W

53. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

But its not a budget flagship. remember the Galaxy S use to cost $650, and it was considered a flagship. The Galaxy S7 is a flagship. The S7 was $750 for the edge model .The S10e is spec'd very similar to the S7, but with a newer CPU and considerably improved cameras and more storage. The S10e is a lower costing one. But that's its original cost. But budget isn't the right word. It's not a cheaper flagship. Because "cheap" and "flagship" are not synonymous with each other. You should say it is a "entry-level" flagship. The lower price allows you to get a flagship caliper device, at a lower price point than it more spectacularly spec'd siblings. It's like Cadillac and Buick are a "entry-level" luxury option that is more affordable my more people vs those who can buy something more fancy like a Benz or Bentley as examples. Using the word "cheap" with Flagship is wrong.

5. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

Funny how this article comes out after the Pixel 3a is announced.

6. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The camera bump design is quite ugly or displeasing and I would hope that is not the final design. They should just leave it the way it was on the iPhone XS or go back to the horizontal layout of the iPhone 8 Plus with as small a bump as possible if one is required at all. Also, they should just bit the bullet and make the display a tall 1080p resolution while bumping up the flagships to a tall QHD resolution

25. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Samsung has QHD and yet user opted for default because they tried to save more battery.

38. Man_Utd

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

That's the thing that Apple users don't understand. It's an option. I would rather have the option to bump up the screen res than not. Just like I have the option to use a 3.5mm jack or use BT. There is no reason for compromise. For the record, I have my res set to the default. I only bump it if I want better detail in a video.

46. OneLove123

Posts: 1074; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Apple users don’t like options. They are listeners and great followers.

72. mackan84

Posts: 462; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I bump up the resolution on videos on my Apple TV. 4K 60 inch where it actually matters

60. User123456789

Posts: 918; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Which people think it works. QHD has 60% pixels than FHD, so you cannot turn pixels off because the rest cant fill whole screen. Probably is just same UI trick of Sony 4K phones. Running apps at 1080p.

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