Apple iPhone XR is now official: LCD screen, Face ID, plenty of colors

Apple iPhone XR is now official: LCD screen, Face ID, plenty of colors
Apple has just taken the wraps off its 2018 smartphone line-up, featuring the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Of the three, the iPhone XR is easily the most affordable model.

Available in a variety of fresh colors, the iPhone XR looks a lot like the iPhone XS, with an edge-to-edge screen, Face ID, and a gesture-based navigation, but unlike the XS and XS Max, it only has a single camera on the back, and features an LCD screen rather than an OLED one.

Design and Colors

Nobody knows what the R in XR stands for, but it's one colorful phone!

Following the same design language as the XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR comes with a similar, modern edge-to-edge look with a notch. The XR has toughened glass up front to protect the screen, and Apple says it is the most durable ever used in an iPhone, while the frame in the middle is made of aluminum frame. The aluminum frame with its matte look is one of the obvious differences between the XR and the XS series, which use stainless steel with a glossy look.

In stark contrast with all other recent Apple phones, the iPhone XR comes in 6 vivid colors: white, black, blue, coral, yellow and Product Red. 

  • The new "white" model looks much brighter and cleaner than the white on the iPhone X;
  • then, there is an even darker "black" model that looks straight out of a Batman movie and is also really cool; 
  • the cheerful "blue" color almost looks like a sky-blue shade;
  • there is a peach color that Apple calls "coral," and you may also call salmon, that looks very delicate and lovely;
  • then, you have a very interesting and different "yellow" model that is almost this lemony yellow, which we are not sure how we feel about; 
  • finally, you get a stunning, saturated, deep shade of "red" under the product red series that is really something special.

All the models come with a black finish on the front, but the red is the one really stands out from all the rest and is easily our favorite. Looking back at history, never have iPhone customers had so much color choice since the iPhone 5c!

The XR also has IP67 water and dust protection, meaning it can withstand a drop in 3-foot deep water, while the XS series can survive a 6-foot drop and are rated IP68.

Display and Face ID

"Most advanced LCD screen put in a smartphone," says Apple

The LCD display here is what Apple calls 'Liquid Retina' and describes as "the most advanced LCD ever put in a smartphone". It's a 6.1-inch "Retina" screen, so you get the same pixel density as on earlier iPhones, but since the aspect ratio has changed, you now have a resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels.

One compromise made here is that there is no 3D Touch, but instead you have haptic touch, similar to what Apple does on its MacBooks with ForceTouch trackpads, and this is what you use to start the camera or the flashlight from the lockscreen. It remains to be seen if other features designed to work with 3D Touch will be usable on the iPhone XR's display. You don't get the same high dynamic range colors as you do on the XS series, but you do have support for Apple True Tone that automatically adjusts the white balance of the screen to the ambient light.

Up front, the iPhone XR has Face ID and a True Depth camera, and they all work just as well as on the XS series. Naturally, this means that there is no home button here and you rely on the new gesture-based iOS interface.

Under the hood, the XR runs on the same Apple A12 Bionic chipset, the world's first 7nm CPU, which is the same silicon as on the more expensive XS and XS Max. This chip is a topic on its own and it really is a big step forward for smartphone productivity. Put shortly, it provides a 15% bump in performance, while at the same time drawing 50% less power. Both the CPU and GPU are Apple-designed, and the Neural Engine that was introduced last year is improved in a huge way to recognize patterns, make predictions and provide advanced, real-time machine learning on board.


A single rear camera, but with Portrait Mode

On the back, you have a single 12-megapixel camera with a larger sensor, featuring larger and deeper pixels for better low-light photography. This is the improved main camera module that will be found on the iPhone XS and XS Max, only without the company of the secondary telephoto lens. The big feature here is that Apple has enabled Portrait mode with bokeh effect, even though the phone only has a single camera. This means that you'll be able to enjoy fancy portrait images with blurred backgrounds, but without the advantage of the closer lens with narrower field of view. In order words, your portraits will be less dramatic and in-your-face, but will still look quite good with an in-focus subject accentuated by a blurred background. Another new feature is that users will be able to control the amount of bokeh effect for each portrait shot from the Photos app.

The improvements in dynamic range translate to video as well, and you now finally have stereo sound recording on the XR. The front camera is a 7-megapixel one and in addition to regular selfies, it can also take portrait mode shots with the option to adjust the bokeh after you shoot the image.


The best battery life of any iPhone ever

In terms of battery life, Apple is promising 1 hour and a half better battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus, which is amazing news. The iPhone 8 Plus was already a marathon runner, so we can't wait to experience the kind of longevity the XR is going to offer. In its official tech specs, Apple is listing up to 15 hours of internet use and up to 16 hours of video playback – possibly the best battery life ever on an iPhone so far.

Price and release date

Coming this October

The price of the iPhone XR price starts at $750 and it will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB versions. Here is how all the prices break down per model:

The release date, however, is a bit later than that of the XS and XS Max. While the new premium models will arrive on September 21, the iPhone XR will be available for pre-order on October 19th, with shipping beginning on October 26th.

Related phones

iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh(25h talk time)



1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I think iPhone R is the real star of the new iPhone trio. It offers all the key features of the new iPhone generation while the Xs and X Max go beyond that. I also rather accept a very high quality LCD instead of medium quality OLED. When looking at Apple's past generation LCDs, I think nobody has to worry about display quality with iPhone R. But of course the content won't look as good as on an high quality OLED.

4. gamehead unregistered

For real. Apple is really charging $1000+ for phones now. And people will buy it.

87. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Most people is majority mind set.

11. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

They should have made it even cheaper by throwing out the notch and all the gimmicks that comes with it.

20. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It's already been rumored that Apple may ditch the notch for next year models

48. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The iPhone Xr is every bit as good as any flagship and yet it costs less than let's say a Pixel 3/XL or even an Galaxy S9+. If the iPhone had a notification LED or Always On Display, I would have considered it. But Apple keeps building addiction into their devices and won't let users just glance at their phones and see what is happening, they want to you grab the phone, stare at it to unlock and see what new notifications you have. Stupid.

56. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's really not.

76. rkoforever90

Posts: 466; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

How come the display is great? Even 200$ phones now has full hd display and they are charging 700$ for the one with hd display in 2018?

2. gamehead unregistered

The only phone announced that's kinda reasonably priced.

40. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I like how they marketed it: bigger screen than the 8 plus but 50 dollar cheaper! No Apple, your entry-level flagship phone has just gotten 50 dollar more expensive. 2017 phones: i8 699, i8 plus 799, X 999 2018: Xr 749, Xs 999, Xs max 1099 Entry level flagships are the ones people buy the most and those have just gotten 50 dollars more expensive.

3. Taphius

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Lol, not even a full hd screen on a 6.1inch screen. Sorry but had too

5. gamehead unregistered

That's really a shame. The $1100 phone isnt event full 1440p now that I think about it

71. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

64GB on $1100 phone is like an insult :-/ They should use at least 128GB for base model.

6. Whitedot

Posts: 833; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I know this screen is great for LCD apple seells great LCD panels, BUT in 2018 its not even FHD at this whooping size. $750 to start with! Explain me how can they pull this one?

46. Vokilam

Posts: 1286; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

It’s LCD, the pixel arrangement is not pentacle like on OLED - that means it doesn’t need higher resolution just to be as sharp. Look it up - this info is as old as time.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The info is also incorrect. There's a reason samsung phones, despite being pentile, have been treated higher than iPhone LCD screens, and sharpness is part of that.

57. Vokilam

Posts: 1286; Member since: Mar 15, 2018 Pixel to pixel: pentile is NOT as sharp as LCD arrangement. Yes when you increase resolution on pentile - it will get sharper, and that’s the main reason why when Samsung introduced OLED screens they upped the resolution.

65. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

At the same ppi, but that's not the case. We've long since passed the point where the resolutions on OLED screens more than make up for the lack of subpixels.

70. Vokilam

Posts: 1286; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I know that OLED panels used today are sharper due higher resolution beyond just aligning the sharpness of iPhones LCD panels. But let’s not argue that 326ppi of iPhones is horrible like 326ppi of OLED screens. In fact OLED screens at the 400ppi look worse than LCD screens 326ppi. So you agree, that LCD is sharper at lower resolution than OLED?

74. Whitedot

Posts: 833; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Care to elaborate on this one with useful link? "400ppi look worse than LCD screens 326ppi. "

7. OneLove123

Posts: 1197; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Everything is "most advanced!"but in real life it's not.

10. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Ok best iPhone tonight definitely those spec's for that price are awesome

12. Jrod99

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

This will be the big seller out of the 3

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

720p screen? LMAO

18. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It’s a bit above 720P and if the battery life is good I don’t really care about resolution. Plus if you think about it this is basically a replacement for the iPhone 8 and nobody cared about that resolution then.

42. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Pit that it’s going to be better than 1440P display around same as 1080P iPhone 8 Plus LCD that even better than note 8 1440P and iPhone X OLED.

53. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What you said made no sense - from either a grammar standpoint or a factual standpoint. (Hint: the iPhone X display was rated much better than the iPhone 8 Plus, and the Note 9 beat both, and the Note 8 beat the iPhone 8 Plus)

58. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Alright that what you think

66. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's what I know. And it's backed up by expert testing.

15. JCASS889

Posts: 568; Member since: May 18, 2018

whats with the big bezel all around the screen, i thought it was a bezel less display

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