Short Lines Don't Spell Doom for iPhone Xr

Sales of iPhone XR begin in Russia
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27 October, 2018

If you were upgrading a year ago, you had to make a choice between shelling out more for a phone that represented the future or saving some money for a phone that was the end point of a decade of iPhone design.

So compared to the £999 iPhone, you actually get more real estate, though the screen itself isn't as high quality - it's lower-resolution, and it's a high-end LCD panel instead of an OLED display. If you're shopping for a new phone, it pays to think hard about what you really want and what you're willing to pay for it. Improvements over the previous generation tend to be incremental, but can add up over time - and so do the sums you'll pay for them.

Currently PayTM Mall and Amazon India have a listing of the iPhone XR on their respective platforms. With humbler features and a design that's ever-so-slightly-less premium than the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR would still undeniably prove to be a fan favorite due to the lower entry point to the Apple ecosystem. A second class device that will never live up to the iPhone Xs. It also lets the camera gauge depth and blur backgrounds in portrait shots, something once limited to full-featured SLR cameras. The device comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and Product Red. The iPhone XR can also take advantage of Apple's machine learning and augmented reality features. The Apple Watch 4 is not available for pre-order, but will begin sales on the same date. The display, however, lacks 3D Touch. Would you be willing to get one for yourself?

Surprisingly, in the United Kingdom market, all the models and colors of iPhone XR will need a waiting time of one to two weeks for shipment.

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Market research also showed that the iPhone XS series generated much better results than the iPhone 8 series a year ago.

The iPhone XR also shares some key features of the XS and XS Max, including dual-SIM support (nano-SIM and eSIM), a TrueDepth camera up front that powers Apple's Face ID unlocking technology and the new A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, among others.

That said, there is plenty of XS goodness in here too - like those devices, the XR is powered by the new A12 "Bionic chip with the next-generation neural engine", which means it should exhibit something like the fantastic turn of speed that its cousins do.

All this suggests that iPhone XR is likely to do better than the iPhone XS series.

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