IPhone XR hands-on: Colorful phones make a great first impression

Ruben Fields
October 19, 2018

The highly anticipated iPhone XR has lots of reports and forecasts coming in that concern both, the budget-friendly 2018 Apple model and the company's handset numbers as a whole. You can find more about the differences between the iPhone XR and XS models in our handy guide here.

Apple has announced on its website that iPhone XR pre-orders will start at 12:01 PDT or 3:00 am EDT on October 19. Unlike the other two 2018 iPhones, iPhone XS and iPhones XS Max, iPhone XR are going on sale in India in first wave itself. Add the 6.1-inch Liquid Retina screen and improved camera smarts, and the iPhone XR is definitely worth a place on your smartphone shortlist.

While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage variants, the iPhone XR comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. It'll be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options as well as black, blue, yellow, white, coral, and red color options.

Apple hailed the iPhone XR as a way to "reach even more customers" during the firm's September launch event.

Apart from India, the iPhone XR will go on sale in dozens of countries starting October 26.

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Should I buy an iPhone XR? But its price - starting at $749 (£749, AU$1,229) - is considerably less, too.

Interested buyers can head over to Flipkart, Amazon.in or Paytm Mall to pre-book the iPhone XR online on Friday.

Contract pricing will be revealed tomorrow but expect this device to set you back around £40 per month. Apple says the glass is the most durable ever on a smartphone. It's a genuine step up from the iPhone 8, from its aesthetics (it has lost the home button but gained a notch and some fabulous new colours) to the extra processing power that the A12 Bionic chipset brings.

For selfies, the iPhone XR sports a 7MP selfie camera with a f/2.2 aperture along with a TrueDepth camera for FaceID. The front camera also houses a faster Face ID system.

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