The iPhone XR is one of the most popular iPhone models, mainly because it offers the coveted iPhone experience while being one of the cheapest models. According to certain estimates, there were 12 million iPhone users in India last year, while there were 502.2 million smartphone users in the country.
That roughly translates to 2.4 per cent that owns an iPhone, among all the smartphone users. This gives you a decent idea about the allure of iPhones, and how not many Indian smartphone users can truly understand the coveted ‘iPhone experience’.
An Apple bank on this desire of smartphone a user to one day owns the iPhone, and intentionally keeps the prices high. If everyone can have a certain gadget, it can no longer be termed as the ‘audacious dream’.
That said, from time to time, Apple does offer iPhone models at cheaper costs. More recently, the iPhone SE 2020, which took on the avatar of the older iPhone SE model, but comes with a more powerful chipset, became one of the most affordable iPhones on the market.
However, the device was considerably smaller, and retained a lot of the features of the original model, which was considered passé by many. There is another iPhone model, bigger, just as powerful, and more in-tune with the iPhones of today that doesn’t cost too much, which is the iPhone XR. Needless to say, it has become one of the most popular devices today.
Let us now take a closer look at iPhone XR’s specifications, and how it holds up against the latest iPhone models.
IPhone XR – Origins
Apple launched the iPhone XR back in September 2018, as a relatively cheaper alternative to cater to a wider audience. IPhone XR retained some of the best aspects of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, as Apple wanted to give a taste of the ‘Apple mobile experience’ to the average consumer.
Furthermore, iPhone XR wowed the crowd, as it flaunted the 7000 Series aerospace-grade aluminum frame that encompasses the all-glass enclosure, with the durable glass that was used in iPhone XS.
IPhone XR comes with an exquisite 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, something that Apple was proud of, calling it the ‘most advanced LCD ever used in a smartphone’. Furthermore, similar to iPhone XS, iPhone XR uses TrueDepth camera system instead of a touch ID, facilitating faster and more efficient facial recognition to unlock the device.
Processor, RAM and the whole shabang
The iPhone XR is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset, which, at the time was one of the best processors available, and still is. It is more efficient than the A11 Bionic chipset, while the device also comes equipped with 3GB RAM.
While for ordinary smartphones that might look like less RAM size, iPhones are optimized, which ensures that the 3GB RAM in an iPhone works similar to an 8GB RAM in Android smartphones! Furthermore, iPhone XR comes in two storage variants: 64GB and 128GB.
The iPhone XR also comes with an 8-core Neural Engine, which executes up to 5 trillion operations per second! This is yet another reason why iPhone XR and iPhone XS were considered revolutionary when they were first released. It also improves the performance of applications and features which use augmented reality (AR) and machine learning.
Traditionally, Apple mobiles never boasted 48MP or 64MP cameras, and iPhone XR also continued this tradition, coming with a single-lens rear camera. However, because Apple optimizes its hardware and software similar to Google Pixel smartphones, one lens is enough to click stunning photos using the smartphone.
The device sports a 12MP wide-angle lens, and supports optical image stabilization, with multiple modes like portrait mode, portrait lighting, depth control and smart HDR. On the front, iPhone XR houses a 7MP TrueDepth system, which lets you take exceptional selfie photos and videos.
The smartphone is water and dust resistant, and supports wireless charging. As previously mentioned, it also comes with the Advanced Face ID feature, which protects your personal information and sensitive data on your smartphone.
Depending on when you purchase the device, you can buy the iPhone XR at extremely affordable prices. The current cost of the device for the 128GB storage variant is Rs. 48,999, and during festival seasons, or when e-commerce platforms have their flash sales and mega-sales days, you can purchase the smartphone for as low as Rs. 45,000!
That said, you don’t have to wait for mega-sales days, or any major festival to come around. Instead, by shopping on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, you can avail exciting offers and discounts, and purchase this Apple mobile phone at cheaper rates. Furthermore, by using the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, you can purchase the device on easy EMIs, and repay the amount in convenient monthly installments.