Apple has finally revealed the new iPhones. At the Steve Jobs Theatre yesterday – Apple announced the new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr (pronounced ‘Ten-R’). While iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are the classic Apple S updates, iPhone Xr is something which I am excited about. The pre-orders for the iPhone Xr will begin on 19th October while the device will ship starting 26th October. But, should you go for the iPhone Xs / Max or iPhone Xr? If you ask me, I will bid on the later to become the most popular iPhone for the next year. Here is why you should buy iPhone Xr and not iPhone Xs –
It has the Same A12 Bionic Chip
iPhone Xr has the same new powerful A12 Bionic chip. I am not going to put up those crooked numbers but in short, the 12 Bionic will be faster, better and slightly more efficient. Also, it’s the first 7nm CPU although Huawei did announce their Kirin 980 at IFA 2018 earlier this month. Apple has not revealed any details about the RAM. I don’t expect Apple to cut corners here as well as they know that iPhone Xr has the real potential to bump up their sales volume to the next level.
It is the perfect blend of iPhone X and iPhone 8
iPhone Xr comes with a notched-display at the front while the back of the design resembles more to the iPhone 8. You do give up on the ever beautiful OLED display with a new True-Tone Liquid Retina LCD display. But that’s a tradeoff that most of the people will not care about. I know there are some people who absolutely want an OLED panel but we are talking about masses here.
We get the same new Face ID from the iPhone Xs, almost the same camera, wireless charging, same performance and it comes in 6 colours – Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and Product RED. I personally dig the Product RED or the Blue one.
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It has the same Camera minus Telephoto Lens
Apple has definitely cut corners on the iPhone Xr but they are rather more sensible. Let’s take the camera, for example, the iPhone Xr has the same 12-megapixel wide-angle lens at the back but without the telephoto lens. It can record 4K video at 60fps and has all the latest camera features from the iPhone Xs including the portrait mode which it now does through software on the iPhone Xr. The front camera is again same at 7-megapixels that can also record 1080p video at 60fps.
Removing the telephoto lens is perhaps the tradeoff that again, not a lot of people would mind. I have personally never found myself using the telephoto lens on any of the devices out there. So good job Apple!
For the price, iPhone Xr starts at $749 for the base 64GB model which is kind of impressive given iPhone 8 and 8 Plus was launched at $699 and $799 respectively. There is also a 128GB and 256 GB storage variants. On the other hand, iPhone Xs and Xs Max starts at $999 and $1099.
India Prices Revealed
Now a $749 price tag looks decent for a new iPhone but if you are living in India, then you might be in for a disappointment. Apple has revealed the prices for the new iPhones –
iPhone Xs – 64GB (Rs 99,900) | 256GB (Rs 1,14900) | 512GB (Rs 1,34,900)
iPhone Xs Max – 64GB (Rs 1,09,900) | 256GB (Rs 1,24,900) | 512GB (Rs 1,44,900)
iPhone Xr – 64GB (Rs 76,900) | 128GB (Rs 81,900) | 256GB (Rs 91,900)
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Who Should Upgrade to iPhone Xr?
If you are coming from iPhone X, I would not recommend you to go for the iPhone Xr. In fact, even iPhone Xs and Xs Max is not that great of an upgrade over the iPhone X. On the other hand, if you are coming from something like iPhone 7 or even iPhone 8, then iPhone Xr will get you more screen real estate, better camera, more colours and Face ID, if you are into that.
What do you think? Are the new iPhones worthy to be considered as an upgrade to last year’s iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X? Let us know in the comment section below.