The latest generation of iPhones has been out for a couple of months now – we’ve extensively reviewed the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max shortly after their official release. Missing in the review was the lower-tiered iPhone XR – the main reason for this being Apple deciding to release this variant a month after the original XS models had become available. Today, albeit a bit late, we finally got the chance to get our hands on a unit and investigate some of the differentiating factors of the iPhone XR – such as the LCD screen and the phone’s overall battery life.
The iPhone XR is an interesting product for Apple: It is clear that it aims to be a lower-cost alternative to the higher-end XS flagships. Yet at the same time it’s not directly an alternative to either the XS or the XS Max, and rather represents a model that squarely fits in between its two higher-priced siblings.
Back when I first laid my hands on the iPhone XR at Apple’s launch event, one of the things noted was that I believed the iPhone XR was going to become the most popular choice among Apple’s current smartphone generation. A couple of months later, and probably with some hindsight, it seems that Apple’s decision to not release the XR at the same time as the XS and XS Max might have actually shifted a lot of users to just jump on the higher-end models, rather than to wait.
Apple iPhone XR Full Specifications
|Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, Coral, White
|2G, 3G, 4G
|✅ dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
|✅ v5.0, A2DP, LE
|✅ A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
|✖ (Proprietary reversible connector)
|Gorilla Glass front & back, 7000 series aluminum frame
|✅ IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
|150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 millimeters
|828 x 1792 pixels (326 ppi)
|Liquid Retina IPS LCD Touchscreen
|✅ Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
|625 nits, 120Hz, true-tone, wide color gamut
|PDAF, OIS, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, HDR & more
|Ultra HD (2160p), HDR, OIS, slow-mo, cinematic video stabilization
|Dual 7 Megapixel + SL 3D
|F/2.2, HDR, depth / biometrics sensor
|Full HD (1080p), gyro-EIS
|Type and Capacity
|Lithium-ion 2942 mAh (non-removable)
|✅ 15W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min), Qi Wireless Charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
|iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 13.4
|Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
|Hexa-core, up to 2.5 GHz
|Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
|64 / 128 / 256 GB (NVMe)
|Loudspeaker (stereo speakers)
|✅ Face ID
|✅ LED Flash for Alerts
|Face ID, Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, E-Compass, Barometer
|– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
iPhone XR has a beautiful and attractive bezel-less design with a large display for a better viewing experience.
The front and back are built with glass and protected with an oleophobic coating for maximum durability. This is a similar design found on other recent iPhones.
Surprisingly, it has a larger size than the iPhone XS, which is more advanced. The 6.1 inches is wrapped with metal and other components.
It has curved edges that fall away from the side of the screen and two speaker grills on the bottom.
The device doesn’t come with a headphone jack; this means you’ll be stuck using the bundled earbuds that come with a lightning connection at the end. You’ll also be able to use 3.5mm shod headphones with an adaptor which you can easily obtain from any Apple outlet.
XR has a similar button arrangement as iPhone X; volume buttons are pegged to the left side while Siri activation button is situated on the right side of the phone.
The smartphone comes with a large 6.1-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen. This came as a surprise as recent iPhones feature OLED or super AMOLED screens.
Apple, however, claimed that this version of LCD is the most advanced in the industry, so far. This means that you should expect rich color reproduction and an optimized overall screen effect.
The large screen will offer users a better viewing experience. This huge size will, of course, make it feel big in the palms. So, this is definitely not for you if you don’t like holding huge phones.
The curved edges, smooth feel of the glass body, and overall design make the device easy to hold. This will greatly reduce any difficulty that may come with the huge size.
The camera is another indication that Apple genuinely intended to make this device the “most affordable phone”.
Unlike XS and XS Max, this model sports a single 12MP rear camera with an LED flash as an accomplice.
If you’re worried about Bokeh Effect, worry no more.
The device features focus pixels that will get the job done. This will be done by using depth sensing and background blurring. You can change the depth of the blur effect to suit your desire.
iPhone XR has a 7MP front camera that uses the TrueDepth camera feature for selfies and face unlock. It also comes with the Smart HDR in the mix, allowing it to capture high-end elements of a photo, fusing the light and dark elements.
These features enable it to produce stunning, colorful, and crystal clear photos.
XR is equipped with 3GB RAM, which is lower than that of its launch mates.
The good news is that it is also equipped with the all-new A12 Bionic chipset. This is a powerful and advanced chipset that will collaborate with the RAM to deliver an efficient output.
As for external storage, the device comes in several sizes; 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
How much is the iPhone XR Price In Nigeria
For now, The Price of the Apple iPhone XR in Nigeria is NGN265,456 for the 64GB while the price is NGN290,000 for the 128GB model, and the 256GB model costs $899 ~ NGN355,345 in Naira. The iPhone XR is available in Nigeria in both brand new and the UK-used version. which you can buy at Slot, Jumia, and some offline stores across Nigeria.
As the “most affordable phone”, it’s obviously less expensive compared to XS and XS Max. It is, however, quite more expensive than most flagship Samsung and Nokia Android phones.
The exact price of the iPhone XR depends on the external storage size. But the starting price you should expect is stated below.