While the more expensive Apple iPhone XS and XS Max have been available for some time now, the “cheaper” iPhone XR will only go on sale from October 26. However, those who wish to own an iPhone without applying for a bank loan can set the ball rolling by pre-ordering the iPhone XR today. The lowest priced iPhone of this generation will be available for pre-order starting today (that is, October 19) through brick-and-mortar Apple stores as well as directly from Apple’s own official Indian online store.
Apple iPhone XR: Price in India
The iPhone XR still costs an eye-watering INR 76,900 and comes in a wider array of eye-catching colors. While that may still be approximately half of what the top-end iPhone XS Max costs, the iPhone XR nevertheless commands a greater price premium than any of the Android flagship smartphones. Well, all except the bat-poop insane pricing commanded by Google for the Pixel 3 XL (Review), which starts at INR 83,000, but we doubt Google even expects or even intends to push Pixel 3 XL in large numbers in the country.
Apple iPhone XR: Specifications
Pricing aside, the Apple iPhone XR gives up the one important feature that has now become a hallmark of every modern flagship smartphone – the AMOLED display. Nevertheless, the notched 6.1-inch IPS LCD bezel-less display found on the iPhone XR will most likely exhibit the same quality that iPhone LCD displays have been known for. Also missing is the more durable steel frame as the iPhone XS and XS Max, with the stronger material being replaced with more scratch and bending prone aluminum.
On the bright side, the phone features the same 50-percent faster A11 Bionic chipset as its more expensive cousins, along with the same new and improved main camera, albeit in a single-camera form factor with one less sensor as compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max. There’s even the slightly lower-end IP67 certification for dust and water protection to survive the monsoons. The presence of Face ID also means that the iPhone XR does not carry over the fingerprint sensor from the previous generations of iPhones.
Apple iPhone XR: An Incremental Generational Upgrade
The last quarter of every year is reserved for iPhone launches. Like clockwork, this year too Apple launched new iPhones which featured iterative upgrades to the existing iPhone X range. But the major change to the usual line-up this year involved Apple catching up to its Android competitors and releasing a phablet-sized variant alongside the usual suspects.
Apart from invisible improvements found under the hood, such as hardware upgrades and improved cameras, the new iPhones don’t really have the sort of significant innovations that are expected from Apple every two generations. It is actually pretty challenging, in fact, to tell the difference between the iPhone X and the new iPhone XS, even when you have both the phones side by side.