Apple iPhone 9 Turns Out to Be iPhone XR
Apple analysts and aficionados originally thought that the newly released 6.1-inch phone would be named the iPhone 9. However, as it was announced during the company’s recent iPhone event on September 12, the device was called the iPhone XR. It is one of the three new iPhones alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max. Here is everything you need to know about the iPhone XR price, release date, and specs.
iPhone XR Release Date
You can pre-order the iPhone XR from October 19. It will hit the store shelves on October 25.
iPhone XR Price
The iPhone XR price is far more affordable than its siblings. For the 64GB model, it starts at around S$1,229 (128GB - ~S$1,299 and 256GB – ~S$1,469). It is available in Coral, Black, White, Red, Blue, and Yellow.
iPhone XR Specs
The Apple iPhone XR sports a 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display with a pixel resolution of 1792x828p. In terms of display size, it sits in between its two siblings, with the iPhone XS Max wielding the biggest screen at 6.5 inches. Much like the iPhone X, it has a notch at the top of the display which houses the sensors, cameras, and speaker.
iPhone XR Design and Build
The iPhone XR has thick bezels around its display and a chassis that is made of high-quality aluminum, sporting an IP67 rating that allows it to withstand being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for half an hour.
iPhone XR Cameras
Moving on to the cameras, the iPhone XR has only got a single sensor on the back unlike the iPhone XS and XS Max. Its rear camera has 12 megapixels with f/1.8 aperture, while the front has 7 megapixels with f/2.2. The rear cam comes with a True Tone Flash that makes for a good viewing experience when watching videos and playing mobile games.
iPhone XR Processor and Battery
The iPhone XR comes with the latest Apple A12 chip which offers faster launching of apps and more improvements on battery and performance. In terms of battery life, while Apple didn’t unveil its capacity, they claimed that the device offers more juice than the iPhone 8 Plus, with an additional 1.5 hours of use. What’s more, the iPhone XR comes with a fast-charging and wireless charging compatibility that provides a quick and convenient way to recharge the device.
iPhone XR - Other Features
The iPhone XR is one of the first few Apple phones that come with a dual-SIM capability. However, this feature is only for devices released in China, as the rest of the world gets a single SIM slot and a built-in eSIM. Other marquee features of the iPhone XR include the iOS 12, Apple's latest mobile operating system, and 4K video capture, amongst others.