Every legendary brand attracts occasional frustrations. In the case of the iPhone, Apple users have long hoped for longer battery life, and a gentler price tag. Read More...
Every legendary brand attracts occasional frustrations. In the case of the iPhone, Apple users have long hoped for longer battery life, and a gentler price tag.
So the launch of the iPhone XR meant that, for many, Christmas had come early.
This new feature-packed edition brought together the latest software, a powerhouse of a chipset, Apple’s largest 6.1” LCD screen, massive storage options and more muscular speakers. And, yes, Apple’s best battery to date, and a price that opened the door to millions more users.
Today, this landmark iPhone is better value still: entry level in price yet superlative to use. Read less
- Tech specs
- Internal memory: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Size: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
- Weight: 194 g
- Display: 6.1” LCD
- Resolution: 828 x 1792 pixels
- RAM: 3GB RAM
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery (11.16 Wh)
- Talk Time: Up to 16 h (multimedia)
- Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
- Operating System: A12 Bionic
- CPU: Hexa-core (2x2.5 GHz Vortex + 4x1.6 GHz Tempest)
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation
- Primary camera: 12MP
- Secondary camera: 7 MP
- Video: 4K, HDR, stereo sound rec.
- Connectivity: WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot, BLUETOOTH: 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, NFC: Yes
Please note: Every care is taken in compiling product details and reviews, but they are provided for broad guidance only. On occasion they may relate to older or more recent models than those offered on Mozillion at any one time.
- What's included
As well as your new phone, you’ll receive:
Free USB charging cable
Free 12-month parts and labour warranty
Free 90-point pre-delivery diagnostic check
Free SIM card removal tool
Free 2 months’ protection when you choose our accidental damage insurance
Timed delivery to your door
New or Refurbished condition:
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Why buy an Apple iPhone XR?
One of the cheapest iPhones you can still buy new
Big choice of colours
Looks like an iPhone 11!
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The iPhone XR was announced alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max in September 2018. It’s a mid-range phone, with a more basic screen and camera, less storage space, and less effective waterproofing. The new iPhone XR inherited its ‘bezel-less’ design from the iPhone X that preceded it. While its specification looks dated now, the phone itself still looks gorgeous.
The iPhone XR’s design is something of a classic, even among iPhones. A big screen, running almost to the edge of a mid-sized phone - the look was so successful Apple left it unchanged for the iPhone 11 that followed. At 151x76x8.3mm this is a mid-sized phone, but it’s heavier and bigger than either the iPhone XS or the iPhone 12.
The iPhone XR has a single 12 megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens. While it’s less sophisticated than the double camera systems on the iPhone XS and XS Max, it received the same sensor upgrade - which improved image quality and low light performance compared to earlier iPhones. With a single lens there’s no optical zoom, but the 5x digital zoom does make the camera more flexible.
The iPhone XR deals with selfies using the same 7MP front camera as the iPhone XS models - a step down from the 12MP you’d get on even the basic iPhone 11. Note that some examples of the iPhone XR don’t have Face ID - we list these separately on the marketplace to avoid confusion.
Like other recent iPhones, the iPhone XR’s rear camera can shoot 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. There’s optical image stabilisation to help banish shakes, and 3x digital zoom to add to the flexibility. While the front camera doesn’t support 4K, it can still shoot 1080p video at up to 60fps.
Next to the rich OLED displays fitted to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR’s LCD screen looks ordinary. Using older technology, the 1,792x828 resolution, 6.1” screen offers only 326 pixels per inch, so it’s a little less sharp. Apple carried it over to the standard iPhone 11, but from the iPhone 12, all iPhone variants got an OLED upgrade.
Other than its screen, the iPhone XR’s weakness is probably its processor, which is a couple of generations behind. There’s nothing wrong with Apple’s A12 Bionic chip - the iPhone XR deals well with most games and apps - but it can’t match today’s flagship phones. In fact, it’s slower than the A13 processor at the heart of the lowly iPhone SE 2020.
Despite its older screen and processor technology, the iPhone XR offers strong battery life, promising up to 16 hours of video playback on a charge. A refurbished iPhone XR should still perform at a similar level, but the battery may have lost some of its capacity since new.
Colours & Options
The iPhone XR was available in six colours: black, white, red, blue, yellow and coral. Several of these are notably bolder and brighter than the pastel shades typical on newer iPhones. The iPhone XR was available only with 64GB or 128GB of storage. There were no earphones in the box, and from October 2020 each new iPhone XR no longer came with a power adaptor.
The iPhone XR supports Qi wireless charging, or you can top it up using a USB to Lightning cable. And as with every iPhone, there’s a huge range of cases, mounts and other accessories available.