IPhone XR: Apple unveils iPhone XR starting at £749

Apple launches the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

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The display, however, is an LCD IPS panel which was used on the older iPhone 8.

But how does the biggest iPhone ever compare to Androids with large screens? I do miss narrower phones a bit. The Smart HDR is the most hyped feature that takes multiple shots in different exposures and combines them to get the bets shot.

Okay, so wait, you say. Just after the keynote session ended, we went into the demo area of the Steve Jobs theatre at the Apple campus in Cupertino and got our hands on the biggest, most expensive iPhone of all-time.

The iPhone XS Max dimensions are 6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm) and it weighs 7.34 ounces (208g).

The other thing that jumps out is the back: The colours are terrific. Apple's Watch Series 4 built-in speaker is now 50 per cent louder, optimized for phone calls, Siri and Walkie-Talkie, and the microphone has been relocated, to reduce echo for better sound quality.

Also running on the A12 Bionic chip, iPhone XR is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, making for a pretty good, slightly more affordable option.

The home button is gone, but the screen acts much like the X's, with Face ID and swiping to go home. It's a lot like an X that way.

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Both smartphones share the same design language as the original iPhone X which means you get a fully glass front and back with a stainless steel frame surrounding the edges. The camera also relies on software for bokeh photos as well.

The XR has dual speakers, one on the bottom and one at the top of the phone. Trying them just after listening to the iPhone XS Max, they don't seem to have the insane, nearly room-filling stereo separation that the Max's speakers do. As with the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the iPhone XR allows you to retroactively adjust the background blur from the gallery.

There's still some mystery around the XR's modem.

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The XR supports Apple's unique dual-SIM solution, which uses one physical and one embedded SIM. The feature has been copied in many Android phones.

There's also Dual-SIM support but for those outside of China would need to use an e-SIM for the secondary connection.

The iPhone XR will be released next month with pre-orders starting on 19 October 2018 in first wave countries. On an annual basis, the number of iPhones the company has been selling recently has barely budged and is actually down from what it sold three years ago. The difference between the XR and the XS comes primarily in the screen, camera, and modem.

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