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Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours

14 September 2018

Later sale date: While the iPhone XS devices go on sale September 21 (preorders start September 14), you won't be able to buy the iPhone XR until October 26 (preorders start October 19). Let's break down Apple's new iPhone release dates. You should also know that Geekbench scores are to be taken with a pinch of salt for now so we'll update you guys if these scores remain constant once the latest iPhones have officially been released by Apple. But remember, Apple used LCD screens up until last year's iPhone X, so longtime fans shouldn't feel the need to rebel.

The iPhone XR starts at $749, £749 and AU$1,229 for the 64GB version.

Connections-wise Gareth confirms there is no headphone port, but that a pair of Lightning connector earbuds come packed in the box.

Battery life: We can't say for sure until we test all three new iPhones, but the iPhone XR might have longer battery life than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Beavis believes this is where most of the cost saving has been generated for the model.

The iPhone XR also includes the same A12 Bionic SoC as its more expensive siblings, so as with last year's iPhone 8 and iPhone X models, performance between the XR and XS models should be the same, and the XR will also gain support for most of the advanced features found in the XS, including faster Face ID and image capture and AR improvements. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. It has a lower-resolution 6.1-inch LCD screen and a single rear-facing camera, but otherwise delivers on the specifications of the Xs series. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison.

Overall, then, TechRadar's Gareth Beavis concludes that the iPhone XR is likely going to be Apple's "volume driver" over the next year in terms of sales, and especially so in the Asian market, which may go to explain the slightly odd, larger than XS screen. Techradar's Apple iPhone XR hands on can be enjoyed in full, at a time that suits you, right now.

Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours