A mobile device’s screen is characterized by its technology, resolution, pixel density, diagonal length, color depth, and more.
One of the main characteristics of the screen. is the technology by which it is made and on which the quality of the information image directly depends.
With mobile devices, the size of the screen is expressed through the length of its diagonal, measured in inches.
The ratio of the size of the long side of the screen to its short side
Screen resolution shows the number of pixels vertically and horizontally of the screen. Higher resolution means clearer image detail.
Information about the number of pixels per centimeter or inch of screen. Higher density allows information to be displayed on the screen with clearer detail.
Screen color depth reflects the total number of bits used for color components in a single pixel. Information about the maximum number of colors that the screen can show.
Approximate percentage of the screen area on the front of the device.
Information about other screen features and functions.
iPhone XR specifications
The budget iPhone was supposed to feature the old A11 Bionic chipset, but to the surprise of many, the iPhone XR got the top-of-the-line processor, like in the iPhone XS and XS Max. the A12 Bionic. It’s the world’s first 7nm chip with 6.9 billion transistors. A12 Bionic consists of a 6-core processor, which has 4 energy-efficient and 2 performance cores, and a 4-core graphics gas pedal. At the launch of the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Phill Schiller said that the A12 Bionic chip is the highest performance chip ever released for mobile devices. Performance cores are 15% more powerful and 40% more energy efficient than those in A11 Bionic. Also, there was a 50% reduction in power consumption of efficient cores and the same increase in GPU performance.
iPhone XR includes the 2nd generation Neural Engine, responsible for AI and machine learning tasks. The Neural Engine in the A11 Bionic chip had two cores and processed 600 billion operations per second, while the Neural Engine 2.0 got 8 cores and processes 5 trillion operations per second!
The capabilities of the A12 Bionic chip will allow developers of mobile games and applications based on augmented reality to move to the next level. At the presentation, the representatives of Cupertino demonstrated the HomeCourt application, through which you can follow a basketball game and get real-time data about the speed and movement of your players, your body position, accuracy of shots, etc.д.
The fact that the iPhone XR is not a flagship device proves the lack of a 512GB version. The smartphone will be available in three configurations: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. The amount of RAM is also smaller than in the flagships. 3 GB vs. 4 GB in the iPhone XS and XS Max. Battery capacity was not disclosed, but Apple claims that the battery life is 1.5 hours longer compared to iPhone 8 Plus (probably due to the low resolution of the screen). Also the smartphone has support for accelerated wireless charging.
iPhone XR is almost completely adopted design of iPhone X. The smartphone has a body with slightly rounded corners. The front and back surfaces are covered with protected glass and connected by an aluminum frame.
Here we should note the first significant difference in the design of the iPhone XR and last year’s iPhone X. In the Anniversary 10, the glass was joined by a stainless surgical steel frame. The iPhone XR has an aluminum frame. it’s cheaper, not as scratch-resistant and not shiny. Looking ahead we should say that the iPhone XR has a lot of similar differences from the iPhone X. It is due to them that the smartphone is cheaper than Apple’s flagships.
The fact that the iPhone XR has an aluminum frame instead of a steel one does not mean that the edges of the case will scratch quickly. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have similar bezels. There have been no complaints that they have reduced scratch resistance.
The iPhone XR is slightly, but still larger than the iPhone X. The smartphone body feels slightly elongated due to the fact that the display is full-size and has almost no frame.
Almost the entire front surface of the iPhone XR is located a large 6.1-inch display. The sides and bottom frame of the display are almost completely absent. Because of this, the smartphone also does not have a home button, either physical or touch. The top bezel remains visible, but it has large cutouts on the sides.
With the release of the iPhone XR, Apple has finally said goodbye to the home button and Touch ID fingerprint scanner. All three of the new 2018 iPhones feature Face ID facial recognition, which has proven to be a great feature on the iPhone X.
The placement of elements on the body of the iPhone XR is typical of Apple smartphones. On the left side are the volume buttons and the classic sound mode switch (which, fortunately, Apple is not thinking of giving up yet). On the right end, the power button and SIM card tray. The bottom edge is occupied by the Lightning connector and symmetrical speaker grille. From the top, it’s empty.
Overall, the iPhone XR is a slightly larger version of the iPhone X. But that’s only until it comes to the colors of the iPhone XR case. Apple has decided to highlight its most affordable smartphone of 2018 in a special way. The iPhone XR is available in six colors at once: black, white, red, yellow, coral and blue. The last three colors are quite unusual for an iPhone in recent years.
Which model has a better camera?
Here, too, the winner is decided on a whim. And this is the iPhone XS with a 12 MP dual camera (wide-angle lens with f/1.8 telephoto lens with f/2.4). The photos are richer, better (and they look brighter on the OLED display).
The XR has a single camera. But very high quality. with optical image stabilization and a wide-angle lens with f/1.8, as well as with the portrait mode, previously available only in Apple smartphones with dual cameras. True, this mode is somewhat cut compared to the XS. the XR camera can only recognize people and has only three studio lighting effects against five on the XS.
Both the XR and XS can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. But the XR has only 3x digital zoom, while the XS already has 6x digital and 2x optical.
As for the front faces, they are exactly the same. 7 MP and with support for Face ID facial recognition of the owner.
The iPhone XR display
iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD (not OLED like on iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max) screen with a resolution of 1,792 × 828 pixels (326 ppi). It is made with Liquid Retina technology. Apple calls it “our most advanced LCD display.”.
Apple engineers have come up with and implemented a unique “mix”. an LCD edge-to-edge display with rounded corners. With cutting-edge features like True Tone and advanced color reproduction, it delivers a “vivid,” as if “printed on paper” image. In addition, the Cupertinians have ported to the LCD display and previously exclusive to OLED screens. one-touch unlocking.
Processor and memory in the iPhone 12 and iPhone XR
The iPhone 12 gets Apple’s top-of-the-line A14 Bionic 6-core processor, made with 5-nanometer technology. The fourth-generation Neural Engine is responsible for the neural network. The smartphone has 4 GB of LPDDR5 type RAM.
Models with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage are available.
The iPhone XR, predictably, isn’t as fast. Its A12 Bionic processor also has 6 cores, but is made on 7-nanometer technology. In synthetic tests, it is up to 40% behind the A14. It uses the second-generation Neural Engine, which has two times fewer cores than the iPhone 12. The smartphone has 3GB of slower LPDDR4 RAM. After October 2020, the iPhone XR comes with only two storage options: 64GB and 128GB, but if desired, you can find a 256GB version at official resellers.
Today, both devices are capable of handling basic tasks. But it is likely that after 2-3 years on the iPhone XR new versions of iOS will start working slower, with slowdowns. And this smartphone will lose support before the iPhone 12.
If you look at the results of the iPhone XS and iPhone XR directly on the smartphones, a truly accurate answer is not possible. because the first has an OLED-display, and the second. LCD with a slightly different color temperature and lower contrast.
And if you look at the pictures from the computer! Honestly, it will take you a long time to find any meaningful differences in everyday photos of people, landscapes and objects.
On the left is a photo taken with the iPhone XR, on the right. with the iPhone XS
Strictly speaking, this is how it should be. The iPhone XR 12-megapixel main camera with f/1 aperture.8 and optical image stabilization is the same as the iPhone XS model. And it is she is responsible for all the photos, except for portraits and zoom. In addition, both smartphones have the same sensor, the same image processing algorithms and the same new Smart HDR feature.
And the results are truly impressive! Colors are very “vivid”, light and shadows are well-balanced, and images overall look very clear. The same applies to video. iPhone XS and XR are among the best smartphone “camcorders” for real filmmakers, as well as for ordinary users who just decided to make a funny video with the kid.
What’s interesting about the iPhone XR
The largest LCD display on the iPhone. iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display. He got a resolution of 1792×828 pixels and a density of 326 dots per inch.
iPhone XR measures 150.9×75.7×8.3mm, 194g. Nearby iPhone 8
The most advanced LCD display of any Apple device. With the help of new backlighting technologies, Apple engineers managed to create a rounded LCD screen at the corners, and it occupies the entire surface of the smartphone’s front panel. It has accurate color reproduction and a wide color gamut.
True Tone technology. With a six-channel light sensor, the smartphone screen automatically adjusts white balance according to environmental conditions. The image looks as if it were printed on a sheet of paper. It is natural and comfortable for your eyes.
Touch unlock. It is implemented for the first time for an LCD display.
No 3D Touch technology.
Assembled from glass and aluminum. The frame of the iPhone XR, like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, is made of aluminum, which is used in the aerospace industry. The front and back of the smartphone are glass.
The glass fits snugly against the frame, providing IP67 protection against moisture. It withstands immersion in water to a depth of 1 m for up to 30 minutes.
We did not find room for the Home button, but it is not needed: its functionality is now performed by simple gestures.
The colors of the frame and rear panel have been selected so that their combination looks the most harmonious.
Gameplay game The Elder Scrolls: Blades, which will be released this fall
The new A12 Bionic chip. It is the first mobile chip developed with 7nm technical process. The exact same one used in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
It’s built with 2 performance and 4 power-efficient cores that work simultaneously for the most demanding tasks and separately when extra power isn’t needed.
A12 is up to 50% more energy efficient and up to 15% faster than the A11 Bionic used in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
The iPhone XR’s 4-core graphics system is 50% more efficient than before. It makes games and complex apps run faster.
Apple’s iPhone XR Problem
The solution uses next-generation technology called Neural Engine. It implements machine learning, making augmented reality, photo and video capture, and gaming faster and better.
Applications run up to 30% faster on iPhone XR than on iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Face ID runs faster. It has retained the security level set by the iPhone X, while increasing the speed.
iPhone XR lasts longer. On average, the new smartphone lasts 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus.
Depth of field effect. Using machine-learning technology, Apple engineers managed to implement a portrait mode with focus on the subject and artistic background blur on the basis of one camera instead of two.
Like the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR supports “depth” effect, with which you can adjust the intensity of the blur of the background.
You can also adjust the depth of field manually in photos taken with the TrueDepth front camera.
Smart HDR support appears. With this technology and a fast processor, the camera automatically overlays multiple shots with different exposures to maximize detail. It gives you less noise and more clarity in the highlights and shadows of each photo, even taken in motion.
Video capture has also improved. HDR is engaged when shooting video at up to 30 frames per second. This enhances the detail of each clip. The sound is recorded in stereo.
There are three options to choose from: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Result. iPhone XR combines modern technology and vibrant colors of the body. It has the same fast processor and Face ID as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, while being more affordable.
The start date of iPhone XR sales in Russia has not yet been determined. Stay tuned!
How the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR differ
Processor. Instead of last year’s Apple A12 Bionic, the new iPhone 11 has a more efficient and energy-efficient Apple A13 Bionic processor.
Cameras. The second super-wide-angle camera appeared in iPhone 11. It has four times the image area with it, so it’s perfect for shooting architecture, rooms and large companies. The standard wide-angle camera now supports a new night mode, new portrait modes, and an improved Smart HDR function. The selfie camera learned to shoot video in 4K.
Case. Instead of blue and coral, the new products received green and purple body options. Their water resistance has increased from IP67 to IP68. The dimensions of the models are identical.
Memory. The memory options haven’t changed, with both models available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Read on to learn more about all of this.