Apple iPhone XR Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Full Specs, Features

American tech giant Apple Inc. has just officially lifted the veil on three new iPhone models for 2018, each having their own key selling points and highlights.

The most "affordable" of the trio is the the Apple iPhone XR, which has become the first ever iPhone to have Dual SIM functionality through one nanoSIM slot and another Digital eSIM slot for network carriers around the world that already support this kind of internal SIM card for smartphones.

Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone XR Philippines

Despite being the most budget-friendly model of the bunch, though, the iPhone XR's official suggested retail price in the US still starts at $749 USD, which is by no means cheap.

With current conversion and before taxes, that's around PHP 40,300 here in Philippines; More than twice the price of some popular midrange models in this market like the OPPO F9, Huawei Nova 3i, Pocophone F1, or even Vivo V11, which all have better specs than the iPhone XR in some departments like battery size, amount of RAM, and front camera resolution.

Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone XR Philippines

However, I'm sure that that information won't matter much to hardcore Apple fans who buy the latest iPhones not just because of the handsets' technical specifications but also because of how they personally feel when they carry these gadgets.

As I've shared in one interview that I did with Bloomberg Philippines a couple of years ago, Apple is unique in its ability to sell products through intangible marketing, which appeals to consumers' beliefs and emotions.

Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone XR Philippines

As tech blogger who does his best to be level-headed in reviewing gadgets, I am just relieved that this model sports a handful of tangible features that will benefit users beyond mere emotional connection.

For one, iPhone XR's mid-frame is crafted from Series 7000 Aluminum which is known for its durability. The glass-sandwich enclosure is also IP67 Splash, Water, and Dust Resistant, which can greatly contribute to the longevity of the device.

Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone XR Philippines

Another thing, I bet mobile photography enthusiasts will enjoy using this model's 12 MegaPixel f/1.8 rear camera which is powered by Apple's Neural Engine that improves its imaging performance in various lighting conditions and even enables virtual bokeh effect when shooting portraits.

If you're a power user or an avid gamer, the all-new Hexa-Core Apple A12 Bionic processor with integrated Quad-Core GPU should ensure ultra-smooth and lag-free experience even when running the most resource intensive titles that you can download from Apple App Store.

Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone XR Philippines

So what's the worst thing about the Apple iPhone XR? Well, just from looking at its specs-sheet, I'd say that the resolution of the 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display is quite low -- and this means that it is not that pixel-dense or ultra-clear. Never mind the lack of 3D Touch, I wish that Apple had at least given this model a FullHD+ screen -- but I guess they didn't want iPhone XR to cannibalize on iPhone XS sales.

Anyway, I'm still looking forward to seeing this model in the flesh and to actually playing with it. After all, I'm loving the color options -- especially the Blue and Yellow variants, which look so unique and eye-catching.

Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone XR Philippines

Apple iPhone XR will be up for purchase at Apple Stores in more than fifty countries - including our fellow Asian countries Japan, Hong Kong, China, India, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan - starting on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Update as of October 2018: Apple has just announced the official suggested retail prices of all the Apple iPhone XR variants in the Philippines: PHP 50,990 for the 64GB, PHP 53,990 for the 256GB, and PHP 60,490 for the 512GB version.

Apple iPhone XR Specs
150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
194 grams
6.1 inches, 828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 326 ppi,  Liquid Retina, IPS LCD
True Tone Display
No 3D Touch
Aluminum Series 7000 Body
IP67 Splash, Water, and Dust Resistant
Rear Camera: 12 MegaPixels, f/1.8 Aperture, 28mm Focal Length, 1.4┬Ám, Optical Image Stabilization, Phase Detection AutoFocus
Front Camera: 7 MegaPixelfs, f/2.2
Rear Video Recorder: 4K 2160p @ 30fps, FullHD 1080p @ 30fps
Front Video Recorder: FullHD 1080p @ 60fps
iOS 12
Siri Virtual Assistant
Hexa-Core Apple A12 Bionic Processor
Quad-Core Apple GPU
Neural Engine
3GB of RAM
64GB, 128GB, and 256GB ROM Options
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE-A Cat16
Face ID via TrueDepth Camera System
Three-Axis Gyro
Dual SIM = nanoSIM + Digital eSIM
Lightning Charging Port
Fast Charging, 50% in 30 Minutes
Qi Wireless Charging Support
Non-removable 2,915 (TBC) mAh Li-Ion Battery
15 Hours of Internet Use, 16 Hours of Video Playback
Red, Black, Yellow, Blue, Coral (Light Tangerine)

Apple iPhone XR Price
Starts at $749 USD
Release Date in Key Apple Markets: October 26, 2018
Price Guesstimate in the Philippines - Starts at PHP 40,000
Official Suggested Retail Prices of Apple iPhone XR in the Philippines
64GB - PHP 50,990
256GB - PHP 53,990
512GB - PHP 60,490
Release Date Guesstimate for the Philippines - 1st Half of November 2018
Availability in the Philippines - November 2018

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