OnePlus 7T review

Few phones get everything just right every once in a while and the OnePlus 7T is another shining example of that. And given that it costs less than Rs 40,000, it's a steal. Grab it while you can.
Never Settle -- when a brand takes this phrase as its motto, it is evident to believe that the eggheads behind the closed doors want to outdo themselves every time. And it's quite an achievement for them when you relate it subconsciously to the brand. OnePlus has been bringing out some of the most striking smartphones for five years in a row and I doubt whether any of them had disappointed the fans. They know what we want as consumers and deliver that in an unexpectedly sublime way. And then they don't wait and come up with something even better within a span of a few months.


Earlier this year, this very thought crossed my mind while checking out the OnePlus 7 Pro for the first time. It was a pinnacle of what the Shenzhen-based brand could offer this year and I wondered what happens to the T version of these phones in a few months. And most importantly - is there anything left for OnePlus to impress us even more? Has OnePlus settled for the time being? Fast forward to September and I am full of awe with the OnePlus 7T in my hands.

Before you start, I am still in two-bits about the design choice of the camera module. But look past that and if you are a geek, you will like, if not love, what OnePlus has done with this phone. It's a genuinely lovely phone and if you have waited for this one, your wait was worth it.
Classic OnePlus design with a twist
No matter how much of sci-fi tech a phone packs in, a phone has to look and feel good at first. Design has always been a priority for OnePlus. Whether it's the smart-looking OnePlus 3 from 2016 or the gorgeous OnePlus 7 Pro from early this year, if the phone has got an OnePlus branding at the back, it got to be classy for its time. The case stands true till date with the OnePlus 7T.
Democratising the 90Hz smoothness
I have used a couple of flagship phones this year and I can confidently say that the OnePlus 7 Pro still has the best phone display I have experienced. The smoothness of the 90Hz refresh rate and excellent colour profile tuning makes it ideal for watching movies or reading. OnePlus has tried to bring some of that awesomeness to the OnePlus 7T's display and it sort of works.

The display measures 6.55-inches and uses a Full HD+ Optic AMOLED panel. The panel has a refresh rate of 90Hz and supports HDR10+ colours. The notch on the top is noticeable at first but once you get used to it, it sort of disappears from your consciousness.
It's fast and smooth, as expected
OnePlus phones are silly fast -- a fact that will go down in history books as a universal truth. No matter what you throw, a OnePlus phone will never bog down or struggle with apps, unless the app is buggy. This stays true for all OnePlus phones and it is true for the OnePlus 7T as well.

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and this is the fastest chip any Android phone manufacturer can use right now. The CPU is clocked at 2.9GHz and can offer 4 per cent better performance than its older sibling whereas the GPU gets a 14 per cent boost for graphics performance. This is paired with 8GB RAM as standard and UFS 3.0 type storage. If you know tech, this is the stuff you dream about on your phone.

However, the hardware is just 50 per cent of the story and it's the software that has to manage the rest of the 50 per cent to get the best out of it. On the OnePlus 7T, we have the new Oxygen OS 10 based on Android 10, which again is the best you can get in 'Androidverse'.
Conclusion
What is it that most Indian smartphone buyers look for in a premium phone? Fast and non-fussy performance, good cameras, one-day battery with fast charging, a big display and design to massage their ego. And after taking a close look at the OnePlus 7T, it seems to have delivered on the core requirements of the Indian consumer.

The display and cameras are undeniably the key reasons that make the OnePlus 7T special. Club the superfast Warp Charge 30T technology along with the faster Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and the buttery smooth Oxygen OS, and you have a phone that's near-perfect. And even with that controversial circular camera hump, it still will turn heads wherever you go.

Samsung Galaxy M30s Review

Samsung recently introduced its new mid-budget offering with the Galaxy M30s in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs 13,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage option is priced at Rs 16,999.
With this, Samsung is aggressively trying to take back its market share from its competitors. The refreshed version of Galaxy M30s has a lot to offer: whether be its 48MP rear camera or massive 6,000mAh battery. However, the competition is only getting tougher with Realme and Xiaomi launching phones with attractive design, powerful hardware and aggressive price point. So, can it outlast its competition? Let's find out.

What we like about Samsung Galaxy M30s!
To start with, Samsung is known for delivering some amazing displays and the Galaxy M30s tells the tale quite brightly. The phone is loaded with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The display offers own good colour reproduction and viewing angles are good as well. By default, the colours are muted, but you can switch to Vivid mode in the Display Setting to make it look punchier and colourful. The large screen makes the streaming experience a delightful one. We watched a couple of series on Galaxy M30s and we were satisfied with the display performance. The phone comes with Widevine L1 support, meaning that you can stream HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos.
Another area where the Galaxy M30s shines is the battery. The smartphone is equipped with a massive 6,000mAh battery and it comes with 15W fast charging support. The phone is currently the only one in this price segment that offers this much capacity. During our testing period, the phone easily lasted two days with an average screen time of 8 to 9 hours. When we stressed the battery performance by playing some games, streaming videos, using social media apps and for navigation, we still got almost one and a half-day of battery backup. The 15W fast charger was helpful for charging the phone within 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Samsung has upgraded the cameras of the Samsung Galaxy M30s. The phone now comes with a triple rear cameras with 48-megapixel primary lens with f/2.0 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with 123-degree FOV and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For the front, it is equipped with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The daylight performance of the phone is good as colours came out to be close to the source and macro shots were good as well. The wide-angle captures a larger area.

What we don't like about Samsung Galaxy M30s!
Now let's start with what we don't like about the Samsung Galaxy M30s. Although the company has made a sturdy design, but the plastic back looks like an underdog when we compare it with the likes of Xiaomi Mi A3 and Realme XT. Both the phones offers you glass design, while Galaxy M30s still offers a plastic back panel.
Another area where the phone lacks is low light performance. Photos taken in low light conditions came out to be average in nature. The photos taken from wide-angle was dark and full of noises and grains. Furthermore, the edge detection in the Live Focus mode could have been slightly better.
Although Samsung Galaxy M30s offers a refined user interface, it is loaded with noticeable

bloatware. We got a plethora of company's apps and third-party apps. You can delete third-party apps, but there is no option to delete company's apps. Furthermore, the My Galaxy spams us with lots of notifications, which spoils the whole mood. Also, the user interface kisses on keen features likes Bixby Routines and Samsung Pay. 

XIAOMI REDMI K20 REVIEW

XIAOMI REDMI K20 DETAILED REVIEW
The mid-range smartphone segment has a new contender, and it isn’t one companies should be taking lightly. The Redmi K20 comes packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, the first mid-range smartphone to do so, giving it an obvious advantage over the existing devices in the market. Hot on the heals of the Realme X, we have the Redmi K20, priced slightly higher, but is that price difference worth it? We’ve got answers.

 PERFORMANCE
The Redmi K20 has the first mover’s advantage of bringing the Snapdragon 730. What that means is that for now, it tops out our performance charts. First, let’s talk CPU Performance. On our AnTuTu test, we see the Snapdragon 730 powered Redmi K20 blast past the Realme X with a score of 215186, almost 28 percent higher than the Realme X’s 168272. This kind of performance difference is further confirmed by our Geekbench numbers. For single core performance, The Redmi K20 has a score of 2543, 74 percent higher than the Realme X’s 1455. This difference in performance can be attributed to the fact that the big cores on the SD730 are based on ARM’s Cortex A76 while on the SD71, its Cortex A75. On multi-core test, the performance difference is a little more modest, with the K20 scoring 6963 and the Realme X getting 5968. Mobile Xprt scores also put the Redmi ahead by anywhere between 17 to 36 percent, depending on the level of photo manipulation.

CAMERA
The Redmi K20 sports three cameras on the back, each with a function. There is a 48-megapixel primary camera. This is a Sony IMX 582 sensor, identical in every way to the IMX 586, save for its limit of frame rates when it comes to shooting 4K video. Other than that, their performance is supposed to be the same. We also have an 8 megapixel 2x telephoto lens and a 13 megapixel ultra wide camera (12mm). Neither of the cameras offer optical image stabilization and only offer EIS, so final focal lengths could vary depending on the amount of shake detected by the camera.
Testing the primary camera first, we note that the binned results (default shooting mode) is excellent with impressive center sharpness. The edges tend to lose sharpness a little, but that’s only visible if you’re shooting a large group of people or shooting something close up. The 48 megapixel output of the same scene, however, shows a great lack of sharpness and contrast. Evaluating the 48MP images by themselves, we feel the results are definitely unimpressive, but kick the camera into the regular 12 MP mode and we have a winner on our hands. The HDR algorithms handle backlighting fairly well. As we have seen on several other phones before the Redmi K20, the 48MP sensor has great output during the day.

DISPLAY
The third impressive feature of this phone is the display. Xiaomi has managed to put an HDR certified display on the Redmi K20, making this phone a natural choice for those who enjoy streaming content from Netflix and YouTube. Yes, the Redmi K20 is certified by Netflix and YouTube to playback HDR content.

Thanks to the use of an AMOLED panel instead of IPS-LCD, we not only get better colour but also great brightness levels. The Redmi K20 topped out at a more-than-adequate 589 lux in our testing, with a minimum brightness of 4 lux. While this isn’t the brightest display by any means, it is still quite something to look at.

BATTERY LIFE
How far does 4000mAh get you? Well, according to Geekbench’s battery test, as far as 12 hours of continuous use. According to our video loop test, you can get round-about 652 minutes of video playback, although this number will vary based on what you play. We also noted only a 6 percent drop in battery percentage while navigating for one hour and a 4 percent battery drop during our 15 minute round of PubG. The phone takes 110 minutes to charge from zero to 100 and that’s because the K20 supports 18W fast charging, and not faster. In our daily use, the phone easily lasted a day and a half of medium-to-heavy use. Although it should be noted that we used the phone with the interface set to dark mode. Suffice to say, we have no complaints here, although we would have loved faster charging.

Vivo V17 Pro review: Good looks and great cameras

If you ask Vivo what is the brand's DNA, the company will tell you that it is "innovation". Now, innovation can mean different things to different brands and different people. When it comes to Vivo, one area where you can ascribe "innovation" is in the way it brings some unique and new technology to the mainstream phone market.

For example, Vivo was the first brand to bring in-display fingerprint sensor technology to an under Rs 30,000 smartphone with the V11 Pro. It was also the first smartphone brand to bring a pop-up camera phone to the masses with the V15 Pro. There are two constants here: Vivo and V series. With the latest Vivo V17 Pro, the company again brings something to consumers ahead of any other brand. The Vivo V17 Pro is a phone with a dual-selfie camera inside a pop-up module.

I have been using the V17 Pro for around 10 days now and feel that the camera performance of this phone is one of the best I have seen under Rs 30,000. The V17 Pro launches in India with a price of Rs 29,990. The phone comes with a total of six cameras! Four sit on the rear panel in a vertically placed module while the other two sit are inside the pop-up module on the front.

But apart from cameras, what else? What about the battery? The display? The performance? Some good, some not so much. So can the V17 Pro compete with smartphones from other brands at the same price point like the Redmi K20 Pro? Let's find in this Vivo V17 Pro review.

Vivo V17 Pro design
Vivo phones do design well. The V17 Pro is no exception. The Vivo V17 Pro is a gorgeous looking smartphone, and surely one of the best in its price segment. It comes in two colours -- Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice. The one pictured in this review is the Glacier Ice variant.

The mix of light blue and white in this variant makes the Vivo V17 Pro very attractive. The Vivo V17 Pro sports Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the back panel. Yes, finally a glass body phone from Vivo. Most smartphones these days come with Gorilla Glass 5 but for the V17 Pro Vivo goes a step ahead and uses GG6 instead. The glass body adds to the overall aesthetics of the Vivo V17 Pro.

Vivo V17 Pro design
Vivo phones do design well. The V17 Pro is no exception. The Vivo V17 Pro is a gorgeous looking smartphone, and surely one of the best in its price segment. It comes in two colours -- Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice. The one pictured in this review is the Glacier Ice variant.

The mix of light blue and white in this variant makes the Vivo V17 Pro very attractive. The Vivo V17 Pro sports Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the back panel. Yes, finally a glass body phone from Vivo. Most smartphones these days come with Gorilla Glass 5 but for the V17 Pro Vivo goes a step ahead and uses GG6 instead. The glass body adds to the overall aesthetics of the Vivo V17 Pro.

Vivo V17 Pro camera
And this is the best aspect of the Vivo V17 Pro. The Vivo V17 Pro is one of the best phones you can buy right now under Rs 30,000 if you want good camera performance.

Hardware first. On the rear panel the Vivo V17 Pro comes with 48MP primary Sony IMX582 sensor, 13MP telephoto lens, 8MP wide angle lens and 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots. On the front the V17 Pro includes 32MP primary shooter and second camera is an 8MP super wide-angle lens.
The Vivo V17 Pro captures some great shots, especially in good light. The pictures clicked with the Vivo V17 Pro appear with amazing details and almost original-like colours. The dynamic range is also pretty good. In addition to pictures clicked with the main sensor I loved the ultra wide angle and macro shots that the Vivo V17 Pro clicked. The ultra wide-angle lens offer a new perspective and lets users click wider area at close range to the subject. The camera app includes super macro mode and that's one of my favourite camera features of the V17 Pro. The super macro shots (check samples above) capture great amount of details and spot-on colours.

Vivo V17 Pro performance and software
If there are two areas where the V17 Pro could have been better, they are performance and software. The Vivo V17 Pro is a good upgrade to the Vivo V15 Pro in all aspects except performance. The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the same Snapdragon 675 processor from Qualcomm that is also inside the V15 Pro. For a phone that costs around Rs 30,000, we would have liked to see an upgrade here.

In fact, there are the Vivo Z1 Pro and the Vivo Z1X that cost less and come with a newer Snapdragon 712.

But what's in the specs? Let's talk of the real-world performance. The Snapdragon 675 processor is a good chipset and offers decent performance as well. The Vivo V17 Pro handles games -- both heavy GPU and basic -- well. It's just that in some games and with prolonged gaming you may see some lag from time to time.

Vivo V17 Pro battery
The Vivo V17 Pro offers really good battery life. The Vivo V17 Pro comes with 4100mAh battery and it supports 18W fast charging. I used the Vivo V17 Pro as my primary device -- this means I used the phone for chatting on WhatsApp, browsing social media, sending emails, making calls, and so on -- and it lasted for almost a day.

Should you buy Vivo V17 Pro?
The Vivo V17 Pro comes with a price of Rs 29,990 in India. This is little on the expensive side. Not that the V17 pro is shabby. You will likely love it, it is just that there are competitors in the Indian market.

There are great smartphones available across various price segments. Under Rs 20,000 there's Realme XT that is not only a powerhouse but also clicks great shots. Then there's Redmi K20 Pro under Rs 30,000 price bracket that offers powerful performance, great cameras, amazing battery life and so much more. Then comes the Vivo V17 Pro with great cameras and price almost touching Rs 30,000.

To get it right off the bat the V17 Pro is a good smartphone to consider if the camera is your key concern. It should also be considered if you want your smartphone to be innovative or have dual pop-up camera setup. Overall, I believe if you want a good camera in your smartphone and are not going to spend a penny more than Rs 30,000, then the V17 Pro is the one for you. If the camera can be compromised, there are other options available.

Honor 8X review

Honor is among a very few brands that pays as much attention to design as it does performance. The company has launched a number of affordable mid-range smartphones this year such as the Honor 9N and Honor 9 Lite that bring appealing designs while at the same time offer dependable performance. The Honor 8X can certainly join that list as well. The phone has been launched in India with a starting price of Rs 14,999 and going up to Rs 18,999 for the top-end variant.


As an affordable mid-range phone, the Honor 8X touts a massive 6.5-inch display on a compact form factor. It also highlights a unique double texture design on the back for a more attractive look that will allow it to stand out from the crowd. Additionally, the device also gets some AI features baked in thanks to a Kirin 710 chipset. The Honor 8X packs in a lot of features, which is important in a segment that is extremely competitive right now. But do all the features work in its favour? Read on to find out.

Design
The Honor 8X is really all about the design, much like every other Honor phone. The device screams premium the moment you hold it. This is largely because of the 2.5D glass on the front and back and a smooth, curved aluminum frame in between. The rear panel is quite unique as it brings a dual tone design. While a large portion of the back has a reflective glossy look, there is a thin strip on the left side that gives a matt-like finish. On this strip you have the dual cameras and the Honor branding. It certainly makes the phone stand out and gives it a very unique look, but it's also a very subjective design. It does take a while getting used to this dual tone design, but it's nice to see Honor mixing things up like this.

Display
Honor has significantly reduced the bezels all around to accommodate the large display. You only see a notch on top and a very slim chin bezel, allowing for over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It's actually one of the thinnest chins you'll find in this segment.The display comes with a FHD+ (1080x2340) resolution. This is a pretty vibrant and sharp display with good brightness levels both indoors and outdoors.

Performance and software
The Honor 8X is powered by Huawei's own octa-core Kirin 710 AI chipset. This is offered with up to 6GB of RAM, which should be more than enough for your multitasking needs. It is great to see a chipset that is not a Kirin 659 powering a mid-range Honor phone. The new Kirin 710 SoC is noticeably faster and more powerful than the outgoing processor. Clocking at 2.2GHz, it also makes it faster than the Snapdragon 660 chipset, at least on paper. But the speed is noticeable in real-world usage as well as I was able to breeze through the UI swiftly. Opening and loading apps were pretty fast as well and I barely noticed any stutters while browsing through social media apps like Facebook and Twitter.

The unit I received had 4GB of RAM and the device managed to handle multitasking well, although EMUI tends to kill some background apps to free up memory and improve battery life, so you may find this annoying at times. The 6GB RAM variants should deliver a better experience as far as multitasking goes.

Camera
The dual cameras on the back comprises of a 20-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the Honor 8X houses a 16-megapixel sensor inside the notch. The cameras are heavily backed by AI and there's an AI mode that is activated by default although you can toggle it off easily. My experience with the camera has been quite middling. Because of a very oversaturated display, any picture captured in daylight will look jarring. The colours are loud and contrast levels are high, especially with AI mode switched on, which means photos will look far from natural. They will look fine on a computer, but how often do we really transfer photos from a mobile to the computer.

Battery
The Honor 8X comes with a 3,750mAh battery which is decent. As my daily driver for a week, I managed to get a full day worth of battery life on most days with average usage. This included messaging, social media browsing and some amount of video streaming. The days I tested gaming performance was when the battery dipped quite a bit, requiring me to charge the device by 6pm.
The Honor 8X safely takes its place as one of the better phones in the Rs 15,000 segment. It really shines in two main areas - design and display. Honor, much like HMD, prides itself in offering some attractive looking affordable phones. The glass and metal design looks great and the dual tone finish on the back adds a unique flavour that makes the phone stand apart. The immersive-ness of the display is great for media consumption, but keep in mind that it is also a very saturated panel which can feel a bit too much for the eyes at times.

Asus ROG Phone 2 Gaming Review: A Gamer’s Choice

Asus recently took the wrap off from its latest gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 2. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 37,999 for the 8GB RAM variant, while the 12GB RAM option is priced at Rs 59,999.


The ROG Phone 2 is designed to impress the gaming community with its key features. The smartphone comes loaded with top-notch hardware coupled with an immersive display. The phone is a first in India to sport a 120Hz refresh rate along with 240ms response time. This coupled with other gaming-centric features and aggressive pricing strategy, the ROG Phone 2. Can it change the perception of a gaming smartphone? Let’s find out.

Asus ROG Phone 2 is a beast when it comes to specs!
Asus ROG Phone 2 is a true gaming beast when it comes to specifications. The smartphone is backed by a 6.59-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. Like we said at the start, the smartphone is the first to sport a 120Hz screen refresh rate with 240Hz touch response time. The display features 108 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut and it also supports 10-bit HDR. This simply means that the gaming experience will be a pleasurable one with this smartphone.


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Coming to the hardware, the ROG Phone 2 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor along with Adreno 640 GPU. The phone is backed by up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. The company has also added AirTriggers II that comes with remappable buttons at the right side of the device. For heat management, the company has added vapour cooling chamber, heat dissipation plate and vents. It also features dual haptic actuators for 3D feedback.

Armoury Crate and Game Genie enhances gaming experience!
Asus has added an Armoury crate application, which acts as a gaming hub for the smartphone. The moment you open the application, you will be greeted with ROG logo animation, which looks cool. Coming to the application, it comes with two sections Games Lobby and Console.
Let’s start with the Console. The left side of the screen shows real-time usage of CPU, GPU. RAM and storage. The company has introduced a new X Mode, which increases the clock speed for a better gaming experience. The app also allows users to control the sensitivity of Air Triggers and it also helps in controlling the System Lighting. Users can customise Aura Sync Lighting according for different scenarios like Music, Screen on, Boot Up, Incoming Call, During Call, Games, Notifications and more.

Gaming is a delightful experience!
The Asus ROG Phone 2 is a gamer’s delight in true sense. The vivid AMOLED screen coupled with the latest hardware takes the gaming experience to the next level. We played some casual games for starters like Alto’s Odyssey, Stack Ball and Dancing Road on this smartphone and it handled like a piece of cake.

APPLE IPHONE XR Review

Last year, Apple changed tradition by launching three new phones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the special iPhone X. This year, Apple shuffled the product portfolio further by making the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max the primary products, and the new iPhone XR as the outlier. At first glance, the iPhone XR may give off the impression it’s a resurrection of the iPhone 5C, given all the colour choices, but a closer examination reveals more than meets the eye.

SPECIFICATION AND FEATURES
The iPhone XR features the same powerful processor from the iPhone XS (Review); the A12 Bionic. The A12 Bionic is built using the 7nm fabrication process and features six-cores with two performance cores that are up to 15 percent faster than the CPU performance cores in the A11 Bionic chip. The phone also has a 6.1-inch display which Apple calls “Liquid Retina” with a resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels, pegging its pixel density at 326ppi. This is the same pixel density as the iPhone 8, but this time, packed into a display that’s larger than even the iPhone 8 Plus (Review), but with an overall form factor that’s smaller. Apple says that this is the most colour accurate LCD in the industry at the moment, but we’re going to test this out. To top the basics off, there’s a 2942mAh battery which you can top up via fast charging or even through wireless charging.

BUILD AND DESIGN
Unlike what happened with the iPhone 5C, the iPhone XR does not skimp out on the quality of construction or the design language. From the front, the iPhone XR looks like it belongs in the league of the iPhone XS. Turn the phone around and you start to notice the differences. Apple is offering the iPhone XR in an explosion of colours, all which are pretty nice. The colour is applied below the glass on the back and the frame is painted to match the colour on the back. Unlike the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR’s frame has a matte finish which feels nice to the touch. The iPhone XR has an IP67 rating, which is still good enough for most liquid accidents that can occur in day-to-day life.

THE CAMERA
The Apple iPhone XR comes with a single camera at the back, which shares its specifications with the wide-angle camera found on the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max (Review). A 12-megapixel sensor with an increased amount of phase detect pixels for faster focusing are aided by an optically stabilized lens with an aperture of f/1.8. Now, this is where some people might not be very happy. The iPhone XR starts at Rs 76990 for the 64GB variant, just a few hundred rupees short of the price of the iPhone 8 Plus when it launched. Thus, the lack of a dual camera setup will pinch, but that’s how you know you’ve opted for the cheaper iPhone. However, Apple does try to make sure you don’t feel the loss of camera too much by offering a machine learning based Portrait Mode along with 3 Portrait Lighting effects.

For the front, Apple is using the exact same hardware found on the iPhone XS/Max; the same 7-megapixel camera with a depth sensor and dot projector to enable FaceID and hardware-based Portrait Mode for selfies. We can’t wait to find out just how effective the imaging setup on the iPhone XR is, whether it lives up to the expectations people have from Apple’s smartphones or not.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
There are hints of all of Apple’s previous interesting products, the iPhone 5C, the iPhone SE, the iPhone 8 and in some ways, even the iPhone XS. It’s a rather “interesting” mish-mash of many iPhones and while some aspects of it appear promising, there may be certain features (like a missing secondary camera) that may put some users off. As of now, our first impressions of the Apple iPhone XR is that it is definitely an interesting product from Apple, fitting into a rather unique price-point, however, whether this is a smartphone that’s worth your money is something we’re going to detail out in our in-depth review.