Apple lifted the veil off its new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pros, and they surely look tempting.
However, for people who desire an iPhone on a tight budget, this means the older iPhones would also get a price cut, making them more affordable and a slightly better deal to go for.
We contacted a few authorised retailers in India and found that the iPhone XR 64GB variant is now priced at Rs 49,000. If you want the 128GB variant, it’ll cost you Rs 54,900. Just to put things into perspective, when the iPhone XR launched in India, it was priced at Rs 76,000.)
iPhone 8, right now is available for Rs 39,900 for the 64GB variant and Rs 44,900 for the 128GB variant. iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, is still being sold at Rs 69,900.
Should you consider buying the iPhone XR?
When you compare the iPhone 11 with the XR, the only noticeable difference between the two is with the camera and the hardware under the hood.
You now get a dual-camera setup at the back with two 12-megapixel shooters — one’s a standard wide camera while the other is an ultrawide shooter to capture a wider field of view. iPhone XR had a single 12-megapixel camera at the back. As per Apple’s demos, having an ultra-wide shooter does help a lot in capturing good photos. Moreover, it also has better low-light performance than the iPhone XR.
The second big bump is in the processor. The A12 Bionic on the iPhone XR has been replaced with an A13 Bionic, which is faster and more power-efficient than the XR. But the XR is still no slouch in performance and can take on heavy multitasking, gaming while still delivering impressive battery life.
If you don’t click many photos and just want to upgrade your existing iPhone 6s or 7, iPhone XR is a great upgrade. The performance is still seamless and you won’t be missing out on a lot (as well as saving a considerable chunk of money). Plus, you’ll get all the recent Apple features like Animojis, FaceID etc.
What about the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus?
When the iPhone X launched in 2017, it completely stole the show, with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus being tossed to the side. However, for the time, iPhone 8’s were a great option for people who still wanted to use Touch ID while not compromising on performance. However, should you consider buying an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus in 2019?
When you look at the specifications and features, a lot has changed. From the design language of the devices to the camera hardware and overall performance. The iPhone 8’s retain a thick chin and forehead that looks dated. Even budget Android phones, half the price of the iPhone 8’s look better, while also offering more screen real-estate.
And while performance-wise it isn’t slow by any means, the A11 Bionic on the iPhone 8 is definitely old now. You won’t really experience this drop in performance in normal day-to-day use, but if you game a lot on your phone, or multitask with many apps running in the background, you’ll definitely notice a considerable difference.
Buying a brand new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus only makes sense if you desperately want an iPhone and cannot really afford the iPhone XR (If I were in your spot, I wouldn’t even consider iPhone 8 Plus). Otherwise, at this price point, there are many newly-launched Android phones that can offer better performance and experience than this two-year-old iPhone. Moreover, since the price gap isn’t that wide, consider going for the iPhone XR instead (if you can) as it’ll be a more value-for-money proposition.