Goldman Sachs analyst thinks $749 iPhone XR is too cheap

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Discovered first by Let's Go Digital (via BGR), the benchmarks suggest that both the flagship iPhone Xs Max and the cheaper iPhone XR will deliver performance not available on any other smartphone.

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The analyst also told The Post that he predicts that even the 2-year-old iPhone 7, which has seen its starting price cut to $449, will outsell the iPhone 8, thanks to its appeal in developing markets.

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Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials.

The two phones are nearly identical in design and features, with the XS being a refinement of last year's phone.

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Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed. It starts at $749 for the 64 GB model and will cost more for its 128 GB and 256 GB models.

The phone feels like a plus-size device in the hand according to Gareth, but he notes that it "doesn't feel unwieldy due to the fact the display stretches from edge to edge".

Apple previously included a lightning to USB cable, USB power adapter, headphones for use with a Lightning connector and a dongle in the box containing a new iPhone. Further, the rear wide-angle lens, True Tone flash, and True Depth camera on the iPhone XR are identical to those found on the iPhone XS, so the only difference from a photography point of view appears to be the lack of the second telephoto lens. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp.

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As such, Gareth concludes that providing you don't want loads of advanced features, no "bells and whistles", then the camera system on the iPhone XR "will do you just fine". Do you believe the new products are as good as we expected them to be? Why pay $999 for the incredible screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $100 less?

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