XR case vs 6S

EugW

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Just got an XR case in the mail. Compared to my 6S it seems prettt big! I’m a little nervous as I was hoping to downsize to an SE 2 if it ever came about but it looks like this is the future.
Of course it's much bigger. The Xr has almost 50% more (!) on-screen info than the 6s. In fact, the Xr has the same amount of on-screen info as the Max, and both the Xr and Max have 22% more on-screen info than the Xs.
 

tks900

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Of course it's much bigger. The Xr has almost 50% more (!) on-screen info than the 6s. In fact, the Xr has the same amount of on-screen info as the Max, and both the Xr and Max have 22% more on-screen info than the Xs.
This is interesting. I have read on occasion that XR and XS Max habe the same on-screen info, but how is that possible? The Max has 6.5, the XR has 6.1. So does this mean the XR uses, for lack of a better word, smaller print?
 

JPack

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This is interesting. I have read on occasion that XR and XS Max habe the same on-screen info, but how is that possible? The Max has 6.5, the XR has 6.1. So does this mean the XR uses, for lack of a better word, smaller print?
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tks900

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Thanks :) tried out the XS and the Max at the store today and was surprised to find how similar they are in what they actually display (only 22 percent more as I learned above). That made me wonder about the XR. Anyway, I think the fact that XR and Max are the same when it comes to on-screen info should actually be mentioned more often when people make their choice of phone from the 2018 lineup. To me, it makes me want the XR even more ..
 

JPack

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Thanks :) tried out the XS and the Max at the store today and was surprised to find how similar they are in what they actually display (only 22 percent more as I learned above). That made me wonder about the XR. Anyway, I think the fact that XR and Max are the same when it comes to on-screen info should actually be mentioned more often when people make their choice of phone from the 2018 lineup. To me, it makes me want the XR even more ..
Apple uses marketing to its advantage in many instances. For example, the 5.8" iPhone X has a smaller physical display area than 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus but many people think the X has a big screen.

Some people insist the XR will have a poor display because they're focused on the PPI numbers. At the end of the day, you'll want to look at a demo unit to make your decision.
 

Jimmy James

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This is expected and still problematic for the smaller phone market. The 6s isn’t all that small and the XR is much larger. Choices are migrating to huge and huger.
 

EugW

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This is expected and still problematic for the smaller phone market. The 6s isn’t all that small and the XR is much larger. Choices are migrating to huge and huger.
Now that the SE is gone, there is nothing stopping Apple from releasing a 5.5" 19.5:9 LCD iPhone in 2019. Physically smaller than the XS, but with the same amount of screen info.

Yeah, even if they did do that, it would still be way bigger than the SE, but OTOH it'd be in the same size ballpark as the iPhone 6s, so not too bad.
 

Jimmy James

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They held off with the Max last year to get another round of sales on the bigger phone this year.

They held off on the smaller phone this year to cash in on that market next year.
 

JPack

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Now that the SE is gone, there is nothing stopping Apple from releasing a 5.5" 19.5:9 LCD iPhone in 2019. Physically smaller than the XS, but with the same amount of screen info.

Yeah, even if they did do that, it would still be way bigger than the SE, but OTOH it'd be in the same size ballpark as the iPhone 6s, so not too bad.
Given the way the Max is selling, I think Apple would be crazy to dedicate any resources in making anything smaller than 5.8".

Personally, I expect next year's lineup to begin at 6.1" for the X and XR.
 

EugW

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Given the way the Max is selling, I think Apple would be crazy to dedicate any resources in making anything smaller than 5.8".

Personally, I expect next year's lineup to begin at 6.1" for the X and XR.
Different market. A 5.5" LCD iPhone would be better suited for Asia for example.
 

EugW

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Even <$150 Redmi phones designed for India have 6" displays.

https://www.mi.com/in/redmi-note5/

I'm not sure what market in 2H'19 would pay $649 for a 5.5" XR from Apple.
In places like China, Apple's iPhones are still very popular. They seem to have much more disposable income than those in India. A lot of people do like the larger phones in China, but there appears to be quite a big market for lower priced phones as well. However, the iPhone 8 didn't do so well, probably because it's pretty much the same as the 6, 6s, and 7.

I think a 5.5" 19.5:9 1624x750 LCD full-screen iPhone would refresh the cheap iPhone line enough to increase sales in that tier.

Even better though would be a 2218x1024 5.5" LCD iPhone, especially for Chinese characters.
 

JPack

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In places like China, Apple's iPhones are still very popular. They seem to have much more disposable income than those in India. A lot of people do like the larger phones in China, but there appears to be quite a big market for lower priced phones as well. However, the iPhone 8 didn't do so well, probably because it's pretty much the same as the 6, 6s, and 7.

I think a 5.5" 19.5:9 1624x750 LCD full-screen iPhone would refresh the cheap iPhone line enough to increase sales in that tier.

Even better though would be a 2218x1024 5.5" LCD iPhone, especially for Chinese characters.
In China, even $200 phones have at least a 5.7" display. Mainstream phones have 6.2-6.4" displays. The 5.5" train sailed off a long time ago in China. The Chinese market is about 2 ahead of the rest of the world.

In 2017, 7 out of the top 10 smartphones sold in China had a 5.5" display. Apple introducing a 5.5" display in 2019 for China would be completely out of place. If you visit the OPPO or Vivo website, virtually every single current offering has a 6.2-6.4" display.


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