Apple now sells iPhone XR refurbs that are almost as cheap as iPhone SE


iPhone XR was India’s no. 1 ‘ultra premium’ smartphone in 2019
How does the iPhone XR stack up to the iPhone SE? Let us tell you.
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Apple has started selling officially refurbished iPhone XR models in the Apple Online Store. The handsets are available in 64GB, 128GB, and the discontinued 256GB storage options — for about $100 to $120 less than their current selling price.

MacRumors spotted the addition of the new (well, old-made-new) iPhone XR refurb units. It notes that the 64GB models are selling for $499. That’s a reduction of $100 from the current $599 price and $250 from the $749 launch price. Meanwhile, the 128GB model sells for $539, compared to the $649 price brand new, which was $799 at launch. Meanwhile, the 256GB model is $629, reduced for $749 at current clearance price or $899 upon launch.

All of Apple’s refurbished iPhone XR handsets are unlocked and come without a SIM. That means you can activate them with any carrier that you wish.

Each refurbished handset has been returned to factory quality condition, meaning there should be no discernible difference versus a new handset. They all come with a one-year warranty, which can be extended with AppleCare or AppleCare+.

How does refurbished iPhone XR measure up to iPhone SE 2020?

For customers on a budget, the choice will likely come down to a refurb iPhone XR or an iPhone SE 2020. Given that the iPhone 2020 starts at just $399 that’s already a big advantage in its corner. The iPhone SE also comes with an A13 Bionic chip vs. the iPhone XR’s A12 Bionic. Both have comparable front and back cameras.

The largest selling point for the iPhone XR is its larger display (6.1-inches versus the iPhone SE’s 4.7-inches) and Face ID versus Touch ID. Simply put: if you want a newer-looking iPhone, minus the Home button, you should opt for the iPhone XR. Otherwise, the iPhone SE probably makes more sense due to the more up-to-date components and lower price.

Which of the two do you think is the better purchase? Let us know in the comments below.


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