Unlike previous iPhone launches, it’s not immediately obvious which iPhone you should buy if you want the best. Or rather, the iPhone XS is clearly the flagship model, but the iPhone XR, launching a month later, has some features which are better than its sibling.
So, what are the important differences to know before you choose which new iPhone X is right for you?
iPhone X R
All-screen design. Longest battery life ever in an iPhone. Fastest performance. Water and splash resistant. Studio-quality photos and 4K video. More secure with Face ID. The new iPhone XR. It’s a brilliant upgrade.
iPhone X S
Super Retina in two sizes — including the largest display ever on an iPhone. Even faster Face ID. The smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone. And a breakthrough dual-camera system with Depth Control. iPhone XS is everything you love about iPhone. Taken to the extreme.
Displays – Bigger, But Not Better
Perhaps the most surprising difference between the iPhone XS and iPhone XR is it’s the latter which has the bigger display. That said, everything else about the iPhone XR’s screen is inferior:
- iPhone XS – 5.8-inch OLED, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, True Tone, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 PPI), 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 82.9% screen-to-body ratio,
- iPhone XR – 6.1-inch LCD, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, True Tone, 1792 x 828 pixels (326 PPI), 1,400:1 contrast ratio, 79.0% screen-to-body ratio
Design – Similar, But Downgraded
At first glance, aside from their physical sizes, the iPhone XS and iPhone XR look identical. But they aren’t.
- iPhone XS – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 177g (6.24 oz)
- iPhone XR – 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in) and 194 g (6.84 oz)
Performance – Rocket Sleds
Remarkably, the iPhone XR runs the same cutting-edge chipset as the iPhone XS:
- iPhone XS, iPhone XR – Apple A12 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six-Core CPU, Four-Core GPU, M12 motion coprocessor
Cameras – Single Vs Double
Aside from their different display sizes, the second most externally recognizable difference between the iPhone XS and iPhone XR is the latter only has a single rear camera:
- iPhone XS, iPhone XR – Primary rear camera – 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, Optical Image stabilization (OIS), Quad-LED True Tone flash, Portrait Lighting
- iPhone XS – Secondary telephoto lens – 12MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, OIS, 2x optical zoom
- iPhone XS, iPhone XR – Front ‘TrueDepth’ camera – 7MP, f/2.2 aperture
Battery Life And Charging – Cheaper Lasts Longer
For those of you on the fence about the iPhone XR’s LCD display, here’s where it delivers considerable upsides: the lower resolution is far less demanding and the larger size means Apple has more space to fit a bigger battery.
- iPhone XS – 2,658 mAh
- iPhone XR – 2,942 mAh
The consequences of this are perhaps the biggest deal maker for the iPhone XR. It can outlast the iPhone XS in most areas by as much as 25%.
Now come on to the price of both these iPhone XR and iPhone Xs:
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