Apple iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: What is the difference? (2023)

For the first time, launch The most popular new iPhone is the cheapest. Released alongside the premium iPhone XS andIncredibly Expensive iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR seems to keep its best features for a much lower price. So is this the perfect update, or are there problematic differences to avoid?

Here is everything you need to know...

iPhone XS (enlaces) vs. iPhone XR (rechts)


Monitors: Bigger, but not better

Perhaps the most striking difference between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR is that the latter has the larger screen. However, everything else on the iPhone XR screen is below average:

  • 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), 1400:1 contrast ratio, 79.0% screen-to-body ratio

As you'll see above, the big trade-offs with the iPhone XR are the downgrade from OLED to LCD and the much lower native resolution. In fact, the iPhone XR can't even display Full HD 1080p content, which is surprising for a 6.1-inch device.

The iPhone XR isDolby Vision/HDR10compatible like the iPhone XS, but it lacks the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology that has been part of the iPhone lineup since the iPhone 6S.

So should you worry about sales? Not really.

iPhone XS support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 is great for watching high-quality videos


LCD monitors may not match OLED in terms of contrast ratio and black levels, but they are more than enough for the vast majority of users. The smaller 326ppi (identical to the iPhone 8) is still 3x that of a 40-inch 4K TV (110ppi), and you still get the same 19.5:9 aspect ratio as the iPhone XS, samecorrect soundColor accuracy and "120Hz touch sensing" for faster response to touch inputs.

As for the lack of 3D Touch, iOS 12 allowed a long pressreplace most of its functionsand the technology is expected to beremoved next year anywaydue to lack of consumer interest. So while the display is one of the biggest technological differences between the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, I'm not sure most users are interested in a side-by-side comparison.

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Design - similar but degraded

(Video) iPhone Xr vs iPhone Xs - Full Comparison

Aside from their physical size, the iPhone XS and iPhone XR appear identical at first glance. But they are not.

  • iPhone XS - 143,6 x 70,9 x 7,7 mm (5,65 x 2,79 x 0,30 pol.) y 177 g (6.24 ounces)
  • iPhone XR: 5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in (150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm), 6.84 oz (194 g)

Although the iPhone XR has a screen that is approximately 5% larger than the iPhone XS, it is 10% heavier and slightly thicker. The main reason for this is the LCD, which isn't as flexible as OLED and therefore doesn't fit perfectly into the case (note the larger bezels on all sides of the iPhone XR's screen).

The iPhone XR has slightly wider bezels on all sides compared to the iPhone XS.


The iPhone XS also has a stainless steel body that feels a bit more premium than the aluminum of the iPhone XR's 7000 series (used in the iPhone 8 and earlier), and you get the iPhone XS's IP68 and IP67 water resistance. on the iPhone XR.

Should you care? Again, I don't think so.

Some won't like the iPhone XR's thicker bezels, but they're still thinner than many OLED competitors. Similarly, aluminum feels good in the hand, and IP68 simply means the phone can withstand being submerged in two meters of water for up to 30 minutes, not one meter. These are not deal breakers for most people.

However, the union of the two iPhones is more tangible.

iPhone XR is available in a variety of attractive finishes.


Both get 25% louder external speakers (which also add left and right stereo channels) and dual sim support thanks to a physical internal nano simfor exampleSo owners can run work and home or home and travel simulations on a single device. No iPhone has offered this before.

Interestingly, the iPhone XR also comes in a much wider and more interesting range of colors (white, black, blue, yellow, coral, (PRODUCT) RED) than the iPhone XS, which is limited to silver, space gray and gold andlooks the same as last year's iPhone X.

iPhone XS color options: Gold is new to the range

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From a mind-blowing perspective, the iPhone XR is just more interesting.

Achievement - Rocket Sled

Notably, the iPhone XR runs the same high-end chipset as the iPhone XS:

  • iPhone XS, iPhone XR – Apple A12 'Bionic' Chipsatz: Sechs-Core-CPU, Quad-Core-GPU, M12-Motion-Coprocesador

The difference is that the iPhone XS comes with 4GB of RAM while the iPhone XR has 3GB. This slightly improves multitasking as more apps can be kept in memory without having to reload them. But more often than not, the extra RAM is needed for the iPhone XS's dual camera (more in the next section) and no one thinks last year's iPhone X (3GB) is slow.

Apple's A12 Bionic Chipset


As for the Apple A12 ("Bionic", it's justMarketing Absurd) to the table, you get a 50% boost in graphics performance and power efficiency at idle, and a 15% boost in peak CPU performance. The increases are welcome, but Apple is so far ahead here (the 2017 iPhone X is faster than any 2018 Android phone), they're barely necessary.

The two new iPhones also have a nice touch: small power reserves so that NFC transactions can be completed even when the phones' batteries are depleted. A unique feature for this year's models.

On the other hand, the big news is that both iPhones support 600 MHz 4G bands. Network operators use 600 MHz to cover large areas that previously had no signal, and so far, iPhones have not supported it. So that alone literally opens up a whole new audience of potential buyers.

The iPhone XR misses out on the new 4G Cat 16 LTE speeds of the iPhone XS (with a gigabit download), but its Cat 12 600Mbps throughput is actually more than you need. So while Apple islagged behind with 5G support, someone who can reach such high speeds with 4G is unlikely to care.

Cameras – Single Vs Dual

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max look the same, including dual rear cameras


Apart from their different screen sizes, the second big difference between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR is that the latter only has a rear camera:

  • iPhone XS, iPhone XR - Primary rear camera - 12 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4 µm pixel size, optical image stabilization (OIS), 4-LED True Tone flash, Portrait Lighting
  • iPhone XS - Secondary telephoto lens - 12 MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, OIS, 2x optical zoom
  • iPhone XS, iPhone XR - "TrueDepth" front camera - 7 MP, f/2.2 aperture

The good news is that all iPhone XR users are missing out on 2x optical zoom. Yes, this is a useful feature, but often you can just zoom in on a subject. Meanwhile, previous iPhones required the second camera for Apple's popular portrait mode, but the iPhone XR can offer it with its unique front and rear cameras.

(Video) iPhone XS vs XR - Which Should You Choose?

The iPhone XR only has a rear camera, but it's the same main camera as the iPhone XS


Crucially, the two new iPhones also support Apple's new "Smart HDR" image processing. This combines multiple photos taken at different exposures into a single image to combat iPhone gamma.historical weakness with dynamic range. This system is similar to the HDR+ of the Google Pixel 2, which (still) has thatThe best cell phone camera on the market.

Apple's new Smart HDR image processing combines multiple photos and brings out the best in each one


Like the Pixel 2, the main rear cameras on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR have a larger 1.4µm pixel size, allowing them to absorb more light. This is a key update for better low-light photography and a win for both phones.

All of that means you should notice a pattern: the iPhone XR has a different offset compared to the iPhone XS, but it's probably one you can live with. Also, the XR has a large area where it easily outperforms the XS...

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Battery life and charging: cheaper lasts longer

For those unsure about the iPhone XR's LCD screen, here are some significant advantages: The lower resolution is much less demanding, and the larger size means Apple has more room to house a larger battery.

  • iPhone XS - 2658 mAh
  • iPhone XR: 2942 mAh

The consequences of this are perhaps the biggest deal breaker for the iPhone XR. It can outperform the iPhone XS by up to 25% in most areas, and even the flagship iPhone XS Max:

iPhone XR battery life is better than iPhone XS and even iPhone XS Max

(Video) iPhone XS vs iPhone XR comparison review


One area where the iPhone XR loses out, however, is in "faster" wireless charging. As with the Face ID enhancements, Apple didn't charge for this. It will be more than the 7.5W offered by the iPhone X and followed by the iPhone XR, but I doubt it will come close to the 15W Qi standard capabilities that phones use.

Finally a complaint.

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR support the same fast wired charging as the iPhone X (a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes), but Apple again refused to include a fast charger in the box. That's bad enough on the iPhone XR, but not including one on the iPhone XS (at an extra $75 for the required charger and compatible cable) is the steal of the day.

Storage and pricing: XR marks the spot

Here, the iPhone XR seals the deal:

  • iPhone XS: 64GB (US$999), 256GB (US$1,149), 512GB (US$1,349)
  • iPhone XR: 64GB (US$749), 128GB (US$799), 256GB (US$899)

While the starting price of $750 grabs the headlines, the clear sweet spot is the 128GB iPhone XR at just $50 more and $200 less than a 64GB iPhone XS. 128GB is also a great storage option, as the iPhone XS range seems to offer too little (64GB) and too much (256GB) for the average user.

Needless to say, some will be drawn to the monstrous 512GB iPhone XS, but it's hard to resist picking up a 256GB iPhone XR with four times the storage capacity of the 64GB iPhone XS for $100 less.

Apple's iPhone XR (right) is the highlight of the new iPhone range



With iPhone sales far outpacing all other brands, it seems to be the biggest threat to iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max sales (Details here) is Apple's own iPhone XR.

While Apple cut almost every feature from the iPhone XS to produce the XR, the reality is that everything that was lost is expendable. For some, a key feature (OLED display, dual camera, bezel size) will be missing that will force them to pay more for the iPhone XS, but for most buyers, the iPhone XR is a budget phone that packs all that weight. It has been removed. .

The iPhone XR is also a more practical phone, thanks to significantly longer battery life, and more attractive, thanks to its wider color gamut. Those determined (or able) to live on the cutting edge can opt for the iPhone XS series, but for everyone else, the iPhone XR is the model to buy. It's the most interesting iPhone Apple has made in years...


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