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iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: What’s the difference?

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Apple launched three new smartphones in one of their biggest events of the year. The tech giant announced the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and the more affordable iPhone XR.

The iPhone XS is the successor to the iPhone X of last year, so Apple had to discontinue the latter. This new device offers a slew of improvements over its predecessor. It comes with a more powerful processor, longer battery life, a smarter camera, and more. Apple also kept the thick notch on the screen and the glass back with a stainless steel frame.

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On the other hand, Apple also came up with the iPhone XR for those who can’t afford the iPhone XS. This one appears to take the spot that used to be occupied by the iPhone 8 Plus. Obviously, it has toned-down hardware due to its cheaper price tag.

So, what are the actual difference between the iPhone XX and iPhone XR? Let’s figure that out.

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 iPhone XSiPhone XR
Operating SystemiOS 12iOS 12
SIMSingle SIM
Dual SIM (Select markets)
Single SIM
Dual SIM (Select markets)
BodyFront/Back Glass panel
Stainless Steel frame
Front/Back Glass panel
Aluminum Frame
Display5.8-inch Super Retina OLED
2436 x 1125 pixel resolution
~458ppi
Dolby Vision, HDR10
Tru Tone
3D Touch
6.1-inch Liquid Retina (LCD)
1792 x 828 pixel resolution
~326ppi
Tru Tone
3D Touch
ProcessorA12 Bionic
Next-Gen Neural Engine
A12 Bionic
Next-Gen Neural Engine
RAM4GB3GB
GPUApple GPUApple GPU
Storage64GB/256GB/512GB64GB/128GB.256GB
Front camera7-megapixel
f/2.2
TrueDepth system
Portrait Mode, Depth Control
Animoji, Memoji
7-megapixel
f/2.2
TrueDepth system
Portrait Mode, Depth Control
Animoji, Memoji
Rear Camera12-megapixel (wide, f/1.8) +
12-megapixel (telephoto, f/1.8)
dual OIS
Quad-LED True Tone flash
2x optical zoom
Portrait Mode, Depth Control
Smart HDR
4K Video recording
240fps slow-mo
12-megapixel
f/1.8
OIS
Quad-LED True Tone flash
5x digital zoom
Portrait Mode, Depth Control
Smart HDR
4K Video recording
240fps slow-mo
OthersIP68 water and dust resistantIP68 water and dust resistant
AudioStereo SpeakersStereo Speakers
SecurityFaceIDFaceID
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE, VoLTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
HSPA+, 4G LTE, VoLTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
Dimensions143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
Weight177g194g
ColorsGold, Space Gray, SilverBlack, White, Coral, Blue, Yellow, Product Red
BatteryTalk time: 20 hours
Video playback: 14 hours
Qi wireless charging
Fast-charging
Talk time: 25 hours
Video playback: 16 hours
Qi wireless charging
Fast-charging
Price64GB: $999 (~Php53,800)
256GB: $1,149 (~Php61,900)
512GB: $1,349 (~Php72,600)
64GB: USD749 (~Php40,500)
128GB: USD799 (~Php43,200)
256GB: USD899 (~Php48,600)

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One of the key differentiating factors between these two devices is the design. As stated earlier, the iPhone XS  inherits the build and aesthetic of the iPhone X. This thing is sandwiched with glass in the front and back, which is then held together by a stainless steel material on the sides.

Meanwhile, iPhone XR do have an identical look to the XS. There’s the thick notch on the display and it’s covered with glass in front and back. But as a compromise, Apple used a high-grade aluminum to serve as its chassis, instead of stainless steel.

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And since it’s the more affordable option, the iPhone XR comes in new funky colors that might appeal to the younger crowd. Other than the traditional Black, White, and Product Red color options, the handset is also available in Coral, Yellow, and Blue.

Speaking of the notch, the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED screen, with a sharp resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixel resolution. It also has a few extras like Dolby Vision and HDR10. Meanwhile, the iPhone XR uses the traditional LCD panel with only a 1792 x 828 pixel resolution on a larger 6.1-inch screen. This is definitely one of the main compromises that the XR has over the XS.

iPhone-XR-Specs

But surprisingly, despite being the more affordable option, the iPhone XR appears to have a better battery performance than the iPhone XS. According to Apple, the XR has a talk time of 25 hours, while the latter only has 20 hours. They also have 14 hours and 16 hours of video playback, respectively.

However, the iPhone XS regains control thanks to its dual cameras on the back. It has an extra 12-megapixel telephoto lens that provides 2x optical zoom, while the iPhone XR only has a single 12-megapixel shooter.

Related: Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus and iPhone 8, 8 Plus new price list

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Other than those few differences, these two phones feel like the same device. The iPhone XR might only have a single rear camera, but it still has some of the camera features that the XS has. This thing has an optical image stabilizer, quad-LED flash, Portrait Mode with the new Depth Control feature and Smart HDR.

Both devices also share the same 7-megapixel selfie camera with a TrueDepth sensor for its Face ID security feature.

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The iPhone XR and iPhone XS also come with Apple’s new A12 Bionic processor and the next-gen Neural Engine chip. However, the XS has an extra 1GB of RAM over the iPhone XR, so it should perform significantly better in multitasking and other memory related tasks.

They also come with an IP68 durability rating, stereo speakers, and Qi wireless charging compatibility.

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With that, it all boils down to the price. The iPhone XS start at a price of USD999 (~Php53,800), which is the same with the iPhone X when it was initially released. On the other hand, the iPhone XR comes at a more reasonable price tag of USD749 (~Php40,500).

Between these two handsets, it feels like the iPhone XR offers far better value for the money. At a cheaper price, you have an iPhone with the same performance, identical design, and almost equally great cameras similar to the more expensive model. Whether the extra $250 (~Php13,500) is worth it or not, it depends on the priorities of the consumer.

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