The iPhone XS and the iPhone XR are among the latest three phones that were unveiled by Apple. The iPhone XS is among the most expensive phone from Apple while the iPhone XR is price conscious. Here we will be comparing the iPhone XS with the iPhone XR to help you make decisions on which one to buy.
iPhone XS VS iPhone XR: Design
On the overall design, the iPhone XR is a little bit different from the iPhone XS. The iPhone XR is built with an aluminum frame along the edges, rather than stainless steel on the iPhone XS. Though the iPhone XR still has a glass on the back which supports wireless charging, however, Apple says that the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max wireless charging has been upgraded with fast charging output while the iPhone XR still remains 7.5W.
On the body, the iPhone XR is a little bit thicker, and on the back, it has a single camera setup. Apart from this, the iPhone XR has a similar feature with iPhone XS. They both have a notch for the Face ID sensors and a nearly edge-to-edge display. There’s also the usual Lightning connector, speaker grilles, volume switches, and more.
iPhone XS VS iPhone XR: Display
The iPhone XS has a screen size of 5.8-inches while the iPhone XR has a bigger 6.1-inch display. While the iPhone XS has an OLED display, the iPhone XR uses an LCD as a cost-cutting measure. The iPhone XR has a screen resolution of 1792×828 pixels, and 326 pixels per inch density which is a little bit lower than the 2436×1125 pixels resolution of the iPhone XS display, perfect for 458 pixels per inch. Despite not being an OLED display, the iPhone XR will provide a quality viewing experience. The iPhone XS has a 3D Touch which Apple now replace with a Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR.
iPhone XS VS iPhone XR: Camera
On the camera, the iPhone XS has a 12-megapixel rear-facing wide-angle camera lens, and an additional 12-megapixel telephoto lens, whereas the iPhone XR has the single lens.
This means you won’t be getting the 2x optical zoom, which is the ability to zoom in on a subject up to 2x without any blurriness.
Despite that, the single camera on the iPhone XR will take stunning photos with advanced technology that enable the Portrait Mode with Depth Control to automatically adjust the depth of field or bokeh effect in the background of photos. The iPhone XS support Smart HDR which will bring shadows detail to photos.
iPhone XS VS iPhone XR: Battery & Performance
According to Apple, the iPhone XS battery will last 30 minutes longer the iPhone X, while the iPhone XR will last up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus. The phone promise two and five hours longer battery life per charge cycle, depending on the usage compared to the iPhone XS. This is understandable because the iPhone XR use Liquid Retina display is less power hungry than OLED displays. Both phones are powered by an A12 Bionic chip which is based on iOS. The iPhone XS has 4GB of RAM while the iPhone XR has 3GB of RAM.
iPhone XS VS iPhone XR: Storage & Price
The iPhone XS is available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB, while the iPhone XR is only available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The iPhone XS price starts from $999, while the iPhone XR price starts from $749.
The iPhone XR is a great phone, don’t let the price or the single rear camera to deceive you. If you don’t have up to $999 to spend on the iPhone XS, then you should go for the iPhone XR.