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iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS vs. iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus: All specs, compared

The iPhone XR is the "cheap" 2018 iPhone, but when you see its specs side-by-side with iPhones from the last few years, it's pretty impressive.

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The iPhone XS and XS Max have already been available for a few weeks, but the third iPhone announced this year comes out this Friday. Specs-wise the iPhone XR is not too far from 2018's top-tier Apple phones and the XR even has a bigger screen than the XS. Unlike past years, when the more affordable phone came with significantly fewer features than its counterparts, the XR might be the iPhone to get for most people. 

The iPhone XR is slightly larger than the XS, so there's no need to worry about screen size, but the one main feature difference is in the screen resolution -- 1,792x828 pixels for the XR's LCD screen and 2,436x1,125 pixels for the XS's OLED screen. So the XS definitely wins for pixel density and those two rear camera lenses -- the XR has one -- are definitely an advantage. But if you take a look at the rest of the specs side-by-side, the XR looks like a pretty solid phone. And it's quite a bit cheaper.

Check out the specs yourself -- I've also included the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus from previous years.

iPhone XR vs. other iPhones


iPhone XR iPhone XS iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 7 Plus
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch all-screen LCD; 1792x828 pixels 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436x1,125 pixels 5.5-inch LCD; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch LCD; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 326 ppi 458 ppi 401 ppi 401 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.94x2.98x0.33 in 5.7x2.8x0.3 in 6.24x3.07x0.3 in 6.2x 3.1x0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 150.9x75.7x8.3 mm 143.6x70.9x7.7 mm 158.4x78.1x7.5 mm 158.2x77.9x7.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.8 oz; 194 g 6.2 oz; 177 g 7.13 oz; 202 g 6.63 oz; 188 g
Mobile software iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12
Camera 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel 7-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A11 Bionic Apple A10 chip (64-bit)
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB
RAM Not disclosed Not disclosed Not disclosed Not disclosed
Expandable storage None None None None
Battery Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 1.5 hrs longer than iPhone 8 Plus Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 30 min. longer than iPhone X 21 hours talk time, 13 hours internet use 21 hours talk time, 13 hours internet use
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) None (Face ID) Home button (Touch ID) Home button (Touch ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features Water-resistant (IP67); Dual SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and eSIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji Water resistant (IP67), wireless charging Water resistant (IP67), Portrait mode
Price off-contract (USD) $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB) $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) $699 (64GB), $849 (256GB) $569 (32GB); $669 (128GB)
Price (GBP) £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB) £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB) £699 (64GB), £849 (256GB) £569 (32GB); £669 (128GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB) AU$1,149 (64GB), AU$1,399 (256GB) AU$929 (32GB); AU$1,099 (128GB)
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