iPhone X And iPhone XR Compared: Which Is Best?

Ever wondered what is the difference between iPhone XR and iPhone X? This article will help you to compare the two and decide which one is better for you.

iPhone XR

iPhone XR with its single rear camera

The iPhone X and XR are now a few years old but they are both still excellent smartphones.

The iPhone X ushered in the Apple era of buttonless design and Face ID and a brand new design.

The iPhone XR was a low-cost device with an impressive specification that punched well above its price range.

When Apple introduced these 2 models with their unique specifications the reviews were mainly positive. Both phones are equipped with many fantastic features but which iPhone has the edge now?

Let us look at these similarities and differences and decide which is the best choice today.


iPhone XR single camera

iPhone XR in a range of colors with a single rear camera

One of the most talked about features on the iPhone X is the dual camera. The iPhone X has two rear cameras, one is the standard wide-angle lens that captures a wide view of the scene. The other is a telephoto lens which magnifies your subject.

The iPhone XR only has a single rear camera which limits the photographic and video abilities of this model.

This means that it creates a portrait mode effect using software methods that allow it to calculate depth.

Overall the iPhone X has the best camera on the rear. The camera on the front of both models is almost identical.

iPhone X with dual cameras

iPhone X with dual rear cameras


One of the main differences between these devices is the screen type and size.

The iPhone X has an AMOLED screen with what Apple calls a Super Retina HD resolution. This is a high-quality display with a 458-pixel density.

On the other hand, the iPhone XR has a backlit LED display which is widely regarded as inferior to AMOLED. Although both screens are claimed to be equally bright the iPhone XR display is only has a 326-pixel density.

On paper, the iPhone X display is much better. However, in practice, most people are unable to see much of a difference between the displays.

Battery life

Another difference between iPhone XR and iPhone X is in terms of its battery life.

Although the XR has a smaller battery the more efficient Bionic A12 chip uses less power meaning it can outlast the iPhone X by up to 5 hours with average usage making it last all day with power to spare.

Also, the iPhone X is an older device meaning the battery has had an additional 12 months to degrade. This degradation is well-known and after 500 cycles it can cause all sorts of issues including automatic shutdowns – even if the battery is showing as much as 20% power remaining.

The iPhone XR has the best battery life with up to 5 hours more usage per charge.

iPhone X vs. iPhone XR

iPhone X iPhone XR
Release Date
(XR: newer)
November 3, 2017; October 26, 2018
(XR: larger but lower quality)
5.85 in (149 mm) Super Retina HD: AMOLED, 2436×1125 px resolution, (458 ppi)
625 cd/m2 max. brightness (typical), with dual-ion exchange-strengthened glass and 3D Touch
6.06 in (154 mm) Liquid Retina: LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1792 × 828 px (326 ppi)
625 cd/m² max. brightness (typical), with dual-ion exchange-strengthened glass.
(XR: faster)
Apple A11 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic (More powerful)
Front camera
(Identical in both models)
7 MP, f/2.2 aperture, burst mode, exposure control, face detection, auto-HDR, auto image stabilization, Retina flash, 1080p HD video recording portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji 7 MP with QuickTake video, f/2.2 aperture, burst mode, exposure control, face detection, Smart-HDR, auto image stabilization, Retina flash, 1080p HD video recording portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji
Rear camera
(XR: single camera. X: dual cameras)
12 MP with six-element lens, quad-LED “True Tone” flash with Slow Sync, autofocus, IR filter, burst mode, f/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording at 24, 30, or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, slow-motion video (1080p at 120 or 240 fps), timelapse with stabilization, panorama, face detection, digital image stabilization, optical image stabilization,
telephoto lens with 2× optical zoom / 10× digital zoom
Portrait Lighting, f/2.4 aperture, optical image stabilization
12 MP with QuickTake video, (1.4 μm) (1/2.55″) Sony Exmor IMX333-Inspired, quad-LED flash, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Optical image Stabilization, autofocus, IR filter, Burst mode, 6-element lens, 4K video recording at 30 or 60 FPS or 1080p at 30 or 60 FPS, Slow-motion video (1080p at 120 FPS or 240 FPS), Time-lapse with stabilization, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting (excluding Stage Light), Face detection, Digital image stabilization
(XR: 5 hours longer)
3.81 V 10.35 W·h (2716 mA·h) Li-ion

10-12 hours between charges when new. Worse with age.

3.81 V 11.21 W·h (2942 mA·h) Li-ion

Up to 17 hours between charges when new.

(XR: larger)
  • H: 143.6 mm (5.65 in)
  • W: 70.9 mm (2.79 in)
  • D: 7.7 mm (0.30 in)
  • H: 150.9 mm (5.94 in)
  • W: 75.7 mm (2.98 in)
  • D: 8.3 mm (0.33 in)
(XR: lighter)
174 g (6.1 oz) 94 g (6.8 oz)

You’ll find the full technical specification of the iPhone X and the iPhone XR on the Apple website.

The result: which is best?

The XR has a similar design to the iPhone X. However, it has slightly larger bezels, an aluminum frame, and is available in a wider variety of colors. The XR has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which means it can be immersed in 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes.

The XR has better hardware than the X as it is based on the newer XS. It has a few items removed from the XS to keep the price down such as:

  • Haptic Touch Instead of 3D Touch
  • LCD screen instead of OLED
  • The screen pixel density is 326 ppi instead of 458 ppi on the iPhone X
  • Single rear camera instead of dual cameras
  • No optical zoom

The iPhone XR has a better processor, is lighter, and lasts 5 or more hours longer between charges than the iPhone X.

If you want a phone with good battery life, a choice of colors, with a more modern chip then go for the iPhone XR.

If you would like a bigger, better display and top quality dual cameras then go for the iPhone X.

Network unlocking the Phone XR

Find out how to easily SIM unlock iPhone XR so you can use it on a different cellular network. This will allow you to insert a SIM from another network provider and use your smartphone to make calls or send messages.


Apple’s iPhone X was a revolutionary device that offers consumers an all-new design. However, the budget-priced XR offers a better value package as long as the single rear camera and slightly lower quality display don’t bother you.