iPhone XR versus iPhone 8: an iPhone showdown at entry level

There are some colorful finishes for the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is in a way the beginning of a new assortment of Apple, which falls somewhere between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone XS, but it is the iPhone 8 that it is the clear successor.

Their designs differ, as do many of their specifications and features, but the iPhone XR is the cheapest of Apple's new handsets, just like the iPhone 8 last year.

They also have some other agreements, so to help you see how these two phones are compared, we have compared them in different categories.

iPhone XR versus iPhone 8 design

The iPhone XR and iPhone 8 both have a glass back and a metal frame, but from the front they look very different, because the iPhone XR has a notch in the screen and a very small edge.

The iPhone 8 has a large bezel above and below the screen, with the bottom bezel housing a start button and a fingerprint scanner.

It's a more dated look and one that does not sport any of Apple's latest phones, but it's certainly appealing to some.

There are some colorful finishes for the iPhone XR

The dimensions and the weight also differ, of course, with the iPhone XR that comes in at 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm and 194 g, while the iPhone 8 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm and 148 g is.

The iPhone XR also comes in a wider range of colors, especially white, black, blue, yellow, coral and red, while the iPhone 8 comes in just gray, silver, gold and red space (and the red model is not everywhere available) more).

iPhone XR versus iPhone 8 screen

The display changes almost as large as the design changes, because the iPhone XR has a screen of 6.1 inches, while the iPhone 8 is only 4.7 inches tall.

The screen of the XR has a resolution of 828 x 1792 for a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, while the iPhone 8 has a resolution of 750 x 1334, but corresponds to the pixel density of the iPhone XR.

The iPhone 8 has a much smaller screen

The iPhone 8 has a much smaller screen

The iPhone XR also has a different aspect ratio, namely 19.5: 9, while the iPhone 8 is 16: 9, although both screens have an LCD screen. That means that no phone has a good screen like the OLED iPhone XS handsets.

iPhone XR versus iPhone 8 OS and power supply

The iPhone XR should be a lot more powerful than the iPhone 8, because it has a new Apple A12 Bionic chipset, while the iPhone 8 has an older A11 Bionic – although it is still a very powerful chipset.

Both chipsets have six cores, but the fastest cores in the A12 Bionic are up to 15% faster than the A11 Bionic, while the high-efficiency cores consume up to 50% less power. The A12 Bionic also has a 50% faster GPU and an improved neural motor.

As for software, the iPhone XR comes with iOS 12 on board, but you can also update the iPhone 8 to that software.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 camera and battery

The iPhone XR and iPhone 8 both have a rear view camera with one lens, especially a 12 MP f / 1.8 one with optical image stabilization, although it has been slightly modified and improved for the iPhone XR, because you get a better True Tone for example flash times around.

If you choose to blur the background in a photo with the iPhone XR, you can also change the level of blurring afterwards – a trick that the iPhone 8 does not offer. The iPhone XR also features a Smart HDR, with which you can improve your photo quality.

Both phones only have a reversing camera with one lens

Both phones only have a reversing camera with one lens

However, the front camera of the iPhone XR is a bigger improvement, since both phones have a 7 MP f / 2.2 camera, and the iPhone XRs is a TrueDepth camera, for the proper depth perception for portrait mode and face recognition. .

The iPhone XR should also last longer than the iPhone 8 between recharges, because Apple has claimed that it lasts up to 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus, which itself lasts longer than the iPhone 8.

To be more precise, the iPhone XR can apparently last up to 15 hours of internet use or 16 hours of video, while the iPhone 8 is considered permanent for up to 12 hours of internet use or 13 hours of video.

iPhone XR versus iPhone 8 price and availability

You can order the iPhone XR on October 19 in advance and it will be sent on October 26th.

It has a starting price of $ 749 / £ 749 / AU $ 1,229 for 64 GB, rising to $ 799 / £ 799 / AU $ 1,299 for 128 GB and $ 899 / £ 899 / AU $ 1,479 for 256 GB.

The iPhone 8 can now be purchased and starts at $ 599 / £ 599 / AU $ 979 for a 64 GB model, with prices rising to $ 749 / £ 749 / AU $ 1,229 for a 256 GB, so the new phone is a lot more expensive.

Take away

The iPhone 8 – along with the iPhone 8 Plus – was the latest of Apple's old phone style, so the iPhone XR marks an important design change.

Other than the modified design you also get more power, a larger screen, a slightly better camera and a theoretically longer battery life in the iPhone XR, so it sounds like a considerable upgrade, but then it costs a lot more – a 64 GB iPhone XR costs the same as a 256 GB iPhone 8.