iPhone XS versus iPhone XR: how does Apple's new, cheaper device relate to the XS?

The iPhone XR is more colorful than the iPhone XS

Apple has just announced three new iPhones – the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR and it's the first and the last of what we're looking at here.

The first is the main successor to the iPhone X, while the latter is the replacement for the iPhone 8, but in many ways it has more in common with the X than with the 8.

In fact, from the front the iPhone XR looks much like the iPhone XS, but you see closer and there are many differences. Read on for an overview of both.

iPhone XS versus iPhone XR design

Apple has last seen the old iPhone design on the iPhone 8 completely discarded, with even the & # 39; entry model & # 39; iPhone XR with an almost careless look with a notch and no start button.

The iPhone XS sports that also look, with both phones with a glass back and a metal frame – although the iPhone XS has a stainless steel frame, while the iPhone XR has an aluminum.

The iPhone XS is also water resistant because it is IP68 certified, which means that it can survive up to 30 minutes of deep water of 2 meters in water, while the iPhone XR can only be immersed up to 1 meter deep.

The iPhone XR is more colorful than the iPhone XS

Other than that, the main difference in design is the size and the weight, because the iPhone XS comes to 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and 177 g, while the iPhone XR 150.9 x 75.7 x is 8.3 mm and 194 g. So the XR is bigger and heavier, but then it has a larger screen, which we will see below.

The iPhone XR is also available in a wider range of colors, especially in the colors red, yellow, white, coral, black and blue, while the iPhone XS is only gray, silver and gold in the room.

iPhone XS versus iPhone XR screen

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1125 x 2436 and a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch, while the iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD with a resolution of 828 x 1792 and a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.

So the iPhone XR has a larger but less sharp screen and the use of an LCD screen means the color and contrast will probably not be that strong – although Apple has been delivering great LCD screens for years, so it probably still looks good.

iPhone XS

The iPhone XS has a screen with a higher resolution

iPhone XS versus iPhone XR OS and power supply

Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR use the new A12 Bionic chipset from Apple, so there should not be much difference in power and both are probably one of the most powerful phones in the area. The XS may have more RAM, but Apple has not revealed how much each cell phone has, so we do not know for sure.

Both phones also have iOS 12, of course, so there is even less difference when it comes to software. You can also expect both handsets to be supported with software updates in the coming years.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR camera and battery

This is one of the main differences between the two phones, while while the iPhone XS has a 12 MP dual lens rear camera (with both a telephoto and wide-angle lens), the iPhone XR only has a 12 MP camera with one lens.

It has at least optical image stabilization (just like the iPhone XS), but it lacks things like optical zoom, due to the fact that it only has one lens.

There is only one camera on the back of the iPhone XR

There is only one camera on the back of the iPhone XR

However, both phones have a TrueDepth camera on the front, allowing Face ID and Portrait Mode (which can blur the background of photos using the snapper's depth sensing skills).

Apple has not unveiled the battery of both phones. It never does, so we will have to wait for someone to open it, but it has said that the iPhone XS can last up to 12 hours of internet use or 14 hours of video, while the iPhone XR can apparently go up to 15 hours of internet or 16 hour of video, so the XR should take longer.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR price and availability

The iPhone XS is available for pre-order on September 14 and will be shipped starting September 21 at a starting price of $ 999 / £ 999 / AU $ 1,579.

The iPhone XR on the other hand is available for pre-order on October 19th and will arrive in stores on October 26, with a starting price of $ 749 / £ 749 / AU $ 1,229.

Take away

There are fewer differences between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR than between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, but the XR is still clearly the lower end device, even though it has a larger screen.

It is unlikely that the photographic skills are as good and the screen quality is not. But it is also cheaper, so if you want an iPhone with a large screen and can not stretch to the iPhone XS Max, or if you have a small budget, this could be the better buy.

But if you want the real flagship of Apple, then the iPhone XS (or the XS Max) is the only choice.