It starts at $999 to get the new Apple flagship iPhone XS (64GB) and $749 (64GB) for its lower end iPhone XR. So what’s the difference in this $150 price gap? Should you upgrade to iPhone XS or XR? Just let’s figure it out!
6.1 inch LCD vs 5.8 inch OLED
What can be watched out at the first glace is that they have got a different screen both in size and materials. Built with an inferior LCD display is one of the main reasons why the iPhone XR was classified into the low-end iPhone. Compared to the LCD display, the OLED display gives a deeper black and sharper contrast ratio. But they are both good enough for users and most of us even cannot recognize their difference in practice. However, although the XR comes with a bigger 6.1-inch screen, it lost the battle to XS as it is lack of 3D touch. It seems not many users care about this technology which has been here since iPhone 6S, and even rumored that the 3D Touch will be all taken away from iPhone next year, however, it still a part of the reasons for some people who love it to choose iPhone.
At first glance, they look pretty similar — all turn to be the new version of “iPhone X”, however, the iPhone XR has about a 5% larger display than the iPhone XS, it is 10% heavier and slightly thicker. There are also larger bezels on the iPhone XR thanks to its LCD display. Moreover, the iPhone XS has a stainless steel chassis while the iPhone XR has the 7000 Series aluminum. But I don’t know whether we should call it a difference because I think there are few people will care about it.
IP 67 or IP 68 Waterproof
Another main difference goes to the waterproof rating. It’s a little bit hard to understand why Apple gives a lower waterproof rating to the iPhone XR when it arms it with the same processor as the iPhone XS. The fact is that the only difference between IP 67 and IP 68 is that you can submerge your phone into the water for another deeper 1 meter into the water, while nobody will actually do that. So it turns out that nobody will consider whether they need a phone equipped with IP 67 or IP 68 waterproof.
Single camera or double camera
When every brand is pursuing double cameras or even more like HUAWEI who introduced a triple-lens camera on it P20 Pro this year, Apple gave us surprise by presenting us with a single-camera XR.
iPhone XS: primary rear camera — 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size OIS, Quad-LED Ture Tone flash, Portrait Lighting; Secondary telephoto lens — 12MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, OIS, 2times optical zoom; Front “TureDepth” camera—7MP, f/2.2 aperture
iPhone XR: Primary rear camera — 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size OIS, Quad-LED Ture Tone flash, Portrait lighting; Front “TureDepth” camera—7MP, f/2.2 aperture
Although the 2x optical zoom has been missed out as the XR doesn’t have the telephoto lens, it still can be made up by just walking closer to the subject you are shooting. What’s more, Portrait Mode is supported on both the XR’s front and rear cameras.
Larger screen, better battery
It’s quite true that a larger display with iPhone XR means that there is more space for a bigger battery, plus it comes with a lower resolution which means longer battery consumption. All these are compared down to two specific numbers: iPhone XS — 2658 mAh; iPhone XR — 2942 mAh. It supposed to outlast the iPhone XS by as much as 25%.
From above, we do see a lot of differences out of there, however, it seems all those differences can be either made up or just ignored, so the iPhone XR is indeed a good choice.