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IPhone XS versus iPhone XR: what would you choose?

via:威锋网     time:2018/9/15 16:44:24     readed:789

Apple this week unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, as well as a lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone XR. The iPhone XS series is the most advanced and expensive model, starting at $999 and $109, respectively, and the iPhone XR costs $749.

At present, iPhone XS has started to purchase, and iPhone XR will be postponed until next month. Today we're going to compare the iPhone XS with the iPhone XR, hoping to give you some advice on which phone you're still hesitant to buy.

The specifications of iPhone XS and iPhone XR are as follows:

The iPhone XS Max is roughly the same size as the iPhone XS, except for a 6.5-inch display and an hour's lifetime.

What will miss iPhone XR choose?

The start price of the iPhone XR is $250 less than the iPhone XS, so users who buy the iPhone XR may not be able to get as many features as the iPhone XS. Apple needs to make some tradeoffs to lower its price, but it's not as serious as people expected.

Overall, Apple has made some compromises on the camera and overall design for the lower-priced iPhone XR. But Apple has also replaced the 3D Touch with Haptic touch on the iPhone XR, a new solution.

Characteristics comparison between iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Display screen

Like the previous generation of the iPhone X, the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch display and the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch display. The screen size of iPhone XR is 6.1 inches between the two iPhone XS models. While the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max use OLED displays, the iPhone XR uses LCD screens as a price cut. Due to the limitations of LCD technology, the screen border of iPhone XR is thicker than that of iPhone XS series.

The iPhone XR has a screen resolution of 1792 × 828 and a pixel density of 326ppi, compared with a resolution of 2436 × 1125 and a pixel density of 458ppi.

Before the iPhone X, Apple had been using LCD screens on the iPhone line, and the screen was also the best in the industry, so although the iPhone XR didn't use OLED screens, it still provided a high-quality viewing experience. Also, because of LCD technology limitations, Apple removed the 3D Touch from the iPhone XR and replaced it with a solution called Haptic touch, which also provides tactile feedback.


Apart from the differences on the screen, the overall design of iPhone XR is also slightly different from that of iPhone XS. For example, iPhone XR uses an aluminum border, while iPhone XS uses stainless steel frames. The iPhone XR is slightly thicker than the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, up to 8.3 millimeters, and the latter two are 7.7 millimeters thick.

Of course, iPhone XR still uses a glass rear cover, so it supports Qi wireless charging. It's important to note that Apple says both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max use "improved" wireless charging, so their charging power may increase, while the iPhone XR still uses a 7.5W fast charge.

In addition to a slightly thicker screen frame, a single rear camera, and additional color matching, the iPhone XR is more or less likely to be seen as an iPhone XS device, which also features a bang screen design that supports Face ID face recognition, the same Lightning interface, speakers, volume switches, and so on.

Battery life

Apple says the battery life of the iPhone XS is 30 minutes longer than that of the iPhone X and the iPhone XR is 1.5 hours longer than the 8 Plus. It's hard to compare the continuity of the iPhone XS with that of the iPhone XR, so here's more information:

Although the iPhone XR is cheaper, its battery life is excellent, even the longest-running model ever, with two hours more Internet use and an hour more video playback time than the iPhone XS Max. This may be because the Liquid retinal HD screen on the iPhone XR does not require as much power as the hyperretinal HD screen on the iPhone XS.


All three new iPhones have 12 megapixel rear wide-angle cameras, but the iPhone XR has only one camera, while the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max have a 12 megapixel long-focus camera. This means that iPhone XR lacks 2 times optical zoom.

Although the iPhone XR uses a single rear-facing camera, it still has advanced technologies, such as depth-of-field control portrait mode and smart HDR photos.

In addition, all three iPhones are equipped with 7 megapixel front-end TrueDepth cameras, but the iPhone XR's Portrait Lighting only supports three effects: natural light, studio light and contour light, and the iPhone XS has two more effects: stage light and monochrome stage light.


The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max have 64GB, 256GB and new 512GB storage options, while the iPhone XR offers 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions. If you want to purchase the storage version of 512GB, you can only choose iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.


The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max offer silver, gold, and deep-space gray in silver, space gray, and gold. In contrast, the iPhone XR offers more color options, including blue, white, black, yellow, coral and red.


As mentioned above, the starting price of the iPhone XR is $749, and the starting prices of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are $999 and $109. In China, the price of the three versions of the iPhone XR is 6,499 yuan, 6,999 yuan and 7,899 yuan, the price of the iPhone XS is 8,699 yuan, 1,099 yuan and 11,899 yuan, and the price of the Max version is 9,999 yuan, 10,999 yuan and 12,799 yuan.

So, should we buy iPhone XS or iPhone XR?

For many people, the iPhone XR is a better choice, especially since the price of the iPhone X was too high for users to upgrade their phones. IPhone XR has the latest technology specifications of apple, and the price is much lower than that of OLED.

If you want a phone that looks like the iPhone X, has a bang screen, supports Face ID, and wireless charging, we recommend the iPhone XR, while experiencing enhanced performance with depth-of-field control-enabled portrait mode, smart HDR, and A22 bionic processors. The key is that the screen of iPhone XR is larger than that of iPhone XS, and the battery life is longer than that of iPhone XS Max.

And if you're pursuing Apple's top flagship, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are better suited for you, especially the latter. The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED screen, a maximum of 512 GB of storage, an A12 bionic processor, stainless steel borders, an IP68 waterproof and dust-proof rating, and a Gigabit LTE.

Currently, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max can be ordered on Apple's official website, and pre-orders for the iPhone XR will begin at 3:01 p.m. Beijing time on October 19.

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