iPhone X Vs. iPhone XR. Head to head

iPhone X Vs. iPhone XR

Apple went all out on innovation in 2017 and presented the world with the full screen 5.8″ corner to corner screen with curved edges. iPhone X vs. XR, iPhone X blows the XR straight out of the park.

iPhone x came with serious upgrades, and finally, Apple made a futuristic leap making an iPhone that looked a modern phone. Gone are the bezels, and there is no place for the home button on the new iPhone. Apple launched iPhone X without touch ID while marketing face ID more secure and futuristic.

iPhone X vs. iPhone XR is only comparable in screen real estate. iPhone XR offers a 6.1″ diagonal screen and is larger than the smaller 5.8inch bezel lees iPhone X. XR however, does come with some of the iPhone’s latest innovations like Face ID and all-screen curved edged bezel-less display.

When you compare performance metrics of iPhone X vs. iPhone XR, the iPhone ten excels in every aspect. But iPhone XR is the budget version, or you can say a doppelganger of iPhone X with similarities outside and differences inside.

Apple launched its successors to X in 2018 as iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Both the devices added a bit more to the already superb iPhone X, upgrading the iOS 13.

iPhone X offered a dual-camera system with two sensors mounted at the top right corner at the rear of the phone. At the same time, iPhone XR has a single 12 MP shooter on the back with no camera bump.

iPhone X is glossy and shiny, that’s what you get when the phone is sandwiched between glass, and a bright silver ring encloses the sides. Awesome iPhone skins and covers can help protect the phone from scratching. The phone is IP 67 dust and water-resistant that gives you a sense of security.

sense of security

With both iPhone X and iPhone XR, the absence of the home button leaves you with a question, how to take a screenshot? The answer is by holding power and volume up button simultaneously. Similarly, you need to swipe halfway up to switch between the apps. Scroll down from the top corner for the control panel with different controls like brightness, WIFI, mobile data, etc.

Long pressing the power button will launch Siri, and to power down the devices, you will have to long-press power and volume down buttons simultaneously. Similarly, there are many other gestures that you might love or will have to get used to if you are upgrading, so a heads up there.

If you want to access the notification bar, scroll down from the clock or the True depth camera. These features are kind of the same in both the iPhone X and iPhone XR, just like Face ID.  So, let’s get started with the differences in both these devices. iPhone X vs. iPhone XR will give you insights on fundamental differences.


iPhone X has a 5.8” OLED display, and Apple calls it a Super Retina HD display panel with an all-screen design. The screen is curved at the edges with a notch up at the top center of the display panel. Notch houses the True depth camera, an IR blaster, and other sensors. The screen has a 2436 x 1125 resolution with a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch. It’s a True Tone, Wide Color display with 625 nits of brightness.

On the other hand, the XR model comes with a Liquid Retina display, which is an LCD panel with a resolution of 1792 x 828 and 326 pixels per inch pixel density. The screen, however, is Wide Color and True Tone display with a low 1400:1 contrast ratio and 625nits of brightness.

iPhone X has a 3D touch, whereas iPhone XR lacks this luxury and got a haptic touch. Also, there is no HDR display in XR.

Specs iPhone X iPhone XR
Display Type Super Retina HD display Liquid Retina HD display
Display dimensions 5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display 6.1-inch (diagonal) all-screen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
HDR display YES NO
Pixel Resolution 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi 1792-by-828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
Contrast Ratio 1,000,000:1 1400:1
True Tone Display YES YES
Wide Color Display (P3) YES YES
Touch 3D Haptic
Brightness 625 nits max brightness 625 nits max brightness

Dimensions and Weight

iPhone XR is a bit heavier than the iPhone X, with the official weights standing at 194 grams for iPhone XR and 174 grams for iPhone X.

iPhone X is 2.79 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches, whereas iPhone XR is slightly larger with official dimensions at 5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches.

Dimension iPhone X iPhone XR
Length 5.65 inches (143.6 mm) 5.94 inches (150.9 mm)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 2.98 inches (75.7 mm)
Thickness 0.30 inch (7.7 mm) 0.33 inch (8.3 mm)
Weight 6.14 ounces (174 grams) 6.84 ounces (194 grams)


The processing power of the iPhone X is boosted with Apple’s A11 chipset with a neural engine, whereas the iPhone XR has a more modern chip i.e., A12. iPhone X, however, is faster and have a better-optimized chipset as compared to iPhone XR

Camera setup

Camera sensors on iPhone X are miles ahead as that of the iPhone XR. There are two sensors, 12 MP each on the iPhone X, one wide-angle f1.8, and the second telephoto f2.4 with optical image stabilization support for both cameras. 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.

The cameras are assisted with True Tone slow sync dual flash that lets you tale goof photos in a low light environment. Portrait mode with five portrait lighting effects and auto HDR is also a vital feature of iPhone X.

The selfie cam is a 7MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture with portrait mode, and the camera supports augmented reality apps like Animoji and Memoji.

iPhone XR has a single 12MP lens with f/1.8 aperture. It comes with optical image stabilization, up to 5x digital zoom, and portrait mode with three portrait lighting effects. It also has a smart HDR for photos.

The selfie cam is the same 7MP True depth camera on X with six portrait lighting effects and Smart HDR for photos. XR beats the iPhone  X as it offers extended dynamic range for vides at 30 fps and cinematic video stabilization that are lacking in iPhone.

Specs iPhone X iPhone XR
No. of Sensors (Rear) 2 wide + telephoto 1 (wide)
Main Camera’s Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras Single 12MP Wide camera
Aperture Wide: ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
Wide: ƒ/1.8 aperture
Zoom 2x optical zoom in; digital zoom up to 10x Digital zoom up to 5x
Portrait Mode YES

Portrait Lighting with five effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono)


Portrait Lighting with three effects (Natural, Studio, Contour)

HDR Auto Smart
Front Camera 7MP 7MP


iPhone X has lithium-ion built-in power storage with a total capacity of 2716 mAH, giving you an audio playback of 60 hours. In contrast, iPhone XR offers a slightly better battery life with up to 65 hours of audio playback due to its larger 2942 mAH battery. Both have fast charge capability via 18-watt charger that you will be to buy separately.