Apple is preferred by its users for various reasons, among which, less security breach, camera quality, ease of use, variety of accessories, and the Apple App store are quite a few. Apple is known for its privacy and security policies to entrust in their brand for customer

loyalty. The camera quality and the accessories on the apple iPhone are just add-ons to make it even more appealing to the customers. Moreover, the brand has become a symbol of sophistication and a trendsetter indeed. Now, breaking down the differences between iPhone X and iPhone XR, we can roughly categorize the main differences under four features,

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  • Camera
  • Audio
  • Performance.

Digging deeper, bringing out the intricate features, the following are some and significant differences between iPhone X and iPhone XR.


Though the screen size is bigger in iPhone XR compared to iPhone X, if we consider the technology behind them, it is different and not in the way as it seems to be. iPhone X is better in terms of technology.

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The LCD screen on the iPhone XR is older than iPhone X

The contrast ratio in iPhone XR is 1400:1 (which is similar to iPhone 8 plus) whereas the contrast ratio in the iPhone X is 1,000,000:1. The 3D touch feature is present on iPhone X and not on iPhone XR, which makes a huge difference. 3D Touch in iPhone X is a pressure-sensitive display, and we can spot differences in the resolution. iPhone XR has slightly more than 720 display, and the clarity on a 6.1 display is not as sharp as iPhone X. Ultimately, the display in iPhone X is better than what iPhone XR provides us.

The size differences:

iPhone X is more manageable in hand since it is small because of the smaller display, and that doesn’t mean the iPhone XR is not manageable. iPhone X is more compact than the iPhone XR.

Build and display:

iPhone X has OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display, and iPhone Xr has an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display).

iPhone X has a stainless-steel frame, whereas iPhone Xr has an Aluminium frame. However, they both look premium as they have glass panels on the front and back.

Both devices are IP67 water and dust resistant, and so the IP rating is the same for both. Moreover, there are a lot of colour options on iPhone XR and iPhone X, on the other hand, is available either in space grey or in silver.

Moving to the internals, iPhone XR has its advantages. iPhone X has an Apple A11 Bionic chip, and iPhone Xr has Apple A12 Bionic, which gives 15 percent faster performance, 50 percent faster graphics, and 50 percent lower power usage.


iPhone XR has storage of 128 gigabytes, and the iPhone X has the option 64gigabytes and 256 gigabytes.


iPhone X has two rear camera systems both 12 megapixels and both adapt to optical stabilization. A focal length of 1.8, as well as F 2.4, is available for the optical zoom lens.

iPhone XR has a single rear camera of 12 megapixels, optically stabilized with F 1.8 aperture. Optical zoom does not get the edge when it concerns the primary camera. It has a smart HDR. Both devices have a power saver mode.

Though the iPhone XR has a single camera, it has portrait mode and can adjust the black. Both models can film up to 60 frames a second and 1080p slow motion at up to 240 frames a second. In iPhone Xr, it has a dynamic range of up to 30 frames a second.

Preferably, filming in iPhone Xr is better when compared to iPhone X. The front camera has 7 megapixels on both devices with F 2.2 aperture, but edge detection on the iPhone X is not sharp. Blackness cannot be adjusted on the iPhone X. Front camera on the iPhone XR also supports HDR and 1080p at 60 frames in a second, whereas 1080p at 30 frames in the iPhone X. Resolution of the iPhone XR is much less when compared to iPhone X.


Both have stereo speakers, one in the earpiece and one bottom-firing. The most prominent feature in the iPhone XR is that it has stereo audio recording which, iPhone X doesn’t provide. Neither of them has a 3.5 mm diameter jack, but the iPhone X comes with a 3.5 mm dongle. With iPhone XR, the dongle doesn’t come with the box.


The iPhone XR gives better battery life than iPhone X. iPhone Xr gives 1.5 hours more usage than iPhone 8 plus.

Both devices support fast charging and wireless charging.

The iPhone XR has dual sim functionalities which iPhone X doesn’t provide.

So, a person who values the display, PPI (pixel per inch), and resolution must prefer the iPhone X. People who consider the internal functions and unique features that iPhone XR has, such as, stereo audio recording, dual sim function, and more importantly budget go for iPhone XR. It is fascinating that iPhone Xr is also called the “best budget iPhone”.

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