iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: Know the Differences

Apple has already unveiled three new 2018 iPhones – iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Of three, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have common specs sheet barring screen size and battery capacity. But iPhone XR and iPhone XS have a couple of differences in terms of specs and features. In the article, we will discuss all the differences between the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

Screen Size

When you put both the devices side by side, the first evident difference between the two iPhone models is their screen sizes. iPhone XR comes with a 6.1-inch display size, whereas iPhone XS has the same 5.8-inch screen size.

Another minor difference between the two is bezels. The iPhone XR has broader bezels around the edges of the phone if compared to the iPhone XS. The iPhone XS has a more clean look at the front.


After screen size, the display is the biggest difference between the XS and XR. The iPhone XR comes with a Liquid Retina LCD panel, while the iPhone XS is equipped with a Super Retina OLED panel. In any lighting condition, iPhone XS display quality is superior compared to the display of iPhone XR as OLED panels are brighter and more vibrant due to their ability to display perfect blacks. HDR content on iPhone XS looks great.

Resolution-wise, the iPhone XS flaunts a display resolution of 1124×2436 pixels, while the cheaper iPhone does carry a lower resolution of 828×1792 pixels.


Another highlighting difference is the rear camera. The iPhone XR sports a single lens camera measuring 12-megapixel. On the other hand, the iPhone XS has the same dual rear camera setup aligned vertically, measuring 12-megapixels.

The single lens setup on the iPhone XR makes the device incapable of taking perfect portrait shots. The iPhone XR misses the telephoto lens of the iPhone XS. Due to this, the iPhone XR is unable to create the same depth required for a perfect portrait shot.


At the exterior, the iPhone XS has put a layer of stainless steel all around the phone, while the iPhone XR has a 7000 series aluminum frame in place of the stainless steel.


iPhone XS comes in three color variants – White, Black, and Gold. However, the iPhone XR has put a colorful mode on and is available in five different color variants – Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, and Coral.


Another major difference between iPhone XS and iPhone XR is the price. iPhone XR is $250 cheaper compared to $1000 iPhone XS. The iPhone XR is retailing at $749.

In India, the XS Max is going for around 99,900 INR on Amazon and Flipkart. The XR is around 74,000 INR. Over in the US, on monthly plans, you can pick up the iPhone XS for $100 per month with a $30 upfront payment.

The cheapest we found was at Whistelout on Verizon and the XR is slightly cheaper at $86 per month with $30 down both on a 2-year plan. Which over 24 months is more expensive than buying the device outright.

For the UK the best deal we could find was at Tiger Mobiles on the XS with no upfront cost was at £61 per month over 24 months. So around £1400 when you have finally paid. The XR was £54 per month and zero money down at Money Super Market.


Storage-wise, both phones have certain differences. The iPhone XS has 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone XR has 3GB of RAM. The Apple iPhone XS is available in different storage variants – 64, 256 and 512GB. The affordable iPhone XR lacks 512GB variant and is available in these storage options – 64, 128 and 256GB.


One of the most crucial aspect while buying a smartphone is its battery life. In the arena, both the iPhones have a decent battery pack. iPhone XR has been fitted with a slightly better battery with a capacity of 2942 mAh. However, the iPhone XS has only got 2658 mAh battery under the hood, which is even less than the iPhone X.

Water Resistance

The iPhone XS is more water and dust resistant as compared the iPhone XR. The iPhone XS is IP68 rated, while the iPhone XR has the IP67 rating.

What’s common?

Apart from these differences, both iPhone XR and iPhone XS have some common specs.

– Same chipset

– Same front camera

– Support for wireless charging

In the nutshell…

Apart from the above-mentioned differences, both the iPhones have the same chipset and graphics unit, which translates superior smartphone experience. In short, both the iPhones are great devices equipped with some outstanding features promising superior smartphone experience.


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