At its recently-concluded special event in Cupertino, California, Apple finally launched the much-anticipated 2018 line-up of iPhones. In addition to the premium iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the company also unveiled the ‘affordable’ iPhone XR. That said, this ‘affordable’ new model still costs a fortune (like all Apple products) and will set you back by Rs 76,900 for the 64GB base variant. If you can’t (or don’t want to) fork out that much money for something that doesn’t even have a fingerprint sensor (while still having that godforsaken notch), you may want to take a look at last year’s iPhone 8, which is still a very good buy.
Want to know more? Here are the key differences between the new iPhone XR and the now ‘old’ iPhone 8.
Design, display, and physical characteristics
Comparing the front panels of the two smartphones, one thing becomes immediately apparent. While the iPhone 8 signifies Apple’s history and the design language it has perfected over the years, the iPhone XR represents the vision the company has for its smartphones’ future. Apple iPhone 8 has a regular 4.7-inch ‘Retina HD’ display with a resolution of 750×1334 pixels and a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, Apple iPhone XR sports a new 6.1-inch ‘Liquid Retina HD’ display that has a resolution of 828×1792 pixels and of course, a notch. The panels on both smartphones are LCD and share features like ‘True Tone’ and support for wide-colour gamut, but the XR doesn’t have 3D Touch.
Another thing that iPhone XR doesn’t have is a Home button, since the front is all screen. What this means is that there’s no fingerprint sensor, and the new smartphone uses facial recognition.
Flipping over, the rear panels of both smartphones are quite similar to each other (except for the LED flash, which is below the camera in the XR, instead of being on the right, like in the 8). The backs are all glass, and there’s wireless charging support on both smartphones. However, while iPhone 8 is only available in gold, silver, and space grey colours, the new iPhone XR comes in a range of hues, including blue, white, black, yellow, coral, and (product) red.
Most physical characteristics are the same for both iPhone XR and iPhone 8. There’s the silent toggle and volume keys on the left, as well as the power/sleep button on the right. Both smartphones have stereo speakers and use Apple’s proprietary Lightning port, located on the bottom, for connectivity. And yes, neither of the two has a 3.5mm audio port.
As far as dimensions go, there’s quite a difference between the two smartphones. Apple iPhone 8 measures 138.4×67.3×7.3mm and weighs 148 grams. On the other hand, Apple iPhone XR is much bigger and heavier, measuring 150.9×75.7×8.3mm and weighing 194 grams.
Hardware specifications and connectivity
Each year, when Apple launches its new iPhones, it also announces a new SoC to go with them. This year was no exception, as the company unveiled the A12 Bionic, its new 7nm chipset that powers all three new iPhones, including the XR. In comparison, iPhone 8 is powered by the A11 Bionic, which the company launched last year. Apple iPhone XR comes with 3GB of RAM and 64/128/256GB of internal storage, as opposed to Apple iPhone 8’s 2GB of RAM and 64/256GB of on-board storage. As has always been the case with iPhones, neither has memory expansion.
That said, one ‘big’ difference between the iPhone XR and iPhone 8 is that the former is available in dual-SIM configuration, a first for iPhone. There’s one regular nano-SIM slot, while the other is an eSIM (embedded SIM) that can be programmed into the smartphone.
The rear cameras on both iPhone 8 and iPhone XR are virtually identical. There’s a single 12-megapixel (f/1.8) sensor with OIS, quad-LED ‘True Tone’ flash and 5x digital zoom. However, the XR also gets portrait mode with advanced bokeh and lighting effects.
Both smartphones can shoot 4K video at up to 60fps and Full-HD slo-mo video at 120/240fps, and there’s time-lapse video with stabilization included in the mix as well.
Talking about the front camera, both smartphones have a 7-megapixel (f/2.2) sensor for selfies and video calls. That said, iPhone XR will give you funky portrait mode and its bokeh effects, along with those Animoji and Memoji that Apple thinks are the greatest innovation since sliced bread. Both smartphones can shoot Full-HD videos with their front camera, but the XR can do it at 60fps as well.
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Apple never reveals the battery capacity of its smartphones during launch events. It’s only after a while, that the teardowns reveal how much juice they are packing. That said, Apple claims that iPhone XR lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 Plus, so the new smartphone should last longer than the iPhone 8 as well, which has a 1,821mAh battery.
Being the newest in the company’s line-up, Apple iPhone XR runs iOS 12 out-of-the-box, which brings features like faster app load times, screen time, and grouped notifications. While it’s true that iPhone 8 is currently at iOS 11.4.1, it’ll eventually get iOS 12 too.
Apple iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Comparison Table
|Features||Apple iPhone XR||Apple iPhone 8|
|Display||6.1-inch ‘Liquid Retina HD’||4.7-inch ‘Retina HD’|
|Processor||Apple A12 Bionic||Apple A11 Bionic|
|Storage||64GB/128GB/256GB (non-expandable)||64GB/256 GB (non-expandable)|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel (f/1.8)||12-megapixel (f/1.8)|
|Front camera||7-megapixel (f/2.2)||7-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|OS||iOS 12||iOS 11.4.1 (upgradeable to iOS 12)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Security||Face ID||Touch ID|
|Battery||Unknown (as of now)||1,821mAh|
|Price||Rs 76,900 (64GB)
Rs 81,900 (128GB)
Rs 91,900 (256GB)
|Rs 59,900 (64GB)
Rs 74,900 (256GB)