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iPhone XS vs. iPhone XR: Design, Tech Specs, and Price Comparison

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Apple on Wednesday introduced the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, its new flagship smartphones, and the lower-priced iPhone XR.


iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the latest and greatest models with the most features. That also makes them the most expensive, starting at $999 and $1,099 respectively in the United States, versus the iPhone XR at $749 and up.

To make the buying decision easier, we’ve put together a comparison of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR below.

Just the Tech Specs

iPhone XR

  • 6.1-inch LCD display
  • 1792×828 resolution (326 PPI)
  • True Tone
  • Single 12-megapixel rear camera (wide-angle lens)
  • Single 7-megapixel front camera
  • Portrait Mode with Depth Control
  • Smart HDR photos
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Face ID via TrueDepth sensors
  • Lightning connector
  • Fast charging capable: up to 50% charge in 30 minutes
  • Qi-based wireless charging
  • IP67-rated water resistance to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes
  • 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM and eSIM)
  • LTE Advanced
  • VoLTE
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
iPhone XS

  • 5.8-inch OLED display
  • 2436×1125 resolution (458 PPI)
  • True Tone
  • Dual 12-megapixel rear cameras (wide-angle and telephoto lenses)
  • Single 7-megapixel front camera
  • Portrait Mode with Depth Control
  • Smart HDR photos
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Face ID via TrueDepth sensors
  • Lightning connector
  • Fast charging capable: up to 50% charge in 30 minutes
  • Qi-based wireless charging
  • IP68-rated water resistance to a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes
  • 64GB / 256GB / 512GB
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM and eSIM)
  • Gigabit-class LTE
  • VoLTE
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • HDR display
  • 3D Touch

iPhone XS Max has a larger 6.5-inch OLED display and one-hour-longer battery life, but otherwise identical tech specs as the iPhone XS.

What do I lose with the iPhone XR?

With a $250 lower price point, the iPhone XR doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Apple had to make some trade-offs to get the price down, but not as many as one might expect.

We’ve explained the differences between the iPhone XR and iPhone XS in more detail below, but from a bird’s eye view, expect some compromises related to the display, cameras, and overall design. Apple has also replaced 3D Touch on the iPhone XR with a new haptic feedback solution named Haptic Touch.

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