iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 (Head-to-Head)

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 (Head-to-Head)

In September 2018, Apple launched the next generation of iPhone. Of the three new handsets announced, the most affordable option is iPhone XR. But how does iPhone XR compare with Apple's most affordable handset from the previous generation?

To find out, we've put iPhone XR head-to-head with last year's iPhone 8, so you can easily compare all specs. Whether you're considering an upgrade or just curious about what's new, you'll find everything you need to know below.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Design

When it comes to design, there are noticeable differences between iPhone XR and iPhone 8. iPhone XR actually has the same all-screen front as iPhone X, with the home button being completely absent from the device. There's the now-iconic Apple notch at the top too, for the amazing True Depth camera.


iPhone XR is also larger than iPhone 8, measuring 5.94 x2.98 x 0.33 inches and weighing 194g. In comparison, iPhone 8 weighs only 148g and measures 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches. As for its bigger brother, iPhone 8 Plus has dimensions of 6.24 x 3.0 x 0.30 inches and is the heaviest device at 202g. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available in classic silver, space grey and gold. However, the iPhone XR harks back to the more playful iPhone 5C, and alongside black and white you can choose from colourful options such as yellow, blue, coral and red.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Display

While iPhone 8 Plus has a larger frame than the iPhone XR, the latter does boast a bigger screen thanks to its innovative edge-to-edge design. Home to the most advanced LCD smartphone screen out there, and backed by True Tone technology, iPhone XR's stunning 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display is incredibly crisp, clear and vivid.


If you're a fan of smaller screens however, you may prefer iPhone 8. The Retina HD display measures 4.7 inches, with a pixel resolution of 1334 x 750. iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display, and both feature a home button with Touch ID.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Power

Let's dive in and go under the hood. Fuelling iPhone XR is Apple's next-generation, 8-core Neural Engine (which can perform 5 trillion operations per second) and the ultra-efficient A12 Bionic chip. It’s the most powerful chip yet, and up to 15% faster than the A11 Bionic chip found in iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.


The 4 efficiency cores inside iPhone XR also use up to 50% less power than the A11 Bionic chip, meaning you can expect a long-lasting, all-round faster device with iPhone XR. Inside, you'll also find either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of internal memory. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus don't offer the 128GB option, and instead are available as 64GB or 256GB models.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Camera

On board iPhone XR, you'll find a single-lens 12MP wide-angle camera with an f/1.8 aperture. Excellent at capturing even the finer details in low light, and offering a 5x digital zoom, you can be confident that you'll always be able to photograph the moment with absolute clarity. iPhone XR has a 7MP True-Depth camera too, which takes brilliant selfies. Both of iPhone XR's cameras offer portrait mode (for that coveted bokeh effect) and Depth Control which enables you to alter the depth of field after you've taken a photo. Smart HDR (High Dynamic Range) is also a fantastic new feature, intelligently combining multiple shots to create an image with perfect lighting.


iPhone 8 Plus, meanwhile, has a 12MP dual-lens rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens and a f/2.8 aperture telephoto lens. Combined you'll be able to squeeze more into one shot and zoom in further without losing any detail. Auto HDR and Portrait Mode also ensure your pictures will look as professional as possible. iPhone 8 has a single-lens 12MP camera as well as Auto HDR, and both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature a detailed 7MP FaceTime HD camera.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Features

iPhone XR, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are all capable of wireless charging and can fast-charge to 50% in just 30 minutes. All three handsets are water resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes too.

iPhone XR's True Depth camera really sets it apart from iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, however. Thanks to the advanced facial recognition technology inside, iPhone XR can offer two more features: Face ID and Animoji/Memoji. Touch ID on iPhone 8 and 8 Plus has been completely replaced by Face ID, so users can now unlock iPhone XR simply by looking at it. Face ID can be used for a whole host of other tasks too, like paying for shopping via Apple Pay. In fact, Apple has developed Face ID's capabilities so that your phone will always recognise you, even if you wear glasses or put on a hat.

Animoji and Memoji meanwhile, bring tons of fun to iPhone XR. Create a Memoji that looks just like you or choose from some of the most popular emoji characters (like a lion, monkey or unicorn) and watch as you turn into an animated character. Tracking over 50 facial muscles, you'll see your Animoji or Memoji mimicking your every move, and you can send fun clips to friends through iMessage.

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