Apple iPhone XR vs iPhone 8

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 6.1-inch Apple iPhone XR (with Apple A12 Bionic) that was released on September 12, 2018, against the Apple iPhone 8, which is powered by Apple A11 Bionic and came out 12 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone XR
  • Has a 1.4 inches larger screen size
  • Comes with 1121 mAh larger battery capacity: 2942 vs 1821 mAh
  • Shows 45% longer battery life (33:02 vs 22:48 hours)
  • 42% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (510K versus 359K)
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Thinner bezels – 13.6% more screen real estate
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR4X 2133 MHz
  • Has 50% more RAM: 3GB versus 2GB
  • The phone is 1-year newer
  • Ready for eSIM technology
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 8
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Better grip in hands – the body is 8.4 mm narrower
  • Weighs 46 grams less
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Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests
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Display

Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Size 6.1 inches 4.7 inches
Resolution 828 x 1792 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 16:9
PPI 326 ppi 326 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 625 nits 625 nits
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Screen protection Tempered glass Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 79% 65.4%
Display tests
RGB color space 100% 99.9%
PWM Not detected Not detected
Response time 32.8 ms 22 ms
Contrast 1920:1 1373:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
643 nits
641 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 150.9 mm (5.94 inches) 138.4 mm (5.45 inches)
Width 75.7 mm (2.98 inches) 67.3 mm (2.65 inches)
Thickness 8.3 mm (0.33 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 194 g (6.84 oz) 148 g (5.22 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP67
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors White, Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow Silver, Gold, Gray
Fingerprint scanner No Yes, in home button
Screen-to-body ratio
iPhone XR +21%
79%
65.4%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone XR and Apple iPhone 8 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A12 Bionic Apple A11 Bionic
Max. clock 2490 MHz 2100 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Tempest
- 2 cores at 2.49 GHz: Vortex
- 4 cores at 1.42 GHz: Mistral
- 2 cores at 2.39 GHz: Monsoon
Lithography process 7 nanometers 10 nanometers
Graphics Apple A12 Bionic GPU Apple GPU
GPU clock 1100 MHz -
FLOPS ~560 GFLOPS ~325 GFLOPS

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
iPhone XR +20%
1123
937
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2224
2224
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
iPhone XR +42%
510352
359404
CPU 142301 121523
GPU 188718 110958
Memory 70367 44570
UX 104916 80000
Total score 510352 359404
3DMark Wild Life Performance
iPhone XR +65%
5235
3170
Stability 69% 62%
Graphics test 31 FPS 18 FPS
Graphics score 5235 3170
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 3 GB 2 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory clock 2133 MHz -
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 128, 256 GB 64, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Software

Operating system iOS 12 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.2) iOS 11 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1)
OS size 11.1 GB 6 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2942 mAh 1821 mAh
Charge power 15 W 15 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (10 W) Yes, Qi (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 30 min) Yes (50% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:43 hr 1:15 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 11:16 hr 08:04 hr
Watching video 12:45 hr 08:37 hr
Gaming 05:10 hr 03:56 hr
Standby 123 hr 82 hr
General battery life
iPhone XR +45%
33:02 hr
22:48 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Lenses 1 (12 MP) 1 (12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Apple iSight X (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/3", Apple iSight Camera (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples - Photo samples of Apple iPhone 8 from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Image resolution 3088 x 2316 3088 x 2320
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm 32 mm
Pixel size - 1 microns
Sensor type CMOS BSI CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 60 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
iPhone XR +11%
103
Video quality
iPhone XR +7%
96
Generic camera score
iPhone XR +10%
101

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 5
Bluetooth features SPP, PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HID, HFP, HDP, GAP, GAVDP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP LE, A2DP
USB type No No
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode - Standby
eSIM support* Yes No
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 12 16
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
iPhone XR +9%
87.3 dB
80.1 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2018 September 2017
Release date October 2018 September 2017
SAR (head) 0.99 W/kg 1.35 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.99 W/kg 1.36 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Apple iPhone XR is definitely a better buy.

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