For the first time (ever!) Apple will release a phone that’s cheap. It will be launched together with the premium iPhone XS and the (expensive) iPhone XS Max. iPhone XR will come with its best features, and the price will be lower. We call this the perfect upgrade, but you might want to take into account the differences between them before doing anything.
Regarding the display
Between these 2, iPhone XR will come with a bigger display. But other than that, it’s really not good news. iPhone XS will come with a 5.8-inch OLED, 436×1125 pixels, 82.9% screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. iPhone XR will come with an 6.1-inch LCD, 1792×828 pixels, 79.0% screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. After reading this, we see that the XR downgraded to LCD. It cannot even get to the Full HD 1080p content.
But where’s the 3D Touch? iOS 12 has come with a long press in order to replace many of its functions, and because there’s a lack of consumer interest, the technology is actually expected to be axed in 2020.
Regarding the design
From a single glance, you might say they’re identical. However, iPhone XS comes with 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm and 177g, iPhone XR comes with 150.9×75.7×8.3 mm and 194g. It’s true, iPhone XR has a 5% larger display and it’s even heavier – the main reason is the LCD display, which is not as flexible as OLED, which means that it won’t fit in a simple case without a fight.
iPhone XS also comes with a stainless steel chassis, which is more than the 7000 Series aluminum that comes with the iPhone XR (this one was also used for iPhone 8 and older iPhone devices). You also get IP68 water resistance for iPhone XS and IP67 water resistance for Phone XR.