Apple iPhone Xr vs iPhone Xs: all major differences to expect

Surprisingly, it's not the iPhone Xs and the eventual Xs Plus (or whatever Apple names the X successors) that are the most heavily rumored, but rather a lowly iPhone Xr that will apparently be responsible for 50% of Apple's 2018 crop shipments, so we preview all the specs, price and design differences to expect...
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45 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes please, to the 6.5 inch iPhone for me. Just got an 8 Plus recently, and I have relearned to appreciate the iPhone and what it has to offer.

10. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Can't wait! iPhone X is definitely the best smartphone available.

11. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Definitely not the best smartphone available, too many flaws, inferior specs, and beta level impementations.

25. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Best is subjective but why are you getting salty?

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Best available is subjective. I prefer the iPhone 8 Plus to the X. Still, I'm looking forward to the 2018 iPhones and what they'll bring to the table.

16. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Really? So, if the iPhone X and iPhone S Plus had both the same price tag, would you still prefer the iPhone 8 Plus over the X?

17. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

iPhone 8 Plus, not "S Plus"... :))

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Price isn’t a problem for me, as I buy my smartphones unlocked and at full price. My reason for choosing the 8 Plus over the X is the better battery life that the 8 Plus has over the X. Battery life is the number one metric for me when choosing a Smartphone.

19. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Alright, since battery life the first metric of you're when choosing a smartphone, doesn't that mean you love mid-range handsets? Cause they're the best in the battery life business.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

I own a BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ, and it has the best battery life out of any smartphone that I’ve owned, with the possible exception of the BlackBerry Passport, of which I own as well. I’m a fan of mid-range and high-end smartphones. Many consider the KEYᵒⁿᵉ to be mid-range, but I feel it’s a flagship due to build quality, camera, software and fast security updates. People say the SoC makes it mid-range, but that battery life is better than just about any “flagship” that’s currently on the market.

20. redmd

Posts: 1916; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Did you replace your BB with iPhone?

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

I still own my BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ, but if truth be told, I prefer iOS to Android. I’ve been using Android because my Smartphone makers of choice are now making Android smartphones (BlackBerry and Nokia). But that’s not enough for me anymore, so I went and got an iPhone 8Plus. I’m currently using both.

26. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Have you tried the Lenovo P2? It's got solid upper mid-range specs along battery life that's off the charts... The best battery life on a smartphone, period! For someone who prefers battery life more than anything else, you should definitely have a Lenovo P2 in your possession.

45. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I would choose 8 Plus over X just for the FP scanner.

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

6.5" is going be to like 6" 16:9. Better do like Mate 10 and small button on front and tiny bezels than ugly notch

3. Cat97

Posts: 1797; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The lower-priced model, if made with aluminium unibody and having at least a 3000 mAh battery, would tick all the right boxes. Glass backs are the stupidest thing ever invented. OLED does not make a world of a difference in day to day usage.

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Oled makes a world of difference in everyday usage when it comes to battery consumption...

4. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Apple still killing it. While you still have companies like Nokia trying to play catch up or others still trying to be expensive, Apple is still doing their thing and making mostly great products.

5. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I don't mind about iphone till they they make big things... big features and improve thier lagy software...

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 6894; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

What laggy software? I would like to uninstall it so that my phone will never be laggy.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

There's no need for a 7nm A12 chip as the A11 isn't fully utilized in the X... The OS is still lackluster and really doesn't need much processing power to run it. My X just feels under utilized with it's oled screen and very good camera. Split screen multitasking would be a breath of fresh air for the os or even a floating window... Utilizing both cameras at the same time while getting both shots in portrait mode studio lighting would be awesome!

44. Phullofphil

Posts: 1755; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You don’t know what a7nm chip has to offer then. You don’t buy a high end computer for gaming and never upgrad it because the operating system don’t need it. It’s about what power it has to give you and what you can do with it.

9. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

JDI flexi display looks awesome. I know lets add a notch to it to make it look even better...said no one ever.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While I have no interest in purchasing any more iOS devices, I hope Apple puts a fingerprint sensor somewhere on the device. If they can't do an in-screen sensor, put one on the back.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 6894; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I still can't believe there has been a designer that though "hey, let's put a fp scanner in the worse possible spot"...

13. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

They might as well drop wireless charging from iphone 9 though - if they are already dropping 3D touch and dual camera. I get that there are users who find value in it - but there are also users who don't, and they shouldn't have to pay that extra AND suffer the fragile glass back for a feature they never use or even asked for. The ones who want the EXTRA feature should pony-up the extra cash. Give your uses at least ONE MODEL which is not fragile on both sides Apple. Wireless charging is just as frivolous and easy to live without as the other two features that are gonna be dropped and those other two feature don't come at the cost of compromised durability.

15. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I like this line particularly well. "The iPhone 9 is said to make do with a single lens camera on the back, making it a true iPhone 8 successor." LOL!!!!! As if PA doesnt want 9 to have a dual camera and loving whats on offer. Come on, if it has a dual camera, doesnt it make it a better sucessor?

23. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Should I buy the iPhone x now or wait for the plus version of 2018? I use my phone at least 3 years.

24. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

If you use phones for atleast 3 yrs than better wait for the next version as it may have bigger screen(if you love bigger screen phone) and may also have improved Face ID hardware. And if you get disappointed by 2018 version than go straight for X.

39. worldpeace

Posts: 3102; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No, you shouldn't buy iPhoneX now, they'll cut iPhoneX price really soon, just wait for it while waiting Xs reviews as well..

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