iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max: battery life comparison

iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max: battery life comparison
The new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR are here, and they bring us the world's first 7nm chip, Face ID to all models, an improved camera and the edge-to-edge design to the most affordable XR model, but what about the battery life?

Apple traditionally does not disclose information about the battery capacity on its new iPhones, so we will need to wait for a teardown to learn that number, but it does provide helpful stats about the battery life you can expect with various tasks.


And there are some good news: the iPhone XR is the iPhone with the best battery life that we have ever seen. The difference is not huge, but it typically lasts a bit longer than the iPhone XS Max, and both phones deliver an hour and a half longer battery life when compared to the iPhone 8 Plus, our previous Apple champ.

So no, we are still nowhere near the luxury of having an iPhone that can last us two days off the charger, but we are getting improvements.

Here is how battery life breaks down on the latest iPhones:


All the iPhones listed above, with the exception of the 7 series, support fast charging with a 50% top-up in 30 minutes, but in order to get this, you need to buy a fast charger separately since the one that comes included in the box charges them at a much slower speed.

And yes, all except the 7 series, also support wireless charging, a useful convenience.

So there you have it, the iPhone XR is the most affordable of the quite expensive new iPhones and it also gets you the best battery life.

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17 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1718; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So the cheaper iPhone XR beats everything else, even the XS Max ? Now that's interesting, how a LCD screen can hold its own against OLED. The fact that has 1GB less RAM means less chips and also helps power consumption. Given how an iPhone needs charging everyday or even more often, I wouldn't even think about getting anything else but the XR.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

828p FTW

9. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I wouldn't call 828p resolution for the win. It's a HD+ resolution with a 326 dpi. So the XR has even lower resolution and dpi compared to low range or inexpensive Android smartphones. In Canada Apple is charging $1029 for Apple iPhone XR. That's a joke. Plus Phonearena have you actually tested the battery life on these new iPhones?

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Looks like I forgot the "/s"

2. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

WAIT Victor dont make these tests by apple so REAL, review the new iphones and then post a proper article for the battery results.

3. notfair

Posts: 685; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

"review"

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 776; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Still under Note 9....with S Pen included in phone volume. Easily 4500+ mAh on S10+

5. darthmaul

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

How cheap can a company be? No fast charger in the box in 2018! And with the most expensive one being priced at 1500 dollars! FTS!

6. Cat97

Posts: 1718; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I suspect the reason for the lack of a fast charger is twofold: to prolong battery life, and to avoid overheating. You have to realize that Apple sells tens of millions of phones, they don't need lawsuits and bad press about swollen batteries or diminished battery capacity after just one year of use. Slower charging prolongs battery life, that's for sure.

11. slim3bdo

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Not exactly true I have been using dash charging for my op5 exclusively for 15 months now and my phone still holds the charge greatly , I would say it's 90-95% . If you apply good tech as oneplus does it wouldn't affect the battery . Keep in mind that op5 was sold for 530$ , 128gb modle with dash charging included .

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Then why do iPhone batteries degrade quicker Down to 80% in about 1.5 years Vs down to 95% in abuot 2 years for Samsung since the S8 Not to mention iPhone get throttled once they are down to 80% battery health Only other phone with such an issue was the Nexus 6P with its notorious 810

13. kiko007

Posts: 7465; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Do you have evidence of that claim? Or are you pulling accusations out of thin air like every other zealot on this site.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Didn't add because its been widely covered when the iPhone's throttling discovered iPhone batteries take only 500 charge cycles to degrade it to 80% e.g. 500/365=1.37 years, rounded up to 1.5 yearshttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208387 Source for degrading to 95% after 2 years for the S8https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/29/the-galaxy-s8s-new-battery-will-degrade-less-quickly-than-the-galaxy-s7s/

16. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

So you still stuck with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lol.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I've got a Pixel 2 Will be avoiding iPhones until Apple solve their throttling/degrading issues I probably won't upgrade until 2020 -TSMC's 7nm looks disappointing so far in the 980 and A12 -Doubt any phone will better than the Pixel 2's camera enough to make me want to upgrade earlier

8. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Note 9 Best. Huawei P20 pro Best.

10. Brewski

Posts: 660; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

This is so useless. "Minutes of talk time, Internet time, video playback..." Everyone uses their phones differently so saying that a phone will last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X is a worthless statement. How hard is it to provide a mAh rating? Give us the specs, Apple!!!

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