OnePlus 7 Pro vs Apple iPhone XR

OnePlus 7 Pro vs Apple iPhone XR
The OnePlus 7 Pro was just recently released as one of the fancier high-end smartphones of the year, and it's safe to say that what makes it so appealing is the unique mixture of exotic features and reasonable price.

While Apple and Samsung were quick to attack the $1000 range with their ultra-luxurious XS and S10 models, the almost equally impressive OnePlus 7 Pro goes for just $669. This kind of positioning explains why most consumers are more likely to compare it against Apple's 2018 “budget” phone – the iPhone XR ($750).

Indeed, this is a comparison that makes perfect sense. Critics of the iPhone XR often point at its lower screen resolution, but that's where the criticism usually has to end, because Apple didn't really compromise with anything else that could warrant a discussion. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the phone that looks a bit better on paper, so it's normal that so many users are now wondering which of the two smartphones would be more ideal for them.

Well, we're here to help!

Design


The iPhone XR is by no means a compact phone, but even it is dwarfed by the 7 Pro. OnePlus' phone is considerably taller, as well as slightly wider and thicker. It does feel like a bigger and heavier phone, and the XR is already quite big and heavy.


In the looks department, the OnePlus 7 Pro impresses with exceptionally thin bezels and the absence of a notch or camera cut out, as its front camera uses a motorized mechanism to pop up from the top edge. However, it's overall shape is a bit more “irregular” in its nature, whereas the iPhone XR goes for a less “cutting edge”, but classier design with simpler, cleaner lines. Needless to say, there's the display notch in the upper end, used to house the earpiece, selfie camera and Face ID system.

If we allow ourselves to move away from the looks department and consider the practical aspect of build quality, what we find are two very solid, yet vulnerable phones. Solid, because both handsets are build incredibly well and give off a strong, dense vibe; and vulnerable, because their bodies are still made of glass, so a single drop would be all it takes to waste them.


OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

162.6 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.27 oz (206 g)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

162.6 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.27 oz (206 g)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


This is one are where both models are great, but the OnePlus 7 Pro is so much better.

As we don't subscribe to the narrative that the XR has a bad screen, we can appreciate it for what it is: a very good IPS LCD panel of more than sufficient resolution. Now, the OnePlus 7 Pro surpasses that in many ways. First things first, it has an AMOLED panel, so it just looks a bit livelier, but then its resolution is also considerably higher, making it appear even cleaner and easier to read, especially when it comes to small details like tiny text. It's more intense!

Finally, the 7 Pro strikes with what is probably its strongest key feature – the 90 Hz refresh rate. Almost all phones out there have 60 Hz displays, with the exception of a couple of niche gaming phones. And while you may think that 60 Hz displays look perfectly smooth, wait until you see a 90 Hz screen! It's so much smoother!


The 7 Pro's 90 Hz display does come at the cost of some additional battery consumption, but if we have to choose between looking at a 90 Hz display and having a bit of extra battery, we'd choose the 90 Hz display any day. At this point, we have no idea when or if major companies like Apple or Samsung are going to integrate this technology into their own smartphones (Apple already has it in the newer iPad Pros).


Interface and ecosystem


The Android 9-based Oxygen OS running on the OnePlus 7 Pro is among the best Android variations right now. For the most part, it's very similar to “stock” Android, but it refines the experience a little bit with some custom graphics and animations, as well as impeccable performance. The Oxygen UI also adds some unique applications courtesy of OnePlus, and offers a good range of personalization options.

When it comes to cloud services, web apps and integration, your best bet with the OnePlus 7 Pro would be to use Google's services, as OnePlus doesn't offer any alternatives of its own.


iOS 12 on the iPhone XR proved to be an exceptionally reliable release. It remains true to the iOS way of things, being a versatile and advanced operating system that tries to keep redundancy to a minimum. It does, however, provide surprising levels of flexibility and personalization once you dive deeper into the Settings app.

Apple, of course, provides a complete suite of apps and services that make sure your data and content are safely backed up in the cloud, and synced across your Apple devices. This is a major point: if you use a Mac computer or an iPad, then staying inside Apple's ecosystem by going for the iPhone XR will make your life a lot easier.

Performance and memory


It's great that both phones participating in this comparison are true speed demons. Of the two, the iPhone XR has the more powerful chipset and graphics performance – it will remain perfectly usable for years to come. Plus, you can count on Apple to release all the major iOS updates for the XR over the next 4 years.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is also impressively snappy. It has, of course, the Snapdragon 855, so it pretty much has the best hardware for Android there is. This, coupled with the speedy nature of the Oxygen OS and the extra fluidity enabled by the 90 Hz display, makes for what could be the fastest Android phone right now. OnePlus also has a history of lasting software support for its devices, so we expect the 7 Pro to remain current and fully usable for at least a few years from now.

Apple tends to be quite frugal when it comes to storage space, but the 64 GB on the base model XR are still a pretty decent amount, as long as you don't go crazy with 4K video recording. The bigger problem is the exceptionally limited iCloud storage in the free tier, which is just 5 GB – this isn't really acceptable in 2019. However, it is what it is, and until Apple fixes it, many users will be forced to upgrade to the 50 GB tier, which, at least, is pretty inexpensive at just $0.99 a month.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is a more worry-free affair as far as storage goes. The base model comes with the generous 128 GB, while the free Drive space that you get with a Google account is 15 GB.

AnTuTu is a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O, and UX performance. A higher score means an overall faster device.

Higher is better
OnePlus 7 Pro
373664
Apple iPhone XR
303307

Camera



Hardware-wise, the iPhone XR is fairly simplistic with its approach to camera. It is only equipped with a single shooter, but that one camera is actually pretty capable.

Meanwhile, the 7 Pro, being OnePlus' top tier device, comes with a total of three rear cameras: a 48 MP main, 8 MP telephoto (zoom), and 16 MP ultra-wide. This kind of setup allows for superb flexibility in the way you can approach each shot.

Let's take a look at the photos we took!

As you'll see, there really isn't a huge difference in the quality of daylight shots. Both exposure levels and color reproduction tend to be pretty close in most situations. Of course, with the OnePlus 7 Pro you have the added benefit of the telephoto and ultra-wide angle cameras – you can see the results in some of the scenes we captured.

The presence of the telephoto camera on the 7 Pro is great news for portrait photography. We love how portraits come out using the 3x telephoto shooter! Now, the iPhone XR is also equipped with a portrait mode, but as it lacks a telephoto lens, portraits produced with it lack that “in your face” feel. Instead, they are wider, capture more of the surroundings and may introduce some amount of distortion, as it is normal when shooting with regular phone cameras.

The time needed to start the camera app, focus, take a pic and save it.

sec Lower is better
OnePlus 7 Pro
1.8
Apple iPhone XR
1.16



For video recording, both handsets support 4K resolution, and we generally recommend that you do shoot video at 4K, as the results tend to be considerably better. In this case, both phones capture good-looking footage with plenty of detail; however, color reproduction looks better in the footage recorded by the iPhone XR. Things just look livelier and better exposed, wheres footage from the OnePlus 7 Pro tends to look somewhat dull.



Media


The iPhone XR has a very large, 6.1” display, but that of the 7 Pro is decidedly huge at 6.7”! This, along with the higher resolution, OLED technology, and lack of display notch or other cutouts, makes the OnePlus 7 Pro an incredible phone to watch video on.

Google is, of course, covering the media gamut with its own stores for things like music, movies, or ebooks, but Apple's ecosystem of services tends to be superior and more complete, as it includes the vast iTunes store, Apple Music, Podcasts, iBooks, and more. Again, if you have or are thinking of also having a Mac computer, then it makes little sense to venture outside of the Apple realm.

Going into this comparison, we expected the stereo speakers of the iPhone XR to beat those of the 7 Pro, but were surprised to find out that OnePlus hasn't cut a corner at all. As a matter of fact, the we could barely hear a difference between both pairs. Perhaps that of the iPhone XR sounds a little more intense, but it really is a negligible difference, both in terms of loudness and quality.

Battery life


As smartphones grew bigger and bigger, we gradually started enjoying better and better battery life. While we can still rarely venture into the second day without paying any attention to how much juice we've got left, things have definitely improved over that last few years.

And, the iPhone XR and OnePlus 7 Pro are shining examples of that. Our battery test results show that the 7 Pro is in the 'excellent' territory with its 9 hours and 10 minutes. While this is a respectable result, the iPhone XR goes even further with its 11 hours and 1 minute.

The displays here probably play a significant role, because the 7 Pro has the battery hungry 90 Hz OLED panel, while the XR is more efficient with its lower-resolution IPS LCD. You can run the 7 Pro at 60 Hz to reduce battery consumption a bit, but it's really not worth it.

So, the iPhone XR has an edge in battery life, but the OnePlus 7 Pro does have the advantage to recharging its battery a lot quicker. Apple continues to bundle an incredibly slow charger with its phones, and so you need a total of 3 hours and 12 minutes to fully charge the XR. That's if you use the stock charger, and you can always get a faster one, but the point is Apple should finally get rid of its tired, 5W power adapter. The 7 Pro comes with a very powerful adapter that supports OnePlus' Warp Charge fast-charging technology, and thus is can go from 0 to 100% in just 1 hours and 16 minutes, which is great. On the flip side, you can use a wireless charger with the iPhone XR, which, unfortunately, is not an option with the 7 Pro.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
OnePlus 7 Pro
9h 10 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XR
11h 1 min (Excellent)

Conclusion



The OnePlus 7 Pro and iPhone XR are both exciting smartphones, but for different reasons.

We appreciate the 7 Pro for being a bold and innovative device that isn't afraid to challenge the very best out there, and it not only does that by delivering a no-compromise experience, it also throws in an exotic feature and manages to keep the price impressively low. Its only real problem? That has to be its huge size.

In contrast, the iPhone XR is like the more laid-back version of the XS – it doesn't scream premium, but is still unmistakably an iPhone. If you crave the all-screen look, the XR is your most inexpensive entry point into the Apple ecosystem. Unlike the 7 Pro, the XR is about compromise in the acceptable places: it sticks with an ordinary looking screen, but retains the premium A12 chipset and Apple's best main camera, which can be a trusty tool for photo and video capture.

At the end of the day, the iPhone XR is easily the better choice if you happen to already be an Apple user, or if you generally like Apple things. If not, then you need to ask yourself if how much time you spend staring at your phone's display each day. If you are truly a heavy user, enjoy a lot of media content, and like to tinker with your computers a lot, then the safest route would be to go for the OnePlus 7 Pro – you'll even save a few bucks along the way. On the other hand, if you just want things to work and look great, but you don't necessarily dream about 90 Hz refresh rates at night, and you don't want to have to “manage” your devices, then you can get the iPhone XR and forget we even had this discussion.


OnePlus 7 Pro

Pros

  • Better display with smooth, 90 Hz refresh rate
  • More storage capacity in base model
  • More personalizable
  • More affordable


iPhone XR

Pros

  • Perfect integration with Apple's ecosystem
  • Better battery life
  • Water resistance
  • Better video recording
  • Better software support

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42 Comments

1. Abdbaas

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

3 hours to charge an iPhone xr? What a joke

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I always love how Phonearena mentions the XR display as more than sufficient. Yet it has a low resolution HD+ LCD display. You can buy a smartphone for less than $200 that has a much higher resolution LCD display compared to the XR. Also any AMOLED display has a minimum brightness of zero (0). Not that made up crap of 1.9nits. Then you have the nerve to say the XR has excellent contrast ratio with it's 1:1524. Yet you post the same excellent contrast ratio, but don't want to post the OnePlus 1:1,000,000 contrast ratio. As if they even compare. The OnePlus pro supports HDR (high dynamic range) display. Yet the XR cannot support HDR with it's pitiful low contrast range. Come on, stop the lying crap. The XR at $750 is definitely not budget and not worth Apples asking price, period. Plus can you guys please post your actual battery test, everything that you do in that test. Especially since no one but you guys actually knows what that test actually consists of.

8. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

I will pick a lcd screened phone anyday over amoled, plus apple will update the xr for 4 years while you already know about updates....

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's a good one. So with the rumors of all iPhones in 2020 from Apple will be OLED instead of LCD. I guess then you will be going with one of the Android OEMs that will be using LCD then.

10. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

After having 4 phones with burn in from gaming and google maps, i will never buy a crapoled screened phone again

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you love Apple, so what are you going to do when Apple goes 100% OLED? Hmm. I guess you will have to buy an Android smartphone then.

27. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Currently using a moto g7 just because the LCD screen, and in my drawer collecting dust is my IPhone xs max full of burn in, because of gaming and google maps, oled is just trash

32. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 127; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Your obviously lying. You don't have an iphone xs max.

14. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

So far i have used 2 oled screen phones and never had a burn in issue, u probably never used an oled and just criticizing

30. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Even Apple prefer AMOLED instead of LCD for "premium" phone models - X, XS, XS+ etc. So - AMOLED is much better than LCD - real black, instead of dark grey etc, better colors and low battery usage. And according to every single tester - OnePlus have one of the best if not the best display to date on the market. And phonearena recommend iPhone XR???? Where is better pictures, if as a pro for iPhone is better video(suspicious but anyway)? Where is hugely better charging time for OnePlus as a pro? What is that $hit - beeter integration with Apple ecosystem? Then OnePlus have better integration with Android ecosystem? Where are "conclusions" for selfie-camera? There OnePlus is way ahead - maybe that why is not mentioned? OnePlus vs iPhone XR - to compare Samsung Galaxy s10+ with Galaxy J phone. Ridiculous!

31. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Exactly, my point

25. Dbosss unregistered

He he... tats true, just have a look at contrast ratio :D 1:1500 and 1:infinity are in excellent category :D bulls**t Better software update is a pro against 1+?! Whaaaat!! I agree if its Samsung but never with 1+

38. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The whole screen looks reddish of one plus 7pro. When it comes to OLED there’s no android OEM’s better than Samsung super Amoled even though they’re using Samsung panels still not as good as Samsung super Amoled. By the way try out my friend one 7 Pro and screen even dimmer than one plus 6T.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

After 25€ (15€ when are sales), one can charge the XR in 80-90 min.

33. wickedwilly

Posts: 694; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

True, but you still have to go out and buy one and it makes the XR even more expensive. So it is clearly a big minus point whether you like it or not. With the One Plus costing E699 and the equivalent XR E934 with inferior specs that is crazy. Stop apologizing for Apple, if all Apple fans did that you would have much improved, more advanced phones for a lower price.

36. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yeah, that's a real problem... I'm sure waiting 1-2 weeks to get a OP repaired (2-4 where it doesn't have official support) - vs. 1 (5) day(s) with the iPhone - will make one happy./s

37. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

3 hours of charging better than damage battery within an year of 30 minutes of charging.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 1073; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I have both of these .i like the 7 pro a lot better because of the screen size and almost bezeless.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Isn't it a bit too big?

7. OneLove123

Posts: 1073; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Nope, about the same size as my Note 9. Plus, I have big long fingers.

3. dumpster666

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

lol...not even a competition...

17. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yeah, just another chinese toy versus well known brand.

24. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 127; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Yep, an overpriced kid phone versus a well rounded phone with the best display on the market and that is still less expensive.

39. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Best screen? If you mean one of the most dimmest OLED yeah that’s true and by the way one plus 7pro cost more than iPhone XR.

11. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

PA is so stubborn that it will show iPhone XR battery as a Pro and it lasts 101 Mins more than OP7 Pro, but intentionally misses on saying iPhone XR takes a whopping 116 mins extra to charge. In that time I will charge my OP7 Pro 1.5 times more. Typical PA, found a safe passage for XR in every single battle. XR has Cutting edge design with those humongous bezels, I mean seriously PA?

13. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 137; Member since: May 29, 2019

I do recall Rado Slavov calling headphone jack users selfish so I never actually read any of this article before posting this reply lol.

20. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

That's not true. I didn't call headphone jack users selfish; I said that "grumbling about Apple's removal of the headphone jack is selfish and backwards". We should allow ourselves to dream and be bold enough to make the future come quicker. To attract new things into your life, you have to make room for them by letting go of something old.

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

What makes it "selfish and backwards"? Sounds like you've been drinking the Apple flavored kool-aid. The pathetic excuses that manufacturers have used to justify their removal is pure bs. Oneplus said there wasn't enough space yet it's older brother the Nex which is virtually identical in design and dimensions has one. However Apple's reason is more insidious and is all about money and selling accessories. Same reason they don't bundle a fast charger. The only boldness here is their greed.

34. wickedwilly

Posts: 694; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

"grumbling about Apple's removal of the headphone jack is selfish and backwards" I find this comment annoying and naive, especially coming from a tech commentator. If Apple had removed the headphone jack and replaced it with something that did all the things the jack did and better, you may have a point. However, all you got was lost functionality, the need to buy and use dongles and worse sound quality. They did not need to get rid of the jack to be wireless, Bluetooth was already here. The Airpods that Apple introduced were ugly, poor quality and had no better sound than the already poor wired Apple earphones, so they did not help either. The headphone jack does a lot more than just connect earphones, it is still widely used in the AV world and still outdoes Bluetooth for sound quality. Yes, I understand the need for and advantages of wireless that is why I used this before Apple even got rid of the jack. Even today Apple has still not introduced high-quality codecs like LDAC and Aptx HD, which would at least have compensated for some of the loss in quality that came with the loss of the jack. What you seem to miss is despite much better wireless standards, codecs and a wider choice of wireless headphones, the majority still use the wired version!

35. wickedwilly

Posts: 694; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I should add I and the 100's of millions who still use the headphone jack are not selfish nor backwards. I am in the majority that still uses the jack so wanting it is not selfish and am one of the first to try new tech, even in its early stages so not backwards either.

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