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Apple iPhone XR review: The iPhone for everyone else

By James Lu - 18 Dec 2018
Launch SRP: S$1299

Benchmark Performance

Benchmark Performance

The iPhone XR is powered by Apple's A12 Bionic chip, which is the same processor found inside the XS and XS Max. However, the XR only has 3GB RAM compared to 4GB in the XS and XS Max.

The A12 is the first processor made on a 7nm process technology and packs a hexa-core CPU (two performance cores + four efficiency cores), a quad-core GPU, as well as a ‘next-generation’ octa-core neural engine (up from dual-core on the iPhone X) that handles all the machine learning and AI tasks.

Calling it the ‘smartest and most powerful chip ever in a smartphone’, Apple says the A12 Bionic’s neural engine can process 5 trillion operations per second, a huge leap compared to the A11 Bionic’s 600 billion. Apple also says the A12 Bionic enables apps to launch up to 30 percent faster.

  Apple iPhone XR (256GB) Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB) Huawei Mate 20 Pro Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB) Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128GB) Oppo Find X (128GB)
  Apple iPhone XR (256GB) Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB) Huawei Mate 20 Pro Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB) Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128GB) Oppo Find X (128GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1469
  • From S$1889
  • From S$2039
  • From S$1348
  • From S$1399
  • From S$1398
  • From S$1199
Operating system
  • iOS 12
  • iOS 12
  • iOS 12
  • Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
Processor
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
  • Hisilicon Kirin 980 octa-core (2 x 2.6GHz Cortex-A76 & 2 x 1.92GHz Cortex-A76 & 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
Built-in Memory
  • 3GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
Display
  • 6.1-inch Liquid Retina / 1,792 x 828 pixels (326ppi) / LCD
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina HD / 2,436 x 1,125 pixels (458ppi) / OLED
  • 6.5-inch Super Retina HD / 2,688 x 1,242 pixels (458ppi) / OLED
  • 6.39-inches 3,120 x 1,440 pixels (538 ppi) AMOLED 19.5:9 ratio
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.3-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (523 ppi) / flexible OLED Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.4-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (516 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.42-inch / 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi) / 19.5:9 ratio / AMOLED Display
Camera
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.4, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.4, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: Triple 40-megapixel f/1.8 wide + 20-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide + 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto, OIS, Leica optics, 3x optical zoom,5x hybrid zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Front: 24-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Rear: 12.2-megapixel, f/1.8, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.8; 8-megapixel wide-angle, f/2.2
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: Dual 16-megapixel, f/2.0 + 20-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Front: 25-megapixel, f/2.0
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Cat 12 (600Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE-A (3CA) Cat 21 (up to 1400Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth v5, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 15 (up to 800Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
Storage Type
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Huawei Nano Memory expansion (up to 256GB)
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 512GB (MicroSD)
  • 128GB internal storage
Battery
  • 2,942mAh
  • 2,658mAh
  • 3,174mAh
  • 4,200mAh
  • 40W Huawei SuperCharge
  • 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge (Qi wireless charging)
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • 3,430mAh
  • Fast Charging
  • 4,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,730mAh
  • VOOC Flash Charge
Dimensions
  • 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
  • 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
  • 156.7 x 74.2 x 9.4 mm
Weight
  • 194g
  • 177g
  • 208g
  • 189g
  • 184g
  • 201g
  • 186g

SunSpider Javascript

SunSpider JavaScript measures the browsing performance of a device when processing JavaScript. It not only takes into consideration the underlying hardware performance, but also assesses how optimized a particular platform is in delivering a high-speed web browsing experience. 

Apple has always performed really well on this benchmark due to how well optimized Safari is for Apple's processors. That trend continues with the XR, which scored an exceptionally fast 120.6ms. No Android phone even comes close to 200ms on this benchmark. In terms of actual user experience, the web browsing experience on the XR is lightning fast, smooth and lag-free. 

 

Antutu

AnTuTu is an all-in-one benchmark that tests CPU, GPU, memory, and storage. The CPU benchmark evaluates both integer and floating-point performance, the GPU tests assess 2D and 3D performance, the memory test measures available memory bandwidth and latency, and the storage tests gauge the read and write speeds of a device's flash memory. 

The A12 Bionic continues its domination on this benchmark, absolutely crushing the competition. The XR scored about the same as the XS and XS Max, and was about 30 percent better than last year's iPhone X, and about 25 percent better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered phones.

 

Geekbench CPU

Geekbench CPU is a cross-platform processor benchmark that tests both single-core and multi-core performance with workloads that simulate real-world usage. Geekbench 4 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 4000 (which is the score of an Intel Core i7-6600U CPU processor).

The XR's A12 Bionic was again impressive in this benchmark and was about 12 percent better than last year's iPhone X in both the single-core and multi-core benchmarks.

3DMark Sling Shot

3DMark Sling Shot is an advanced 3D graphics benchmark that tests the full range of OpenGL ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 API features including multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback. The test also includes impressive volumetric lighting and post-processing effects. We're running this benchmark in Unlimited mode, which ignores screen resolutions.

The A12 Bionic isn't limited to just processing power, its quad-core GPU packs a punch too, and all three iPhones are once again way ahead of the competition.

It's worth noting that despite having 1GB less RAM, this didn't seem to affect the XR's performance, and it kept up with the XS and XS Max on every benchmark.

8.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 9.5
  • Value 8
The Good
Does 90% of what an iPhone XS does at 75% of the price
Six colors to choose from
Great benchmark performance
Best battery life out of all three 2018 iPhones
Loud stereo speakers
Great rear camera
The Bad
Thicker display bezels than the XS/XS Max
No 3D Touch
No HDR10/Dolby Vision support