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Apple iPhone Xr vs Apple iPhone 8

The Apple iPhone Xr and iPhone 8 have the same front camera and the same rear camera. Aside from this, you can find all sorts of differences as well. For example, the processor and the design. In this article, you can read all about the differences between the Apple iPhone Xr and the Apple iPhone 8.

Compare the Apple iPhone Xr to the Apple iPhone 8

iPhone Xr iPhone 8
Screen 6.1-inch HD Ready (720p) 4.7-inch HD Ready (720p)
Processor A12 Bionic Chip A11 Bionic Chip
Rear camera 12-megapixel wide-angle lens 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens
Front camera 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Unlock Face ID Fingerprint scanner
Weight 194 grams 148 grams
Material Aluminum and glass Aluminum and glass
Dimensions 15.09x7.57x0.83cm 13.8x6.7x0.7cm

The design: classic or new

iPhone Xr back

Apple iPhone Xr: new design

With the introduction of the iPhone Xr, Apple moves away from the classic model completely. The Apple iPhone Xr doesn't have a home button anymore and the screen reaches all the way to the edges of the device. The casing is made of aluminum and the back is glass. This allows you to charge your iPhone Xr wirelessly as well. For this device, you have more colors to choose from than with the Apple iPhone 8. You can choose from black, white, yellow, red, blue, and coral.

iPhone 8 back

Apple iPhone 8: classic design with home button

The iPhone 8 is the last generation of the iPhone with the well-known design. For example, it has a home button to unlock the device and wider bezels surrounding the screen. The back of the device is made of glass and the sides have an aluminum casing. The iPhone 8 is available in 3 colors, namely Space Gray, silver, and gold. When it comes to colors, you don't have as much choice compared to the Apple iPhone Xr.

The screen: larger screen for the iPhone Xr

Screen iPhone Xr

Apple iPhone Xr: 6.1-inch screen

The Apple iPhone Xr has a Full HD screen with a size of 6.1 inches. It's quite a lot larger when you hold it next to the 4.7-inch screen of the Apple iPhone 8. In addition, the ratio of the screen and the casing is larger. In fact, the so-called screen-to-body ratio is 84.23%. This ratio is a lot higher compared to the Apple iPhone 8, so there's not as much useless space around the edges.

Screen iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8: 4.7-inch screen

With its 4.7 inches, the Full HD screen of the Apple iPhone 8 is considerably smaller than the 6.1-inch screen of the Apple iPhone Xr. And yet, the iPhone 8 in its entirety is only a good centimeter smaller. That's because the bezels around the screen are wider. The screen of the Apple iPhone 8 takes up 60.56% of the front, compared to the 84.23% of the Apple iPhone Xr.

Unlock: with your finger or your face

Unlock with Face ID

Apple iPhone Xr: Face ID

The Apple iPhone Xr has Face ID. That means you unlock your device with your face. No one else has access to your phone, because Face ID only recognizes your face. Unless someone else is using your device as well. In that case, you can easily add a second face.

Unlock with Touch ID

Apple iPhone 8: Touch ID

Thanks to the home button, you unlock your Apple iPhone 8 with your fingerprint. With Touch ID, you can add up to 5 fingers. This is a good solution if you don't always unlock your phone with the same finger. In addition, you can also add the fingerprint of your partner if they also need access to your phone.

Performance and battery life: the Xr lasts longer

Processor and battery iPhone Xr

Apple iPhone Xr: 13 hours on a full battery

The Apple iPhone really stands out from the other smartphones when it comes to battery life, because it lasts about 13 hour. This is made possible by the processor, among other things. The A12 Bionic chip is 40% more energy-efficient than the processor in the Apple iPhone 8. In addition, the Apple iPhone Xr is up to 15% faster than the Apple iPhone 8 as well.

Processor and battery iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8: 10 hours on a full battery

The battery of the Apple iPhone 8 lasts about 10 hours, which is 3 hours less than the Apple iPhone Xr. That's because the processor isn't as energy-efficient as the processor that's been used in the Apple iPhone Xr. The Apple iPhone 8 has the A11 Bionic chip. This is the predecessor of the faster and more energy-efficient A12 Bionic chip.


Are you a big fan of the home button and all of its functions and are you looking for a compact device as well? Then choose the Apple iPhone 8. The Apple iPhone Xr is the right choice for you if you're looking for the fastest iPhone of the two. In addition, you can also choose the Apple iPhone for its larger screen and the wider variety of color options.

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