August 11, 2022


iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Does the iPhone XR render the iPhone 8 redundant?

The iPhone XR is an intriguing new smartphone that takes a stab (and probably fails) at serving itself up as a extra inexpensive different to the iPhone XS which it launched alongside. Its extra conservative function set nonetheless appears to be like as if it trumps final yr’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, however a worth reduce additionally renders Apple’s now antiquated iPhone extra interesting than ever earlier than.

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iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 – Design

The obvious variations are unquestionably bodily. Final yr, Apple forked the iPhone design in two distinct instructions. The iPhone 8 and eight Plus adopted the design launched with the iPhone 6 household, with two residence button-laden handsets with 16:9 facet ratio shows. The most important change was the introduction of a glass again, a trait final seen on the iPhone 4S, however reinstated to facilitate the telephone’s built-in wi-fi charging capabilities.

The iPhone X launched a stainless-steel, mirror-polished body working seamlessly right into a extra slender glass rear, with a taller, narrower, notched show. It’s this extra premium design that may be seen on all of this yr’s smartphones, together with the comparatively humble iPhone XR.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

As such, the iPhone 8 – regardless of nonetheless being a horny handset – seemed dated the second it was first pulled out on stage in 2017. The very fact the brand new ‘fundamental’ iPhone enjoys the identical enhanced design as final yr’s flagship solely serves to hammer that time residence even additional.

Both method, you may get pleasure from IP67-certified mud and water-resistance, Qi wi-fi charging and a glass again. Neither machine gives a 3.5mm headphone jack, which at this stage is just about the norm for any high-end handset, bar the Samsung Galaxy S9. As an alternative, you’re left with a downward-facing loudspeaker (which works in live performance with the earpiece for stereo sound), in addition to a microphone grille and a single Lighting connector for energy, knowledge and accent assist.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 – Specs and options

The primary shift away from that 16:9 facet ratio means the Contact ID-based residence button is gone, changed by the TrueDepth digital camera sensor Apple launched on the iPhone X. Whereas the iPhone 8 unlocks with a fingerprint, the XR, new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max depend on your face for authentication. All telephones use an infrared depth map to confirm that the suitable individual is attempting to get at their contents.

In response to Apple, this makes for a safer setup. As for reliability, and based mostly on our experiences with the iPhone X, it’s equally serviceable as Contact ID however merely suffers from totally different shortcomings based mostly on the character of utilizing face over finger.

The TrueDepth sensor additionally means the iPhone XR enjoys Animoji and now (as a part of iOS 12) Memoji assist. Apple had initially trialled the previous on the iPhone 8 however discovered it resulted in a sub-par expertise based mostly on the {hardware} on supply, pushing the corporate to omit it and thus making it an iPhone X unique.

iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XR
Show 4.7-inch 16:9
750 x 1334 IPS LCD
5.5-inch 16:9
1080 x 1920 IPS LCD
6.1-inch 1792 x 828 IPS LCD
Processor Apple A11 Bionic Apple A11 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Rear digital camera Single 12-megapixels Twin 12-megapixels Single 12-megapixels
Entrance digital camera 7-megapixels 7-megapixels 7-megapixels
Software program iOS 12 (upgraded from iOS 11) iOS 12 (upgraded from iOS 11) iOS 12
Storage 64/256GB 64/256GB 64/128/256GB

There’s additionally the matter of the improved Apple A12 processor powering the iPhone XR. The iPhone 8’s A11 Bionic chipset has proved a wonderful piece of silicon over the previous yr and nonetheless has enough clout to deal with many of the newer flagship Android rivals.

The primary takeaway with efficiency is an apparent one: the brand new A12 is extra highly effective, extra environment friendly and able to higher intensive duties akin to gaming and powering augmented-reality experiences.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 – Digicam

The iPhone XR is actually this yr’s iPhone 8 modelled within the picture of an iPhone X. Nowhere is that extra apparent than with its single rear 12-megapixel digital camera. It’s a big sensor that enjoys OIS (optical picture stabilisation), simply as on the iPhone 8, though Apple says it’s been improved for superior dynamic vary and low-light efficiency. The hole can be smaller than the one discovered between the 8 and the likes of the iPhone XS and XS Max, each of which possess twin rear cameras, including lossless optical zoom.

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Portrait mode is now obtainable on the XR’s entrance digital camera, because the TrueDepth sensor gives the extra gubbins wanted to drag off the function there, and on the rear digital camera, making this the primary single-sensor iPhone to supply the function.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 – Worth

Forward of the launch, based mostly on Weibo leaks picked up by 9to5Mac, we had been anticipating a $699/£699 launch worth for the iPhone XR. This made sense contemplating the 8 was launched on the similar worth. Such rumblings proved to be optimistic, nevertheless, with the bottom 64GB iPhone XR truly coming in at $749/£749. The worth of the essential iPhone 8 now drops to $599/£599 and the iPhone 8 Plus falls from $799/£799 all the way down to $669/£669.

Early verdict

In addition to the transition from previous design to new with the iPhone XR, Apple has additionally added a number of defining options that wholly change the iPhone expertise in comparison with final yr’s iPhone 8. The prolonged, notched show and TrueDepth sensor are chief amongst these.

As such, the XR feels far nearer to the iPhone X and iPhone XS than it does to its predecessor, and for some that may make it the popular selection. The primary purpose to go for the 8 is for those who don’t already personal one – it’ll dole out a wonderfully serviceable expertise for at the least one other yr. Nonetheless, with the notable drop in worth, this may also be a method into Apple’s ecosystem for these whose price range doesn’t often stretch to the corporate’s high-priced handsets.

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