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The Apple iPhone XR 64GB is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone 8 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Apple iPhone XR 64GB!

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Excellence Score
71.1
91.9
Value for Money Score
52.5
63.5
Price ₹ 53,899 onwards ₹ 69,699 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Oct, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 11, Upgradeable to 12Expected update to next Apple iOS version Apple iOS 12Expected update to next Apple iOS version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 828x1792 pixels (~ 324 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features Retina HD Display, Wide colour display (P3), 3D Touch Display, True Tone display, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, Display Zoom, Reachability LCD, Liquid Retina HD Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, 120Hz touch-sensing
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor N/A 2.49 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Hexa Core
Processor Name A11 Bionic with Neural Engine and M11 Motion CoprocessorRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Apple A12 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
RAM 2 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning Lightning
Primary Camera 12.0MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, Optical Image stabilisation, 6P Lens, Quad-LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, Backside Illumination Sensor, Hybrid IR Filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Live Photos with Stabilisation, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Body and Face Detection, Exposure Control, Noise Reduction, Auto HDR for Photos, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, Full HD Video Rec. at 30 fps or 60 fps, Slow-motion Video: 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse Video with Stabilisation, Cinematic Video Stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP Still Photos while Rec. 4K Video, Playback zoom F/1.8 Aperture, Digital Zoom up to 5x, Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Optical Image Stabilisation, 6P lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Sapphire Crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, HDR, Live Photos, Local tone mapping, Red-eye Correction, Exposure control, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, Full HD Video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HD Video recording at 30 fps, Slo-mo Video for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video, Continuous Autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom, Video geotagging, Stereo recording
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 7.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside Illumination Sensor, Body and Face Detection, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure Control, Timer mode F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji and Memoji, Full HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HDR, Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Live Photos, Retina Flash, Backside illumination sensor, Auto image stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.3 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 148 gm 194 gm
Audio Output Lightning Lightning
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins) Yes, IP67 Rated
Battery Capacity 1821 mAh 2942 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 14.00 hrs 25.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time: upto 12 hrs, Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 40 hrs Internet Usage Time: upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 16 hrs, Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 65 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; WiFi Calling; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins, IP67 Rated; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Exceptional build quality
  • Excellent display, slightly improved from the iPhone 7 - adds 'True Tone' support - a color warmth-adjusting ambient effect that the iPad Pro added last year - it makes the display seem less harsh in everyday reading
  • iOS 11 continues to be a highly refined and intuitive user interface, and is a solid update over iOS 10, with big and small improvements all over
  • The most amazing thing you can do with iOS 11 is augmented reality (will be supported iPhone 6s onwards) - Apple's ARKit works by fusing cameras and motion sensors to track the real world and layer virtual things on top of it, using your phone, promising immersive experiences without wearing any headsets or glasses - the initial apps are all pretty impressive - for instance in SkyGuide, you aim the phone at the daytime skyline and a night sky fades in, with superimposed constellations and star names - and the level of graphic detail in these apps is stunning - it feels richer than VR, even if in a sense it is less immersive
  • Breathtaking, lightning-fast performance powered by Apple's new chip - A11 Bionic - the benchmark numbers are close to what MacBooks with Core i5 processors can achieve - on paper, they blow away the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip that's in most competing top-end phones, including those from Samsung, LG and OnePlus
  • Small but solid upgrades to the already very good iPhone 7 camera - thanks to an all-new image sensor, photo quality has improved in low light, as has video quality - this is arguably the best single rear camera setup on a phone
  • The speakers also get a small but solid upgrade - they sound nice and loud, and now get a bit beefier with some bass - it's nice when you're sharing TV, movies or YouTube videos with friends, or even just using the iPhone for music at home
  • The battery life is good, and about the same as the iPhone 7
  • Added support for wireless charging, that works with the existing Qi wireless charging standard
  • On the whole, the 8 is an incremental upgrade - last year's design with this year's technology - it feels familiar, and it's a safe pick for fans who want a blend of classic Apple style and top-tier performance
  • Continues the gorgeous, premium design language of last year's iPhone X - the only change here from the XS models, is that the frame is 7000-series aluminium and not stainless steel - but the build quality is still absolutely top-notch
  • Ditching the home button and moving to a face-based login was a bold move from Apple last year - and its mostly ended up working (with just a bit of a learning curve for previous iPhone users), and thus allowed modern iPhones to go nearly all-screen - the new iPhones this year continue the trend
  • Comfortable body - the XR isn't iPhone XS size, or XS Max size - it's right in the middle, and that looks likes a sweet spot - it feels much more comfortable to hold than the wider XS Max, and easier to use with one hand
  • Water and dust resistance
  • The XR also comes in a wider array of fun color options - lighter blue, coral, red and bright yellow - all look cheerful and well done - and for many iPhones users, it might be a refreshing break from silver, black and gold, if they want something new (these colors options are not available on the iPhone XS/Max)
  • Face ID is now faster than before
  • The LCD display is fantastic - large, vibrant, and bright - arguably the best LCD display on any phone - though it's a (small) step behind the OLED one on the XS models in terms of contrast (it's also lower resolution on paper, but you are unlikely to notice that in regular use)
  • Uses a durable, scratch-resistant glass (as per Apple's claims, the front display glass is as strong as the XS, while the rear glass is "better than the iPhone X, " but not as strong as what the XS)
  • Larger screen than the iPhone XS
  • The new iOS 12 brings a number of new features like group notifications and most importantly makes deep performance improvements - Apple is known for regularly tuning its software to perform optimally with the hardware - overall, this as refined and polished a software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones of course is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • The iPhone XR is a performance monster - there is no other way of putting it - it still blows the best Android phones away - and the new A12 Bionic processor sets a new standard for performance, and for chip design - with the same internals, you get the same top-end performance as the XS series
  • The most important gains from the crazy fast A12 Bionic are in AI, AR and graphics - AR apps for instance show better, smoother video and higher-resolution backgrounds (Apple says that's due to a greatly improved Neural Engine chip for machine learning and computer vision)
  • The rear and front cameras will blow you away, and are just a slight step behind the best camera smartphones - the iPhone XS/Max and the Pixel 3
  • The rear camera delivers great photos in both dark and high-contrast environments (Apple calls this "Smart HDR") thanks to a new sensor and the new image processor on the A12 Bionic chip - in practice, this means photos look better whether shot on a nighttime street, in a dark bar or in bright sunlight - focus is faster, too
  • There is also a new adjustable background depth feature in portrait mode, that allows you to tweak the bokeh level, giving you even more power over your photos
  • The iPhone XR' video recording quality might benefit even more from the phone's camera improvements than still photos - the added HDR (better auto contrast, as with the still photos) and extra stabilization will make even your more casual videos look more vibrant, even at 1080p and 30fps - and the microphones now record in stereo, too
  • As with the iPhone XS series, the iPhone XR pumps out some solid stereo sound in landscape mode - it sounds crisp and loud - movies and games sound great, almost like listening on an iPad Pro
  • Good battery life - in fact the best battery life of this year's iPhones - it will last you the full day even with heavy use
  • Better wireless charging than before - Apple says the phone's wireless charging coil has improved so there'll be fewer misses when you place it on a charge pad
  • Finally, the iPhones this year also add dual SIM support - this is done with a physical nano-SIM + eSIM combination (eSIMs are currently supported in India only on Airtel and Jio)
  • All said and done, the iPhone XR most of iPhone XS/Max features and advantages, and does it at a much lower price - it's in fact, arguably, the best iPhone value in years - for most people this is going to the iPhone to get this year
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The design remains similar to the iPhone 7
  • The camera is great, and arguably the best among the single-rear-camera phones, but the top of the camera phone pack is now led by the dual-rear-camera phones like the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and the Android flagships - which provide the DSLR like 'bokeh' effect
  • Additionally with the iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, you also you get the amazing new Portrait Lighting Mode
  • The missing 3.5mm headphone jack is still an issue if you like to use your own headphones instead of the Apple's bundled ones
  • On the whole, if you already have an iPhone 7, you'll find the faster speed, better screen and better camera on the iPhone 8 "nice to have, " but short of "must-buy" territory
  • No HDR support (which is there on the XS series) - which means very high-contrast videos won't look quite as good as on the XS - but this is of course nit picking - you will only really know the difference if you keep the phones side-by-side
  • No 3D touch support, that's present on the XS series - though if you are like most iPhone users, you are unlikely to miss this little-used feature
  • The only (small) difference from the iPhone XS/Max cameras is that there is no second tele-photo lens on the rear - which means no optical zoom shots, and slightly less amazing bokeh shots - also the bokeh shots only work on people - but not on pets, for instance
  • Headphone jack dongles are now no longer included in the retail package - which means you will have to rely on Apple's included lightning port earphones (or purchase wireless earphones)
  • No fast charger included in the retail box - Apple only includes a 5-watt basic Lightning iPhone charger in-box - a fast charger will need to be purchased separately
Expert Reviews
  1. The iPhone 8 might as well be the best iPhone for the right users. Cheaper than the X and smaller than the Plus - meaning it's one of the best premium compacts around.
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  2. For fans who want a blend of classic Apple style and top-tier performance, the iPhone 8/Plus are excellent options
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  3. The iPhone 8 & 8 Plus shine even in the shadow of the iPhone X
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  1. For most people, this is the iPhone to consider this year as you're getting pretty much everything the more expensive phones offer at a much lower price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Just too good to ignore
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The best iPhone value in years
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It's a great iPhone, period, and, for that matter, it's the iPhone most people should buy
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. XR could end up being more disruptive to competitions portfolios than any iPhone since the 6/6 Plus launch
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If one thing is clear about the iPhone XR, it’s that Apple is going to sell tons of these
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Finally, an iPhone with a decent battery
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iPhone XR sports Apple's fastest processor yet, and comes with a near-bezel-less design...however minor things like the lack of an HD display, no dual camera and a terribly limited portrait mode makes the smartphone feel like an unnecessarily overpric
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The right iPhone for just about anyone who wants a new iPhone
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