iPhone 12 vs iPhone Xr

iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Starting from $293.25
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iPhone XR
iPhone XR Starting from $183.00
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iPhone 12 iPhone XR


iPhone 12 iPhone XR
Width 71.5 mm 75.7 mm
Height 147.7 mm 150.9 mm
Weight 164 g 194 g
Thickness 7.4 mm 8.3 mm
Volume 78.15 cm³ 94.81 cm³


iPhone 12 iPhone XR
Resolution 1170 x 2532 px 828 x 1792 px
Density 460 ppi 326 ppi
Size 6.1 inches 6.1 inches


iPhone 12 iPhone XR
Battery capacity 2815 mAh* 2942 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.


iPhone 12 iPhone XR
Maximum storage 256 GB 256 GB
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 3 GB
5G support Yes No
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone 12 iPhone XR
Front camera resolution 12 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes No
Optical zoom Yes No
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone 12 iPhone XR
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 2 3

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iPhone 12 vs iPhone XR Comparison

iPhone 12 vs XR: Which one should you buy?

When comparing the iPhone XR vs iPhone 12 you should ask yourself two main questions: Do you want a newer iPhone? Or do you want more battery life?

iPhone XR vs iPhone 12: Do you want the newer iPhone?

As you probably already know, the iPhone 12 is the newer iPhone in our iPhone XR vs iPhone 12 comparison. It has a newer OLED display, so when comparing the two side-by-side, you may notice that the screen on the iPhone 12 has more color contrast. The iPhone 12 also feels sleeker in the hand, and I prefer the design of the flat edges as opposed to the rounded edges on the iPhone XR. And since the iPhone 12 has a chip that’s two generations newer, you can expect this phone to feel snappier, and have longer software support (iOS updates) from our friends at Apple. When comparing the iPhone XR vs 12 side-by-side, it’s pretty obvious right away which one is the newer iPhone.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 12: Do you want more battery life?

The one surprising thing you might find out when comparing the iPhone XR vs 12, is despite the 12 feeling so much more modern, the XR still has one major strength when compared to its newer sibling: battery life. The iPhone 12 has more cool features like OLED screen technology and 5g, but these features increase the battery drain of the device. So if you’re a heavy user that uses a lot of social media and doesn’t have much time to charge his/her device, the iPhone XR may actually be the better choice for you. Oh, and let’s not forget that the iPhone XR is also much cheaper than the iPhone 12.

Would we buy the iPhone XR or iPhone 12?

Hmm, which one would I buy, the iPhone 12 or XR—let me think… I don’t use social media very much, and since I work in an office and always have a charger nearby, I’d probably end up buying the iPhone 12. But if I spent more time on my phone, didn’t have a charger nearby, and wanted something more budget-friendly, I’d definitely choose the iPhone XR.

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