iPhone 12 vs iPhone Xr

iPhone 12
iPhone 12
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iPhone Xr
iPhone Xr
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iPhone 12iPhone Xr


iPhone 12iPhone Xr
Width71.5 mm75.7 mm
Height147.7 mm150.9 mm
Weight164 g194 g
Thickness7.4 mm8.3 mm
Volume78.15 cm³94.81 cm³


iPhone 12iPhone Xr
Resolution1170 x 2532 px828 x 1792 px
Density460 ppi326 ppi
Size6.1 inches6.1 inches


iPhone 12iPhone Xr
Battery capacity2815 mAh2942 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesYes
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes

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iPhone 12iPhone Xr
Maximum storage256 GB256 GB
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity4 GB3 GB
5G supportYesNo
LTE supportYesYes


iPhone 12iPhone Xr
Front camera resolution12 MP7 MP
Main camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesNo
Optical zoomYesNo
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution2160 px2160 px


iPhone 12iPhone Xr
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
Number of microphones23

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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