iPhone X vs iPhone XR

In the 21st century, mobile phones have become somewhat of an additional limb for everyone. Well, except the few who refuse to be in touch with the times. When it comes to mobile phones, no discussion can be genuinely complete without mentioning iPhones. These Apple products have come to epitomize class and functionality in the smartphone sector.

iphone x vs iphone xr

iPhone X vs. iPhone XR : Design and Build

With each new release, users get additional features. Do you need a phone ASAP and want something reliable? Two of the best options available in the market are iPhone X and iPhone XR. Of the two, the XR is the newest model. However, each being a marvel in its own right, choosing between the devices can be challenging.

Read on to find an in-depth look at these devices and find out why you are better off buying a refurbished one.

Originally, iPhones are known to have a prominent home button that sticks out. With new designs, starting with the iPhone X, Apple has chosen to use a button-free panel. The OLED display spans 5.8 inches, providing ample viewing space.

As with previous versions, a refurbished iPhone X still comes with the slim bezels. And, for user identification, you’ll find a notch on the upper side of the screen where the Face ID cameras and Sensors are located. Along the edge of the iPhone X is a surgical-grade stainless steel band that gives the device an exotic look.

On the back of the IPhone X, there's a glass lining that enables wireless charging. Atop the rear, you will find dual cameras that ensure you can capture special moments perfectly. For protection against dust and water, you’re safes a refurbished iPhone X has an IP67 rating.

The design used for iPhone XR is similar to the iPhone X’s. The edge-to-edge display, Face ID, gesture controls, and glass back are all present. However, instead of an OLED panel, iPhone XR comes with a 6.1 inch LCD screen. The body is made of aluminium, and the device uses a single camera.

Compared to the iPhone X, the iPhone XR is a two-handed device as it is much heavier. With an IP67 rating, a refurbished iPhone XR is dust and waterproof. Even after being submerged in a metre deep water for 30 minutes, your iPhone XR will be good as new. But just for safe measure, don’t try it.

Features and Specs

When it comes to device specifications, it's always expected that the newer iPhone XR will have the edge over the iPhone X. This is evident in processing capacity as a refurbished iPhone XR comes with an A12 Bionic chip. On the other hand, the iPhone X comes with an A11 Bionic chip. As such, it’s expected that the XR is slightly faster and more efficient than a refurbished iPhone X.


With a wide range of uses, excellent display is one of the most important features of a smartphone. In this regard, it’s fair to mention that Apple has always done a great job. However, between a refurbished iPhone XR and refurbished iPhone X, it’s the latter that carries the day.

Though the iPhone X is the older model, it features an OLED panel that enriches the display. It can achieve resolutions of 2436 × 1125 and has a pixel density of 458ppi. This brings out colours more vibrantly and enhances the viewing experience.

In comparison, the iPhone XR has an LCD screen. Though it offers excellent viewing, it cannot match the iPhone X. It has a resolution of 1792 × 828 with a pixel density of 326ppi.


In the age of social media and selfies, you can't afford not to have a phone with a good camera. Lucky for you this is precisely what you will get from a refurbished iPhone X or refurbished iPhone XR. On the iPhone X, you will get two rear cameras both with OIS. With one, you get a wide-angle lens that offers 12MP f/1.8. The other one is a telephoto lens with 12MP f/2.4.

For the iPhone XR, only a single wide-angle camera is available, and it features 12MP f/1.8 and has OIS. If you think this is not ideal for your social media game, think again. The A12 Bionic chip in a refurbished iPhone XR enables the device to use advanced photography modes like Smart HDR.

This improves the device’s ability to capture shadows in images as well as depth control, and enhanced portrait mode. With depth control, you will be able to adjust the depth of field after you have taken pictures. More importantly, you will also be able to record 4K videos at up to 60fps, and 1080p slow-motion videos at 240fps.

Review Breakdown

With so many things to consider and these two devices going toe to toe, here’s a simple breakdown of the features of iPhone X and iPhone XR.


iPhone X

iPhone XR


iOS 12

iOS 12


5.8in Super Retina Display (2436×1125, 458ppi) OLED

6.1in LCD, 1792×828, 326ppi


Space grey, silver

Black, white, coral, blue, red, yellow


64GB / 256GB



A11 Bionic

A12 Bionic

Rear cameras



Front camera

7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2

7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2



Ports Lightning Lightning






When it comes to choosing between the iPhone X and the IPhone XR, it’s all about user preference. If you want a device that offers the best processing capacity, go for the refurbished iPhone XR as it uses an A12 bionic chip. However, if you are more into the world of entertainment, be it social media and streaming videos, choose a refurbished iPhone X.

It has a dual rear camera that's good for photography, and the OLED panel offers unparalleled display ability. If there's one thing that's certain, with either device, you will have an impeccable smartphone.

Why You Should Purchase a Refurbished Phone

Regardless of the make you choose, there are a lot of benefits to buying a refurbished iPhone. Even with a refurbished device, you are guaranteed of the highest quality available from your brand. Also, upgrading devices is often expensive. However, with a refurbished iPhone X, you will be able to save anywhere between 30% and 70%.

Considering the increasing threat of pollution and global warming, buying refurbished devices is a significant contribution to achieving sustainability. Purchasing a refurbished device helps reduce electronic waste and reduces the use of new raw materials to manufacture additional devices. As a result, the planet will become cleaner and more sustainable.

Are you thinking of buying a refurbished iPhone X or XR? Back Market is the home of refurbished devices. Whether you want an iPhone, Apple Watch, laptop, or camera, this is the place to be. Contact us today to find out how you can get your refurbished iPhone XR.

Brian Back Market
By Brian, Marketing Manager Back Market UK & Ireland

When not talking about the latest eco-friendly tech and reducing our carbon footprint, Brian enjoys the odd game of football, a classic horror (book or film) or just to kick back with a beer or a proper Scottish whisky. Slàinte Mhath!

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