iPhone 12 Vs iPhone XR

iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Starting from £276.24
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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 power


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 XR vs iPhone 12 Comparison

iPhone XR vs iPhone 12: Which one should you buy?

When comparing the iPhone XR to the iPhone 12, you need to ask yourself two questions: Do you want a newer iPhone? Do you need 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 you compare the two side by side, you may notice that the iPhone 12's screen has more contrast. The iPhone 12 also feels more elegant in the hand, especially if you prefer the flat-edge design compared to the rounded edges of the iPhone XR. And since the iPhone 12 has a newer processing chip, you can expect it to be faster and have longer software support (iOS updates) from our friends over at Apple. Just looking at the iPhone XR and iPhone 12 side by side, it's immediately pretty obvious which one the newer iPhone is.

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

The only surprising thing when comparing the iPhone XR to the iPhone 12 is that despite the modernity of the iPhone 12, the XR has better battery life. The iPhone 12 has some cool features like OLED screen technology and 5G, but these features increase the battery drain on the device. So if you're a heavy user who uses social media a lot but doesn't have much time to charge your device throughout the day, the iPhone XR may actually be the best choice for you. And let's not forget that the iPhone XR is also much cheaper than the iPhone 12.

Would we buy the iPhone XR or the iPhone 12?

If you don't use draining social media apps much, and you work in an office next to an outlet, the iPhone 12 is probably more appealing. But if you spend lots of time on your phone, don't want to carry around a portable charger, and if price is very important to you, I would definitely choose the iPhone XR.

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