iPhone 7 Plus Vs iPhone XR

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus Starting from £96.00
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iPhone XR
iPhone XR Starting from £169.47
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iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XR


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XR
Width 77.9 mm 75.7 mm
Height 158.2 mm 150.9 mm
Weight 188 g 194 g
Thickness 7.3 mm 8.3 mm
Volume 89.96 cm³ 94.81 cm³


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XR
Resolution 1080 x 1920 px 828 x 1792 px
Density 401 ppi 326 ppi
Size 5.5 inches 6.1 inches


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XR
Battery capacity 2900 mAh* 2942 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging No Yes
Fast charging No Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes
Battery life 21 h 21 h

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum power


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XR
Maximum storage 256 GB 256 GB
CPU frequency 2.34 GHz 2.5 GHz
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 3 GB 3 GB


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XR
Front camera resolution 7 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 7 Plus iPhone XR
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 3 3

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iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 Plus Comparison

Are the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone XR very different?

The iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone XR are pretty similar in size and shape. Is the newer XR a better phone? Is it what you need? Let’s see how they shape up.

iPhone 7 Plus -  dual cameras, 3D Touch, and a reliable battery

The iPhone 7 Plus was Apple’s second large phone and a huge hit when it came out. It measures 158.2 x 77.9 mm and weighs 188 g. It has a 5.5-inch HD LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. So far so good. The iPhone 7 Plus runs on the A10 processor, which some people might feel is getting a little outdated. It also still has the original Apple home button setup with Touch ID. One major difference between the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone XR is the cameras: you get a dual 12 MP rear camera with a telephoto lens and a wide lens, plus a 7 MP front camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, and a single 12 MP wide-angle lens at the rear and 7 MP at the front on the XR. The iPhone 7 Plus also has 3D Touch which is gone in the newer iPhone XR. Battery-wise you can expect this phone to last the day.

iPhone XR – newer and sleeker with a bigger screen

The iPhone XR is around 8 mm smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus at 150.9 x 75.7 mm, a touch heavier at 194 g and it has a bigger screen (6.1 inches). That’s because, with the introduction of the X range, Apple got rid of the home button and created edge-to-edge screens. This gives the whole phone a much sleeker more modern appearance. It also means you get Face ID instead of Touch ID. The iPhone XR is also faster than the iPhone 7 Plus as it has a newer processor. Add to that a slightly longer battery life and more storage, and you start to see the benefits of a newer phone. Both the iPhone XR and the iPhone 7 Plus retailed around the £749 mark when they were released, but you can save a third or more when you buy a refurbished phone.

Which should I buy?

The iPhone XR has the edge in terms of processing speed, screen size, and definition, but the dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus might just convince you it’s a better phone for you. Home button or no home button, Face ID or Touch ID? The choice is yours.

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