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Apple iPhone XR vs OnePlus 7T: Is The 7T Good Enough?

author Luis Silva (August 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

You shouldn't have to pay much more for the 7T, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It has better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB). But the iPhone XR will deliver water-resistance and more OS updates (3 additional years).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The 7T also features an AMOLED, higher refresh rate, larger (+0.4") display, a telephoto lens (+51 mm), more cameras, faster-charging speeds (30w vs. 15w), and more RAM (8GB vs. 3GB). But with the iPhone XR, you can also get a cleaner user interface and wireless charging.

How much more are you willing to spend on the 7T?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it should be about $7 more expensive.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone XR in 2021?

The iPhone XR is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. However, you should also consider other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE because it has better performance, better battery life, more storage, faster charging, more RAM, better display, reverse charging, and external storage.

Is the 7T still worth buying in 2021?

The 7T was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, good battery life, tons of storage, fast charging, and tons of RAM. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but (again) the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE could give you better performance, better cameras, more security updates, a better optical zoom, water resistance, reverse charging, and external storage.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Apple iPhone XR, OnePlus 7T

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Introduction

In October of 2019, OnePlus launched its 7T. The iPhone XR, however, saw the light of day one year sooner.

We are looking at how the iPhone XR and the 7T compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone XR 7T
Release Date 2018, October 2019, October 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 2 years -4y.
Security Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the 7T 5% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Remember that iOS does run smoother than Android on equivalent hardware because of the optimizations that Apple does.

You can also count on the 7T to have one of the best performances around if you consider its rivals. It got a score of 2693, compared to the usual 2079, or close to that.

By the way, you can define the 7T as a lower high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone XR 7T
SoC Apple A12 Snapdragon 855+
Graphics Apple GPU Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 2575
2693
118
OS iOS 12 Android 10 and OxygenOS 10
Tek-Score
6.3
6.5
0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone XR front transparent png OnePlus 7T front transparent png

The 7T is the winner here, and that's as clear as glass. But the iPhone XR's glass is more resistant to shatter and scratches.

The iPhone XR has one disadvantage over almost all of its competitors: Its display density is 92 DPI below the usual.

But you can fix that if you just get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE instead.

Bearing in mind the iPhone XR, just know that 88% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. On the contrary, only 21% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Compared to the 7T, as a reference, 86% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. Although, only 18% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone XR 7T
Size 6.1
6.5
0.4
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 828x1792
1080x2400
1108224
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 323.61
404.89
81.28
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Teardrop
Peak Brightness 660 nits
743 nits
83
HDR - HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
1.2
3.2
2.0
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
5.2
4.7
-0.5

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone XR back transparent png OnePlus 7T back transparent png

I believe that you can get the same performance on both cameras.

About the iPhone XR: DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 112. By including its digital zoom abilities, it can go up to 116** points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

To put things in perspective: you should know that 97% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

About the 7T: I guess the gurus at DXOMARK labs skipped this phone, but I'd give it around 113* points, based on what we know about this shooter. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 124** points.

Last (but not least), just to let you know, 93% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

We can classify the 7T as a lower high-end.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So what do I do? I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. The last time I've checked this formula, some cameras had a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone XR 7T
Megapixels 12
48
36
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 2 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 116
124
8

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone XR 7T vs.
Megapixels - 12
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 51mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type - Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 16
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 17mm
Lens Type - Wide-Angle
Score 4 11 7
Selfie Camera iPhone XR 7T vs.
Megapixels 7
16
9
Aperture 2.2
2.0
-0.2
Lens 32mm 25mm -7
iPhone XR 7T vs.
Tek-Score
6.8
7.3
0.5

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the iPhone XR for its number of color options and water resistance.

Adding to that, both weigh about the same: 190 g. (6.70 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The iPhone XR got 3.3, meaning it's kind of weighty for its display size. The 7T, on the other hand, has 5.0, so nothing to state here.

The iPhone XR is resistant to water up to 1 meter. It should be for less than 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone XR 7T
Size 150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
160 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
4720
Weight 194 g. (6.84 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
-4
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Yellow, Red, White, Coral, and Blue Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 81.25%
86.15%
4.90
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.3 5.0 1.7
Looks 8.6/10
8.9/10
0.3
Waterproof IP67 -
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
5.6
2.3
-3.3

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone XR has a 2942 mAh battery, and the 7T has a 3800 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the winner is the 7T.

For your information, the 7T is also beating most smartphones. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.

And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has it.

Fast charging on the 7T does stand out. That's rare because phones from this budget rarely exceed 22 watts.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone XR 7T
Capacity (mAh) 2942 3800 858
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 78% left
84% left
6
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
68% left
6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 64% left
73% left
9
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.0 4.6 0.6
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
7.5
0.7
Fast Charging 15w
30w
15
Wireless Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
6.0
6.6
0.6

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The 7T. Clearly.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone XR brings 3GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more storage and more RAM. They're closer to 109Gb of storage and 6GB of RAM.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone XR 7T
RAM (GB) 3GB
8GB
5
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
6.0
3.3

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

If you still don't know which to pick, you can skip this section.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Or you can also check its rivals if you're not really leaning towards any of these. Either the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max can give you a headphone jack.

You can find these two in the LTE variant. Is 4G good enough for you? If you want 5G, you should check other phones like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone XR 7T
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

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Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone XR 7T VS
Amazon 1.56 - -
eBay 1.09 1.79 0.70
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. It's 6.0 for the iPhone XR and 5.9 for the 7T.

Verdict: What Makes the OnePlus 7T Stand Out?

At least, this isn't about speed, but even so, the 7T wins on pretty much every other aspect: Way better display, much more flexibility when framing shots, way better battery life and faster charging. If you add tons of RAM and internal storage, it's pretty much a flawless victory.

But the 7T does have its weak spots. For starters, it isn't waterproof, and it also lacks wireless charging.

In the end, I believe you should make your decision based on your favorite platform, but if you're really undecided, then 7T is the way to go.

Pros iPhone XR 7T
#1 Performance Performance
#2 Cameras AMOLED
#3 Fast Charging Cameras
#4 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#5 Glass Protection Fast Charging
#6 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone XR 7T
#1 Screen Resolution Always-On-Display
#2 AMOLED Wireless Charging
#3 Always-On-Display MicroSD Slot
#4 MicroSD Slot Weight
#5 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone XR 7T
Gaming Score
3.8
6.9
3.0
Tek-Score
5.37
5.90
0.53
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Apple iPhone XR 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385

 OnePlus 7T 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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