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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.
For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.
to check who their rivals are.
|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.
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.
|SoC||Apple A12||Snapdragon 855+|
|Graphics||Apple GPU||Adreno 640|
|Geekbench 5 Score||2575
|OS||iOS 12||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
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.|
|Dots per Inch||323.61
|Peak Brightness||660 nits
|Protection||Corning toughened glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
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.
|Primary Camera||iPhone XR||7T|
*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
|Extra Camera(s)||iPhone XR||7T||vs.|
|Lens||-||51mm (2x zoom)
|Lens Type||-||Telephoto lens|
|Selfie Camera||iPhone XR||7T||vs.|
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.
|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)
|Weight||194 g. (6.84 oz)
||190 g. (6.70 oz)
|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%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||3.3||5.0||1.7|
|Biometrics||Face ID||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
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.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||78% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||62% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||64% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||4.0||4.6||0.6|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
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.
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
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.
Here are their recently updated prices:
Apple iPhone XR
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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|
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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.
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.
|#4||Wireless Charging||Battery Life|
|#5||Glass Protection||Fast Charging|
|Global Score||iPhone XR||7T|
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.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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