When Apple introduced the new iPhone XR, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max this month, as usual, it also kept around some of its older model iPhones, specifically the older iPhone 7, 8 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus. Apple does this so it can continue to offer phones at lower price points for people who don’t need the latest and greatest.
So needless to say, buying an iPhone right now can be a bit confusing. That’s where we come in. In this latest versus, we’re taking a look at the differences between the new iPhone XR and the two-year-old iPhone 7, now Apple’s entry-level iPhone.
iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Specs
Here are the specs for the iPhone XR:
Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, IP67 waterproof
And here’s the specs for the iPhone 7:
Display: 4.7in display with 1334x750 resolution at 326ppi
Dimensions: 138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1 mm
Weight: 138 grams
Storage: 32 or 128GB
Processors: A10 Fusion
Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
Rear camera: 12MP camera, 4K video.
Battery: Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
Other: Touch ID, NFC, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof
iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Display & Design
The iPhone XR features an edge-to-edge display that is 6.1in and has a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi. The iPhone 7 features a 4.7in display with bezels that has a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi. No question about it, the iPhone XR’s display wins the day here-well, almost.
By many aspects, the XR beats the iPhone 7: it has a larger display with a higher resolution, a higher pixel density, and is edge-to-edge. But not so fast, the iPhone 7 beats the XR in one display aspect: the XR lacks 3D Touch, which the iPhone 7 has. If you were never a fan of 3D Touch, that won’t matter much. But if you like the feature you’ll be disappointed it’s not in the XR.
The other obvious difference is that the iPhone XR lacks a Home button. It jettisons it in favor of a gesture-based Home control. The iPhone 7 still has the Home button we all know and love. This means the iPhone 7 also still has Touch ID. The iPhone XR lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system.
iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: CPU, Battery, and Storage
The iPhone XR has a MUCH larger battery than the iPhone 7. You’ll definitely see a difference because of it. Just check out the battery life specs below to see what we mean. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:
Internet use: iPhone XR – Up to 15 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 12 hours.
Video playback: iPhone XR – Up to 16 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 13 hours.
Audio playback: iPhone XR – Up to 65 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 40 hours.
The XR also features wireless charging where the iPhone 7 does not.
As for storage, the XS offers three sizes: 64, 256, or 512GB. The iPhone 7 only comes in 32 or 128GB. As far s the CPU is concerned, the XR destroys the 7 Plus. It features the A12 Bionic chipset versus the iPhone 7 Plus’ A10 Fusion. The A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is almost twice as fast as the A10.
iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Camera
When you get to the camera department, the two phones aren’t THAT different. On the front camera, both phones feature the same 7MP sensor, but the front camera on the iPhone XR is a TrueDepth system that supports Face ID. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.
The rear camera is also almost identical. Both feature a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. Both also feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording. The XR does have some extra software features, however, like Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control and Portrait Lighting.
iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Cost & Verdict
Unlocked the 4.7in iPhone 7 will cost £449 (32GB) and £549 (128GB). The 6.1in iPhone XR will cost £749 (64GB) and £799 (128GB) and £899 (256GB). That premium for the iPhone XR does get you a bigger display and a sexy new design. Really, the only reason to go with the iPhone 7 is if you want to save money and just grab the cheapest iPhone you can or if you love the old Touch ID Home button.