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Apple iPhone XR vs OnePlus 6: How they differ?

18 September 2018 5

Last year Apple introduced three premium iPhones for the first time. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were regular updates whereas the iPhone X was unveiled as the special 10th anniversary iPhone. The iPhone X brought a refreshing change in design when everyone was trimming the bezels. Initially the notch was not well appreciated but later on, the iPhone X emerged as the most successful smartphone from Apple last year.

As expected this year Cupertino giant announced successors of all three iPhones. The iPhone XR, Xs, Xs Max are the three new iPhones to compete for the upcoming Android flagships. The iPhone XR is the new entry-level offering but the good thing is it also has notch design like the premium models. Being the latest flagships all the iPhones will face stiff competition from Android running premium smartphones.

The iPhone X successor costs same like last year's phone whereas the iPhone 8 Plus successor is announced as iPhone Xs Max which makes it even $100 costlier than the iPhone X. Today we will compare the iPhone XR against the flagship killer OnePlus 6.

Those who are looking to grab a new flagship phone will certainly consider iPhone XR as well as OnePlus 6. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone is better amongst the two in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design of both the devices.

75.7 x 150.9 x 8.3 mm
6.1 inches - 1792x828 px
75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
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Although the iPhone XR is the cheapest amongst the latest iPhones but still it features premium glass and metal sandwich design. In order to save cost, Apple uses an aluminum frame instead of stainless steel like the premium models. The good thing is Apple didn't compromise on the finish that's why iPhone XR looks as premium as the iPhone Xs. The front and rear glass are flat from the edges.

The front-facing side has a notch at the top of the display. This year even the entry-level variant doesn't have a physical home button that's why Face ID is the only biometric option. The iPhone XR dimensions are 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm and weigh 194g. On the rear side, the iPhone XR has a single sensor on the top left corner.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 also features a premium glass and metal sandwich. Following the latest trend, the OnePlus 6 also has a notch display. It features on-screen navigation buttons. The dual rear snappers are aligned vertically in the center. The fingerprint scanner is embedded on the rear side below the dual sensors. OnePlus 6 measurements are 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm and 177g.

The iPhone XR lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead it comes with a Lightning port for charging and headphones. The OnePlus 6 has the 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port for charging. The iPhone XR is IP67 certified which means it can be submerged under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. OnePlus 6 is splash resistant but it lacks IP-ratings.


The iPhone XR features a 6.1-inches display with HD+ screen resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels. The IPS LCD display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 326 pixels-per-inch. Apple dubbed the new display as Liquid Retina which is protected with the scratch-resistant glass. This year iPhone XR is the only iPhone with LCD display.

OnePlus is amongst those OEMs who use AMOLED display for their smartphones and OnePlus 6 is not an exception. It sports a 6.28-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is protecting the display. In terms of contrast ratio, clarity, deep blacks, brightness and higher pixels density the OnePlus 6 has superior display panel. The overall finish on both the devices isn't much different as both have flat edges display.

Surprisingly despite the fact, iPhone XR cost more than $700 it still has HD screen resolution when even $200 smartphones have Full HD+ LCD panels.


Being the latest flagship smartphones both are packed with top-tier hardware. Last year Apple's A11 Bionic chipset outclasses the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC in handling tasks. The OnePlus 6 features the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset whereas the iPhone XR has the latest A12 Bionic SoC which surely will further enhance the performance difference. Apple claims the new A12 SoC is 40% more efficient in performance than the predecessor.

The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset is built on the second gen 10nm process whereas the A12 Bionic is one of the first 7nm SoC in the market. The iPhone XR RAM is still in dark but most likely it will remain 2GB like its predecessor. The OnePlus 6 base variant has 6GB RAM whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM.

In terms of native storage, the iPhone XR is available in three configurations including 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. The OnePlus 6 is also available in three memory variants with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage. It also supports memory expansion via MicroSD. The good thing is both the devices support Dual-SIMs, the iPhone XR is the first iPhone with such capability.

Specs iPhone XR OnePlus 6
Display 6.1-inches 6.28-inches
Screen resolution 828 x 1792 pixels 1080 x 2280 pixels
Display type LCD AMOLED
Chipset A12 Bionic Snapdragon 845
RAM -- 6.8GB
Storage 64,128, 256GB Non-Expandable 64,128, 256GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP 16MP+20MP
Front camera 7MP 16MP
Battery -- 3,300mAh
USB Lightning port Type-C
OS iOS 12 Android Oreo 8.1

It's never an easy task to compare an iOS running smartphone with an Android device on the basis of software. The user interface, software optimization, apps everything is changed on both the operating systems. So it's up to you whether you prefer an iOS or Android device. As OS the OnePlus 6 is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with Oxygen OS layer over it. The OnePlus 6 was amongst the first smartphones to support Andriod Pie beta and now the company is getting ready to announce the final version in coming days.

The iPhone XR is announced with the latest iOS 12. The latest version of Android is mainly focused on improvements under the hood rather UI tweaks. However, if you already own iPhone X, you will soon receive the iOS 12. OnePlus release new software updates for older devices for next two years whereas the iPhones get the latest updates for next three years since the announcement.


In the camera section, the OnePlus 6 is offering dual cameras on the rear side like most of the latest premium flagships whereas the iPhone XR retains the single sensor on the rear side. The primary sensor on the OnePlus 6 is a 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 20MP module with f/1.7 aperture.

The secondary sensor helps to further improve the capturing capability in low-light scenarios as well as provide depth-sensing info to capture portrait shots. Up front the selfie snapper is 16MP. The overall performance of OnePlus 6 cameras is pretty good but still, it falls behind the best camera-centric smartphones. OnePlus claims the cameras on the OnePlus 6 is so far the best from the company.

The iPhone XR features a single 12MP sensor on the rear with f/1.8 aperture. Apple's image processing enhances the camera capturing capability in low-light scenarios despite having a narrower aperture. The sensor performs pretty great in stable lightening conditions. Up front the selfie sensor is 7MP. Both the devices support 4K recording. The rear cameras on both the devices have Optical Image Stabilization.


The OnePlus 6 lights are kept on by a 3,300mAh battery cell. It comes with the company's own Dash Charging tech which quickly recharges the device in no time. The iPhone XR battery cell capacity is still unknown, the company claims it will last 1.5 hours more than the iPhone 8 Plus. It supports fast charging but you have to purchase a fast charger and cable as an extra accessory. The iPhone XR support wireless charging but OnePlus 6 lacks this ability despite having glass rear.


As far as price is a concern the OnePlus 6 is highly appreciated due to best value for money. Same is the case with the OnePlus 6, the base variant with 64GB storage can be purchased at $529 whereas for the UK buyers can grab it at £469. However, if you want to increase storage, you will have to pay $50 more.

On the other hand, the iPhone XR base variant will be available at a whopping $749 in the US (£749 in the UK). The OnePlus 6 is currently widely available in most of the regions whereas the iPhone XR is currently on the pre-orders.


In terms of design, the OnePlus 6 looks more refreshing as it is the first smartphone from OnePlus with a notch design whereas the iPhone XR is pretty much similar to the iPhone X except the camera placement. The OnePlus 6 takes lead in the display, battery and price section whereas the iPhone XR is a powerhouse with enormous power under the hood, latest iOS straight out of the box, superb camera setup.

If you don't want the A12 Bionic's power under the hood or latest version of iOS, the OnePlus 6 is still a great value for your hard earned money. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the iPhone XR vs OnePlus 6 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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Apple iPhone XR vs OnePlus 6: How they differ?
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A difference of $220 in the base variants of respective brands is quite a huge one. And there's almost nothing much to choose from between the two phones.


Considering these three things - the screen size, the display resolution, and the display type, would it be correct to go for the LCD option or the AMOLED one?


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