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Apple iPhone XR vs Huawei P20: Confrontation of two powerhouses

25 September 2018 5

After a long streak of rumors and leaks, the Cupertino giant unveiled new iPhones in a dedicated event. Like last year Apple showcased three new iPhones including iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR. The iPhone Xs is the successor of last year's 10th anniversary iPhone X, the iPhone Xs Max is the successor variant of iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone 8 successor model is the iPhone XR.

This year Apple revamped the design language of all the iPhones and even the entry-level iPhone XR features a notch design. Being the latest premium phones, all three iPhones will face stiff competition from Android flagships. We already compared all the latest iPhones against a number of competitors. Today we will put the latest iPhone XR against the Huawei's premium flagship P20.


The iPhone XR is the new entry-level iPhone from Apple. It brings most of the features from top of the line models but still, it costs much less than the other variants. Despite the fact, the P20 is almost six months old but still, it is one of the best premium flagship phones on the market. Overall both the devices are quite the same in terms of size. Without any further delay, let's find out how the latest iPhone stacks up against the Huawei's P20.

75.7 x 150.9 x 8.3 mm
6.1 inches - 1792x828 px
70.8 x 149.1 x 7.65 mm
5.8 inches - 2244x1080 px
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Price and availability

The P20 was announced at £599 in the UK. The device wasn't officially available in the US via carriers, however, the P20 Pro was available via Amazon. Being almost six months older it is now available at a significantly lower price tag. You can purchase the unlocked variant at £479 via Carphone Warehouse in the UK. The device is available in Black, Blue and Twilight colors. The P20 is available only in one configuration with 128GB storage.

On the other hand, the latest iPhone XR is available in three memory variants including 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The base variant costs $749 in the US, £749 in the UK. If you want 256GB model you will have to pay $50 more and $100 more for the 512GB model. The iPhone XR will be up for pre-orders from Oct 19th with a release from Oct 26. The iPhone XR will be available in red, black, white, blue, yellow and coral colors.

Design


The P20 isn't much different from the P20 Pro in terms of design. Overall size is also the same, however, the P20 features toned down hardware to be the entry-level flagship model. The P20 features LCD display instead of the OLED panel like the P20 Pro.

Following the latest trend, the P20 chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. The build quality and overall feel of P20 is pretty good. What makes the P20 rear special is Twilight finish which changes colors at different angles. Huawei was amongst the first OEMs who adopted notch for the flagship design, the P20 has a notch at the top of the display. However, it is significantly smaller than

On the rear side, you will get dual camera placed vertically on the top left corner. The P20 fingerprint scanner is embedded on the front-facing side below the physical home button. The power button and volume controllers are on the right edge. It lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead it has USB-C port for connectivity and headphone jack. The P20 is an IP53 certified device which means it can resist against dust and splash of water.

The iPhone XR isn't much different from its predecessor and iPhone X. This year all new iPhones have notch design like the iPhone X. From the front-facing side, you won't find the iPhone XR different from the iPhone X. The edge-to-edge display on the iPhone XR looks stunning. Unlike the premium variants, the iPhone XR chassis is made up of aluminum. The rear of iPhone XR is almost same like the iPhone 8. You will get single rear snapper on the top left corner.

It also lacks 3.5mm headphone jack and features a Lightning port for charging and headphone. The iPhone XR isn' shipped with USB dongle instead you will have to purchase it as an extra accessory. It is an IP67 certified device. The iPhone XR dimensions are 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm and weigh 194g. The P20 is slightly smaller at 149.1 x 70.8 x 7.65mm and weighs 165g.

Display


As far as the display is a concern the iPhone XR features a 6.1-inches display. It's an LCD display with HD+ screen resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels. The display aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 326 pixels-per-inch. Apple claimed the Liquid Retina display on the iPhone XR is the best LCD display on any smartphone in the market.

The P20 sports a slightly smaller 5.84-inches display. It also features an LCD display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18.7:9 and the pixels density is 426 pixels-per-inch. In terms of brightness, colors accuracy, contrast ratio the P20 has a better display. The maximum brightness level on both the display panels is 625 nits.

Hardware

Under the hood, both the devices have the top-tier hardware. The iPhone XR has an advantage of having the latest best SoC from Apple where P20 SoC successor is announced already. In terms of performance, the A12 Bionic chipset definitely has an upper hand on the Huawei's Kirin 970.

Apple claims the latest chipset CPU and GPU is 50% more efficient than the predecessor and also it has updated Neural engine. The new A12 SoC is built on the 7nm process which makes it the first in the market on any smartphone. The Kirin 970 SoC has a dedicated Neural processing unit to better handle AI tasks efficiently. So far all benchmark confirms the new Apple SoC is a powerhouse and currently no other SoC is capable to dethrone it.

The iPhone XR hexa-core SoC is accompanied with 3GB RAM. There are three variants based on native storage including 64, 256 and 512GB. None of the variant support memory expansion. On the other hand, the P20 is available only invariant with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Despite the fact, the P20 falls in upper flagships category but still, it is no way near to the A12's performance. So if you are looking for a daily driver the P20 is a pretty good choice but if you want a powerhouse the iPhone XR certainly takes lead.

Specs iPhone XR Huawei P20
Display 6.1-inches 5.84-inches
Screen resolution 828 x 1792 pixels 1080 x 2244 pixels
Chipset A12 Bionic Kirin 970
RAM 3GB 4GB
Storage 64, 256, 512GB Non-Expandable 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12MP 20+12MP
Front camera 7MP 24MP
Battery 2,942mAh 3,400mAh
USB Lightning port Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
OS iOS 12 Android Oreo 8.1

Software

As OS the iPhone XR is pre-installed with the latest iOS 12 straight out of the box. The Huawei P20 was announced with Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI skin over it. The company confirms the Android Pie arrival but the exact time is still in the dark. Most likely the company will kick off the rollout after the release of Mate 20 series.

Huawei's custom EMUI is usually referred as an iOS version of Android. With the EMUI 8, Huawei significantly improved their UI, they removed much of the bloatware but still, it is not amongst the cleanest UI. Apple supports their devices for a longer period, So if you own iPhone XR you will get timely new versions update and also for the much longer period than its counterpart.

Cameras


The P20 has dual rear cameras whereas the iPhone XR retains single snapper on the rear like the predecessor. The primary 12MP sensor is an RGB lens with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary 20MP sensor is a monochrome lens with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary sensor provides depth info to capture portrait mode blurry shots. You can capture mono shots separately as well.

Unfortunately, the device lacks support for electronic and optical zoom. It supports super slow-motion capturing at 960fps. Overall the P20 captured shots are pretty amazing. On paper, the iPhone XR camera certainly doesn't look phenomenal but it performs way better than most of the premium smartphones in the market. The Smart HDR helps the users to capture shots with great details. You can capture portrait shots even without the second sensor.

A new Depth control feature is introduced which allows the user to adjust blur of portrait shots at different aperture after capturing the shots. The iPhone XR supports 4K video recording at 60 frames per second and super slow-motion capturing at 240fps.

Battery

The iPhone XR has a 2,942mAh battery cell to keep its lights on whereas the P20 has a larger battery cell of 3,400mAH. Despite having glass rear the P20 lacks support for wireless charging. The iPhone XR supports wireless charging. The P20 supports Huawei Super Charge tech. According to the company the device will charge from 0 to 60 in just 30 minutes. The iPhone XR also support fast charging but it isn't shipped with a fast charger instead of the fast charger and USB cable are available as an extra accessory.

Conclusion:

If you have an issue with the iPhone XR high price tag, the P20 is certainly a better choice at a much lower price. Even after paying almost $300 more you still have half of the P20's storage. The P20 takes lead in display and battery department. The iPhone XR edge-to-edge design looks quite stunning, best-in-class hardware, stereo audio setup, competitive camera and the latest version of iOS makes it an attractive option for new buyers.

Also, the iPhone XR is available in a number of color options so that you can choose the variant that fits your personality. The P20 could be your choice if you have issues with iOS and don't want to spend a hefty amount on your next flagship phone.

Do share your thoughts in the comments section below regarding the iPhone XR vs P20 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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