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Nokia 9 PureView vs iPhone XR: How are they different?

20 March 2019 5

After a long streak of leaks and rumors, the HMD Global finally wraps off the cover from the much-awaited flagship Nokia 9 PureView. Those who are aware the Nokia 9 PureView is in rumors from almost a year. Last year HMD Global announced Nokia 8 Sirocco as the only flagship offering. At that time rumors were swirling HMD will bring Nokia 9 as the flagship offering in H2 2018. However, due to the cameras software issue, HMD delayed the release of the Nokia 9 PureView. At the December event, the Nokia 9 PureView was pretty much on the cards but the company pulled off at the last moment.

Now finally the Nokia 9 PureView is out to lure customers looking for a solid camera-centric phone. The Nokia 9 PureView is one of its kind phones with Penta cameras setup on the rear side. Like most of the premium phones, the Nokia 9 PureView is packed with an OLED display. You will get glass and metal sandwich design with a slightly different finish.

Due to being in development for so long, it isn't packed with the latest hardware that's why HMD put it slightly cheaper than most of the latest flagships. Being a cheaper model it will have face stiff competition from the entry-level flagships from Samsung, Apple and other OEMs. We already compared the Nokia 9 PureView against the flagships killer OnePlus 6T.

Today we will compare the Nokia 9 PureView against the Cupertino's iPhone XR. Both the phones fall in the same price range, however, there is a number of aspects which differentiates them. So if you are amongst those who are looking to grab a new flagships phone around $700, for sure you will consider both Nokia 9 PureView and Apple iPhone XR. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better understanding which smartphone amongst the two is better in what aspects. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.

75 x 155 x 8 mm
5.9 inches - 2880x1440 px
75.7 x 150.9 x 8.3 mm
6.1 inches - 1792x828 px
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The Nokia 9 PureView doesn't come with complete bezel-less design instead the device has significant bezels at the top and bottom of the display. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side. The glass rear is gently curved from the edges so that the device can be grabbed single-handed easily. Like most of the latest phones, it features an under-glass fingerprint scanner. The volume controllers and power button are on the right edge. Although it doesn't have a bezel-less design but the glossy rear looks quite ravishing.

Despite being the entry-level model the iPhone XR comes with an edge-to-edge display like the premium variants. You will get a similar size notch at the top of the display like the other latest iPhone models. Apart from the top-notch, the bezels around the display are extremely thin. On the rear side, the iPhone XR has a single snapper on the top left corner. It lacks the traditional fingerprint scanner instead the company opted Face ID as the primary security option.

Both the devices are IP67 certified which means both can resist under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Unfortunately both the phones lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, the Nokia 9 PureView rely on the USB-C port whereas the iPhone XR comes with a Lightning port. Due to glass rear both the phones are prone to damage in case of accidental drops.

The Nokia 9 PureView dimensions are 155 x 75 x 8.0 mm and weigh 172g whereas the iPhone XR is less tall and slightly thicker at 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm. The iPhone XR weighs 194g. In terms of color options, the Nokia 9 PureView can be grabbed in Midnight Blue color whereas the iPhone XR is available in Red, Yellow, White, Coral, Blue, and Black colors.


The Nokia 9 PureView is packed with a 5.99-inches P-OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch and the aspect ratio is 2:1. The iPhone XR comes with a slightly larger display of 6.1-inches. Its a Liquid Retina IPS LCD panel with HD+ screen resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels. The display pixels density is 326 pixels-per-inch.

The first prominent difference between the two is a notch. The iPhone XR comes with a notch display whereas the Nokia 9 PureView comes with thick bezels. Another important aspect is coloring accuracy, saturation, and deep blacks are better on the Nokia 9 PureView due to the OLED display panel. Despite its edge-to-edge display the iPhone XR lags behind Nokia 9 PureView in terms of colors vividness.


The Nokia 9 PureView isn't packed with the latest hardware straight which is understandable because it was in development for almost a year. The company started its development in H1 2018, that's why it is packed with the last year's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset instead of the latest Snapdragon 855.

On the other hand, the iPhone XR is powered up by the A12 Bionic chipset like the other latest variants of iPhones. The A12 Bionic is significantly faster than the Snapdragon 845 in both single-core and multi-core test.

The Nokia 9 PureView is available in one configuration only with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The iPhone XR is available with 3GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB storage models. Unfortunately both the phones lack support for memory expansion via MicroSD. Overall in terms of performance, the iPhone XR has an upper hand. However, the Nokia 9 PureView has enough power to handle HIFI games and multi-tasking efficiently.

Specs Nokia 9 PureView iPhone XR
Display 5.99-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 828 x 1792 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 A12
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable via MicroSD 64GB/128GB/256GB
Rear cameras Triple monochrome sensor + Dual RGB sensors (12MP module with f/1.8 aperture) 12MP
Front camera 20MP 7MP
USB Type-C Lightning port
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Battery 3,320mAh 2,942mAh
IP67 Yes Yes
OS Android Pie iOS 12

The Nokia 9 PureView lights are kept on by a 3,320mAh battery cell. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Thanks to glass rear it supports Qi Wireless charging. The iPhone XR is running on a slightly smaller 2,942mAh battery cell. It supports fast charging but the fast charger isn't shipped with the box. You will have to purchase a fast charger separately. It also supports Qi Wireless charging.

Due to an HD display, the iPhone XR will last longer on a single charge. However, the Nokia 9 PureView has an advantage of fast charger straight out of the box.


As expected the Nokia 9 PureView shines brightly in the camera section due to Penta cameras setup on the rear side. All the sensors are Zeiss certified. There are three 12MP monochrome and two 12MP RGB sensors on the rear side with f/1.8 aperture. The best aspect is all the sensors capture shots simultaneously which means the device captures 5 shots and merge them together to produce the final result with rich colors.

The sensors allow users to capture portrait shots with blur effects. If you want to capture the monochrome shot, you can utilize the monochrome mode. For experts, there is a Pro mode which allows you to manually control cameras according to your preference. The Nokia 9 PureView allows you to capture shots in JPEG and RAW form. Thanks to Penta rear cameras the device capture great raw shots which you edit in Adobe Lightroom App. Surprisingly the cameras lack optical image stabilization.

Due to continuous capturing the Nokia 9 PureView cameras capture 10x more light than an ordinary camera phone. The front-facing selfie snapper is 20MP.

Being the entry-level model the iPhone XR has a single 12MP snapper on the rear side. It can capture portrait shots despite having single rear snapper. The best thing is the iPhone XR camera produces great results in both stable and low-light conditions. Still, you can't enjoy goodies of secondary snapper like iPhone XS. The front-facing selfie snapper is 7MP True depth module which 3D maps user face to authenticate payment and unlock the phone.

Although it's too early to predict which snapper is the best because the Nokia 9 PureView is out recently. However, it seems like a strong contender to become one of the best camera phones in the market. If someone is looking for a phone to capture RAW images the Nokia 9 PureView is certainly a pretty good option.


Both the phones are running on a different OS, So it's up to customers whether they prefer Android or iOS. Both are running on the stock version of the latest version of OS straight out of the box. The Nokia 9 PureView is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box whereas the iPhone XR is running on iOS 12. Both the device run smoothly on the respective OS, So you don't have to worry about lag.

Fortunately, both the phones will be getting new updates much faster. The Nokia 9 PureView is an Android One that's why owners don't have to wait longer for new major software and security updates. Apple iPhones are amongst the fastest to receive new updates. The Nokia 9 PureView will be getting new major updates for the next couple of years whereas the iPhone XR owners will enjoy new OS updates for the next three years. In terms of fast updates and longer support, the iPhone XR has an upper hand.

Special goodies

The Nokia 9 PureView brings all goodies you can expect from an Android phone including Google Lens and Google Assistant. Being a camera-centric phone it brings few exclusive features with the camera app. For instance, it allows the user to capture RAW photos and then edit it using the pre-installed Adobe Lightroom app.

Thanks to more cameras depth-sensing the portrait shots are worth appreciating. It comes with facial recognition as well but it isn't as secure as the Apple's Face ID. The iPhone XR special goodies are Siri Assistant, ARmoji and Animoji. It doesn't have 3D Touch like the other variant of iPhone series.


As far as the pricing is a concern the Nokia 9 PureView is released at $699 in the US. For European customers, the device costs 599 Euros. It's important to know that Nokia 9 PureView won't be widely released instead it will be sold as a limited edition device. The iPhone XR was announced at a price tag of $750 and it is currently widely available across the globe. In terms of availability, the iPhone XR is widely available but it is $50 expensive.


The Nokia 9 PureView and iPhone XR are quite strong contenders. The Nokia 9 PureView takes lead in the display, cameras, price and battery department. The iPhone XR emerge as the winner in the design, hardware, software, and availability. In terms of RAW power and storage options, the iPhone XR takes to lead. Due to more camera options, the Nokia 9 PureView is a better camera-centric phone.

Overall both the phones are amongst the best option in this price range, No matter which smartphone you opt, you won't disappoint. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Nokia 9 PureView vs iPhone XR in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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Ah well, the Nokia 9 PureView doesn't have the 3.5mm jack. Great to see that some Android brand is taking the lead in doing away with the headphone jack.


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