iPhone XR vs Galaxy Note8

Which one is best for you?

Take a glance at iPhone XR and Galaxy Note8 and the first thing you’ll notice is that both are large-screen modern phones with beautiful edge-to-edge displays. Look closer and you’ll see a few significant differences that might influence your choice.

iPhone XR is the more recent phone, and boasts Apple’s A12 Bionic chip – which has some impressive capabilities. For example, while it only has a single lens main camera, it uses real-time processing to create the depth of field effects only previously possible with dual lenses. And like iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, it’s optimised for a range of Augmented Reality apps – including immersive 3D multiplayer games.

Galaxy Note8 has a dual lens camera, which makes it easy to create beautiful images with Live Focus – and also lets you zoom in to snap distant objects without loss of quality. Its unique feature, however, is the S-Pen, which gives you a whole different way to interact with your phone. Scribble a quick note, personalise messages or use it as a selection tool for editing video. Another handy feature worth mentioning is split-screen mode, that lets you view two apps at once.

They’re both great phones – each packed with useful features to keep you entertained and help you through your day. If you still can’t decide, see our feature guide for more info.

  • Apple

    iPhone XR

    • Use Portrait Mode to create stunning images that stand out with breath-taking detail against naturally blurred backgrounds

    • Enjoy the latest Augmented Reality games and apps – including 3D Animoji

    • See everything in true-life colour on the edge-to-edge Liquid Retina HD display

    • Choose from a range of vibrant colours to suit your style

    Buy the iPhone XR
  • Samsung

    Galaxy Note8

    • See the big picture on a wide-aspect 6.3-inch curved Infinity Display

    • Take amazing pictures and video with a dual lens camera and use Live focus to instantly create professional looking images

    • Take notes, personalise messages create your own GIFs, and more with the S Pen

    • Capture all the action in Super Slo-mo video mode

    Buy the Galaxy Note8
Name iPhone XR Galaxy Note8
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Display 6.1 inch all-screen LCD 6.3 inches
Size and weight Height: 150.9 mm
Width: 75.7 mm
Depth: 0.33 mm
Weight: 194 grams
Height: 162.5 mm
Width: 74.8 mm
Depth: 8.6 mm
Weight: 195 grams
Rear camera 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 8 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24 fps 2160p@30fps
Processor A12 Bionic chip Exynos 8895
Battery 2942 mAh 3300 mAh
Storage 64 GB
128 GB
256 GB
64 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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