Apple iPhone XR becomes the top-rated single-camera smartphone


07 Dec 2018

Apple iPhone XR is the top-rated single-camera smartphone: DxOMark

Apple's best-selling flagship of the year, the iPhone XR, also happens to be the best single-camera smartphone currently available.

According to France-based DxOMark Image Labs, the iPhone XR has beaten Google Pixel 2 to be ranked as the "top-rated single-lens phone" with an overall score of 101.

Notably, the benchmarking site is yet to rate the Google Pixel 3.

Here are the finer details.

About DxOMark

DxOMark is a benchmarking website that tests different types of cameras - smartphone cameras to digital cameras and lenses. Several industry-standard tests are conducted wherein 1,500+ images and 2+ hours of video are captured and examined in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor/outdoor scenes.

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Apple iPhone XR beats Google Pixel 2, iPhone X

Apple iPhone XR beats Google Pixel 2, iPhone X

iPhone XR, with a total score of 101, beat the Pixel 2 which got an overall score of 98.

Interestingly, the XR has also toppled the 2017's dual-camera based iPhone X by an overall score difference of 4 points.

However, DxOMark noted iPhone XR users have to "accept some compromises when using zoom function or bokeh mode" due to the lack of secondary lens.

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Here's how iPhone XR performed in photo and video tests

The iPhone XR scored 103 in the still photo test and 96 in the video department.

DxOMark said the low light photography was "very good", texture and sharpness were found to be "extremely well", and autofocus was "excellent" with "good tracking capabilities".

Moreover, iPhone XR's flash performance was judged better than iPhone XS Max but "still not as good as the Pixel 2".


iPhone XR: For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers

iPhone XR: For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers

The iPhone XR sports a single 12MP (f/1.8) wide-angle camera with OIS, 5x digital zoom, and a Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync.

The primary camera offers features such as Smart HDR, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting and supports 4K video recording at up to 60fps, and 1080p slow-motion recording at 120/240fps.

Up front, there's a 7MP (f/2.2) "TrueDepth" camera which offers Portrait mode.

Specs & features

iPhone XR: At a glance

The iPhone XR sports a 6.1-inch "Liquid Retina" LCD display with a 1792x828 pixels resolution, a 326ppi pixel density, and Haptic Touch.

It is powered by the 7nm A12 Bionic chipset which has a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an 8-core Apple-designed Neural Engine.

Further, the phone gets 3GB RAM, 64GB/128GB/256GB storage options, iOS 12, and a 2,942mAh battery.

Pricing and availability

In India, the iPhone XR starts at Rs. 76,900 for the 64GB storage variant. Further, the 128GB and 256GB variants have been priced at Rs. 81,900 and Rs. 91,900, respectively. The phone is available in Black, Blue, Coral, White, Yellow, and Red colors.

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