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Test shows iPhone XR has even better battery life than the iPhone XS Max and Pixel 3 XL

iPhone XR Battery Life

The iPhone XR launches on Friday in stores around the world, just as millions of buyers receive their pre-ordered units at home. We’ve already shown you a series of reviews praising Apple’s cheapest new iPhone, a device that almost delivers a full iPhone XS experience for a lower price. But if there’s one thing that stands out about the iPhone XR, it’s battery life. And a comparison test shows the iPhone XR has the best battery life of all 2018 iPhones, just as advertised, and that it does even better than Google’s Pixel 3 XL phablet.

Tom’s Guide, the same blog that performed similar tests with the iPhone XS and XS Max, put the iPhone XR through its usual battery life test: That’s surfing the web continuously over 4G LTE (T-Mobile) with the screen at 150 nits of brightness. The iPhone XR lasted 11 hours and 26 minutes, just as long as the Galaxy Note 9. However, the Note 9 is both bigger and sports a larger battery than the iPhone XR.

Image source: Tom's Guide

The iPhone XS died after 9:41 hours in the same test, while the Max version went for almost an hour longer at 10:38 hours. The result isn’t surprising, considering that Apple said that the iPhone XR would outlast the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in its own battery life estimates:

Image source: Apple

Tom’s Guide’s test reveals the phone not only beat popular devices like the OnePlus 6 (10:33 hours) and Pixel 3 XL (9:30 hours), but also exceeded the smartphone average battery life (9:48 hours) by nearly 2 hours. The Huawei P20 Pro, which sports a 4,000 mAh battery, came out on top, lasting for 14:13 hours during the same test.

If battery life is the only thing that matters to you when purchasing a new iPhone, then you should definitely check out the new iPhone XR.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.