iPhone XR vs OnePlus 7 Pro: Which phone has the better display?

“While iPhone XR display would suit people who are looking for a compact form factor, the OnePlus 7 Pro display might suit power users with its higher refresh rate and higher pixel density”

Although iPhone XR and OnePlus 7 Pro were launched in completely different price brackets, thanks to price cuts on the Apple offering, the iPhone XR has now become a compelling offering against the OnePlus 7 Pro in this price range. Considering that display is one of the most important aspects for any phone and serves as make-or-break criteria for most users, we are here to help you out. Notably, there are many aspects of the iPhone XR and OnePlus 7 Pro displays that need to be compared here. Apple and OnePlus have even used different display types to make things more complicated for comparison. However, we will go through all these bits one by one to help you understand the phones better.

What is iPhone XR’s Liquid Retina display?

iPhone XR ships with what the brand describes as a “Liquid Retina” display. Essentially, this is an LCD panel with curved corners and extremely thin bezels on all sides. At the top of the display, there is a notch that comes with the Face ID sensors and front camera. The overall size of the display sits at 6.1-inch. The display comes with a screen resolution of 1792 × 828 pixels and at the time of launch, was claimed to be the best LCD display in the world by Apple. Now, before you put the tall claims aside, let us reassure you that the panel on the iPhone XR is indeed one of the finest that you can find on the market.

In fact, if you put the iPhone XR next to an iPhone X, which packs an AMOLED panel, it will be extremely difficult to tell the quality difference between the two displays, which is indeed a huge compliment for the former.

OnePlus 7 Pro – 90Hz display makes a difference?

OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a full-screen design as the handset features a pop-up selfie camera and minimum bezels around the display. The absence of notch definitely gives a truly immersive experience to users while watching movies or TV shows. The display on OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a 3,120 x 1440 pixels screen resolution and an AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate. Now, if you’ve never used a 90Hz display in real life, we would like to heavily recommend that you try it out before you make your purchase decision. In simple terms, higher refresh rate results in smoother user experience and even casual browsing can become a fun experience as a result. Now, the overall size of the panel sits at 6.67-inch, which falls in the category of massive for most users with regular-sized hands.

Which display is better – iPhone XR or OnePlus 7 Pro?

Let’s go through different scenarios one by one to understand the pros and cons of both these displays:

iPhone XR vs OnePlus 7 Pro – General browsing

As we briefly mentioned earlier, the 90Hz refresh rate on OnePlus 7 Pro makes general browsing a more fun experience than usual. The butter-smooth experience definitely gives an upper hand to the OnePlus handset over the Apple offering. Although iPhone XR holds itself well enough with a 120Hz touch-sensing display, which effectively means that the handset locates the precise location of the finger 120 times in a second, it doesn’t produce the same magic as the higher refresh rate on the OnePlus 7 Pro does. As both Android and iOS now come with native dark modes, you’ll notice that the AMOLED panel on the OnePlus 7 Pro displays the true blacks better than the LCD panel on the iPhone XR.

iPhone XR vs OnePlus 7 Pro – Gaming

Although both handsets manage to play demanding games equally well, the higher refresh rate available of OnePlus 7 Pro plays a key role here too. If you play first-person shooters like PUBG or Call of Duty on mobile, the extra smoothness offered by the OnePlus 7 Pro can get you those chicken dinners with ease. Both phones play PUBG at similar settings, so the only difference that you will feel will be in refresh rate.

Also, the notch covers part of the screen and for those who understand the importance of peripheral vision in such games, you would know why iPhone XR might miss the mark. However, once again, the compact form factor will allow you to hold the phone more easily in the case of iPhone XR and for OnePlus 7 Pro, you might have to stretch the fingers a bit.

iPhone XR vs OnePlus 7 Pro – Video streaming

There is no other way to put it but to say that the notch on the iPhone XR is definitely not the ideal design choice for users. On the iPhone XR, either you will have to watch a video in a narrow aspect ratio or have some part of the video hidden by the notch. On the other hand, with OnePlus 7 Pro, you don’t have to make either of these sacrifices. However, the large form factor of the OnePlus handset also makes it extremely difficult to hold for a long duration while watching multimedia content, just something to keep in mind.

iPhone XR vs OnePlus 7 Pro – Outdoor usage

The AMOLED panel on the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a peak brightness level of 813 nits, while the peak brightness offered by iPhone XR is 625 nits. Although the stats speak for themselves, the higher peak brightness on OnePlus 7 Pro enables the users to use the handset in outdoor settings, even under the direct sunlight with ease. We didn’t face many issues using the iPhone XR outside either but if given a choice between the two for a day out, we will definitely be opting for the OnePlus 7 Pro.

iPhone XR vs OnePlus 7 Pro – Reading articles and documents

The higher display resolution on the OnePlus 7 Pro gives the edge to the handset in this category as well. While you might not notice the difference on most occasions, on a closer look, the sharper text on the OnePlus offering is pretty evident.


Although the operating system, camera quality, and battery performance heavily influence the decision of purchasing any smartphone, if your only concern is display quality between iPhone XR and OnePlus 7 Pro, on an objective basis, we can safely conclude that OnePlus 7 Pro features a far better display.