iPhone XR just scored a major victory over the Google Pixel

iPhone XR was announced by Apple back in September and released the following month.

The device stands alongside the iPhone Xs and Xs Max as a cheaper offering for fans of the Cupertino-based tech giant.

Although the device is not Apple’s most premium handset, it does offer a deluge of features and specifications that make it compelling.

iPhone XR comes with a 6.1-inch display that offers a similar all-screen design that was first introduced on last year’s iPhone X.

However, the hardware’s panel harnesses LCD technology rather than the OLED present on the iPhone X, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.

The iPhone XR is powered by the same A12 Bionic chipset present in its more premium brothers, meaning it offers masterfully quick performance across the American tech giant’s iOS operating system.

iPhone XR is also Apple’s most colourful smartphone yet with 6 finishes available to customers.

(PRODUCT) RED, coral, yellow, blue, black and white variants all offer a unique aesthetic to Apple fans.

Finally, the iPhone XR comes with a single 12-megapixel main camera that features Apple’s Smart HDR technology.

Although the device notably forgoes a secondary telephoto sensor, the iPhone XR is still able to take portrait mode shots of people by harnessing clever software tricks.

And according to DxOMark, an outlet renowned for meticulously testing the camera equipment on smartphone devices, Apple’s offering is more capable than the Google Pixel 2 overall.

The Google Pixel 2 released last year and quickly made a name for itself thanks to its superb camera offering.

In fact, the Pixel 2 still takes some of the best photos on a smartphone right now.

DxOMark tests smartphone cameras and awards them a final score based on overall quality, flexibility and other factors.

The Google Pixel 2 was awarded a final score of 98 when the outlet tested it last year.

However, the iPhone XR has since toppled Google’s offering with a tally of 101.

The camera authority explained the iPhone XR is now the “top ranked single-cam device” it has tested.

In its report discussing the device, DxOMark said: “Achieving an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 101 points, the iPhone XR becomes the top ranked single-cam device we’ve tested to date.

“It just surpasses the Google Pixel 2 for still photos, with marginally better noise-versus-texture results, and significantly fewer artefacts. Both devices achieve the same overall score for video.

“The iPhone XR’s Photo score of 103 points is excellent, and for the key photo attributes of exposure, colour, detail, noise, and artefacts, the cheaper Apple device offers a very similar proposition for image quality as the flagship iPhone XS Max.

“Equipped with just a single lens, however, both zoom and bokeh shots aren’t as strong on the XR compared to the XS Max, but Apple has managed to improve the flash on the XR a little, which we identified as a weak point for the XS Max during our testing.”

It is worth noting that although the iPhone XR achieved a higher score than the Pixel 2, DxOMark has not yet delivered its verdict on the Pixel 3 that was announced by Google back in October.

The iPhone XR sits in seventh place overall for phones tested by the camera benchmark.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are currently second with a score of 105 but trail behind the Huawei P20 Pro that has a tally of 109.

DxOMark has also not yet tested the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that released in October.