When we took a look at the iPhone XS and XS Max performance in September, we confirmed what we expected: They are not only the fastest iPhones ever made, but the fastest phones, period. Apple’s A12 Bionic just crushes every other phone processor.

Now that the iPhone XR is available, with the same A12 Bionic processor running at the same speeds, we expect it to deliver similar performance in a package that costs $250 less. And because it’s a big phone with a big (for Apple) battery, and a much lower-resolution 1792×828 pixel LCD display, it should deliver battery life that outpaces every other iPhone on the market.

In other words, if you only cared about benchmarks, the cheapest new iPhone of 2018 would be the one to get. Let’s see how the iPhone XR shakes out against the XS and XS Max, last year’s iPhone X, and the iPhone 7 Plus from two years back.

Geekbench 4

Geekbench is a mainstay of performance benchmarking in part because it is available for so many platforms:  macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. There’s no one synthetic benchmark that is perfectly comparable across platforms, but Geekbench 4 comes about as close as you can get.

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The iPhone XR starts off with Geekbench 4 results almost identical to the iPhone XS and XS Max.

The iPhone XR is right in line with the XS and XS Max—easily within a margin of error of a couple of percentage points. This makes it 13 percent faster in single-core performance than the thousand-dollar iPhone X of last year, and about 10 percent faster in multi-core performance.

In the GPU-powered Compute benchmark (which uses the Metal API), performance is about 40 percent faster.

AnTuTu v7

The AnTuTu benchmark is best known in the Android world, but it is also available for iOS. We had quite a few problems getting a stable score out of the latest version, as results often vary significantly from one run to the next. We don’t suggest putting a ton of stock into these particular numbers, as it’s not always clear what’s being tested or how tests differ between platforms. Nonetheless, we present the results to satisfy the curious.

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AnTuTu benchmarks are often inconsistent and unreliable—don’t put too much faith in them.

It is curious that the iPhone XR scores better in the GPU test than the XS or XS Max (which helps boost the overall score). This is probably due to the lower resolution of the iPhone XR’s display. The graphics tests here are rendered on-screen and not at a fixed or off-screen resolution. The A12 Bionic’s GPU will deliver faster frame rates on the XR because it has to render about 85 percent more pixels on the XS and 125 percent more on the XS Max.