iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR specs: Which iPhone is the higher purchase?

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR specs: Which iPhone is the higher purchase?

With Apple’s announcement of the iPhone SE 2020, the corporate is hoping to court docket extra cost-conscious folks with a $399 price range iPhone. However for many who are available in the market for an iPhone and have extra to spare, Apple additionally has the iPhone 11, which begins at $699 (£729, AU$1,199). As well as, the corporate is providing 2018’s iPhone XR for $599 (£629, AU$1,049). With these costs in thoughts, we evaluate the iPhone 11 with the iPhone XR to see which telephone is the higher purchase in the present day. 

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With twin rear cameras, Evening Mode taking pictures and a 12-megapixel front-facing shooter, the iPhone 11 does have extra tips up its sleeves for images and movies. However in comparison with the iPhone XR, which already takes implausible photos and video, the benefits are slight for the additional $100 you may pay. As well as, the iPhone 11 has a brand new U1 chip and Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit LTE capabilities. You will note these next-gen options in future iPhones and Android units, so if you wish to have a contemporary telephone for the subsequent few years, the iPhone 11 is the very best guess. However as a result of Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit LTE should not totally built-out networks but, you will not see any instant benefits — another excuse why we nonetheless choose the iPhone XR.

Learn our Apple iPhone 11 overview.

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It may need an older processor and specs, however for the $100 you may be saving with the iPhone XR, we expect it is price it. It runs iOS 13 simply as easily because the iPhone 11 on its A12 chipset, and although it does not have an ultrawide digital camera and the up to date digital camera tech, the iPhone XR works simply positive for posting images on Instagram and social media, too. Usually, should you’re on a decent price range, the iPhone XR remains to be a terrific worth. We might counsel both pocketing that $100 for one thing else or utilizing it to improve to the 128GB mannequin and nonetheless have $50 left over.

Learn our Apple iPhone XR overview.

How we examined

Design: Almost equivalent and nonetheless as sturdy

The iPhone 11 and XR look practically equivalent — the quickest approach to establish them is by the iPhone 11’s further digital camera and sq. bump. However moreover that and the completely different colour decisions (the iPhone 11 is available in lavender, mint inexperienced and a pastel yellow, whereas the Cellphone XR is available in a canary yellow, coral and blue), there aren’t any apparent variations. They’re the identical measurement and weigh the identical, and the telephones have the identical 6.1-inch LCD show with the identical decision and pixel density.


Apart from the variety of rear cameras they’ve, the iPhone 11 and XR look related.

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We carried out a sequence of drop exams on the iPhone 11 and XR, and each telephones are fairly sturdy. We dropped the iPhone 11 on its back and front on clean concrete from Three toes, 6 toes and eight toes, 7 inches. On all drops, the telephone’s again glass and display did not crack. There was a small, beauty scratch above the digital camera lens from eight toes, however the digital camera lens was utterly positive.

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After we dropped the iPhone XR again in 2018, we dropped it on a concrete sidewalk. At waist top (about Three toes), the telephone’s digital camera glass cracked, however the again glass survived. The display additionally was unscathed. At eye-level (or round 5 toes), the iPhone XR survived a fall on its again with no new injury, however after we dropped it on its display, the show finally cracked. Although that was unlucky, the truth that the iPhone XR survived waist-high drops was nonetheless good.

Each telephones are waterproof, however the iPhone 11 has a better IP score of IP68 and may survive underwater at 2 meters (about 6.5 toes) for 30 minutes. The iPhone XR, in the meantime, is rated IP67 and may survive underwater to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes on paper. When we took it out on dives, nevertheless, the iPhone XR stored on ticking even after 19 minutes underwater at a depth of 5 meters. In our water exams, we have been unable to drown the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Professional, each telephones surviving 30 minutes at a whopping 12 meters underwater. On the subject of water resistance, the iPhone 11 far exceeds each its personal guarantees and the iPhone XR’s hardiness.

Digicam: Newest updates give iPhone 11 the sting

Each telephones have a 12-megapixel digital camera, however the iPhone 11 has a second, 12-megapixel ultrawide digital camera and a brand new Evening Mode for low-light pictures. All in all, out of doors and well-lit images on each units look equally vibrant, with constant and vibrant coloring on each cameras. 

Nevertheless, the iPhone 11 did take notably sharper images with finer particulars, particularly when photos have been seen at full decision. It additionally did a greater job brightening up evening time and dim images with its new mode. The second ultrawide digital camera is beneficial once you wish to match extra content material into every body otherwise you wish to seize extra expansive scenes too. Its flash is a tad brighter as nicely, although we not often use the characteristic. Lastly, we like that we will now take portrait images of pets on the iPhone 11 (the iPhone XR doesn’t acknowledge nonhuman faces for portraits, which is a drag). The iPhone 11 additionally makes use of a characteristic referred to as Deep Fusion, which additional improves element and reduces picture noise in images. 

As for video, footage on the Cellphone 11 has a tad higher dynamic vary, so lighting and publicity appears to be like extra even and pure. Video stabilization is a bit steadier as nicely on the usual 12-megapixel digital camera. However the wide-angle digital camera doesn’t have optical picture stabilization, and through 4K video recording you’ll be able to solely change between cameras once you’re filming in 30fps (although each cameras can document 60fps).

On the entrance, the iPhone 11 has a 12-megapixel digital camera whereas the iPhone XR has a 7-megapixel digital camera. Whereas we do welcome the additional decision of the iPhone 11, we by no means actually had many gripes with the iPhone XR’s front-facing digital camera, and should you’re an off-the-cuff selfie-taker, the iPhone XR is unquestionably passable. The iPhone 11’s entrance digital camera may pull out for a wider viewpoint, document 4K video at 60fps and take slow-mo movies. However since we largely use the front-facing digital camera for selfies, we did not actually discover ourselves utilizing these final two options usually.

On this photograph you’ll be able to see the iPhone 11 captured extra particulars within the strains and tubes of the set up.  

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With the iPhone 11’s new Evening Mode, the digital camera is ready to deal with low gentle scenes lots higher.  

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The iPhone 11 brightened up this image and has higher dynamic vary.  

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iPhone 11 is quicker

The iPhone 11 options Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor, whereas the iPhone XR has 2018’s A12 chipset. For probably the most half, the iPhone 11 and XR each run iOS 13 as clean and quick as the opposite. On the subject of day-to-day duties like searching the online, firing up the digital camera or opening apps, we could not discern any pace variations. However on paper, the iPhone 11 is definitely the sooner telephone. As you’ll be able to see by the benchmark outcomes beneath, the newer iPhone far surpassed the iPhone XR and scored a lot greater on all of the exams we ran.

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NOTE: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Ice Storm Limitless

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NOTE: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.zero single-core

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NOTE: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.zero multicore

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NOTE: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Whereas we’re presently in the course of altering our battery take a look at methodology for telephones, we did take a look at each the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR with a brand new streaming video take a look at. Here is what we wrote in our iPhone 11 overview: After conducting our formal battery exams and residing with the iPhone 11 for over a month, we discovered the battery life is about the identical because the iPhone XR. In our streaming video exams, the iPhone 11 lasted 13 hours and 52 minutes in contrast with the iPhone XR’s time of 12 hours and seven minutes in the identical take a look at. In each day use, the iPhone 11 has been lasting a few day and a half.  

iPhone 11 is extra future-proof, however advantages come later

The iPhone 11 has a U1 chip for “spatial consciousness,” based on Apple, and it helps iPhones discover different iPhones extra exactly after they’re in shut proximity. The chip additionally helps you to “level your iPhone towards another person’s, and AirDrop will prioritize that gadget so you’ll be able to share recordsdata sooner.” Many imagine that the U1 chip is definitely laying the groundwork for a long-rumored Apple tile tracker.


The iPhone 11.

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The iPhone 11 has Wi-Fi 6, which is the subsequent technology of wi-fi networking. As CNET Senior Editor Ry Crist places it, “Wi-Fi 6 helps sooner high switch speeds; lets units ship extra data with every particular person transmission; lets routers and different entry factors service extra units without delay; helps sensors and different wi-fi devices preserve battery energy by scheduling transmissions; and facilitates higher, sooner efficiency in dense, crowded environments like airports and stadiums.” However you seemingly will not see any perks in your iPhone 11 now. Wi-Fi 6 was solely not too long ago licensed in September, and Wi-Fi 6 routers are costly.

The iPhone 11 has Gigabit LTE, a complicated model of 4G LTE. Gigabit LTE is absolutely quick and may attain peak speeds of 1 gigabit per second, which is about the identical pace as a landline web connection. Apple launched Gigabit LTE to its iPhone XS and XS Max in 2017, however the iPhone XR was oddly unnoticed of the replace. However the iPhone 11 has it, and when you seemingly will not attain these speeds on a regular basis, your total pace goes to be sooner than an older telephone, and you’ve got much more clearance in the case of potential pace. 

The iPhone 11 is available in a 256GB mannequin. At $849 (£879, AU$1,449) it is dearer, however should you take loads of images and shoot loads of movies, the additional onboard storage will come in useful — particularly should you do not actually use cloud storage. At the moment, Apple solely sells 64GB and 128GB fashions of the iPhone XR.

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR specs

iPhone 11 iPhone XR
Show measurement, decision 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina; 1,792×828 pixels 6.1-inch LCD Retina Show; 1,792×828 pixels
Pixel density 326ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.94×2.98×0.33 in. 5.9×3.0x0.33 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 150.9×75.7×8.Three mm 150.9×75.7×8.Three mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 6.84 oz.; 194g 6.8oz.; 194g
Cellular software program iOS 13 iOS 12 (can replace to iOS 13)
Digicam 12-megapixel (huge), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (huge)
Entrance-facing digital camera 12-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID
Video seize 4K 4K
Processor Apple A13 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB
RAM Not disclosed Not disclosed
Expandable storage None None
Battery 3,142 mAh (not formally disclosed by Apple) 2,942 mAh (not formally disclosed by Apple)
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) None (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No
Particular options Water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging
Value off-contract (USD) $699 (64GB), $749 (128GB), $849 (256GB) $599 (64GB), $649 (128GB)
Value (GBP) £729 (64GB), £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB) £629 (64GB), £679 (128GB)
Value (AUD) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,049 (64GB), AU$1,129 (128GB)

Initially printed Oct 10, 2019.

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