iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS: we compare the new, and the old, Apple flagships

Apple has shaken issues up for its 2019 iPhones, with naming if nothing else. The iPhone 11 appears like an improve to the iPhone XS. However that is actually the successor to the iPhone XR, the most well-liked iPhone of the 2018/2019 vary. 

The goal is to get away from the suggestion the iPhone 11 is in any approach ‘low cost’, though it comes at a considerably decrease value than the brand new iPhone Professional telephones. 

It might all be a trick of semantics, however will the iPhone 11 look like a real improve over the iPhone XS? In some ways it would, however this comparability is a bit more sophisticated than you may anticipate. Let’s dig in. 

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS design

The iPhone 11 is extra placing than the iPhone XS in a couple of methods. First, it’s barely bigger. Additionally, it is available in six colors as an alternative of three subdued ones. 

These shades embrace purple, white, “Product Red”, inexperienced, black and white. 

The iPhone 11 additionally has a brand new milled glass again. Its digital camera housing stands proud barely, and Apple added contours to a singe piece of rear glass somewhat than taking the ‘straightforward’ route. Most firms would merely use a separate piece of glass for the digital camera cowl. 

The iPhone 11 in its many colors

The iPhone 11 in its many colours

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Each telephones are a steel and glass sandwich. Glass panes sit on the back and front, a band of steel runs across the sides holding them collectively.  

The steel used is completely different, although. Apple makes use of aluminium within the iPhone 11, metal within the iPhone XS. It is a basic case of ultra-high-end assembly merely ‘regular’ high-end design clashing. The bezel encompass the display can also be barely thicker within the iPhone 11, simply as they have been within the iPhone XR. 

There’s one sensible design profit to the iPhone 11, although, because it has more durable glass than the iPhone XS. Each telephones even have water resistance examined at 2m depth for 30 minutes. 

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS specs

iPhone 11 iPhone XS
Weight 194g 177g
Dimensions 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
OS iOS 13 iOS 12.4
Display screen dimension 6.1-inch 5.8-inch
Decision 1792 x 828 2436 x 1125
CPU A13 Bionic A12 Bionic
Storage 64/128/256GB 64/256/512GB
Battery 1 hour longer than XR 2658mAh
Rear digital camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Entrance digital camera 12MP 7MP
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Headphone jack No No

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS show

The shows of those telephones are very completely different, even when they do look comparable at arm’s size. Each have the basic iPhone notch model, which does not assist comparisons. 

Apple’s new iPhone 11 has a barely bigger display, at 6.1 inches to the iPhone XS’s 5.Eight inches. And the tech behind the floor is totally completely different. 

The older iPhone XS has larger pixel density, with 1125 x 2436 pixels to the iPhone 11’s 828 x 1792. 

The iPhone XS

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Panel expertise is completely different too. Apple’s iPhone XS options an OLED panel with successfully excellent blacks and really deep, wealthy color. The iPhone 11 has an LCD display with a common backlight, which suggests blacks gained’t look completely black in a really darkish room. Telephone LCDs can’t attain the color depths of OLED, both. 

Nevertheless, Apple makes use of a few of the greatest LCD panels round, so don’t assume it is a motive to show your nostril up on the iPhone 11. Brightness ought to be comparable too. Apple charges the iPhone 11 at 625 nits, and most readings say the iPhone XS manages barely over 600 nits. 

Facet by aspect the iPhone XS will possible look a bit bolder than the iPhone 11. However equally you could possibly argue the additional dimension makes the iPhone 11 higher for each video and video games, even when they aren’t all the time fairly as sharp while you look critically. 

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS digital camera

The iPhone technology digital camera comparability is a bit difficult. Each telephones have twin rear cameras, however the place the iPhone XS’s second digital camera has a telephoto lens with 2x magnification, the iPhone 11 has an ultra-wide lens. 

In order for you optical zoom in a brand new iPhone, you’ll need to improve to the iPhone 11 Professional or 11 Professional Max, which prices round $300 / £300 extra. 

iPhone 11 review

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All 4 of those telephones’ rear cameras have 12-megapixel sensors, however is an ultra-wide higher than a zoom? It depends upon context. If you wish to seize an enormous group of individuals or emphasise the size of a constructing, you need an ultra-wide. Need to get nearer to the motion with out shifting? You want a zoom. 

A zoom is probably going extra vital in making individuals’s pictures ‘higher’, as so many people nonetheless use digital zoom somewhat than shifting to compose with an ordinary 26mm-ish lens.

The iPhone 11 does have some actual benefits, although. It has Apple’s new Night time mode, which merges 9 exposures to get the identical form of brilliant, excessive dynamic vary photographs you may get from a Huawei P30 Professional. Low-light picture high quality has been an iPhone weak level for a number of years now.

Its digital camera app additionally helps you to see a a few of the space round the principle digital camera view, useful while you’re not fairly positive should you want the huge view or not. The huge has a 120-degree view of the scene, which Apple likes to name a “2x zoom out”.

Each the rear cameras also can shoot video at 4K, 60 frames per second, with dynamic vary enhancement. The iPhone XS’s principal digital camera can shoot at 4K/60 too, however we are able to’t be certain but if it’ll get all the identical processing upgrades in a software program replace. 


(Picture credit score: Future)

The iPhone 11 additionally has the higher hand for selfies. Its sensor has been upgraded to 12MP, from 7MP within the iPhone XS. And Apple has had a hand at making up its personal time period, “slofies”. These are slow-motion selfies, basically brief slow-mo movies you’ll possible share on social media or WhatsApp with buddies. 

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS battery

Because the iPhone 11 is definitely primarily based on the blueprint of the iPhone XR, 2018’s longest-lasting iPhone, it’s the apparent alternative for battery life too. Apple says the brand new telephone lasts even longer than the iPhone XR.

Need the official instances? The iPhone 11 ought to final for 17 hours of video, to the iPhone XS’s 14. It’s good for 65 hours of audio, the iPhone XS 60 hours. 

Apple additionally normally publishes stats for web and name time, nevertheless it hasn’t on the time of writing. However there’s no actual contest right here, because the iPhone 11 is prone to have nice battery life, whereas most energy customers discover the iPhone XS’s stamina OK at greatest. 

Each telephones may also attain 50% cost in 30 minutes, however the iPhone 11 doesn’t truly include a charger. That Apple is barely stingy right here ought to shock no-one. 

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS energy

Apple makes its personal processors. And which means a fast read-out of the CPU names of those two telephones is solely opaque. The iPhone 11 has an Apple A13 Bionic processor, the iPhone XS an A12 Bionic. However what’s the distinction? 


(Picture credit score: Future)

Apple is all the time prepared for a daring energy declare. However this 12 months the features are barely extra conservative than ordinary. 

Each CPU and GPU sides of the A13 Bionic are round 20% extra highly effective than these of the A12 Bionic. It is a very strong increase that offers weight to Apple’s claims that that is the “fastest CPU in a smartphone” and “quickest GPU in a smartphone”. It’s simply not fairly as impressive-sounding a determine because the 40 per cent it has been capable of boast about in some earlier years. 

Apple additionally claims to have improved the processor’s machine studying talents, which ought to assist with dashing up digital camera processing and AR. 

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS value

The iPhone 11 has booted the iPhone XS off of Apple’s cabinets. It’s now a legacy mannequin, as solely the iPhone XR made the leap throughout generations. However we are able to evaluate the iPhone 11 costs to what the iPhone XS value the day earlier than it arrived. 

Apple’s new iPhone 11 begins at a (comparatively) tantalising $699 / £729 / AU$1,199. That is much more reasonably priced than the $999 / £999 / AU$1,629 launch value of the iPhone XS.

iPhone 11 review

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Whereas an amazing many Androids are available at value tags far decrease than this, the iPhone 11 might have an opportunity of changing some new devotees. Within the ordinary Apple vogue, the associated fee will increase considerably as you add extra storage.

The bottom mannequin has 64GB. You’ll pay an additional $50 / £70 / AU$80 for the 128GB model, and the 256GB iPhone 11 is $849 / £879 / AU$1,449. 


Apple has cleverly shifted its iPhone advertising this 12 months. The place some considered the iPhone XR because the “reasonably priced” iPhone, as maybe discovered it much less fascinating consequently, there’s no R-rated stigma to the iPhone 11. And it even launches at $100 lower than the iPhone XR.

This telephone is destined to be extremely popular, and it deserves to be. It has a lot of the identical {hardware} because the Professional fashions, at a way more smart value. 

Evaluate it to the iPhone XS and what you miss from a real top-end iPhone turns into evident. There’s no ultra-high decision OLED display, no metal sides, no telephoto digital camera lens and the display surrounds are thicker within the iPhone 11. 

Nevertheless, we’ll solely actually miss the telephoto digital camera, and the additional energy and longer battery lifetime of the iPhone 11 makes up for it. More often than not.  


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