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Apple has given us an early Christmas present with the recent announcement of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max smartphones – and we’re super stoked to pick one up as soon as possible.
The new line of iPhone looks seriously impressive, with an improved camera, a longer-lasting battery and a great display, but how does the iPhone 11 stack up against 2018’s line-up?
The iPhone XR was the most popular iPhone ever made, with Apple selling hundreds of thousands of the device due to the impressive processor, the affordable price-point and the massive battery.
If you’re coming up to the end of your contract and you’re debating whether you upgrade to the iPhone 11, or you grab yourself a bargain on the iPhone XR, you might want to check out how both phones compare so you can make the right choice for you.
So read on to find out which iPhone is best.
This is an easy one to answer, but only because the iPhone XR has been out for a year already.
One the official Apple website, the iPhone XR costs £629 (though you can trade in your old iPhone and pay as little as £479), but it has been available for an entire year.
The iPhone 11, on the other hand, costs £729 right now, and you can trade in an old iPhone to pay £529 (depending on the condition of the phone).
Pre-orders for the iPhone 11 are open on Friday (September 13), so we don’t know how much the handset will cost as part of a phone contract, but you can check out this article here to find out all the latest deals as they go live.
The iPhone XR was designed as the budget option from the 2018 round of Apple releases, and still remains an excellent pick-up if you want a quality smartphone without paying premium for the brand new model.
The iPhone 11 is the same idea but for 2019, costing less than the super-powered iPhone 11 Pro series, and should be your choice if you want the latest handset.
iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR display: Which is biggest?
Both iPhones have the same 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display that doesn’t support HDR, but houses 1,792 x 828 pixels that look bright and punchy.
There isn’t that much of an upgrade on the screen technology to be honest, but that isn’t a bad thing, as the display is one of the brighter points of the iPhone XR.
The display manages to push out more light through the pixels and it actually looks almost as good as the iPhone 11 Pro display – they both also have much better battery life when the screen is on.
iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR camera: Which takes the best pictures?
The camera is where the serious upgrades come into play, as the iPhone 11 comes packing with a serious set of lenses.
There are two lenses on the back of the camera – a 12MP ultra-wide (f/1.8) and a 12MP wide (f/2.4) – that works to make your pictures look truly incredible.
It has 2x optical zoom, so you can take super-wide images of massive landscapes without having to step back or move away from the subject.
This is great if you like to take some snaps of scenery, or if you need a big group photo but you’re cramped for space, as the phone will automatically stretch the image to include more of a field of view.
Your pictures will look smoother with the image stabilisation tech, and they will look punchier with Smart HDR and TrueTone flash.
The new feature in the iPhone 11 is Night mode, which takes brighter pictures in the dark or in low light, bringing out colour and giving more clarity to your snaps.
As for the iPhone XR, it has a single 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation and digital zoom up to 5x. It also only offers three effects for Portrait Lighting, and first-gen Smart HDR for photos.
Both iPhones will film in 1080p at either 30 or 60fps, but the iPhone 11 has a TrueDepth camera that can film at 4K from the selfie lens.
Ultimately, the iPhone 11 is better for taking snaps, but the iPhone XR was lauded as one of the better picture phones on the market last year, so you’re not missing out on too much if you choose to upgrade.
iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR processor: Which is fastest?
The processor chip is another area where the iPhone 11 enjoys a big upgrade.
The newest handset has the brand new, super-charged A13 Bionic processor chip, which is the fastest and most efficient chip in the smartphone industry.
The A13 is roughly four times faster than the iPhone XR’s A12 Chip, which was already a market leader in its own right.
iPhone 11’s new and improved chip makes the battery last approximately an hour longer than the XR, and apps, games and content should run faster and more smoothly, which is great news for all of us with a smartphone addiction.
Both run on iOS 13, and both will have options of either 64, 256, or 512GB internal storage.
iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR conclusion: So which one is best?
To be honest, we do think the iPhone 11 is worth the extra cost to upgrade, but the iPhone XR really is no slouch compared to its newest competitor.
The phones are largely the same and are only really improved with the camera, so if photography is your thing, you should definitely jump up to the iPhone 11.
A better battery life and a more efficient processor to make binge-watching content and gaming on the go a bit smoother is also a nice quality-of-life change that makes the 11 worth your time.
However, the iPhone XR has the same display, weight, size and most of the same features, like Facial Recognition ID and Animojis.
If you must have the latest iPhone, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed in picking up the iPhone 11, but if you want to save around £100 for something else, the iPhone XR is still an excellent device.