Apple changed things up for its iPhones in 2019, starting with the names. The iPhone 11 appeared to be an upgrade to the iPhone XS, but it was actually a replacement for the iPhone XR, which was the most popular model of the 18/19 generation.

Although it requires a smaller financial investment, the goal is to dispel the notion that the iPhone 11 is in any way “cheap”. It lacks the ‘Pro’ moniker, but it still has a lot to offer.

Semantics may be at work, but that is the way of marketing. Picking a “winner” between the iPhone 11 and iPhone Xs is difficult because Even if an iPhone 12 is on the way, iPhone 11 trades more equal blows than you might imagine and may still be worth your attention. Let’s get started.

Design Differences Between The iPhone 11 And The iPhone Xs

In a few ways, the iPhone 11 is more visually appealing than the iPhone XS. First, it’s a little bigger. It also comes in six colours rather than three muted ones. These colours are  Purple, white, “Product Red,” green, black, and white are among the colours available.

In addition, the iPhone 11 has a new milled glass back. Its camera housing protrudes slightly, and instead of going the ‘easy’ route, Apple added contours to a single piece of rear glass. Most businesses would simply use a separate piece of glass to cover the camera.

Both phones are made of metal and glass. Front and back glass panes are held together by a metal band that runs around the sides.

However, the metal used is distinct. The iPhone 11 is made of aluminium, while the iPhone XS is made of stainless steel. This is a classic case of ultra-high-end design colliding with ‘normal’ high-end design. Because aluminium is softer than steel, the iPhone 11 is more prone to scuffs and dings than the iPhone XS.

The bezel around the screen is also slightly thicker in the iPhone 11, as it was in the iPhone XR though this is due to the LCD screen technology used.

The iPhone 11 does have one practical design advantage: it has tougher glass than the iPhone XS. Both phones have also been tested for water resistance at a depth of 2m for 30 minutes.

Display Differences Between The iPhone 11 Vs iPhone Xs

These phones’ displays are very different, even if they appear similar at a distance. Both have the classic iPhone notch style, it was created by the iPhone X, which makes comparisons difficult.

Apple’s new iPhone 11 has a slightly bigger screen, measuring 6.1 inches and 5.8 inches on the iPhone XS. And the technology beneath the surface is entirely different.

The earlier iPhone XS has a higher pixel density, with 1125 x 2436 pixels compared to 828 x 1792 pixels on the iPhone 11. Both have a ‘Retina’ screen, which means that a significant difference in sharpness will not be noticeable to the human eye from afar, but will be noticeable to those looking closely.

Panel technology is also different. The iPhone XS has an OLED display with nearly infinite blacks and very deep, rich colour with plenty of pop. Because the iPhone 11 has an LCD screen with a universal backlight, blacks will not be perfectly black in a very dark room. Colours on both units are pleasing, but the iPhone 11’s LCD screen is very colour accurate.

On the other hand, Apple uses some of the greatest LCD panels available, so don’t dismiss the iPhone 11 because of this. The brightness should be comparable as well. The iPhone 11 is rated by Apple by 625 nits, and most readings indicate that the iPhone XS is slightly higher at 600 nits; both will suffice for a bright day outside.

When compared to the iPhone 11, the iPhone XS will most likely appear bolder than iPhone 11. However, you could argue that the extra size makes the iPhone 11 better for video and games, even if they aren’t always as sharp when viewed critically.

Camera Difference Between iPhone 11 Vs iPhone Xs

The camera comparison between iPhone generations is a little difficult. Both phones have two back cameras, but the iPhone XS’s second camera is a telephoto lens with 2x magnification, whilst the iPhone 11’s second camera is an ultra-wide.

If you need optical zoom in a new iPhone, you’ll have to pay around $300 more for the iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max.

The rear cameras on both of these phones have 12-megapixel sensors, but is an ultra-wide lens better than a zoom? It all depends on the situation. An ultra-wide lens is ideal for capturing a large group of people or emphasising the scale of a building. Do you want to be closer to the action without moving? You’ll need a zoom.

Because so many of us still use digital zoom rather than moving to compose with a standard 26mm-ish lens, a zoom is likely more important in making people’s images ‘better.’

Its camera app also allows you to see some of the area around the main camera view, which is useful if you’re not sure whether you need the wide view or not. The wide has a 120-degree field of view, which Apple refers to as a “2x zoom out.”

Both rear cameras can also record video in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with dynamic range enhancement. The iPhone XS main camera can also shoot at 4K/60, but we don’t know if it will receive all of the same processing upgrades in a software update. Both provide excellent video that is detailed and full of pop – either can be relied on to capture special moments.

The iPhone 11 also has an advantage when it comes to selfies. The sensor has been upgraded from 7MP to 12MP in the iPhone XS. And Apple has come up with its own term, “slofies.” These are slow-motion selfies, which are essentially short slow-motion videos that you’ll most likely share with friends on social media or WhatsApp.

Battery Comparison Of iPhone 11 Vs iPhone Xs

Given that the iPhone XR was a battery champion in 2018, the iPhone with the longest battery life, it’s no surprise that its successor has similar goals. The iPhone 11 has a larger battery pack than the iPhone XS, and with a lower resolution screen and a more power-efficient chipset, it easily outperforms the older model.

Though both will get most people through a typical day of use without issue, the iPhone 11 frequently has charge left over for the next day, which can be invaluable in certain situations. If battery life is a top priority, this model is more deserving of your hard-earned cash.

Both devices are compatible with relevant fast chargers, though the iPhone 11 comes with only the standard iPhone 5W charger, which takes approximately 3 hours to fully recharge the device. The iPhone XS comes with an 18W charger, which charges much faster and is thus much more convenient in a pinch.

Each device supports wireless charging, but neither comes with a wireless charger. You need to buy a wireless charger from the market.

Specification Of iPhone 11 Vs iPhone Xs

iPhone 11iPhone Xs
Weight194 g177g
Dimensions150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
Operating SystemiOS 13iOS 12
Screen Size6.06 inches5.85 inches
Resolution828 x 1792 Pixels2436 x 1125 Pixels
CPUA13 BionicA12 Bionic
Battery3110 mAh2658mAh
Rear Camera12MP + 12MP12MP + 12MP
Front Camera12MP7MP
Headphone JackNoNo

Price Comparison Between iPhone 11 Vs iPhone Xs

When it comes to price, things have become a little more complicated. The iPhone 11 costs less than many expected at launch, at $699, making it the company’s cheapest mainstream release in quite some time. Following the release of the XR the previous year, the iPhone was repositioned as a “mid-range” product, below the more expensive ‘Pro’ range.

However, when the XS was discontinued a year after its release, as was customary, something unusual occurred. With the introduction of the new line and the disparity in various features, the XS line saw a steeper price drop than other iPhones in previous years. As a result, it is now a bargain, with prices comparable to or lower than the 11.


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