Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone XS: What's Different?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone XS: What’s Different?

Apple’s latest smartphones brought plenty of new features over its predecessors. So let’s say you have an iPhone XS and planning to upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro, what advantages are you getting? Find out in this specs comparison.

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationApple iPhone 11 ProApple iPhone Xs
Display5.8" OLED super retina XDR display (2436 x1125), 458ppi5.8" OLED super retina display (2436 x1125), 458ppi
-Dolby Vision
-HDR 10
Glass-Textured matte glass and stainless steel design
-Oleophobic Coating
-Arsenic-free display glass
-Mercury-free display
-Oleophobic Coating
CPUApple A13 Hexa-Core Bionic chipApple A12 Hexa-Core Bionic chip
GPUApple GPU (eight-core graphics)Apple GPU (eight-core graphics)
Rear Camera12MP F2.0 Telephoto + 12MP F1.8 Wide camera + 12MP F2.4 Ultra-Wide triple rear cameras12MP wide-angle F1.8+ 12MP F2.4 dual rear cameras
New Rear camera features- Night Mode
- Auto Adjustments
- 2x optical zoom out
- Audio Zoom
- QuickTake video
- Extended dynamic range up to 60fps
Front Camera12MP F2.2 front camera7MP F2.2 RGB front Camera
New Front camera features- 4K video recording up to 60fps-
SIM SlotDual-SIM (single nano + e-SIM for global / dual Nano for China)Dual-SIM (single nano + e-SIM for global / dual Nano for China)
Connectivity4G VoLTE 4x4 MIMO and LAA4G VoLTE 4x4 MIMO and LAA
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11ax with MIMOWi-Fi 802.11ac 2X2 MIMO
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
FeaturesNFC, Face ID, IP68 Certified, Ultra-Wideband ChipNFC, Face ID, IP68 Certified
AudioWide Stereo Speakers, Spatial Audio w/ Dolby AtmosWide Stereo Speakers
Audio Portnonenone
OSApple iOS 13Apple iOS 12
Wireless ChargingQi Wireless ChargingQi Wireless Charging
ColorMidnight Green, Space Gray, Silver, GoldGold, Silver, Space Gray

How is the iPhone 11 Pro any different from the iPhone XS?

  • Textured matte glass
  • Better performing CPU
  • Better performing GPU
  • Dedicated ultra-wide lens
  • Night Mode
  • Auto Adjustments
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Audio Zoom
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • 4K video recording up to 60fps
  • WiFi 6
  • Ultra-Wideband chip
  • Spatial Audio w/ Dolby Atmos
  • iOS 13 out-of-the-box

Apple’s design in its smartphones is pretty consistent, and that shows on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XS. The only visible difference that you can see is the triple rear cameras and the Midnight Green color variant. Other than that, the thick notch and color options remain.

In terms of display, both of them sport almost the same configuration. However, the iPhone 11 Pro now uses haptic touch technology instead of the 3D touch. It also has a higher contrast ratio and brightness to provide better viewing quality, even outdoors.


Powering the new iPhone is the new A13 Bionic chip which is said to consume less power while improving the CPU and GPU’s performance. We’ve yet to test the actual capability of the iPhone 11 Pro so stay tuned for that.

Camera-wise, this is where the iPhone 11 Pro shines as it now has a night mode, as well as, features like better video editing, 2x optical zoom out, audio zoom, and higher front camera resolution. Vloggers will also be delighted as it is now possible to record videos at 4K resolution up to 60 fps.

For features, the iPhone 11 Pro has the Ultra-Wideband chip, which enhances your connection to other devices. It also sports the Wi-Fi 6 technology which brings faster speed. Audio quality also got an upgrade thanks to the spatial audio feat along with the Dolby Atmos support. Powering the device is iOS 13, which brings more security and the native dark mode feature of the phone. The XS will also get the upgrade, so you’re not losing a lot in software features.

In terms of battery performance, Apple stated that the iPhone 11 Pro is said to last 4 hours longer than the iPhone XS, which is pretty significant. While the latter is said to be only 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X.

Here are the prices of each smartphone:

  • iPhone 11 Pro 64GB – USD 999
  • iPhone 11 Pro 256GB – USD 1,149
  • iPhone 11 Pro 512GB – USD 1,349
  • iPhone XS 64GB – USD 999
  • iPhone XS 256GB – USD 1,149
  • iPhone XS 512GB – USD 1,349

Apple has already removed the iPhone XS from its website, so it’s clear that the iPhone 11 Pro replaces it. It also carries the same price tag as the iPhone XS when it launched last year. So, if you’ve been planning to upgrade but holding, now’s a good time to upgrade.

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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