Apple iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR: What's Changed?

Apple iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR: What’s Changed?

Apple recently launched its newest iPhone 11 smartphones in the US with updated specs and features. Today, we’ll take a look at the company’s most affordable model, the regular iPhone 11 against last year’s iPhone XR. Check them out below.

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationApple iPhone 11Apple iPhone XR
Display6.1" Liquid Retina IPS display @1792 x 828, 326ppi
-Dolby Vision
-HDR 10
6.1" Liquid Retina display edge-to-edge LCD @1792 x 828, 326ppi
-Dolby Vision
-HDR 10
Glassscratch resistsant, oleophobic coating-Arsenic-free display glass
-Mercury-free display
CPUApple A13 Hexa-Core Bionic chipApple A12 Hexa-Core Bionic chip
GPUApple GPU (eight-core graphics)Apple GPU (eight-core graphics)
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB
Rear Camera12MP wide F1.8 + 12MP ultra-wide F2.4 dual rear cameras12MP f/1.8 wide-angle rear camera
Rear camera features- up to 60fps video dynamic range
- 2x optical zoom
- 3x digital zoom
- audio zoom
- QuickTake video
- 3x digital zoom
- 30fps extended video dynamic range
- 3x digital zoom
Front Camera12MP F2.2 front camera7MP f/2.2 RGB front Camera
Front camera features4K video recording up to 60fps1080p video recording up to 60fps
SIM SlotDual-SIM (single nano + e-SIM)Dual-SIM (single nano + e-SIM)
Connectivity4G VoLTE4G VoLTE
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11ax MIMOWi-Fi 802.11ac 2X2 MIMO
NFC-NFC with reader mode-NFC with reader mode
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
FeaturesUltra Wideband chip, Face Unlock, IP68 CertifiedFace Unlock, IP67 Certified
AudioSpatial audio playback w/ Dolby Atmos supportWide Stereo Speakers
OSApple IOS 13Apple IOS 12
BatterySaid to last 1 hour longer than XRTBA
Wireless ChargingQi Wireless ChargingQi Wireless Charging
ColorBlack, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, and WhiteWhite, Black, Blue, Coral, Yellow, Red

So what’s changed with the new iPhone 11?

  • Better CPU performance
  • Better GPU performance
  • Larger RAM capacity
  • Larger maximum storage capacity
  • Dedicated ultra-wide-angle lens
  • 2x optical zoom
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • 4K video recording up to 60 fps
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Ultra-wideband chip
  • IP68 resistance
  • Spatial Audio w/ Dolby Atmos support
  • IOS 13 out-of-the-box
  • Longer lasting battery life (based on Apple’s statement)

There’s not much difference in the design of the device except for the dual rear cameras of the iPhone 11 and color options. The thick notch is still found in the former with a design that hasn’t changed much since Apple launched the iPhone X in 2017.

In terms of display, both phones still have the same 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, which is suitable for watching or streaming videos. The notch still feels intrusive when it comes to playing various games that take up the whole screen.


Performance-wise, the iPhone 11 now comes with the newest Apple A13 Bionic chip that is said to consume less power in both the CPU and GPU. It also has better performance according to Apple. In addition, it has a 4GB of RAM while the iPhone XR has 3GB, which makes the former the better choice when it comes to multitasking.

For the camera department, the iPhone 11 now has a dedicated ultra-wide angle lens. It also comes with 2x optical zoom, up to 60fps dynamic range video recording, audio zoom, and QuickTake video. The selfie lens has increased its resolution to 12MP and can now record 4K videos up to 60fps.

In terms of features, the iPhone 11 has an Ultra-Wideband chip which helps your device find other phones easily. The company also upgraded the water and dust resistance to IP68, Wi-Fi capability to the 6th-Generation, included Dolby Atmos support, and the new iOS 13 that supports native dark mode feature.

Apple doesn’t usually state the battery capacities of its iPhone models, but the company says that the iPhone 11 can last 1 hour longer than the iPhone XR. If you’re curious about the latter’s performance, check our review video below.

Here are the prices of each device:

  • iPhone 11 64GB – USD 699
  • iPhone 11 128GB – USD 749
  • iPhone 11 256GB – USD 849
  • iPhone XR – USD 599

If you’re coming from a much older iPhone, now is a good time to upgrade to the new iPhone. But if you just recently bought the XR, it’s good to wait for another year or so.

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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2 Responses

  1. RCB says:

    coming from Iphone 7, this is a worthy upgrade

  2. Rajesh says:

    When iphone 11,pro max will be available in philipines

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