How to choose between iPhone XR vs iPhone 11

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11: what are the main differences in terms of design, size, colors, price and other important technical features? To this question, which many are asking themselves following the recent release of the iPhone 11 (Buy it now on Amazon IT), we will answer by comparing the two smartphones from all possible points of view. You just have to delve into the topic by continuing to read this article.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11: the differences from the aesthetic point of view

The iPhone XR and the iPhone 11 both feature a similar design. At least apparently. The screen size for both displays is the same, namely 6.1 inches. Also identical is the panel that the displays mount, namely an IPS LCD with liquid retina (Liquid Retina HD), the best according to Apple that has been produced so far. Also equal is the body of the smartphones made of aluminum with a glass back. Even in terms of footprint and weight are virtually identical: 150.9 mm x 75.7 mm x 8.3 mm each, and the weight is 194 grams. However, there are differences, some minor, some more important. Let's see what they are.


The differences, which certainly won't go so much to affect your purchase decision, are those related to the colors: the color variants of the iPhone 11 compared to the iPhone XR (Buy it on Amazon IT) are more pastel in their approach and are, as a result, more pleasing to the eye. Here are the pastel colors of the iPhone 11: white, purple, green, yellow, black, and red.

Water Resistance

The applephone upgrade from iPhone XR to iPhone 11 sees an improvement from a water resistance perspective. While the iPhone XR is IP67-certified, meaning you can submerge it up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, the iPhone 11 is IP68-certified, giving it water resistance up to 2 meters deep, also for 30 minutes. The PRO version of the iPhone 11, on the other hand, is resistant up to 4 meters for the same period of time.


The most important difference that you have when comparing the iPhone XR vs the iPhone 11 is the one related to the camera compartment. While the iPhone XR has a single lens, the iPhone 11 features two sensors on the back.

The iPhone 11's two cameras (12MP Wide and 12MP Ultra Wide) feature two sensors: one with a focal aperture of 1/8 and another, ultra-wide-angle, which has an f/2.4 aperture with a 120° angle of view. This is a significant improvement over the iPhone XR, which features a camera with a 1/8th focal aperture. Thanks to the new photo compartment, you can take shots with 2X optical zoom and up to 5X digital zoom. In addition, the ultra-wide-angle sensor is equipped with an optical image stabilizer.

The improvements are also seen on the video side. While both models support shooting in 4K at 60fps, with the iPhone 11 you can do some instant zooming and directing that was unthinkable with the iPhone XR. The Pro version of the iPhone 11 even features a triple camera and dual optical image stabilization on the ultra-wide-angle and telephoto sensors.

From the perspective of the photo modes present on the iPhone 11 compared to the iPhone XR, it is worth considering the night mode that makes use of Smart HDR, an amazing feature never seen in other competing smartphones, which allows you to recognize the subjects in the photos and illuminate them intelligently, without the photos looking artificial. Excessive noise is handled by Deep Fusion, a new and innovative image processing system.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11: memory, battery and performance

Another among the main differences in the comparison between the iPhone XR and the Iphone 11 lies in the hardware. As expected, the iPhone 11's processor can only be better.


If the iPhone XR makes use of an A12 Bionic, the iPhone 11 and PRO ones mount an A13 Bionic processor. Again, Apple has called the next-generation chip the highest-performing SoC currently on the market.

Although both processors are based on the "Neural Engine" (the CPUs integrate two hardware accelerators for machine learning), on the iPhone 11 we move to the third generation. A13 Bionic is, in fact, able to handle the most complicated tasks at a higher speed, thanks to the 64-bit Fusion chip. This chip does not weigh down the work of the battery, prolonging its autonomy. Alongside this faster CPU, the iPhone 11 also has a GPU accelerated by 20% compared to the iPhone XR, which reduces power consumption by up to 40%.


The memory capacity of the iPhone 11 is available in various sizes: 64, 128 and 256 GB, while the iPhone XR is only available in 64 and 128 GB, although currently, at competitive prices, you can also find the 256 GB. The iPhone 11 Pro even goes up to 512 GB. If you are undecided about which storage size to choose, we would like to point out a few important aspects. On a 64 GB iPhone you can store around 1,000 songs, 2,500 photos, an hour of 4K video at 30 fps, about 20 of the most downloaded apps, 10 games and two suites of apps from the parent company.

If your use of your phone falls more or less within these parameters, we recommend buying an iPhone XR or iPhone 11 with this memory denomination. If, on the other hand, you're going to be using your phone for more professional purposes, or if you simply think you need a lot more space for your videos, photos and entertainment, you'll have to choose the larger memory sizes. However, even if you buy a 64GB iPhone, you can consider subscribing to iCloud, which allows you to free up memory from your phone and save your photos online.


In comparison to the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 has a longer battery life. It gains 1 hour more than the 2018 iPhone model. The difference, therefore, is minimal. There have been numerous tests by professional reviewers who say how much the battery of the two smartphones is practically equal in terms of performance. Anyway, to be more precise, Apple claims that with the iPhone 11 you can play videos up to 17 hours, while 65 hours of audio playback are possible, thanks to the new 3100 mAh battery, which comes with a larger size compared to the battery of the iPhone XR, the latter being 2942 mAh large.

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Max promise, even, a battery life of 18 hours and 20 hours respectively with regard to video playback. As for the power supply, the new iPhones as well as the previous ones feature 5W chargers. Both Apple devices are also compatible with 18W power supplies that can be purchased separately and with fast charging (50% in 30 minutes).

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11: best prices

With the arrival of new iPhones, the prices of previous models clearly drop. Currently, the best price of an iPhone XR is 558 euros. However, the iPhone 11, when compared with the iPhone X at its first market release, costs less. The price of the iPhone X in 2018 had exceeded $1,000. The iPhone 11, at the time of its debut, started from a list price of 839 euros. While these are still particularly high prices for both of Apple's models, they come closer than their competitors.

If you're looking for the best price on an iPhone 11 or its predecessor, we recommend waiting until Apple's Black Friday at the end of November. Either way, now is a great time to buy iPhones because you can at least be assured that until next year, another model won't come on the market. A month or two after the launch of a new iPhone model is, in fact, the best time to buy one.