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iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR: which of these two cell phones is better? | Digital Trends Spanish

A great phone continues to be even if new generations arrive, and despite the fact that we already have an iPhone 12 on the market (and soon an iPhone 13), the iPhone 11 is still an excellent device. As a follow-up to the iPhone XR of 2018, it adopted a winning formula, adding an additional camera lens, and increasing the processing power. It is still possible to find both models, but there is only room for one of them in your pocket. Which one should you buy? Let’s take a look at the two of them in this showdown between the iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR.

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iPhone 11
iPhone XR
Measures 150.9 × 75.7 × 8.3 mm (5.94 × 2.98 × 0.33 inches) 150.9 × 75.7 × 8.3 mm (5.94 × 2.98 × 0.33 inches)
Weight 194 grams (6.84 ounces) 194 grams (6.84 ounces)
Screen size 6-inch Liquid Retina HD IPS LCD 6-inch Liquid Retina HD IPS LCD
Screen resolution 1,792 × 828 pixels (326 dpi) 1,792 × 828 pixels (326 dpi)
OS iOS 14 iOS 14
MicroSD slot No No
Tap-to-pay payment services Apple Pay Apple Pay
Processor Apple A13 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Camera Rear: Dual 12 MP Wide Angle and 12 MP Ultra Wide Lens (with OIS)

Front: 12 MP TrueDepth lens

Rear: Dual 12 MP lens (with OIS)

Front: 7 MP TrueDepth lens

Video Up to 4K at 60 FPS, 1080p at 240 FPS Up to 4K at 60 FPS, 1080p at 60 FPS
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Ports Lightning Lightning
Fingerprint sensor No No
Waterproof IP68 IP67
Battery 3,110mAh

18W fast charge

Qi wireless charging

2,942 mAh

Fast charging capability (additional charger required)

Qi wireless charging

App store Apple App Store Apple App Store
Network support T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
Colors Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, White White, Black, Blue, Coral Yellow and Red

Performance, battery life and charging

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IPhone 11 comes equipped with Apple’s powerful Bionic A13 processor. It is fast and powerful; in fact, it’s up to 20 percent faster and 40 percent more efficient than the Apple A12 Bionic chip in the iPhone XR.

That said, the XR still has enough power to meet most people’s needs. Both can run the latest games and applications with ease.

The two phones have the same fast and wireless charging capabilities, but the iPhone 11 has 3,111 mAh, as opposed to the 2,942 mAh of the iPhone XR. While the XR already had excellent battery life, the 11 goes a bit further, so we’ll give this opening round to the most recent one.

Winner: iPhone 11

Design and durability

You will be forgiven for not being able to differentiate the iPhone XR from the 11. The only major difference is the addition of the additional camera lens on the 11 and a selection of different colors. Dimensions, weight, materials of construction – everything is pretty much the same and makes this category difficult to judge.

Fortunately, there is more than just looks. The physical durability on the two devices is similar, with aluminum and glass constructions, so getting a case is the best way to avoid potentially costly repairs, although the iPhone 11 has improved water resistance, with a rating IP68 which is higher than iPhone XR, IP67 rating.

That means it can be submerged in up to 2 meters of water for 30 minutes without damage, while the iPhone XR will only withstand depths of 1 meter. The iPhone 11 wins narrowly.

Winner: iPhone 11


iPhone XR in the hand of a person with a picture of a man with a purple cylinder in the hands

Like the design, when it comes to the screens it is the same situation. The iPhone 11 has the same 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display (LCD) as the iPhone XR, including the same 1,792 x 828-pixel resolution measuring 326 pixels per inch.

It’s a good screen, but look close enough and you’ll see pixels. Neither can capture the deep blacks and vibrant colors that the iPhone 11 Pro’s AMOLED display is capable of, but there’s no obvious difference between the iPhone 11 and XR displays. There is no way we can define a winner here.

Winner: tie


iPhone 11 in a person's hand showing the back with its two cameras

While it was the only 2018 iPhone that launched with just a camera lens on the rear, the iPhone XR’s single 12-megapixel lens offers some great-looking snapshots and has a great portrait mode.

The iPhone 11 builds on that, adding a second lens to Apple’s cheaper range, comprising a 12-megapixel wide-angle combined with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens.

It’s that ultra-wide angle lens that makes the biggest difference, offering a 120-degree field of view that allows you to include much more in your shots. The iPhone 11 takes everything that made the iPhone XR’s camera great and adds even more.

The addition of a 12 megapixel front camera with selfies in slow motionslofies) is simply exaggerated. We have no doubt that the iPhone 11 easily beats this category.

Winner: iPhone 11

Software and updates

iPhone XR in a person's hand
Julian Chokkattu / Digital Trends

There are no surprises here: both the 11 and the XR run Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system, iOS 14. As with the older phone, the iPhone XR will receive fewer major operating system updates than the iPhone 11.

But, with Apple’s extremely strong update history, it will be some time before the iPhone XR receives its latest version of iOS. So don’t let that factor be a big factor when deciding between these two models – they’ll run the same version of iOS for a long time to come. This has to be a tie.

Winner: tie

Special features

A person's hand holding an iPhone 11 taking a photo in a meeting

Apple has never gone with Samsung’s approach of including as many special features as possible, and that means those kinds of features only come to the iPhone when they’re polished and ready.

You’ll find examples of this on both devices: there’s the AR-enabled ARKit 2.0, the secure face-scanning Face ID technology that replaces Touch ID, and Apple’s ongoing support for its virtual assistant, Siri.

Both models work with Animojis and Memojis, and you’ll also find the latest iOS 14 features on both. There is not a big difference between the two in this regard. It’s a tie.

Winner: tie


Although Apple no longer sells them, it is still possible to find these devices with some retailers, new or refurbished.

Overall winner: Apple iPhone 11

The results are obvious: the iPhone 11 is superior to the XR. But, although it is a clear result, they are closer than you imagine. The iPhone 11 is an improved version of the XR, but those improvements are relatively minor.

There is a faster processor, a larger battery, and an additional camera lens, but other than that, the two phones are almost identical. If you are currently reading this on your iPhone XR, you don’t need to upgrade to an iPhone 11.

But if you’re using an old, squeaky iPhone right now and are weighing up these two cheaper models, your choice is harder to make. On paper, the iPhone 11 is absolutely worth the additional investment.

If you’re still not convinced by the additional lens, you should definitely consider saving money by investing in the iPhone XR. Don’t worry about the faster processor and bigger battery, as the XR is quite fast and durable. But really, there is no loss when it comes to this choice. You will be happy either way.

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