iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR: Should you upgrade?

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR – Is the iPhone 11 the true XR upgrade?

From Friday (Sep 13) you can pre-order Apple’s new bunch of iPhones. But if you’re thinking the battle is iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR then we’re here to help.

The iPhone XR was our favourite iPhone of 2018 thanks to a great mix of affordability and feature set so there’s a lot riding on the iPhone 11. But exactly is new? Let’s take a look and see what different with this year’s model.

Read on for a deeper look at the phones or see the points below for a quick overview.

  • The iPhone 11 has a dual-camera array on the back; the iPhone XR has a single sensor
  • This second sensor has a wide angle view and gets more into your snaps
  • Apple has updated the processor to the A13 which it claims is faster than the A12
  • The iPhone 11 comes in multiple colours that are bit more muted than before
  • Both phones have the same size 6.1-inch display with the same resolution

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iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR – Look and feel

Apple isn’t really in the swing of updating how its iPhones look at the minute. The last major redesign came with the iPhone X a few years ago, and before that we had a very similar design dating as far back as the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 11 and iPhone XR look very similar. They have a flat glass back, rounded sides and are constructed from a mixture of glass and aluminium. Both have 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD displays on the front with a FaceID sensor buried inside in a protruding notch. Neither has a home button, with all the navigation being done by the software gestures.

Flip the phones over and you’ll notice a few changes. The camera area now houses two sensors rather than just one and the bump has a squared-off look to it. There’s also a new pastel green colour added, which looks pretty nice in the initial shots. The colours overall on these new phones are a little more muted but they still look nice.

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Both phones have an IP68 water-resistance rating, lack a headphone jack and charge via a Lightning port on the bottom.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR – Specs and features

Inside the iPhone XR you’ll find a raft of high-end internals, albeit it ones that aren’t on par with the flagship XS. The 6.1-inch display is LCD, the amount of RAM smaller and the resolution much lower.

What we appreciate with the iPhone XR is that it has the same chipset as the XS. And once again with the iPhone 11 it has the same chipset at the pricier Pro and Pro Max models.

Inside the iPhone 11 you’ll find the A13 chipset, an upgrade on the A12 inside the iPhone XR. While demoing the new chips on stage the A13 is “the fastest CPU ever seen in a smartphone, and that goes for graphics too”. As usual, Apple doesn’t state the amount of RAM in its phones and we’re in the dark about how much memory the iPhone 11 has. For comparison, the iPhone XR has 3GB RAM.

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The iPhone 11 has arrived

Apple iPhone 11 - 6GB of Data, 1500 Minutes, unlimited texts and Airpods

On a 24 month contract pay £1.50 on top every month and get a pair of Apple AirPods for only £36 alongside the stunning iPhone 11 with dual rear camera set-up, liquid retina LCD and A13 Bionic chip.

Related: iOS 13 features

iOS 13 will of course be available across both devices and it’ll come pre-loaded on the iPhone 11. This latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system comes with a new dark mode that turns the whole UI, along with native apps, an easier to read black hue. There’s also a new keyboard that lets you type by swiping across the letters and big updates to the Maps app.

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iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR – How much do they cost

The iPhone 11 is available for pre-order now with pricing starting at $699 in the US and £729 in the UK. This may sound steep compared to competing Android phones, but it actually makes it cheaper than the iPhone XR when it first launched. The iPhone XR cost £749 when it made its debut. You can now bag the iPhone XR for £629.

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