iphone 11 pro VS iphone XS

The new iPhone 11 Pro replaces the old iPhone XS. But what more do they bring? Answers, in this new comprehensive comparison.

The new range of iPhone presented by Apple during its last keynote summary there took the name 11. Three models are then declined in the latter, the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The last two only seem to differ in screen size, in the succession of the iPhone XS and XS Max. The 11, however, is a descendant of the iPhone XR of 2018.

The Pro models would logically be intended for those who want the best of what the Californian firm does, like what it offers on the side of its iPads, with the high-end models also nicknamed “Pro”. But the iPhone XS of last year which gave birth to the iPhone 11 Pro precisely, are they less “Pro” so far? Are they still worth the detour to the new generation? This is what we will see in a new comparison.

Find below what differs between iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro, with our purchase recommendations at the end of the article depending on what you are looking for.

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iPhone XS / iPhone 11 Pro: main differences

Screen

  • Screen technology: Super Retina HD OLED for iPhone XS / Super Retina XDR OLED for iPhone 11 Pro
  • Screen contrast: 1,000,000: 1 for iPhone XS and XS Max / 2,000,000: 1 for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Maximum brightness: 625 nits for iPhone XS and XS Max / 800 nits for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Touch technology: 3D Touch for iPhone XS and XS Max / Haptic Touch for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

Case design

  • Case material: glass and stainless steel for iPhone XS and XS Max / textured matt glass and stainless steel for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Dimensions of the case: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm for the iPhone XS and 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm for the iPhone XS Max / 144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm for iPhone 11 Pro and 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm for iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Weight: 177 g and 208 g for iPhone XS and XS Max / 188 g and 226 g for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Water resistance: IP68 (up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes maximum) for iPhone XS and XS Max / IP68 (up to 4 meters deep for 30 minutes maximum) for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Rear: two sensors integrated in a rounded bar for the iPhone XS and XS Max / three sensors in a sort of square with blunt corners for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Apple logo location on the back: one third of the top of the case on iPhone XS and XS Max / halfway up on iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • No mention “iPhone” on the back of the device: iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max only
  • Colors: 3 for iPhone XS and XS Max (Gold, Space gray, Silver) / 4 for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max (Gold, Space gray, Silver, Night green)
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Power iPhone XS vs iPhone 11 Pro

  • Processor: A12 Bionic for iPhone XS and XS Max / A13 Bionic for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Neural Engine: 2nd generation for iPhone XS and XS Max / 3rd generation for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

Autonomy

  • Talk time: up to 20 hours for iPhone XS, 25 hours for iPhone XS Max / up to 24 hours for iPhone 11 Pro, 30 hours for iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Internet browsing: up to 12 hours for the iPhone XS, 13 hours for the iPhone XS Max / up to 16 hours for the iPhone 11 Pro, 18 hours for the iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Video playback: up to 2 p.m. for iPhone XS, 3 p.m. for iPhone XS Max / up to 6 p.m. for iPhone 11 Pro, 8 p.m. for iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Audio playback: up to 60 hours for iPhone XS, 65 hours for iPhone XS Max / up to 64 hours for iPhone 11 Pro, 70 hours for iPhone 11 Pro Max

Photo and video capabilities of iPhone XS / XS Max and 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max

The differences for the rear sensor:

  • Camera: 12 megapixel and dual-sensor for the XS range / 12 megapixel and triple-sensor for the 11 Pro range
  • Sensors: telephoto and wide-angle for the XS range / telephoto, wide-angle and ultra-wide angle for the 11 Pro range
  • Aperture: ƒ / 2.4 and ƒ / 1.8 for respectively one and the other of the two lenses of the iPhone XS / ƒ / 2.0, ƒ / 1.8 and ƒ / 2.4 for the lenses of the iPhone 11 Pro
  • Optical photo and video zoom: rear up to x2 for the XS range / rear and front up to x2 for the 11 Pro range
  • Night mode: iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max only
  • Automatic changes: iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max only
  • Flash True Tone: brighter on iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
  • HDR: Smart HDR for the XS range / New generation Smart HDR for the 11 Pro range
  • Audio Zoom: iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max only
  • QuickTake Videos: iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max only

The differences for the front sensor:

  • FaceTime camera: 7 megapixels for the XS range / 12 megapixels for the 11 Pro range
  • HDR: Smart HDR for the XS range / New generation Smart HDR for the 11 Pro range
  • Front video: 4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second for the 11 Pro range only

Other differences

  • Wi-Fi: 5 for the XS range / 6 for the 11 Pro range
  • Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip: exclusive to the 11 Pro range
  • Sound: Dolby Atmos support for playback exclusive to the 11 Pro range

iPhone XS / iPhone 11 Pro: what does not change?

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Rear camera

  • Double optical image stabilization
  • Portrait lighting mode: six effects (Natural, Studio, Outline, Scene, Mono scene, High-key mono)
  • Portrait mode: advanced bokeh effect and depth control
  • Video recording: 4K at 24, 30 or 60 fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps
  • Simple optical image stabilization in video
  • Digital photo zoom: up to 10x
  • Digital video zoom: up to 6x
  • Slow motion mode: 1080p in 120 or 240 fps
  • Stereo recording

Front camera

  • Portrait lighting mode and Portrait mode
  • Retina Flash
  • Video stabilization
  • Animoji and Memoji

Others:

  • Identical format and general design
  • Notch on the front
  • Face ID
  • Lightning socket
  • NFC chip: automatic reading of NFC tags
  • SIM card: dual SIM (nano-SIM + eSIM)
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Fast wired recharge: 50% recharge in 30 minutes with 18W or more charger (sold separately)

Conclusion

In the end, the iPhone 11 Pro comes with several improvements on different points compared to the iPhone XS. And among these, there are three that stand out from the comparison: the third sensor, an increased autonomy of several hours and a processor of the latest generation for the iPhone 11 Pro.

In our opinion, the iPhone 11 Pro is really for those who want to take advantage of the latest technologies on the iPhone and the big fanatics of smartphone photography.

Otherwise, the iPhone XS is an excellent machine, offering sufficient power and photo capacity for the majority of users. In addition, their price dropped with the release of the new 11 Pro models. Finally, they still benefit from the 3D Touch unlike the latest models. But Apple having abandoned this technology on iPhone, it is better to avoid relying on the presence of the latter to decide its purchase. Especially since its replacement, the Haptic Touch, already present on the iPhone XR, is just as practical.

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