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iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 / Plus

For those of you that don’t have a grand to shell out for a phone with 64GB of storage, thankfully, the iPhone 11 is sort of affordable.

If you can live without the glorious OLED display, and a zoom camera, this is the sensible buy, and you get the new-fangled ultra-wide camera which will no doubt become a fan favourite.

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Just like all iPhones, there is not much difference in design between each model, this is obviously smaller than the iPhone 11 Pro and Max though.

This keeps exactly the same dimensions, screens size and resolution as the iPhone XR but going from the iPhone 8 to the 11 offer some serious improvements. Compared to the 8 the phone is much larger and with an improved resolution and brightness.

While it has the same square camera layout as its bigger brothers it lacks the telephoto lens, which gives the rear less of a spider eyes look, avoiding potential trypophobia.

What else has changed?

The usual processor and GPU upgrades, the basic layout is the same, a 6-core CPU with 2 high-performance cores. The GPU has 4-cores.

Its made on the second-generation 7nm process which is probably the same as the one used for the Kirin 990. The new chip is quite large and measures in at 8.5 billion transistors, which is an 23% increase over last year’s 6.9B of the A12.

What this means is a claimed 20% faster and 30% lower power performance. Similarily the GPU claims the same number improvements.

The battery life has had a marginal upgrade, you will get 1 hour more use compared to the XR.

Then there is Wi-Fi 6 for improved Wi-Fi performance if you have enough money to buy a Wi-Fi 6 router.

The phone is now IP68 certifies, which is a minor upgrade from the IP67 of last year and the year before.

The new camera

In my opinion, the only real reason why you would want to upgrade from the XR is for the new ultra-wide camera, so you have to be quite keen on photography to be willing to shell out for it.

The new 12MP 120° Ultra-wide Angle is a massive improvement, and I lave it on Android, it gives you so much more flexibility in what you shoot.


Shockingly, the price has gone DOWN for the base model, that must be a first for Apple. It is not a lot, but every little helps.

The iPhone 11 now starts at £229

The iPhone XR started at £749, though the iPhone 8 did start at £699 that was for the 4.7-inch model so you get a lot more phone nowadays.

64 GB:
128 GB: £779
256 GB: £879

Comparison Chart

  iPhone 11 iPhone XR iPhone 8 / Plus
SoC Apple A13 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A11 Bionic
2 × Lightning Performance Cores 2 × High-Performance Cores 2 x High-Perf
4 × Thunder Efficiency Cores 4 × High-Efficiency Cores 4 x High Efficiency
GPU Apple’s Custom with 4 Cores Apple’s Custom with 4 Cores 3-Core Apple Custom
DRAM Unknown Unknown Unknown
Display 6.1-inch LCD 6.1-inch LCD 4.7-inch / 5.5-inch
1792×828 1792×828 1334 x 750 / 1920 x 1080
DCI-P3/True Tone DCI-P3/True Tone IPS LCD
625 cd/m² brightness 625 cd/m² brightness DCI-P3
1400:1 contrast ratio 1400:1 contrast ratio
Height 150.9 mm 150.9 mm 138.4 / 158.4
Width 75.7 mm 75.7 mm 67.3/ 78.1
Depth 8.3 mm 8.3 mm 7.3/ 7.5
Weight 194 grams 194 grams 148/202
Battery Life “+1H vs XR” 15 ?
Wireless Charging Qi Qi Qi
Main Camera 12 MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PD f/1.8, OIS 12 MP 1.4µm pixels, f/1.8, OIS 12 MP, f/1.8, OIS
Wide Color Gamut Wide Color Gamut Wide Color Gamut
Quad LED True Tone Flash Quad LED True Tone Flash Quad LED True Tone Flash
Telephoto 12 MP f/2.8 (On plus model only)
Wide 12MP 120° Ultra-wide Angle
Front Camera 12MP f/2.2 Wide Angle 7MP f/2.2
Storage 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
128 GB 128 GB 256 GB
256 GB 256 GB
I/O Apple Lightning Apple Lightning Apple Lightning
Wireless (local) Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC Wi-Fi 5 Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC Wi-Fi 5 Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC
UWB U1 Chip for “Spatial Awareness”
Cellular Gigabit LTE-A class
2×2 MIMO and LAA
Splash, Water, Dust Resistance IP68 IP67
up to 2 meters, up to 30 minutes
Dual-SIM nano-SIM + eSIM nano-SIM + eSIM
nano-SIM + nano-SIM (China model) nano-SIM + nano-SIM (China model)
Launch Price 64 GB: £729 749 £699 / £799
128 GB: £779 799 £849/ £949
256 GB: £879 899

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Maikel Du

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