iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: How Do Apple’s New Phones Compare?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/11/19 •  5 min read

Apple’s newest flagship phones have just been announced. This year the flagship will be known as the iPhone 11 Pro. However, there are two models of the new iPhone 11 Pro–the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The iPhone 11 Pro is taking the place of the iPhone XS and the iPhone 11 Pro Max is taking the place of the iPhone XS Max. Let’s take a closer look at the two new iPhone 11 Pros below.

Also be sure to check out our iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 Pro!

iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max Specs – Quick Comparison

iPhone 11iPhone 11 Pro & Pro Max

Display:
  • Liquid Retina HD display
  • 6.1‑inch (diagonal) all-screen
  • LCD Multi-Touch display
  • 1792‑by‑828‑pixel resolution 
Display:
  • Super Retina XDR display
  • 5.8‑in or 6.5-inch (diagonal) all‑screen OLED
  • Multi‑Touch display HDR display
  • 2436‑by‑1125-pixel resolution
CPU: A13 Bionic chip, Third‑generation Neural EngineCPU: A13 Bionic chip, Third‑generation Neural Engine
Camera:
  • Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras
  • 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 5x Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects 
  • Optical image stabilization (Wide)
Camera:
  • Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras 
  • Telephoto: 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects
  • Optical image stabilization (Wide)
Capacity: 64GB, 128GB, 265GBCapacity: 64GB, 265GB, 512GB 
Price: Starts $699Price: $999 (iPhone 11 Pro); $1099 (iPhone Pro Max)
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Design

Winner? Draw – Both iPhone 11 Pro’s have the beautiful matte glass back and steel frame steals design and comes in four color options.

Displays

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – It’s got the bigger display and more resolution.

CPU/Processor

Winner? Draw – Both phones use the same chipset.

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Camera

Winner? Draw – Yep, both phones use the exact same camera systems.

Storage Options

Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – It gets you about 2 more hours of battery life.

Price

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Verdict?

OK – this is a pretty easy call. Both phones are nearly IDENTICAL except for the size of their display. But the display tech itself, as well as the front and rear cameras, the processors, and even the storage sizes are the same.

If you like giant phablet phones, go with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you like a phone that you can (just barely) use with one hand, get the iPhone 11 Pro.

Another option worth considering, however, is picking up a newer refurbished iPhone – something like the iPhone X or iPhone XR, which you can get for 40% less than retail via Gazelle, our #1 pick for refurbished iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs.

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone 11 Pro: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

And here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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