iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 8–How Do They Compare?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/12/19 •  4 min read

Apple’s newest flagship phones have just been unveiled. This year the flagship will be known as the iPhone 11 Pro. There are two models of the Pro series–the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

But Apple is also keeping the older iPhone iPhone 8 on sale for another year–and giving it a price drop. So just how does the two-year-old iPhone 8 compare to the new iPhone 11 Pro? Let’s take a closer look at the smaller of the phones below.

iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 8 Quick Comparison

iPhone 8 vs iPhone 11 Pro
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Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – The iPhone 11 Pro with its matte glass back and steel frame steals the show.


Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – Without a doubt, the iPhone 11 Pro wins the day here thanks to its OLED display.


Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – The A13 is 40% faster than the A11.

iPhone 11 Pro
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Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – That triple lens puts the single lens to shame.

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Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – You get an extra five hours of battery life.


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2019’s iPhones are clearly all about the camera. Give that, it’s clear the winner here is the iPhone 11 Pro. It features that sweet triple lens rear camera system with a 12MP wide-angle, ultra wide-angle, and telephoto lenses, triple optical image stabilisation, optical zoom, and 4K video recording. There’s just no way the single-lens system on the iPhone 8 can compete.

The iPhone 11 Pro also features an OLED display, versus the iPhone 8’s LCD display. This means your screen is just going to look better on the 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 Pro is also 40% faster than the 8 thanks to its A13 processor. The iPhone 11 Pro wins thanks to it camera, display, and better industrial design.

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

iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 8: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro:

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 8:

iPhone 8 vs 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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