iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: What’s The Difference?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/18/19 •  5 min read

Apple has announced its newest iPhones. This year the entry-level new iPhone is the iPhone 11. This iPhone replaces the iPhone XR (though that phone will still be sold by Apple. The other new phone is actually a pair of them – the iPhone 11 Pro series.

The iPhone 11 Pro series comes in two options, the regular iPhone 11 Pro, which has a 5.8in display, and the ginormous iPhone 11 Pro Max, which has a 6.5in display. In this comparison, we’ll take a look at the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, since they have the biggest displays among the three new phones.

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

Displays

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – Without a doubt, the iPhone 11 Pro Max wins the day here.

CPU/Processor

Winner? Draw – both phones use the same chipset.

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Camera

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – That triple-lens puts the dual-lens to shame.

Storage Options

Battery Life

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

Price

Verdict?

2019’s iPhones are clearly all about the camera. Give that, it’s clear the winner here is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It features that sweet triple-lens rear camera system with a 12MP wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto lenses, triple optical image stabilization, optical zoom, and 4K video recording.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features OLED displays, versus the iPhone 11’s LCD display. This means your screen is just going to look better on the 11 Pro. While each model will feature the same A13 processor and wireless charging, the iPhone 11 Pro Max wins thanks to its 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 XR, which you can get for 40% less than retail via Gazelle, our #1 pick for refurbished iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs.

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iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11:

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

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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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