iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR: Apple’s Entry-level Phones Face Off!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/16/19 •  4 min read

Apple introduced its newest entry-level iPhone this week, the iPhone 11. The device is meant to be for people who want the latest iPhone but don’t want to shell out the cash for the premium iPhone 11 Pro series.

Unlike the iPhone X, however, both the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR do not have OLED displays; instead, they use Apple’s LCD panels

The iPhone 11 is meant to replace the iPhone XR, last year’s entry-level new iPhone. However, Apple is keeping the iPhone XR on sale alongside the iPhone 11. So how do the two compare? Let’s take a look.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR Quick Comparison

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR
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Winner? Draw – The iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR have the exact same industrial design.


Winner? Draw – Both phones have the exact same display.


Winner? iPhone 11 – The A13 is 20% faster than the A12.

iPhone 11 Release Date & Specs
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Winner? iPhone 11 – That dual-lens puts the single-lens to shame.

Storage Options

Battery Life

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

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The winner here is the iPhone 11. It features that improved dual-lens rear camera system with a 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lenses, optical image stabilisation, optical zoom, and 4K video recording. It also features support for improved night photography–not to mention a better 12MP front camera.

Combine that with the A13 chips in the iPhone 11, which is 20% faster than that in the iPhone XR and the extra two hours of battery life, the iPhone 11 beats the iPhone XR hands down.

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 vs iPhone 11 Pro: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11:

And here are the specs for the iPhone XR:

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR
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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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