iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone XR: Apple’s Flagship Fights Its Entry-level Phone!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/13/19 •  5 min read

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

The iPhone 11 is taking the place of the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11 Pro series is taking the place of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Let’s take a closer look at the smaller of the phones below.

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone XR Quick Comparison

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone XR
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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 thanks to its OLED display.

CPU/Processor

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

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Camera

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

Storage Options

Battery Life

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

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Price

Verdict?

Haha. No contest. 2019’s iPhone 11 Pro Max DESTROYS the iPhone XR in every metric. 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 singleness system on the iPhone XR can compete.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features an OLED display, versus the iPhone XR’s LCD display. This means your screen is just going to look better on the 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is also 20% faster than the XR thanks to its A13 processor. The iPhone 11 Pro Max 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 Max vs iPhone XR: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

And here are the specs for the iPhone XR:

iPhone 11 Pro Max 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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