Review: iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 11 Pro

IT’S OFFICIAL: Apple has unveiled its 2019 iPhone lineup: the iPhone 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and, er, iPhone 11. 

The Pro-branded models are being touted as the “most powerful iPhones ever”, naturally, and are the first to sport triple-camera arrays. They also feature a new “Pro” design that’s crafted from matte stainless steel, all-new 5.8in and 6.5in Super Retina RDX displays and Apple’s newly-debuted A13 Bionic CPU.

The lesser-spec iPhone 11 also features an “all-new” design, with its reworked glass and aluminium chassis said to be the toughest on a smartphone to date. There’s also a new camera setup comprising 12MP wide-and ultra-wide lenses, and an array of new color options including yellow, purple and green.

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 has the same 6.1″ display as the XR it replaces. It also has the same body and similar color options as the XR (thought I much prefer this year’s lavender to last year’s XR-exclusive blue). But once you start talking about specs, things get much more interesting.

The iPhone 11 has two individual 12mp lenses for wide and ultra-wide shots. Those two cameras and its next-gen A13 Bionic Chip also allow it to shoot in Night Mode— something that Apple fans have been envious of ever since Google’s Pixel showed off the same party trick last year with its Pixel 3.

The upgraded camera also allows you to shoot video at 4K resolution, something reserved previously for the iPhone XS. It’s more durable than the XR as well—certified water resistant up to 2 meters. The battery life is improved, too. Apple claims it will get one hour more of battery life than the XR. You can even get more storage space with the iPhone 11 than the iPhone XR.

It has a starting price of Dh2,949 and will be available for pre-orders on September 13 and arrive in stores on September 20.

iPhone 11 Pro

So far, the iPhone 11 sounds impressive. And when you put the two iPhones side-by-side, the 11 looks even better. The first thing you’ll notice about the iPhone 11 Pro is that, while it might have a crisper “Super Retina” screen (okay, a lot crisper), it’s display is 5.8″— that’s a full .3″ shorter than the iPhone XR. (If you want a bigger screen, you’ll have to upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 6.5″.) But as you dig into the specs, things take a turn.

The iPhone 11 Pro is manufactured with a stainless steel frame (which should help it survive falls, something I’ve struggled with when it comes to my iPhone XS Max) and textured glass. That textured glass is fascinating as a material choice—one of the things I often hear as justification for buying a case is how the iPhone is too slippery. Speaking of durability, the iPhone 11 Pro rated to be water resistant up to double the depth of the iPhone 11—4 meters.

The extra telephoto lens of the iPhone 11 Pro is the next obvious upgrade over the iPhone 11. It will let you get even closer to the action than ever before. The battery life is also improved over the iPhone 11—but how much is hard to say since Apple doesn’t compare the iPhone 11 Pro to the iPhone 11, instead comparing it to the XS. But we don’t think anyone doubted that the iPhone 11 Pro could beat the iPhone XS in a battery test.

Release Date & Price

The prices of the Pro series match those of the Xs generation, with the iPhone 11 Pro’s starting price set at Dh4,219, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max will start at Dh4,639.

Like the iPhone 11, the Pro series phones will be available for pre-order on September 13 and arrive in stories on September 20.

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