In 2018, Apple introduced along with the flagship iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and a budget version - the smartphone iPhone XR. The latter did not lag behind its counterparts in performance, but was characterized by a more modest set of features. This offer was gladly accepted by consumers, which definitely predestined things. The advent of the iPhone 11 as an alternative to the iPhone 11 Pro and Max was a must. How will it win us now?
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Apple iPhone 11 specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2019, September
- Colors: Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, White
- Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm.
- Weight: 194 g.
- Screen: 6.1" inc, 828 x 1792, IPS LCD
- Camera : Dual, 12MP
- Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+)
- CPU: Hexa-core (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder)
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM
- Battery: 3110, Non-removable Li-Ion
- Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
- Operating system: iOS 13, upgradable to iOS 13.2
- Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
In appearance, the iPhone 11 can differ from its predecessor only in the presence of a second camera in the square slightly protruding platform on the rear panel. In fact, this platform is not cut into the hull. It is part of a monolithic structure. The material used is known from last year's device. It is recycled aluminum, to the delight of environmentalists.
The dimensions of the iPhone 11 are: length - 150.9 mm, width - 75.7 mm, thickness - 8.3 mm. And its weight is 194 grams.
Does anything impress you when you look at the model? This year, one of the novelties is the relocation of the company's logo to a new place. Now it is not in the upper part, as it was in previous models, but right in the center of the rear panel. A small change, but significant from a design point of view.
The display has not changed this year. The user gets a 6.1-inch LCD module with a matrix resolution of 1792 × 828 pixels, which is slightly inferior in image quality to its bigger brothers with OLED screens. Around the display are still the same wide frames as we know from the iPhone XR.
If you plan to change your device with iPhone 11, you should know that it is available on the market in 6 colors: white, black, yellow, green, purple and red. The variety is definitely dictated by the popularity that the manufacturer hopes the iPhone 11 will reap.
A year ago, the main advantage of the iPhone XR was its technical characteristics. The budget model received the same processor as the flagship models. iPhone 11 continues this tradition and it will be just as easy to work with heavy applications and games, thanks to the Apple A13 Bionic processor. The chip is built on a 7-nm process, draws little power and shows incredible performance - 1 trillion operations per second. This is a remarkable indicator. It is no coincidence that the company defines it as the most powerful on the smartphone market.
The smartphone is available in three versions according to the storage: 64, 128 and 256 GB.
According to Apple, the CPU and integrated graphics chip are the fastest in the world. The company has compared the performance of the new chips with the hardware characteristics of competitors - for example, Pixel 3 and Galaxy S10 +. Tests have shown that the new iPhone surpasses them.
Among the disadvantages of the XR we can mention the ordinary camera with a modest 12-megapixel resolution. The iPhone 11 has taken a step forward. Another module has been added - a wide-angle lens, allowing you to capture 4 times more space when taking photos and videos.
What can the main cameras of the iPhone 11 do?
Enviably many things. The main 6-lens lens has a 12 MP matrix resolution, ƒ / 1.8 aperture with support for Focus Pixels technology and optical image stabilization. The wide-angle lens with 5 lenses has a resolution of 12 MP, aperture ƒ / 2.4, 120 ° angle of view. Autofocus and OIS are missing. At the same time, the user receives digital 5x magnification and 2x optical, 4K video recording at a frequency of 24.40 or 60 frames per second. We should not forget the option for SlowMo video 1080p with a frequency of 120/240 pixels per second.
TimeLapse mode is an added bonus, as well as cinematic stabilization when shooting video. On the iPhone 11, autofocus is tracking.
This is not all. The front camera has also been improved. In place of the 7 MP TrueDepth camera is provided a module with a matrix resolution of 12 MP, aperture ƒ / 2.2 and a wide range of functions. Let's mention some of them: Animoji, Memoji, Timelapse, SlowMo, UltraHD 4K and others.
Portrait shooting mode has also been improved. The Smart-GDR function and the facial recognition system have been improved. The user now receives a set of ready-made tools with which to create a portrait image in studio quality.
The automatic night shooting mode allows you to take great pictures even though the light is poor. The credit goes to machine learning algorithms. Initially, the camera takes a series of photos, and then the device only adjusts the contrast and brightness, eliminates blurred elements and areas. The final photo is thus obtained with the best quality.
Protection against water and dust
The glass on the front and back of the panel is so strong, Apple says, that moisture protection is improved. It is IP68 standard. Allows the device to dive to a depth of 2 meters in 30 minutes and survive. In addition, the iPhone 11 is more resistant to scratches.
Among the improvements in the new iPhones, including the iPhone 1o1, is the battery life indicator. The new device now offers an hour more service than the iPhone XR. It is time to mention that the iPhone XR in 2018 was the best device in terms of battery life.
Like its predecessor, the iPhone 11 supports Qi wireless charging. However, it is not included with the device. Ie you have to buy it.
The technology allows you to charge the device up to 50% with a 30-minute charge.
Apple's updated smartphone is essentially a second-generation iPhone XR. The main difference is the dual camera, hidden along with the flash under glass, which covers the back of the device.
In the iPhone 11 we see advanced features of portrait mode. Now he works not only with people but also with animals. Whether this will set off a powerful trend to photograph animals is perhaps a rhetorical question. We just have to wait.
Another important point is that in the new device the user gets a completely new night mode, improved optical stabilization and improved algorithms for camera operation.
Finally comes the question of price. This year it is again impressively high, but it is traditional. Of course, the iPhone 11 requires less money. As long as it is Apple's budget model, the main interest will be on it. The trimmed version looks appetizing enough. Who wouldn't want to own it!
Apple iPhone 11 video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Apple iPhone 11 and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Apple.