iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 / Plus – The budget-friendly upgrade

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For those of you that don't have a grand to shell out for a phone with 64GB of storage, thankfully, the iPhone 11 is sort of affordable.

If you can live without the glorious OLED display, and a zoom camera, this is the sensible buy, and you get the new-fangled ultra-wide camera which will no doubt become a fan favourite.

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Just like all iPhones, there is not much difference in design between each model, this is obviously smaller than the iPhone 11 Pro and Max though.

This keeps exactly the same dimensions, screens size and resolution as the iPhone XR but going from the iPhone 8 to the 11 offer some serious improvements. Compared to the 8 the phone is much larger and with an improved resolution and brightness.

While it has the same square camera layout as its bigger brothers it lacks the telephoto lens, which gives the rear less of a spider eyes look, avoiding potential trypophobia.

What else has changed?

The usual processor and GPU upgrades, the basic layout is the same, a 6-core CPU with 2 high-performance cores. The GPU has 4-cores.

Its made on the second-generation 7nm process which is probably the same as the one used for the Kirin 990. The new chip is quite large and measures in at 8.5 billion transistors, which is an 23% increase over last year’s 6.9B of the A12.

What this means is a claimed 20% faster and 30% lower power performance. Similarily the GPU claims the same number improvements.

The battery life has had a marginal upgrade, you will get 1 hour more use compared to the XR.

Then there is Wi-Fi 6 for improved Wi-Fi performance if you have enough money to buy a Wi-Fi 6 router.

The phone is now IP68 certifies, which is a minor upgrade from the IP67 of last year and the year before.

The new camera

In my opinion, the only real reason why you would want to upgrade from the XR is for the new ultra-wide camera, so you have to be quite keen on photography to be willing to shell out for it.

The new 12MP 120° Ultra-wide Angle is a massive improvement, and I lave it on Android, it gives you so much more flexibility in what you shoot.


Shockingly, the price has gone DOWN for the base model, that must be a first for Apple. It is not a lot, but every little helps.

The iPhone 11 now starts at £229

The iPhone XR started at £749, though the iPhone 8 did start at £699 that was for the 4.7-inch model so you get a lot more phone nowadays.

64 GB: £729
128 GB: £779
256 GB: £879

Comparison Chart

 iPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone 8 / Plus
SoCApple A13 BionicApple A12 BionicApple A11 Bionic
2 × Lightning Performance Cores2 × High-Performance Cores
2 x High-Perf
4 × Thunder Efficiency Cores4 × High-Efficiency Cores4 x High Efficiency
GPUApple's Custom with 4 CoresApple's Custom with 4 Cores3-Core Apple Custom
DRAMUnknown Unknown Unknown
Display6.1-inch LCD6.1-inch LCD4.7-inch / 5.5-inch
1792×8281792×8281334 x 750 / 1920 x 1080
DCI-P3/True ToneDCI-P3/True ToneIPS LCD
625 cd/m² brightness625 cd/m² brightnessDCI-P3
1400:1 contrast ratio1400:1 contrast ratio
Height150.9 mm150.9 mm138.4 / 158.4
Width75.7 mm75.7 mm67.3/ 78.1
Depth8.3 mm8.3 mm7.3/ 7.5
Weight194 grams194 grams148/202
Battery Life"+1H vs XR"15?
Wireless ChargingQiQiQi
Main Camera12 MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PD f/1.8, OIS12 MP 1.4µm pixels, f/1.8, OIS12 MP, f/1.8, OIS
Wide Color GamutWide Color GamutWide Color Gamut
Quad LED True Tone FlashQuad LED True Tone FlashQuad LED True Tone Flash
Telephoto-12 MP f/2.8 (On plus model only)
Wide12MP 120° Ultra-wide Angle
Front Camera12MP f/2.2 Wide Angle7MP f/2.2
Storage64 GB64 GB64 GB
128 GB128 GB256 GB
256 GB256 GB
I/OApple LightningApple LightningApple Lightning
Wireless (local)Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 + NFCWi-Fi 5 Bluetooth 5.0 + NFCWi-Fi 5 Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC
UWB U1 Chip for "Spatial Awareness"
CellularGigabit LTE-A class
2x2 MIMO and LAA
Splash, Water, Dust ResistanceIP68IP67
up to 2 meters, up to 30 minutes
Dual-SIMnano-SIM + eSIMnano-SIM + eSIM
nano-SIM + nano-SIM (China model)nano-SIM + nano-SIM (China model)
Launch Price64 GB: £729749£699 / £799
128 GB: £779799£849/ £949
256 GB: £879899

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