iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XS: Should you upgrade now or wait? – CNET

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XS: Should you upgrade now or wait? – CNET

iPhone 11, the announced by Apple in September, is an impressive and relatively affordable handset with a amazing camera and a fast processor. But those questions with a iPhone-XS in 2018, whether it’s time for an upgrade. After all, the iPhone 11 has some great new hardware and a bevy of fun, alluring colors to choose from. 

in short, the iPhone XS is still worth holding, and if you want to upgrade, I would wait to see what the iPhone 2020 12
instead of the first, or the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro-Max. But when it comes to the iPhone-XS-or iPhone, 11, the better choice the iPhone is 11. Note that, while Apple is manufacturing the iPhone XS, you can still nab the device from various retailers and carriers.nbsp;

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Starting at $699, £729, and AU$1,199, the iPhone 11 is affordable as far as iPhones. In spite of its LCD screen, not as high resolution as the iPhone XS’ OLED display, the iPhone 11 updated camera setup includes a night mode and an ultra-wide-angle lens for dramatic, stunning shots. The phone is also faster, has a longer battery life and subtle upgrades such as a U1-chip will keep you in tip-top shape for the near future

Read also our Apple iPhone 11.

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don’t get me wrong — the iPhone XS is still a powerful and reliable phone. The updates you get from the Update to the iPhone 11 are not of a fall, the iPhone-XS, if you already have it. But if you decide to get between the two, the iPhone 11 is the easy choice. In addition to all the advantages I mentioned already, the iPhone XS is also not cheaper than the iPhone 11, despite starting in the year 2018. Depending on whether you cost it new from carriers and retailers like Best Buy, or the purchase of a refurbished model from Apple, the iPhone-XS-somewhere in between $699 and $899. 

Read also our Apple iPhone XS.

How we tested

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iPhone-XS has a “better” screen, but it is barely noticeable

in comparison with the iPhone 11 6.1-inch screen, the iPhone XS is a 5.8-inch display and is smaller, thinner and lighter. The screen is technically better on paper, as in a sharper resolution and a higher pixel density (for special numbers, scroll to the spec chart below). 

The iPhone-XS also has an OLED display, while the iPhone 11 has a LCD screen. But if it is feed by watching videos on YouTube or scroll through your Instagram, have you noticed much difference with daily use. As CNET editor Scott Stein noted, “Apple is doing a great job with his LCD-liquid Retina display in the iPhone 11. It doesn’t feel like a compromise, except when viewing dark images with subtle light-details”. 

The iPhone 11 comes in a hand-full of bright colors, which are red, yellow, green, and purple (the last of which is caught the attention of many people on Twitter), on top of the standard black and white. The iPhone XS on the other hand, started in only black, white and gold — and even then, some of these colors may not be available from retail stores due to their lower stocks. During the phone colors may examine a superficial feature, especially when most people slap cases on their devices anyway, there’s no shame in deriving pleasure from the fun color.

winner: I’m a big fan of the iPhone 11 s candy-colored looks, but the iPhone XS has the edge due to its display.

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iPhone 11 cameras offer a night mode, ultra-wide, and more

not Surprisingly, the iPhone 11 has a better camera setup. Although both have dual rear cameras, Apple exchanged iPhone-XS’ Tele-lens for the iPhone 11 ultra-wide-angle-lens. This does not mean that you have that 2X Tele-zoom that the iPhone had XS, but you will be able to take dramatic wide-angle shots to expansive landscapes or creative close-UPS.

The iPhone 11 also features night mode, which illuminates and captures low-light scenes in amazingly clear detail. The results are fantastic, and rival any other phone makers who have their own night-time camera modes, such as Samsung, the Bright night, Google’s Night Sight and OnePlus’ Nightscape. You can still have adequate low-light photos on the iPhone XS capture, but they are grainer, and not as sharp and have more digital artifacts.

another camera upgrade on the iPhone is 11 Deep Fusion, which improves the quality of the image and optimizes the details for the shots in medium-light settings, such as in a building or room. (To see this in action, read CNET iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR-comparison.) Video quality is smoother and more stable on the iPhone 11 as well, and its 12-megapixel front-facing camera is also better compared to the iPhone-XS-s 7-megapixel shooter. You can also use capture slow-motion video on the iPhone 11 with the selfie camera, the Apple has unfortunately, branded as “slofies.”

winner: The iPhone 11 provides useful new camera tricks, that can increase the daily photos.

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iPhone 11 is faster and has a longer battery life

Whether you hang it on your iPhone XS or consider buying a new one, the XS is not as good as the iPhone 11. This is not to say, it not to be a reliable and fast phone in and of itself, and with day-to-day use, you may not experience a difference between the two. But without the almost two years of use, to slow you down, a brand-new iPhone-XS out of the box still has the older Apple-A12 Bionic processor, while the iPhone 11 of the A13 has. Check out the benchmark tests below:

3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

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NOTE: Longer bars mean better performance

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

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NOTE: Longer bars mean better performance

keeping The iPhone 11 with the battery even longer. Although Apple did not disclose the battery capacity of the mobile phones, third-party teardowns report that the iPhone 11 is a 3,110-mAh battery, while the iPhone in the XS a participation of 2.658-mAh-battery. And in the case of our lab test for continuous video playback in airplane mode, the iPhone 11 clocked in 15 hours and 24 minutes, while the iPhone XS lasted 13 hours and 17 minutes. Streaming video tests we had carried out, on the iPhone 11, lasted 13 hours and 52 minutes.

winner: With its faster processor and larger battery the iPhone 11 is the clear winner.

iPhone 11 prepares you for future tech

Finally, Apple’s new iPhone packs a few things under the hood that it is not the “sexiest” things to tout, to help future-proof the phone in anticipation of future technologies. These include: 

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A U1 chip helps to  the iPhone 11 with “spatial awareness” and enables it on other iPhones and more precisely in the vicinity. The ultra-wideband-chip also AirDrop allows you to prioritize the other devices so you can share files faster. The U1 chip is also believed to be the Foundation stone for a a long time Apple tile tracker rumored.

Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of wireless networks. As CNET editor Ry Crist puts it’s “Wi-Fi 6 supports the faster top transfer speeds, devices can send more information with each transfer… for a better, faster performance in dense, crowded environments,” and more. Please note, however, that you probably see no benefits in your iPhone 11 soon. Wi-Fi 6 was only certified September 2019 and Wi-Fi-6-Router are expensive.

Haptic Touch, replaces the iPhone XS’ 3D-Touch . Apple phasing out 3D-Touch-2018, starting with the iPhone XR. It allows you the access to additional menu options and commands of hard-press your finger against the screen. Haptic Touch works in a similar way, but instead of pressing down harder on the screen, you long press on the item.

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XS

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iPhone 11 iPhone XS
Display Size, Resolution 6.1-inch LCD-liquid retina; 1,792×828 Pixel 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436×1,125 Pixel
The Pixel Density 326ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.94×2.98×0.33 in 5.7×2.8×0.3 in
Dimensions (Mm) 150.9×75.7×8.3 mm 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm
WeiFight (Ounces, Grams) 6.84 oz; 194g 6.2 oz. / 177g
Mobile software iOS-13 iOS 12
Camera 12 megapixels (wide), 12 megapixel (ultra wide) 12 megapixels (wide), 12 megapixels (Tele)
Front-facing camera 12 megapixel camera with Face ID 7 megapixel camera with Face ID
Video capture 4K 4K
Processor Apple A13 Bionic Apple A12-Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
RAM Not be published Not be published
Expandable Memory None None
Battery It is not known, but Apple claims it has a duration of 1 hour is longer than the iPhone XR Not known but Apple claims that in the last 30 min. more than the iPhone X
Fingerprint sensor No (face-ID) No (face-ID)
Connection Flash Flash
Headphone Jack No No
Features Waterproof (IP68); dual-SIM capability (nano-SIM and e-SIM), Wi-Fi charging Waterproof (IP68); dual-SIM capability (nano-SIM and e-SIM), Wi-Fi charging
Price off-contract (USD)* $699 (64GB), $749 (128GB), $849 (256 GB) THE US $ 999 (64GB), $1,149 (256 GB), $1,349 (512 GB)
Price (GBP)* £729 (64GB), £779 (128 GB), £879 (256 GB) £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256 GB), £1,349 (512 GB)
Price (AUD)* AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128 GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256 GB), AU$2,199 (512 GB)

*prices at time of introduction

Apple iPhone 11

Better in almost every respect,

$699 at Apple

Apple iPhone XS

A keeper, if you already have, but not worth buying now

$900 at Amazon

Released on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:00:10 +0000

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