iPhone XR, XS & XS Max vs iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max

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Looking to upgrade your phone? While the new range of iPhones has been announced, you might be wondering if the iPhone 11 series is the right option for you. Although these new devices come with all the latest tech that Apple has to offer, they do come with a hefty price tag to match.

If you’re more concerned about price over the latest tech, you might find that the 2018 iPhones (the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max) could be a better option. But just how do these phones compare to each other? Let’s take a look at the 2018 iPhones and 2019 iPhones to see how these devices compare, and which iPhone might be right for you.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11

Both the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11 are known as the ‘budget’ models of the respective 2018 and 2019 ranges, however both smartphones still come with great features and a hefty price tag. These devices have some similarities, but the iPhone 11 does have more updated tech than what you’ll get with the XR.
iPhone XR in blue and iPhone 11 in purple

What are the similarities?

The iPhone XR and iPhone 11 are both available in six colours, but the colours will vary slightly — both are available in White, Black and (PRODUCT) Red. The Yellow offering is slightly different for both devices, the XR has a Blue and Coral version, while the iPhone 11 has a Purple and Green option. Both models also come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage sizes.

When it comes to the specs, both devices have a 6.1 inch Liquid Retina HD display and are made from a combination of glass and aluminium. Both include Face ID and the Haptic Touch feature, wireless charging, fast-charge capabilities, portrait mode and dual-SIM support (nano-SIM and eSIM).

What are the differences?

The biggest differences between these devices are in the cameras and the chipset. While the rear camera for the iPhone XR included a single 12-megapixel wide camera, the iPhone 11 includes dual 12-megapixel ultra-wide and wide cameras, which also feature the new Night Mode function. As for the front camera, the XR includes a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera with HD video recording, compared to the 11’s upgraded 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording. The new 11 series also includes the latest A13 bionic chip, which delivers a faster and more powerful smartphone performance — a step up from the 2018 A12 bionic chip used in the XR.

iPhone XR iPhone 11
Screen size 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display
Battery QI wireless charging, 1.5 hours longer life than the iPhone 8 Plus QI wireless charging, 1 hour longer life than iPhone XR
Chipset A12 Bionic Chip with second-generation Neural Engine A13 Bionic Chip with third-generation Neural Engine
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera Single 12-megapixel wide angle camera with 5x digital zoom, 4K video Dual 12-megapixel wide angle and ultra wide cameras with 2x optical zoom, Night Mode and 4K video
Front camera 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and HD video 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and 4K video
Colours Black, White, Yellow, Coral, Blue, (PRODUCT) Red Black, White, Purple, Yellow, Green, (PRODUCT) Red

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11 — costs compared

Whether you decide to buy your phone outright or on a phone plan from the big three telcos, there is a price difference between these two devices. To buy the iPhone XR outright, it’s worth noting that following prices may be cheaper than the original RRP after its release due to the new range of iPhones. You also might find that it’s difficult to find stocks of certain devices, particularly the 256GB model, so you might need to shop around. The following prices may vary from store to store:

  • 64GB: $1,049 AUD
  • 128GB: $1,129 AUD
  • 256GB: $1,479 AUD

As for the iPhone 11, you will pay more for this device than the 2018 counterpart — these are the RRP prices as of the September 2019 iPhone 11 series launch:

  • 64GB: $1,199 AUD
  • 128GB: $1,279 AUD
  • 256GB: $1,449 AUD

If you’d prefer to pick up one of these devices on a phone plan, you’ll be able to choose between Telstra, Optus or Vodafone. Vodafone offers plans across 12, 24 or 36-month payment periods, while Telstra and Optus offer plans across 24 and 36-months. Plans from Optus are the more traditional contract where your phone payments and plan costs are combined, and you simply pick your preferred plan according to its inclusions and cost (with phone payments potentially subsidised on more expensive plans). Telstra and Vodafone separate device payments from the plan price, giving you more options to customise your plan.

The following table includes the cheapest 24-month plans on offer from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone for the 64GB iPhone XR and 64GB iPhone 11 from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans for other devices and from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 11 Pro

The new iPhone 11 Pro is the 2019 upgrade to the 2018 iPhone XS. If you want a device with more features and upgraded tech than the base iPhone 11 and XR models, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XS each have more to offer, albeit in a smaller-sized device. Before we jump into the comparison, be aware that Apple has effectively discontinued the iPhone XS (and XS Max), meaning that what stocks are available in stores and from the telcos is all you will have access to.

iPhone XS in gold and iPhone 11 Pro in midnight green

What are the similarities?

Both the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XS include a 5.8 inch OLED display and include 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage sizes. You’ll be able to choose from Space Grey, Silver and Gold colours, with the new Midnight Green option for the 11 Pro being the only colour difference between the devices.

Other common features include Face ID, HDR and True Tone display, dual-optical image stabilisation, portrait mode with depth control and advanced bokeh, 4K video recording along with slow motion and time-lapse video capabilities. You’ll also get wireless charging, fast-charge capabilities, and both devices are dual-SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM).

What are the differences?

There are a few differences between these devices, with the camera perhaps one of the biggest upgrades. The iPhone 11 Pro includes a rear triple 12-megapixel camera set with ultra-wide, wide and telephoto cameras with Night Mode function, which is an upgrade from the rear dual 12-megapixel wide and telephoto cameras that came with the XS. As for the front-facing cameras, the 11 Pro has a 12MP TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording compared to the XS with a 7MP TrueDepth camera with 1080p HD video recording. You’ll also get the A13 Bionic chip with the 11 Pro, which is an upgrade from the A12 Bionic chip with the XS.

Battery life also gets an upgrade with the 11 Pro lasting up to four hours longer than the XS, with up to 18 hours of video playback compared to the 14 hours video playback on the XS. While both devices are water and dust resistant with IP68 ratings, the XS water resistance is up to 2 metres for up to 30 minutes compared to the 11 Pro’s 4 metres for up to 30 minutes. Another big difference is that Apple has scrapped the 3D Touch available with the XS, and replaced it with Haptic Touch for the 11 Pro. As for display, there are some similarities in quality, but the 11 Pro has an upgrade to a Super Retina XDR display, compared to the XS’ Super Retina HD display. The XS also has a glass and stainless steel design, compared to the textured matte glass and stainless steel of the 11 Pro.

iPhone XS iPhone 11 Pro
Screen size 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display
Battery QI wireless charging, 30 minutes longer life than iPhone X QI wireless charging, 4 hours longer life than iPhone XS
Chipset A12 Bionic Chip with second-generation Neural Engine A13 Bionic Chip with third-generation Neural Engine
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear camera Dual 12-megapixel wide angle and telephoto cameras with 2x optical zoom and 4K video Triple 12-megapixel wide angle, ultra wide and telephoto cameras with 4x optical zoom, Night Mode and 4K video
Front camera 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and HD video 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and 4K video
Colours Gold, Space Grey, Silver Gold, Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green

iPhone XS vs iPhone 11 Pro — costs compared

As the iPhone XS has effectively been discontinued by Apple, if you do want the XS, you might need to hunt around to find the right storage size and colour. You might also find the price of these devices has dropped a bit since the 2018 launch RRP, due to the new devices. The following prices may vary from store to store:

  • 64GB: $1,579 AUD
  • 256GB: $1,829 AUD
  • 512GB: $2,199 AUD

As for the iPhone 11 Pro, this new device set you back a bit. These prices are the RRP prices as of the September 2019 iPhone 11 series launch:

  • 64GB: $1,749 AUD
  • 256GB: $1,999 AUD
  • 512GB: $2,349 AUD

You’ll be able to pick up both devices from the big three telcos, but as the XS is only available as stocks last, you might find certain colours or storage sizes might no longer be offered by your telco of choice.

The following table includes the cheapest 24-month plans on offer from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone for the 64GB iPhone XS and 64GB iPhone 11 Pro from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans for other devices and from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 11 Pro Max

The most premium devices of both ranges, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the 2019 follow on from the iPhone XS Max. With the premium size and features comes the premium price tag, so if either of these devices sound like the right phone for you, you’ll need to be prepared to pay a higher price.

iPhone XS Max in silver and iPhone 11 Pro Max in midnight green

What are the similarities?

Both devices feature the same specs and functions that the smaller counterparts have, with the size of the device being the main difference. The iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 Pro are both 6.5 inches, making it the largest of the devices – a better option if you need a larger screen than what is available with the XS or 11 Pro.

The iPhone XS Max includes the same functions and specs as the XS, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max includes the same functions and specs as the 11 Pro — such as the same colour choices and storage sizes, and features such as Face ID, wireless charge and fast-charge capabilities.

What are the differences?

The differences between these two top-range devices are almost exactly the same as the differences between the XS and 11 Pro — the XS Max has the same front and rear dual cameras and functions as the XS, while the 11 Pro Max has the same front and rear triple cameras and functions as the 11 Pro.

Battery is the other difference between these devices, and also between the smaller counterparts. While the iPhone XS Max will give you up to 15 hours of video playback (more than the XS), the iPhone 11 Pro Max is meant to have the longest battery life in an iPhone, lasting up to 5 hours longer than the XS Max, with up to 20 hours of video playback.

iPhone XS Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
Screen size 6.5-inch Super Retina HD display 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display
Battery QI wireless charging, 1.5 hours longer life than iPhone X QI wireless charging, 5 hours longer life than iPhone Xs Max
Chipset A12 Bionic Chip with second-generation Neural Engine A13 Bionic Chip with third-generation Neural Engine
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear camera Dual 12-megapixel wide angle and telephoto cameras with 2x optical zoom and 4K video Triple 12-megapixel wide angle, ultra wide and telephoto cameras with 4x zoom, Night Mode and 4K video
Front camera 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and HD video 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and 4K video
Colours Gold, Space Grey, Silver Gold, Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 11 Pro Max — costs compared

Like the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max has effectively been discontinued by Apple, so if you’re looking at buying this device, you might need to shop around to find stocks in your storage size and colour of choice. As with the iPhone XS, prices may have dropped from the original RRP, so you might find a range of prices out there. The following prices may vary from store to store:

  • 64GB: $1,749
  • 256GB: $1,999
  • 512GB: $2,319

As for the iPhone 11 Pro Max, this premium device comes with a premium price tags to match. These prices are the RRP September 2019 iPhone 11 series launch prices:

  • 64GB: $1,899
  • 256GB: $2,149
  • 512GB: $2,499

If those prices are a bit out of your reach to be paying upfront, you can pick up either device on a phone plan from the big three telcos — keep in mind that stocks of the XS Max might run out, or you might find your storage size or preferred colour is no longer available from your telco of choice.

The following table includes the cheapest 24-month plans on offer from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone for the 64GB iPhone XS Max and 64GB iPhone 11 Pro Max from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans for other devices and from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Which iPhone has the best features?

If you’re looking for an iPhone with the best camera, the iPhone 11 series clearly has the edge over the 2018 devices. While the additional rear cameras play a part in this, Apple has also upgraded many of its camera features to help improve the overall picture-taking experience. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have 2x optical zoom in and 2x optical zoom out — an obvious upgrade to the XS and XS Max 2x optical zoom in. The 11 series also introduces the new Night Mode feature for better-quality photos in low light environments. If having a quality smartphone camera is your main priority when choosing a new iPhone, you’ll most likely find the iPhone 11 series has the device for you.

Likewise, if you’re after an iPhone with the best battery, the iPhone 11 series has the edge, with more powerful batteries than the 2018 models. Apple is even promoting the iPhone 11 Pro Max as having the best battery of any iPhone. The A13 Bionic chip that comes with the iPhone 11 series also makes these phones more powerful than the predecessors, so if you’re after the best performance of any available iPhone, once again, the 11 series is your better option. That being said, the 2018 iPhones are still packed with great features, quality cameras, long-lasting batteries and a powerful chipset, so these phones are by no means a major downgrade from the 11 series.

Which iPhone should I get?

The choice is ultimately yours. While the above comparisons can help to give you an idea of how these phones compare in terms of features, specs and prices, there are plenty of factors that should play into your decisions. Whether you choose to buy your device outright, and bundle with a cheaper SIM-only plan, or if you’d prefer to hop on a phone plan from one the big three telcos — this might affect which device you choose.

Comparing the devices side by side, there are obvious upgraded features with the iPhone 11 series compared to the 2018 devices. If you like to get your hands on the latest tech that Apple has to offer, the iPhone 11 series might have enough to entice you. However if you’re not particularly impressed by these upgrades, or you’re not fussed about having the latest device, there is still good value in the 2018 models.

Apple deciding to discontinue the iPhone XS and XS Max after the 11 series launch (which is what Apple did to the iPhone X when the XS and XS Max was released), indicates that it may see the XS and XS Max as competition for the new 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and wants to avoid the older devices rivalling sales of the new phones.

While the above comparisons were between the 2018 and 2019 counterparts, if you’re considering the more premium 2018 devices, it could be worth doing a comparison between the iPhone XS/XS Max and the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 now comes with a dual rear camera, like the XS/XS Max, but you’ll also get the more upgraded 11-series tech at a cheaper price (compared to the Pro phones). Even though the iPhone 11 is the ‘base’ model of the series, it does offer some serious competition to those two premium 2018 devices.

If you decide to buy your device outright, there are a range of cheap SIM-only phone plans that you can pair with your new iPhone. The following table includes a selection of postpaid phone plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of cost, lowest to highest, and then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

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