Apple has announced the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max smartphones for the global audiences. The devices are iterative updates of last year’s iPhone XR, XS and XS Max respectively with the addition of an ultra-wide lens on all the three smartphones. Announced at a starting price of Rs 64,900, the new iPhones are certainly going to make your wallet considerably lighter but how do the devices fare against competing flagship smartphones? For the purpose of this comparison, we will talk only about Apple’s flagship smartphone i.e the iPhone 11 Pro which is priced starting at Rs 99,990.
Coming first to the specs of the device we see that the iPhone 11 Pro packs in a 5.8-inch (6.5-inch on the Max version) OLED screen that Apple calls the Super Retina XDR display. It has 2,436 x 1,125 resolution at 458 ppi and comes with HDR support.
The phone retains the big notch on the top and it still houses the sophisticated FaceID hardware along with a 12 MP camera. On the back, we see a triple-camera setup, a first for the iPhone which features a 12 MP wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, a 12 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.0 aperture and a 12 MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.4 aperture.
The iPhone 11 Pro is powered by the all-new A13 Bionic chipset, which Apple says is currently the fastest SoC on any smartphone right now, along with the third-gen Neural engine. Apple hasn’t given out any RAM specs but in terms of storage, we see that there are three options to choose from namely 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The phone will run on Apple’s latest iOS 13 software.
In the Android world, the iPhone will have competition from the recently launched Galaxy Note 10 Plus along with the Huawei P30 Pro and also the OnePlus 7 Pro . Obviously we have not yet reviewed the iPhone 11 Pro so the following comparison is purely based on the specs of the device on paper alongside its competitors.
|iPhone 11 Pro||Huawei P30 Pro||OnePlus 7 Pro||Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus|
|Display Size (inch)||5.8||6.47||6.67||6.8|
|Resolution (pixels)||1125 x 2436||1080 x 2340||1440 x 3120||1440 x 3040|
|Pixel Density (PPI)||458||398||516||498|
|Display Type||OLED||OLED||Fluid AMOLED||Dynamic AMOLED|
|Dimensions(mm)||144 x 71.4 x 8.1||158 x 73.4 x 8.4||162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8||162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9|
|Dual SIM||Yes, eSIM||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SIM Type||Nano-SIM||Nano-SIM||Nano-SIM||Hybrid Dual|
|Connectivity Types||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Processor||A13 Bionic||HiSilicon Kirin 980||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Exynos 9825|
|CPU Clock Speed (GHz)||TBD||2x 2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x 1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55||1x 2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x 2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x 1.80 GHz Kryo 485||2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55|
|GPU||TBD||Mali-G76 MP10||Adreno 640||Mali-G76 MP12|
|RAM||TBD||8 GB||6,8 GB||12 GB|
|Ruggedness||IP68 dust/water resistant||IP68 dust/water resistant||Splashproof||IP68 dust/water resistant|
|On-Board Memory||128, 256, 512 GB||128, 256 GB||128, 256 GB||256, 512 GB|
|Expandable Memory||No||Yes, up to 256 GB||No||Yes, up to 1 TB|
|Sensors||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass||Face ID, in-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass||In-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, SpO2|
|Primary Camera||12 MP, f/1.8 + 12 MP, f/2.0 + 12 MP , f/2,4||40 MP, f/1.8; 20 MP, f/2.2, 8 MP, f/3.4 and 3D TOF||48 MP, f/1.6 + 16 MP, f/2.2 + 8 MP, f/2.4||12 MP, f/1.5-1.8-2.4, 12 MP, f/2.1, 16 MP, f/2.2 and TOF 3D|
|Optical Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Camera Array||Triple Camera||Quad camera||Triple Camera||Quad camera|
|Autofocus System||Phase detection autofocus||Phase detection autofocus||Phase detection autofocus||Dual Pixel PDAF|
|Secondary Camera||12 MP, f/2.2||32 MP, f2.2||Motorised pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0||10 MP, f/2.2|
|Video Capture||[email protected],30,60 fps, [email protected],60 fps||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected] (gyro-EIS), [email protected]||[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], Auto HDR, gyro-EIS||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]|
|OS Version||iOS 13||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|AI (Smart Assistant)||Siri||Google Assistant||Google Assistant||Google Assistant|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|Fingerprint Scanner||No||Yes, In-display||Yes, In-display||Yes, In-display|
|USB Type||Lightning Port||Type-C reversible connector||Type-C reversible connector||Type-C reversible connector|
|USB Standard||USB 2.1||USB 3.1||USB 3.1||USB 3.1|
|Fast charging||Yes, 18 W||Yes||Yes, 30 W Warp Charge||Yes, 45 W|
|Colors||Gold, Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green||Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Black, Pearl White||Mirror Grey, Almond, Nebula Blue||Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Blue|
|Prices in India||Starts at Rs 99,900||Starting at Rs 71,990||Starts at Rs 48,999||Starts at Rs 79,999|
From what we can make out from this comparison is that the iPhone 11 should shake things up with its new Super Retina XDR display which has the highest Pixel density on any Apple device. However, it and the Note 10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro lack the buttery smooth 90 Hz display offered by OnePlus 7 Pro at nearly half the price. Comparing cameras we see that the iPhone 11 Pro does indeed hold up against the Note 10 Plus and OnePlus 7 Pro, but lags behind the P30 Pro which, in addition to the wide variety of camera options, offers 5X optical zoom. Processor-wise, Apple has said that the A13 SoC will absolutely run-over the Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 SoCs found on the competition. We will have to test the devices out to give a final verdict.
Compared to last year, Apple has taken quite a big giant leap although not as big as the jump to the iPhone X. With few hardware improvements on the outside and inside, it would be interesting to see how the iPhone 11 Pro shapes up in the coming weeks against the competition.