Apple iPhone 11 Pro Vs iPhone XS: Is It Worth Upgrading?

In September 2019, Apple disclosed its recent iPhones in its iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11, following the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR–although XR remains accessible.


Compared with the iPhone XS and XS Max, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have several similarities in design. All of them have stainless steel frames, glass back and a big mark on top of their displays, although their colours are different, and the iPhone 11 Pro models have a matte glass back rather than a bright one, which is lovely in the flesh.

Of course, both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone XS Max are bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone XS but there’s little difference between the new and the old XS and 11 Pro models, and also between the XS Max and 11 Pro Max. However, the Pro models are somewhat heavier than the XS models, and the matte finish makes the Pro Max appear less than the XS Max, but it is certainly an illusion.

The back of the devices is where the primary distinctions can be seen. Both the iPhone XS and XS Max have a two-way back camera located in the upper left corner of the phone, while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max has a slightly polarizing square camera housing with three lenses, including in the top left corner.


Both the Apple iPhone XS and the iPhone 11 Pro feature a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display with a pixel resolution of 2436 x 1125 which delivers 458ppi pixel density. The iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 11 Pro Max have a Super Retina OLED screen of 6.5 inches, with a resolution of 2688x 1242 pixels, also with a pixel density of 458ppi.

The technology has however altered for the Pro versions, although they have the same size and resolution. The displays are much more efficient, offering significant improvements in the battery life and are also brighter, offering brightness between 800 and 1200nits compared to the XS models with a maximum brightness of 625nit, which can be seen when placed side by side.

In addition, Pro models choose Haptic Touch like the iPhone XR and not 3D Touch like the XS models. All four models have HDR compatibility but combined with True Tone technology from Apple and a broad range of P3 colours.


The Apple iPhone XS and XS Max have two rear cameras, two 12-megapixel sensors, one wide-angle and one telephoto. The wide-angle lens has an f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture. Both phones feature 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.

The iPhone 11 Pro Apple and 11 Pro Max each feature a triple back camera consisting of an ultra-wide 12-megapixel angular sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. Dual optical image stabilization, two optical zooms in, 2 optical zooms out and 10x digital zoom in are provided in pro designs.

The iPhone XS models on the front have a TrueDepth 7 megapixel camera, which allows the Face ID and offers 1080p video capture at 30fps and 60fps. The iPhone 11 Pro models insert up to 12 megapixels in front of the camera, give 4 K video recorders with 24 fps, 30fps and 60fps and feature slow-motion video mode for what Apple calls Slofies. Another funny characteristic like Animoji and Memoji, however, they can be pretty enjoyable.

All four phones come with sophisticated bokeh and depth control and portrait illumination mode and all of them feature smart HDR. But the Pro models have an additional portrait lighting impact, as well as a brighter True Tone flash, Night Mode and Auto Adjustments.

The night mode actually lays the iPhone 11 Pro models apart from XS models-with considerable improvements in low light settings. But the third ultra-wide angle lens is also fantastic, so you can get more into your shot.


Apart from the iPhone XS and XS Max which have an A12 chip, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max come with an A13 chip under their hood. All 4 models are available with 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB storage capabilities and neither device have a microSD for storage expansion.

Apple does not speak about certain RAM and battery capacity, but the iPhone 11 Pro models give excellent battery improvements to their predecessors. The iPhone 11 Pro has a claim that it lasts up to four hours longer than the iPhone XS, whereas the iPhone 11 Pro Max takes up to five hours longer than the iPhone XS Max.

Apple Pay is on board all four devices, as expected, with nano-SIM and eSIM dual SIM functionality. All four models also have 4G capability, but none have 5G capacities. In our separate feature, you can read about the rumours of a 5G iPhone.

Both the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XS models provide wireless charging and quick charging assistance. However, only the iPhone 11 Pro models are equipped with a quick 18W charger.


Launched on iOS 13, Apple iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max features several fresh characteristics including Dark Mode, Message & Photo modifications, Recall Updates and a Find My app combining Find My Friends, Find My iPhone and lots of other updates. You can read all the primary characteristics in our evaluation of iOS 13.

On 19 September both iPhone XS and XS Max will be updated to iOS 13, which means that older models will offer nearly the same software experience as fresh models, despite a number of additional characteristics, like Night Mode and Auto Adjustments.


Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro begins at $999/£1049 while the iPhone Pro Max begins at $1099/£1149, comparable to the one that iPhone XS and XS Max began within 2018.

The Apple iPhone XS and XS Max are no longer accessible via Apple-with iPhone Pro and Pro Max taking their place but if you are looking at these designs on the fresh iPhones you might find them cheaper elsewhere.

Our Take:

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max look comparable, at least from the front, to iPhone XS and the XS Max, but offer large camera and processor upgrades, material upgrades, displays and battery upgrades, and trade 3D Touch for Haptic Touch.

The latest models are more costly than last year’s, beginning at $999/£1049, while the XS and XS Max can be found for less than their predecessors.

If you have the XS or XS Max, you will have a number of improvements in terms of camera, design and battery capabilities to the respective Pro model, but you will need to decide if these are sufficient to cover your expenses.

If you choose between the iPhone 11 Pro or XS models, you will save money by purchasing last year’s models, but you will miss a few of Apple’s fresh characteristics–predominantly camera and battery. It just relies on how significant you and your wallet are these characteristics.

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Shubham Habib

Shubham Habib

Shubham Habib, the founder of HackerzTrickz. Started the site in 2015 purely out of interest in Technology to serve the latest stuffs happening in tech world. In his school days he has worked for some companies like TheDeadToons, ScoopSquare24, NationEditions. In his free time he becomes a part-time YouTuber.

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