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Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone Review: More than just an affordable Apple smartphone

Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Alex Alderson), 09/20/2019

Colourful - New colours, dual rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi 6 and a bigger battery; those are the improvements that the iPhone 11 has over the iPhone XR in a nutshell. Read in our detailed live review to see whether the cheapest of this year's iPhones can live up to expectations.
Update: Live Review completed.

The Apple iPhone 11 is this year's cheapest iPhone, with it effectively succeeding the iPhone XR. Both smartphones share identical dimensions, but Apple has added a few new colour options, dual rear-facing cameras that include an ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a larger battery too.

Its display continues to measure 6.1-inches though and remains a Liquid Retina HD panel too. Apple protects the display with ionised glass as well. As its name suggests, the panel is still HD, a talking point of last year's iPhone XR. However, Apple has equipped the iPhone 11 with an A13 Bionic SoC and 4 GB of RAM just like it has with its more expensive siblings. On the other hand, the company has not made a 512-GB storage variant available. Instead, the 64, 128 and 256 GB options of last year return, which cost US$699, US$749 and US$849, respectively.

Our review will focus on not only the new dual rear-facing cameras but also the larger battery, the improved waterproofing and the inclusion of a WiFi 6 modem. We shall compare the iPhone 11 against the LG G8s ThinQ, Huawei P30, Samsung Galaxy S10e and Xiaomi Mi 9 among others too.

  • 09.30.2019: Live Review completed.
  • 09.27.2019: Communication & GPS, Telephony, Gaming and Temperature sections added.
  • 09.26.2019: Update: Display section completed. Performance section expanded. Initial battery tests added.
  • 09.23.2019: Display measurements and additional photos added.
  • 09.22.2019: Initial benchmarks and photos added.
  • 09.20.2019: Live review started.
Apple iPhone 11 (iPhone Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.1 inch 19.5:9, 1792 x 828 pixel 324 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, ten-point multitouch, IPS, True Tone Display, Oleophobic coating, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB SSD, 64 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: Lightning Port, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, digital compass, iBeacon micro-locator, 3-axis gyro, proximity sensor, Ultra-wideband chip for spatial awareness
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1,800, 1,900 MHz. UMTS/HSPA+: 850, 900, 1,700/2,100, 1,900, 2,100 MHz. LTE FDD: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32 and 66. LTE TDD: Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 150.9 x 75.7 ( = 0.33 x 5.94 x 2.98 in)
Battery
3110 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iOS 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.8, OIS, 6 elements) + 12 MPix (ultra-wide-angle, 120° field of view, f/2.4, 5 elements), UHD videos at up to 60 FPS
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (TrueDepth, f/2.2), UHD videos at up to 60 FPS
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: onscreen, Lightning to USB Type-A cable, modular charger, EarPods, documentation, 12 Months Warranty, IP68 certification, head SAR: 0.95 W / kg, display surface area ratio: 78%, fanless, waterproof
Weight
194 g ( = 6.84 oz / 0.43 pounds), Power Supply: 45 g ( = 1.59 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case - New colours for a new iPhone

The iPhone 11 is made of glass and aluminium, the former of which is identical to that found in the iPhone 11 Pro series. However, whereas the latter has a matte finish, Apple has opted for a gloss finish with the iPhone 11 that picks up fingerprints more easily. These can, of course, be wiped off, but they will quickly reappear.

As we mentioned earlier, the iPhone 11 shares its dimensions with the iPhone XR. Our review unit is built well, with all gaps between materials being even and tight. The device is sturdy too, and the physical buttons fit perfectly within their housings. Applying heavy pressure to the LCD panel causes it to temporarily deform though, which looks akin to a wave formation.

Apple currently offers the iPhone 11 in Black, Green, (PRODUCT)RED, Purple, White and Yellow. The SIM card tray matches the colour of the frame and is also made of aluminium, for reference. It also sits flush with the frame too, allowing the device to be IP68-certified against the ingress of dust and liquids. Apple claims that the device can be submerged in up to two metres of liquid for up to 30 minutes too. Similarly, it should withstand having drinks spilt on it, along with conventional tap or bottled water.

Size Comparison

157.5 mm / 6.2 inch 74.67 mm / 2.94 inch 7.61 mm / 0.2996 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs155.3 mm / 6.11 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 7.99 mm / 0.3146 inch 181 g0.399 lbs150.9 mm / 5.94 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 194 g0.4277 lbs150.9 mm / 5.94 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 194 g0.4277 lbs149.1 mm / 5.87 inch 71.36 mm / 2.81 inch 7.57 mm / 0.298 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs142.2 mm / 5.6 inch 69.9 mm / 2.75 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 150 g0.3307 lbs

Connectivity - Always with Lightning, Apple

Not a lot has changed with connectivity from the iPhone XR to the iPhone 11. The Lightning port makes a return, contrary to what some people expected or hoped for, with Apple deciding against switching to USB Type-C as it has with its latest iPad Pros.

The iPhone 11 supports Bluetooth 5.0 too and has an NFC chip on board, although Apple still restricts it to read mode, effectively limiting it to only a few uses including Apple Pay. One new feature is the so-called ultra-wideband chip, which gives the iPhone 11 spatial awareness of sorts. Apple has not yet confirmed what the chip does, but we may shortly see the company properly implementing it within iOS 13.

Face ID returns too, as does eSIM functionality. Effectively, the iPhone 11 is a dual SIM smartphone.

Top side: No connections
Top side: No connections
Left-hand side: volume buttons, mute switch
Left-hand side: volume buttons, mute switch
Right-hand side: power button, SIM tray
Right-hand side: power button, SIM tray
Underside: speaker, Lightning port, microphone
Underside: speaker, Lightning port, microphone

Software - iOS 13, a speedier and darker upgrade

The iPhone 11 ships with iOS 13, just like its more expensive siblings. Apple will bring the software update to every iPhone back to the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S too. The focus of iOS 13 is performance improvements, with Apple reducing the file sizes of its preinstalled apps, among other things, to make the OS feel snappier than iOS 12. iOS 13 includes Face ID improvements too, which Apple promises should allow all compatible devices to be unlocked up to 30% faster than in iOS 12.

The most striking new feature of iOS 13 is undoubtedly the dark mode, which should help relieve tired eyes at night. Apple has done more than replace white areas with black ones though, as iOS 13 darkens the display slightly and reduces the colour intensity of the display at night too. You can toggle this feature manually or set it to run between specific periods of the day. You can even set it to turn on at sunset and turn off at sunrise.

iOS 13 does away with the Friends app, with Apple merging its functionality within the rebranded iPhone search, which it now calls "Where is?" The update introduces several other changes too, which we shall cover in our iPhone 11 Pro series reviews.

Communication & GPS - 2019 iPhones but no 5G

The iPhone 11 supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard like its iPhone 11 Pro series siblings, which you may see referred to elsewhere as IEEE 802.11ax. The device can connect to either 2.4 or 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi networks, and it achieved good transfer speeds with our Linksys EA8500 reference router. However, these are below its theoretical capabilities but only because of the limitations of our reference router, which does not support Wi-Fi 6. There is a slump in transfer speeds towards the end of our data transmission test.

Apple claims to have equipped the iPhone 11 with a Gigabit LTE modem. We assume that the device can only achieve 1 Gb/s though because it has half the antennas that the iPhone 11 Pro series have. In any case, our review unit achieved slower LTE transfers speeds than its iPhone 11 Pro siblings, but it does support the same volume of LTE bands, which is 30 to be precise.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi 9
Adreno 640, 855, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
678 (min: 549, max: 725) MBit/s ∼100% +20%
LG G8s ThinQ
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
578 (min: 474, max: 617) MBit/s ∼85% +3%
Apple iPhone 11
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
563 (min: 490, max: 597) MBit/s ∼83%
Huawei P30
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
544 (min: 38, max: 618) MBit/s ∼80% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Mali-G76 MP12, 9820, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
520 (min: 445, max: 571) MBit/s ∼77% -8%
Apple iPhone XR
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
517 (min: 477, max: 528) MBit/s ∼76% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=434)
226 MBit/s ∼33% -60%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P30
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
680 (min: 646, max: 700) MBit/s ∼100% +29%
Apple iPhone XR
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
644 (min: 578, max: 672) MBit/s ∼95% +22%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Adreno 640, 855, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
534 (min: 430, max: 578) MBit/s ∼79% +1%
Apple iPhone 11
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
529 (min: 204, max: 603) MBit/s ∼78%
LG G8s ThinQ
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
502 (min: 465, max: 517) MBit/s ∼74% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Mali-G76 MP12, 9820, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
468 (min: 351, max: 489) MBit/s ∼69% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=434)
216 MBit/s ∼32% -59%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø562 (490-597)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø529 (204-603)

The iPhone 11 uses GPS including A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo and QZSS for location services, but not BeiDou. Our review unit always finds a satellite fix quickly.

We also took the iPhone 11 on a bike ride to compare its location accuracy against the Garmin Edge 500, our reference bike computer. Our review unit performed surprisingly poor here, especially considering how well the iPhone 11 Pro performed during the same task. While the iPhone 11 regularly veered off track, it is still accurate enough for general navigation tasks.

GPS test: Apple iPhone 11 - Overview
GPS test: Apple iPhone 11 - Overview
GPS test: Apple iPhone 11 - Cycling around a lake
GPS test: Apple iPhone 11 - Cycling around a lake
GPS test: Apple iPhone 11 - Loop
GPS test: Apple iPhone 11 - Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Cycling around a lake
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Cycling around a lake
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Loop

Telephone Features & Call Quality

Our review unit has just as good call quality as its iPhone 11 Pro siblings. However, its loudspeaker suffers from the same echo issue as the loudspeaker in our iPhone 11 Pro test device. The person to whom we were speaking also complained that our voice sounded a bit tinny when using the loudspeaker and that our voice sounded overly quiet if we moved away from being right next to the phone.

The iPhone 11 supports voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calls (VoWiFi), but your carrier must provision the device on its network before the technologies will work. Apple has included an eSIM too, which will only work with compatible contracts. However, it worked perfectly during our tests and gives the device dual-SIM functionality.

Cameras - Dual rear-facing cameras for the iPhone 11

Taking a selfie with the iPhone 11
Taking a selfie with the iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 features the same front-facing camera as its more expensive siblings, namely a 12 MP sensor. Apple promises that the new sensor improves upon the bokeh and depth control effects that the sensor in the iPhone XR can produce. It has also added a new feature in portrait mode, which it calls High-Key mono. The default camera app also supports Smart HDR, Retina flash and electronic image stabilisation. You can even record videos in up to Ultra HD at 60 FPS with the front-facing camera too.

Apple has, as we mentioned earlier, added a second rear-facing camera for this year's cheapest iPhone. The new ultra-wide-angle camera is a 12 MP sensor like the main rear-facing camera. The former has an f/2.4 aperture and a 120° field of view (FoV), while the latter has a wide f/1.8 aperture. The main camera is also optically stabilised (OIS). Apple does not restrict the iPhone 11 to the modes that it can use in portrait mode, which is a welcome change from the iPhone XR. Apple integrates a dedicated night mode for the first time too, equivalents of which we have already seen in many Android smartphones. Incidentally, Huawei lays claim to being the first OEM to integrate a dedicated night mode within its camera app, which it premiered in the P20 Pro.

Apple has paid special attention to the video capabilities of the iPhone 11 too, which were already mighty impressive in last year's iPhones. The iPhone 11 promises to shoot better low-light video than its predecessors, among other improvements.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
Main rear-facing camera
Ultra-wide-angle camera
ColorChecker Photo
25.7 ∆E
40.5 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
24 ∆E
33 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
38.3 ∆E
23.1 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
44 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
33 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
32.3 ∆E
32.8 ∆E
43.4 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
39.2 ∆E
30.1 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 11: 32.6 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 47.15 ∆E
ColorChecker Photo
21.1 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
24.8 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
11 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
13 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
8 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 11: 10.1 ∆E min: 1.73 - max: 24.81 ∆E
A photograph of our test chart (2,500 lux)
A photograph of our test chart (2,500 lux)
Our test chart in detail (2,500 lux)
A photograph of our test chart (1 lux)
A photograph of our test chart (1 lux, night mode, 3-second exposure)
Our test chart shot with the ultra-wide-angle lens (2,500 lux)

Accessories & Warranty - Still only one-year's warranty

The iPhone 11 and its bundled accessories
The iPhone 11 and its bundled accessories

The iPhone 11 comes with a power adapter, a Lightning to USB Type-A cable, a pair of Lightning headphones, a SIM tool, a quick-start guide and a set of stickers. Apple sells numerous covers, cases, third-party wireless chargers and a wired fast charger separately too.

The iPhone 11 comes with a one-year limited manufacturer's warranty. However, you may receive up to two years' coverage if you live in the EU, for example. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Apple continues to offer its AppleCare+ service too, which still costs €229 and covers two accidental damage repairs. Even with AppleCare+, Apple charges a €29 service fee for a display replacement and €99 to repair any other damage to the device. In theory, the latter should also cover a total loss of the device too. AppleCare+ is valid for two years from the date of purchase and can be purchased up to 60 days after purchase.

Input Devices & Operation - iPhone 11 with Haptic Touch

The capacitive touchscreen with which Apple has equipped the iPhone 11 is the same as the one that it used in the iPhone XR. This is no bad thing though, as it reproduces inputs reliably, quickly and accurately onscreen. The volume and power buttons have not changed much since the iPhone X, apart from them now being a little thicker than they were previously. All three buttons have crisp and precise pressure points.

Apple has finally brought swiping to its preinstalled keyboard, but you can still switch to alternate keyboards found on the App Store should you prefer. The iPhone 11 has Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch like the iPhone 11 Pro series models too.

Face ID returns too, and with increased recognition speeds according to Apple. The G8S ThinQ continues to have the fastest 3D facial recognition of any device that we have tested, though. Face ID now has a wider field of view too, which proved a practical upgrade in everyday use.

Display - LCD again the cheapest iPhone

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch LCD panel, which resolves at 1792x828. Apple drew criticism for selling a flagship with a 324 PPI pixel density, but this remains enough in our view as the higher number of sub-pixels compared to OLED panels cushions that shortfall slightly. Apple's True Tone functionality returns too, which automatically adjusts the white balance of the display according to the ambient light in which it is situated.

Apple claims that the display covers a high percentage of the DCI P3 colour space and should achieve 625 cd/m² with a contrast ratio of 1,400: 1. This equates to a decent black level of 0.44 cd/m² by our calculations. However, our tests did not completely confirm these claims. The good news is that our test device gets even brighter than the iPhone XR, but it also has a much higher black value, yielding a contrast ratio of 999:1.

653
cd/m²
692
cd/m²
691
cd/m²
649
cd/m²
679
cd/m²
692
cd/m²
645
cd/m²
672
cd/m²
670
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 692 cd/m² Average: 671.4 cd/m² Minimum: 2.29 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 679 cd/m²
Contrast: 999:1 (Black: 0.68 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.8 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 1.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
Apple iPhone 11
IPS, 1792x828, 6.1
Apple iPhone XR
IPS, 1792x828, 6.1
Samsung Galaxy S10e
AMOLED, 2280x1080, 5.8
Huawei P30
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.1
Xiaomi Mi 9
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.39
LG G8s ThinQ
P-OLED, 2248x1080, 6.2
Screen
-5%
-57%
-31%
-10%
-118%
Brightness middle
679
672
-1%
426
-37%
561
-17%
593
-13%
539
-21%
Brightness
671
641
-4%
427
-36%
560
-17%
587
-13%
556
-17%
Brightness Distribution
93
92
-1%
96
3%
95
2%
94
1%
88
-5%
Black Level *
0.68
0.35
49%
Contrast
999
1920
92%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
0.8
1.3
-63%
2.14
-168%
1.5
-88%
0.9
-13%
3.78
-373%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.4
2.7
-13%
3.29
-37%
2.5
-4%
2
17%
6.95
-190%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.1
2.2
-100%
1.8
-64%
1.8
-64%
1.5
-36%
2.2
-100%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.3 96%
2.111 104%
2.2 100%
2.27 97%
2.274 97%
CCT
6610 98%
6868 95%
6329 103%
6512 100%
6548 99%
6013 108%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9370 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

We also checked the colour accuracy of the display using a photo spectrometer and CalMAN software. The iPhone 11 delivers even better values ​​than its Pro siblings with True Tone disabled. We do find the warmer look that True Tone gives the display more pleasant in daily use though.

CalMAN: Grayscale (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Grayscale (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed colours (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed colours (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space (True Tone deactivated, sRGB target colour space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.2 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 26 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

The iPhone 11 is easy to use outdoors because of its bright display. Its ambient light sensor adjusts to changing lighting conditions quickly too, which is useful when using the device outside on a sunny day.

Using the iPhone 11 in the sun
Using the iPhone 11 in the sun
Using the iPhone 11 in the shade
Using the iPhone 11 in the shade

Likewise, the iPhone 11 has stable viewing angles. While we noticed no brightness abnormalities, content looks warmer at acute viewing angles. We also observed a minor glow effect, but this should not reduce readability in daily use.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - A13 Bionic = peak performance

The iPhone 11 comes with an A13 Bionic SoC, just like the iPhone 11 Pro series does. The hexa-core SoC features two performance cores and four power-saving cores, which Apple complements with 4 GB of RAM. The SoC also integrates an A13 Bionic GPU and has 8.5 billion transistors on a 7 nm EUV process that TSMC manufactures.

The A13 Bionic performed excellently during our tests but only until it gets hot, just like the iPhone 11 Pro. Our review unit throttles performance so much to prevent it from overheating that 3DMark Sling Shot crashed until the device had cooled down. You should experience no such issues in daily use, but it is something worth keeping in mind, nonetheless. Incidentally, while all three devices have the same SoC, the iPhone 11 has a lower resolution display, which requires fewer resources to power than the panels in the iPhone 11 Pro series. Hence, the iPhone 11 should theoretically perform better in games than its more expensive siblings.

Geekbench 5
Metal Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
6297 Points ∼68%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
9229 Points ∼100% +47%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (6292 - 6448, n=3)
6346 Points ∼69% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3294 - 6448, n=5)
5360 Points ∼58% -15%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
3463 Points ∼74%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2608 Points ∼56% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2852 Points ∼61% -18%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
4661 Points ∼100% +35%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (3242 - 3575, n=3)
3427 Points ∼74% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (809 - 3575, n=27)
2164 Points ∼46% -38%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
1343 Points ∼100%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
740 Points ∼55% -45%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
750 Points ∼56% -44%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
1114 Points ∼83% -17%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (1343 - 1344, n=3)
1343 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (171 - 1344, n=27)
669 Points ∼50% -50%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3080 Points ∼94%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2794 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3288 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 15735, n=57)
2697 Points ∼82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4613 Points ∼81%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4236 Points ∼74%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5723 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 14536, n=57)
2792 Points ∼49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4165 Points ∼85%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3800 Points ∼77%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4914 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 14786, n=57)
2534 Points ∼52%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
3219 Points ∼86%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
3030 Points ∼81% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
3106 Points ∼83% -4%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
2682 Points ∼71% -17%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3309 Points ∼88% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3754 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (3018 - 3219, n=2)
3119 Points ∼83% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 4635, n=379)
1957 Points ∼52% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
8119 Points ∼98%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
5061 Points ∼61% -38%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
5368 Points ∼65% -34%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4162 Points ∼50% -49%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5184 Points ∼63% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7076 Points ∼86% -13%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (8119 - 8374, n=2)
8247 Points ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 8374, n=379)
1761 Points ∼21% -78%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
6067 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
4405 Points ∼73% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4620 Points ∼76% -24%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3707 Points ∼61% -39%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4604 Points ∼76% -24%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5913 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (6006 - 6067, n=2)
6037 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 6875, n=380)
1634 Points ∼27% -73%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
3411 Points ∼90%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
2880 Points ∼76% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
3077 Points ∼81% -10%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
2550 Points ∼67% -25%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3293 Points ∼87% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3788 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (3411 - 3877, n=2)
3644 Points ∼96% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 4703, n=408)
1866 Points ∼49% -45%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
17853 Points ∼94%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
14085 Points ∼74% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4886 Points ∼26% -73%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3491 Points ∼18% -80%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6358 Points ∼33% -64%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
10291 Points ∼54% -42%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (17853 - 20154, n=2)
19004 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=408)
2340 Points ∼12% -87%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
9199 Points ∼94%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
7555 Points ∼77% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4321 Points ∼44% -53%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3226 Points ∼33% -65%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5268 Points ∼54% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7449 Points ∼76% -19%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (9199 - 10427, n=2)
9813 Points ∼100% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10427, n=408)
1966 Points ∼20% -79%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
2429 Points ∼65%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
3121 Points ∼83% +28%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
3005 Points ∼80% +24%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3496 Points ∼93% +44%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3242 Points ∼86% +33%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3758 Points ∼100% +55%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (2429 - 4038, n=3)
3228 Points ∼86% +33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (486 - 4492, n=459)
1864 Points ∼50% -23%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
5726 Points ∼90%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
3806 Points ∼60% -34%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
5206 Points ∼82% -9%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4200 Points ∼66% -27%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6040 Points ∼95% +5%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6355 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (5726 - 6088, n=3)
5858 Points ∼92% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 7150, n=459)
1452 Points ∼23% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
4400 Points ∼80%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
3629 Points ∼66% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4477 Points ∼81% +2%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4020 Points ∼73% -9%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5068 Points ∼92% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5509 Points ∼100% +25%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (4400 - 5471, n=3)
4924 Points ∼89% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 6319, n=460)
1398 Points ∼25% -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
2960 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
2906 Points ∼76%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3548 Points ∼92%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3505 Points ∼91%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3614 Points ∼94%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
3839 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 4454, n=500)
1727 Points ∼45%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
7806 Points ∼69%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4507 Points ∼40%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3281 Points ∼29%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6122 Points ∼54%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9963 Points ∼88%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
11302 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 11302, n=499)
1891 Points ∼17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
5724 Points ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4015 Points ∼51%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3337 Points ∼42%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5251 Points ∼67%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7166 Points ∼91%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
7893 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 8136, n=502)
1636 Points ∼21%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
33864 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
27413 Points ∼81% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
32155 Points ∼95% -5%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
21257 Points ∼63% -37%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
30972 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
25339 Points ∼75% -25%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (33864 - 33925, n=3)
33896 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 45072, n=661)
14062 Points ∼41% -58%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
209204 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
162695 Points ∼78% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
72022 Points ∼34% -66%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
44261 Points ∼21% -79%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
97354 Points ∼47% -53%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
106534 Points ∼51% -49%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (206190 - 209204, n=3)
207861 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209204, n=659)
21674 Points ∼10% -90%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
97276 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
77597 Points ∼80% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
56465 Points ∼58% -42%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
35680 Points ∼37% -63%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
65945 Points ∼68% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
62225 Points ∼64% -36%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (96826 - 97276, n=3)
97106 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 97276, n=659)
17596 Points ∼18% -82%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
322 fps ∼71%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
232 fps ∼51% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
141 fps ∼31% -56%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
122 fps ∼27% -62%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
85 fps ∼19% -74%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
167 fps ∼37% -48%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
451 fps ∼100% +40%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (287 - 322, n=3)
306 fps ∼68% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=682)
37.5 fps ∼8% -88%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼50%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
59 fps ∼49% -2%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
120 fps ∼100% +100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (59 - 60, n=3)
59.7 fps ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=691)
27.8 fps ∼23% -54%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
175 fps ∼87%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
132 fps ∼65% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
85 fps ∼42% -51%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
87 fps ∼43% -50%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
50 fps ∼25% -71%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
100 fps ∼50% -43%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
202 fps ∼100% +15%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (157 - 175, n=3)
167 fps ∼83% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=588)
21.6 fps ∼11% -88%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼55%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼55% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
59 fps ∼54% -2%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
59 fps ∼54% -2%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
51 fps ∼46% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼55% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
110 fps ∼100% +83%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (60 - 60, n=3)
60 fps ∼55% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=597)
19.2 fps ∼17% -68%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
117 fps ∼69%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
88 fps ∼52% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
53 fps ∼31% -55%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
50 fps ∼30% -57%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
35 fps ∼21% -70%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
69 fps ∼41% -41%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
169 fps ∼100% +44%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (100 - 117, n=3)
110 fps ∼65% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=454)
17.7 fps ∼10% -85%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼63%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼63% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
53 fps ∼56% -12%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
54 fps ∼57% -10%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
36 fps ∼38% -40%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
58 fps ∼61% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
95 fps ∼100% +58%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (60 - 60, n=3)
60 fps ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=456)
16.6 fps ∼17% -72%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
59 fps ∼98% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
28 fps ∼47% -53%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
20 fps ∼33% -67%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
14 fps ∼23% -77%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
24 fps ∼40% -60%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
49 fps ∼82% -18%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (45 - 60, n=3)
50.3 fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=172)
10.2 fps ∼17% -83%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
33 fps ∼69%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
20 fps ∼42% -39%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
16 fps ∼33% -52%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
14 fps ∼29% -58%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8.5 fps ∼18% -74%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
16 fps ∼33% -52%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
48 fps ∼100% +45%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (29 - 33, n=3)
30.3 fps ∼63% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 33, n=171)
7.05 fps ∼15% -79%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
59 fps ∼98% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
16 fps ∼27% -73%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
31 fps ∼52% -48%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
22 fps ∼37% -63%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
37 fps ∼62% -38%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
58 fps ∼97% -3%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (57 - 60, n=3)
58.3 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=176)
14.9 fps ∼25% -75%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
87 fps ∼69%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
63 fps ∼50% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
41 fps ∼32% -53%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
31 fps ∼24% -64%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
22 fps ∼17% -75%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
41 fps ∼32% -53%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
127 fps ∼100% +46%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (74 - 87, n=3)
78.7 fps ∼62% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 87, n=176)
16.6 fps ∼13% -81%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
73 fps ∼72%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
54 fps ∼53% -26%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
43 fps ∼43% -41%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
30 fps ∼30% -59%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
22 fps ∼22% -70%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
42 fps ∼42% -42%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
101 fps ∼100% +38%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (63 - 73, n=3)
66.3 fps ∼66% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=379)
12.1 fps ∼12% -83%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
58 fps ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
40 fps ∼67% -33%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
27 fps ∼45% -55%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
21 fps ∼35% -65%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
38 fps ∼63% -37%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
47 fps ∼78% -22%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (48 - 60, n=3)
52.3 fps ∼87% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=383)
10.8 fps ∼18% -82%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
456891 Points ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
329444 Points ∼58% -28%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
290650 Points ∼51% -36%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
321145 Points ∼57% -30%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
374820 Points ∼66% -18%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
566378 Points ∼100% +24%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
  (456891 - 462516, n=3)
459752 Points ∼81% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (17073 - 462516, n=290)
141701 Points ∼25% -69%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
1722 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
1439 Points ∼71%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
1246 Points ∼61%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
1171 Points ∼58%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
1378 Points ∼68%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
2034 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
1745 Points ∼86%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=626)
754 Points ∼37%
Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
15969 Points ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
8484 Points ∼30%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
6751 Points ∼24%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8414 Points ∼29%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9270 Points ∼32%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
28547 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
16996 Points ∼60%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=626)
2035 Points ∼7%
Memory (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
3263 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4474 Points ∼82%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5425 Points ∼100%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4324 Points ∼80%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4031 Points ∼74%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
3390 Points ∼62%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
2350 Points ∼43%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 7500, n=626)
1503 Points ∼28%
System (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
11946 Points ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
7831 Points ∼48%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
7684 Points ∼47%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8718 Points ∼53%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8441 Points ∼52%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
16298 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
14189 Points ∼87%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=626)
2951 Points ∼18%
Overall (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0%
Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 3072
5721 Points ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4548 Points ∼60%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4327 Points ∼57%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4389 Points ∼58%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4595 Points ∼61%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
Apple A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU, 4096
7526 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
5607 Points ∼75%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6097, n=626)
1478 Points ∼20%

We have no complaints with browser performance either. The iPhone 11 performed excellently in synthetic benchmarks, as it does in real-world use too.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
132.886 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic (129 - 133, n=3)
130 Points ∼98% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73)
57.207 Points ∼43% -57%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
53.783 Points ∼40% -60%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
48.635 Points ∼37% -63%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 133, n=100)
35.5 Points ∼27% -73%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Apple A13 Bionic (293 - 302, n=3)
298 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
293.36 Points ∼98%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
277.69 Points ∼93% -5%
Apple iPhone XR (Safari Mobile 12.0)
267.84 Points ∼90% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
110.54 Points ∼37% -62%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
96.309 Points ∼32% -67%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
94.144 Points ∼32% -68%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=525)
41.4 Points ∼14% -86%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
157 runs/min ∼100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic (153 - 157, n=3)
154 runs/min ∼98% -2%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (IOS 12.1.1)
131.9 (min: 131, max: 133) runs/min ∼84% -16%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
65.7 runs/min ∼42% -58%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chome 75)
64.1 runs/min ∼41% -59%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
58.7 runs/min ∼37% -63%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 157, n=89)
39.6 runs/min ∼25% -75%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
184 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A13 Bionic (181 - 184, n=3)
183 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
172 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple iPhone XR (Safari Mobile 12.0)
161 Points ∼88% -12%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
108 Points ∼59% -41%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
107 Points ∼58% -42%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
90 Points ∼49% -51%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 184, n=157)
66.9 Points ∼36% -64%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Apple A13 Bionic (48819 - 49388, n=3)
49119 Points ∼100% +1%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
48819 Points ∼99%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
44425 Points ∼90% -9%
Apple iPhone XR (Safari Mobile 12.0)
42897 Points ∼87% -12%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
24534 Points ∼50% -50%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
23830 Points ∼49% -51%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
20714 Points ∼42% -58%
Samsung Galaxy S10e (Chrome 73)
18697 Points ∼38% -62%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=684)
6701 Points ∼14% -86%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (571 - 59466, n=709)
10602 ms * ∼100% -1751%
Samsung Galaxy S10e (Chrome 73)
2239.5 ms * ∼21% -291%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
2094.7 ms * ∼20% -266%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
2036 ms * ∼19% -255%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
1873.2 ms * ∼18% -227%
Apple iPhone XR (Safari Mobile 12.0)
610.3 ms * ∼6% -7%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
603 ms * ∼6% -5%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
572.8 ms * ∼5%
Average Apple A13 Bionic (571 - 573, n=3)
572 ms * ∼5% -0%

* ... smaller is better

Games - Strong gaming performance

The iPhone 11, like the iPhone XR was with its iPhone XS siblings, has nominally better gaming performance than the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. We did not detect any graphical artefacts or glitches during our gaming tests as we did when testing the iPhone 11 Pro. Our review unit also maintained impeccable refresh rates throughout our gaming tests too.

The iPhone 11 also fits nicely in our hands and is not too heavy, making it an excellent gaming smartphone. The device has a fast touchscreen and decent-sounding speakers as well.

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Emissions - Moderate speakers and a hot power supply

Temperature

T-Rex
Manhattan

The iPhone 11 runs comparatively hot even at idle, as it does when charging. We could not detect the latter when holding our review unit in our hands, though. Surface temperatures reach nearly 42 °C under load too. However, this is not critical levels, so it should never feel too hot to hold.

We also ran GFXBench battery tests on a loop to see how the A13 Bionic performed under sustained load. Unlike the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 had no issues with either the T-Rex or Manhattan benchmarks. Hence, you should experience no throttling even during prolonged gaming sessions.

Max. Load
 34.8 °C
95 F
38 °C
100 F
41.3 °C
106 F
 
 33.9 °C
93 F
35.7 °C
96 F
41.7 °C
107 F
 
 32.1 °C
90 F
35.7 °C
96 F
39.8 °C
104 F
 
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
36.6 °C
98 F
38.3 °C
101 F
39.1 °C
102 F
35.7 °C
96 F
36.2 °C
97 F
37.8 °C
100 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36.2 °C
97 F
35.4 °C
96 F
Maximum: 39.1 °C = 102 F
Average: 36.7 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.2 °C = 97 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.1 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.7 °C / 93 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heat map of the front of the device under load
Heat map of the front of the device under load
Heat map of the back of the device under load
Heat map of the back of the device under load

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

Stereo speakers are not a guarantee for good sound, which Apple demonstrates handsomely with the iPhone 11. The ones in our review unit sound passable at medium volume, but they begin to distort at higher volumes. Our measurements confirm this too.

Hence, we would recommend using external audio equipment where possible. The included headphones are solid companions at best, but they will not blow anyone away. Sadly, Apple continues to fail to include a Lightning to headphone jack adapter in the box.

You can always use Bluetooth audio equipment instead, with the iPhone 11 Pro supporting the modern 5.0 standard. However, its audio codec support is rather thin, as Apple only includes AAC by way of high-resolution codecs. While this is good enough for streaming music from Apple Music, AAC cannot output as much data as codecs like aptX HD or LDAC can.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.729.22527.628.13130.624.34024.828.35032.735.26324.624.98023.224.110019.23312517.943.216016.55420015.250.225017.352.231517.254.340016.856.650014.658.76301461.380014.760.1100014.767.8125014.868.716001571.3200014.971.825001573.6315014.674.340001475.5500015.172.1630014.671.5800014.870.11000015.164.31250015.155.51600015.544.7SPL2783.4N0.953.8median 15median 61.3Delta0.49.141.640.54346.134.133.240.535.840.236.533.929.423.824.42625.628.334.322.746.418.748.718.351.417.55617.160.117.164.915.868.91672.117.571.91572.61672.11672.815.873.214.673.514.469.514.464.814.566.514.568.514.569.714.76714.765.364.527.98318.1155.4median 16median 6729.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPhone 11Samsung Galaxy S10e
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPhone 11 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 10.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 17% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 45% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy S10e audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - A small boost without any benefits?

Power Consumption

The iPhone 11 consumes slightly less power than its predecessor overall. However, it idles a higher draw at maximum luminosity, but only because it can reach peak manual brightness, unlike the iPhone XR.

While the device supports wireless charging like its iPhone 11 Pro siblings, the lack of fast charging is a major drawback in our opinion. Apple includes a 5 W charger in the box rather than an 18 W one as it does with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, which is cheap considering how much the iPhone 11 costs. Our review unit takes about 3:30 hours to reach full charge with the included charger. Worse still, the iPhone 11 loses charge when it is connected to the mains with its bundled charger.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.56 / 2.99 / 3.02 Watt
Load midlight 4.17 / 5.44 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Apple iPhone 11
3110 mAh
Apple iPhone XR
2942 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S10e
3100 mAh
Huawei P30
3650 mAh
LG G8s ThinQ
3550 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 9
3300 mAh
Average Apple A13 Bionic
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
1%
-2%
-2%
-28%
7%
2%
2%
Idle Minimum *
0.56
0.61
-9%
0.6
-7%
0.69
-23%
1.2
-114%
0.67
-20%
0.687 (0.56 - 0.92, n=3)
-23%
0.877 (0.2 - 3.4, n=769)
-57%
Idle Average *
2.99
2.67
11%
1.2
60%
2.41
19%
1.6
46%
1.26
58%
2.63 (1.99 - 2.99, n=3)
12%
1.734 (0.6 - 6.2, n=768)
42%
Idle Maximum *
3.02
2.69
11%
1.5
50%
2.51
17%
2
34%
1.29
57%
2.66 (2.03 - 3.02, n=3)
12%
2.02 (0.74 - 6.6, n=769)
33%
Load Average *
4.17
4.34
-4%
5.2
-25%
3.86
7%
5
-20%
3.71
11%
3.65 (3.13 - 4.17, n=3)
12%
4.07 (0.8 - 10.8, n=763)
2%
Load Maximum *
5.44
5.66
-4%
10.2
-88%
6.96
-28%
10
-84%
9.3
-71%
5.68 (5.43 - 6.18, n=3)
-4%
5.9 (1.2 - 14.2, n=763)
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Apple has equipped the iPhone 11 with a 168-mAh larger battery than the one it included in the iPhone XR. However, our review unit cannot consistently convert this additional capacity into longer runtimes, except in our looped video tests. We suspect that Apple will improve this with a software update. Despite this, the iPhone 11 still sits atop our battery comparison table.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
46h 05min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 ( Safari Mobile 13.0)
14h 26min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
19h 07min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 27min
Apple iPhone 11
3110 mAh
Apple iPhone XR
2942 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S10e
3100 mAh
Huawei P30
3650 mAh
LG G8s ThinQ
3550 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 9
3300 mAh
Battery Runtime
0%
-45%
-20%
-29%
-29%
Reader / Idle
2765
2969
7%
1185
-57%
1914
-31%
1689
-39%
1650
-40%
H.264
1147
1011
-12%
795
-31%
1050
-8%
753
-34%
1008
-12%
WiFi v1.3
866
910
5%
416
-52%
715
-17%
693
-20%
546
-37%
Load
267
270
1%
164
-39%
208
-22%
203
-24%
194
-27%

Pros

+ powerful SoC
+ bright and colour accurate LCD panel
+ dust and waterproof
+ wide LTE frequency support
+ wireless charging
+ good battery life

Cons

- no expandable storage
- weak location accuracy
- moderate audio performance
- weak power supply
- only 12 months warranty
- restricted NFC

Verdict - A gentle facelift

The Apple iPhone 11 smartphone review
The Apple iPhone 11 smartphone review

The things that distinguish the iPhone 11 from the iPhone XR are its dual rear-facing cameras and lower price. Otherwise, hardly anything has changed from between generations, and the A13 Bionic chip improves upon what was already an excellent SoC anyway.

Given how much the iPhone 11 costs, we think Apple could have equipped it with a better-quality display. The LCD panel and lower resolution have their benefits, but the worse black value than its predecessor is disappointing.

Apple has made a colourful return with the iPhone 11. The somewhat chunky smartphone has a decent set of dual rear-facing cameras and fantastic battery life, but you must be prepared to compromise on some areas compared to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Furthermore, the included charger is dismally underpowered, to the extent that our review unit discharges when charging but also in use. The iPhone 11 has surprisingly poor location accuracy too, and its speakers did not win us over either.

Overall, the iPhone 11 is certainly a good smartphone and represents a relatively cheap entry into the Apple ecosystem, but it does not offer as good value for money as other comparable smartphones out there.

Apple iPhone 11 - 09/30/2019 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
51 / 70 → 72%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
90%
Games Performance
62 / 64 → 97%
Application Performance
88 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 90 → 63%
Camera
75%
Average
80%
87%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2019-09-20 (Update: 2019-10- 3)
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