iPhone X vs. iPhone 11: Does the iconic iPhone still measure up?

You can practically set your watch by how consistent Apple is with releasing new iPhones. And it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the latest and greatest model, but you might be wondering if upgrading from your current iPhone X is really worth all the bells and whistles.

Read on to learn about what’s different on iPhone 11 and to take a look at how the new model stacks up against its predecessor, iPhone X.

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The iPhone 11 vs X comparison

Comparing iPhone X to iPhone 11 is like comparing apples to oranges. While iPhone 11 is more of a direct followup to iPhone XR, that doesn’t mean it’s not also a worthy successor to iPhone X.  And don’t be fooled by iPhone 11’s array of bright and vibrant colors. It still packs a powerful punch when it comes to performance.

  • Upgraded camera: iPhone 11 comes with upgraded front and rear cameras.
  • Larger display: iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch LCD screen compared to iPhone X’s 5.8-inch OLED.
  • Improved processor: iPhone X has an A11 Bionic processor versus iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic processor.
  • Lower price: iPhone X was the most expensive iPhone to date, while iPhone 11 is, even today, cheaper than its predecessor.

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone X: The cameras

Apple has made it an obvious priority to upgrade the camera with every new iPhone model, and iPhone 11 is no exception. In fact, iPhone 11’s front and rear cameras both saw physical improvements over iPhone X. 

iPhone X had a 7-megapixel camera on the front and was only able to record at a 1080p resolution. Now, iPhone 11’s front camera captures photos at 12 megapixels and films video at 4K. But even though both phones have a dual camera on the back, this is where they differ the most. iPhone X has a wide and telephoto lens, making it better for zooming in on your subject. iPhone 11, meanwhile, has a wide and ultra-wide lens so you can zoom out to get a wider image without having to move back.

Because of the new hardware upgrades to the camera, iPhone 11 also introduced new photography features like Night mode and Slofies (slow-motion selfies). Both of these features further enhance the experience of taking pictures with your iPhone.


iPhone 11 vs. iPhone X: The display

Another significant difference between the two phones is their displays. iPhone X is the model that notably introduced OLED displays to iPhones. And aside from it being only a 5.8-inch screen, the resolution is massive at 2436 by 1125.

On the other hand, iPhone 11 features a larger 6.1-inch screen, but it’s an LCD with a resolution of 1792 by 828. While it’s not an OLED display, it is what Apple calls a Liquid Retina screen, which helps give it a more vibrant image despite the lower resolution. 


iPhone 11 vs. iPhone X: Performance

When iPhone X was first released, it introduced Apple’s brand new processor, the A11 Bionic chip. As is to be expected with the passage of time, iPhone 11 is now powered by Apple’s updated A13 Bionic chip. 

The reality is that you probably won’t notice a difference in your day-to-day performance between these two phones. You really get a feel for how powerful iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic chip is when you’re using AR apps or graphic-intensive games.


iPhone 11 vs. iPhone X: Battery life

Along with being newer and more powerful, the A13 Bionic chip is also more power-efficient, which helps iPhone 11’s battery last even longer than its predecessor. iPhone X’s battery was touted to last for up to 13 hours of video playback, while iPhone 11 goes above and beyond, lasting for up to 17 hours of video playback. 


So how do iPhone X and iPhone 11 compare?

If you’re looking to upgrade your phone and trying to decide between iPhone X and iPhone 11, then, without a doubt, you should opt for the newer iPhone 11. iPhone 11 is not only newer with slightly better specs, but you can’t buy a new iPhone X from Apple anymore. Since iPhone X is a couple of generations old at this point, Apple has phased it out entirely, meaning your only options for buying an iPhone X are through a third-party reseller or to buy it used.

That said, if you’re currently using iPhone X and are wondering if it’s worth it to upgrade to iPhone 11, unless your current phone is broken, you should wait. iPhone X offers many of the same impressive features as iPhone 11, making it hard to justify upgrading. 


While iPhone 11 is newer and literally the brighter, shinier iPhone model, it borrows a lot of the specs of iPhone X as a starting point. It does have some fun new features like Night mode and Slofies, but it doesn’t offer a huge difference in terms of everyday usage. Sure, iPhone 11 has a faster processor and extended battery life, but you have to ask yourself how often you’ll need your battery to last for 17 hours of video versus 13 hours.

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