Last year, Apple launched an affordable handset, the iPhone XR, that went on to become the most shipped smartphone in the first half of 2019. Nothing has changed this year, or has it? Just like it was with the iPhone XR last year, the iPhone 11 is the most affordable of the lot. The phone has got upgrades analogous to the Pro versions. We saw what has changed in the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max (if you haven’t, check this link), and in this article we’ll see what Apple has to offer to the masses.
What's the same: The iPhone 11 is equipped with the same 6.1-inch Super Retina LCD, and the phone is being offered in several colour options. The overall design of the phone remains the same as last year’s iPhone XR.
What’s changed: The iPhone 11 comes with a dual camera system on the back -- an upgrade from iPhone XR’s single sensor. While the phone sports the same all-glass design, the glass that wraps the phone is claimed to be the ‘toughest glass ever on a smartphone.’ The camera module is similar to the one in both the Pro models. Last year, the iPhone XR was launched at a price of Rs 76,900, but this year, the phone starts at Rs 64,999.
The iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch LCD display that comes with Apple’s proprietary TrueTone colour optimisation system. The display is equipped with haptic touch feedback and now supports tap to wake feature. The notch on the phone now sports a wider 12MP TrueDepth camera, and the phone is water and dust resistant up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. The back has changed a lot with a protruded square camera bump that houses two cameras with 12MP sensor each.
The primary camera has a 12MP sensor with f/1.8, 6-element wide lens. The second camera unit has a 12MP sensor with an ultra-wide f/2.4, 5-element lens that offers a 120-degree field of view. Similar to the one in the Pro variants, the iPhone 11 also comes with a dedicated Night Mode that is used to capture low-light images badly lit situations. When it comes to videos, the phone can capture 4K videos at 60 fps from both the back and front cameras.
Under the hood, the most affordable handset of the lot gets the same A13 Bionic chipset that powers its elder siblings. Apple says that it is the ‘fastest CPU and GPU’ ever on a smartphone. The company also said that since the latest chipset is more efficient than other A-Series SoCs, it allows the phone to deliver an extra hour of run-time as compared to the iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants, in five regular colour options: purple, green, yellow, black, white, and a special PRODUCT (RED).