iPhone 11 Pro is the highest-end phone Apple has introduced in 2019. Even after almost one year, no other phone has been able to take the crown away from it being the king of smartphones. The phone is pretty familiar with the 2018’s iPhones except for the slightly updated design and a better display along with some major modifications to the battery as well as the cameras.
So, let’s dive into a quick tour of this phone and see if this latest flagship is worth your $999.
Our Short Review
- Fastest mobile processor available in the market
- Super Retina XDR OLED panel
- Enhanced battery life with both fast and wireless charging
- Excellent quality of photos and videos
- Stereo speakers are class-leading
- IP68 dust and water resistance certification
Price & Availabilty
Being a phone released in 2019 has its perks. The iPhone 11 Pro though retails at $999 can be acquired at a lower price on occasional sales. Keep an eye on the links we’ve provided here.
- Lacking a high refresh rate screen
- Somewhat older design
- No 5G connectivity
- No 3.5mm audio jack
- No reverse wireless charging facility
- The ultra-wide camera lacks Auto focus and Night Mode
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|Release Date||September 2019|
|Display||Super Retina XDR OLED screen, 5.8 inches|
19:5:9 ratio, 1125×2436 pixels, 458 PPI
|Dimensions||5.67 x 2.81 x 0.32 inches|
|Chipset||Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+), Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning 4×1.80 GHz Thunder) with Apple GPU (4-core graphics)|
|Storage and Ram||4GB/64GB, 4GB/ 256GB, 4GB/512GB.|
No SD Card Expandability
|Rear Camera||Triple Camera Setup|
12MP Wide (f/1.8, 26mm, 1.4micron, dual pixel PDAF, OIS)
12MP Telephoto (f/2.0, 52mm, 1.0micron, PDAF, OIS, 2x Optical Zoom)
12MP Ultrawide (f/2.4, 13mm)
LED Flash, Panorama, HDR
|Front Camera||12MP Wide (f/2.2, 23mm) with SL 3D (Depth & Biometric Sensor), HDR|
|Video||[email protected]/30/60 fps (4K) [email protected]/60/120/240 fps|
HDR, Stereo audio recording
|Battery||3110 mAh (non-removable), Li-Ion, with 18W Fast Charging, Wireless Charging available|
|Network & Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n/ac/6) Hotspot, Dual Band|
Bluetooth 5.0 (LE, A2DP)
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
No FM Radio
|Sound & Audio||Stereo Speaker,|
No Headphone Jack
|Sensors||Face ID, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope, Barometer|
|Water/Dust Resistance||Yes (IP68 certification)|
Here you get that typical premium packaging from iPhone. But what you will notice is the square shaped cutout made inside the box for the camera which has been facing up a bit. On the back, you will see the writings about the stuffs included inside the box. Let’s see what else you are getting along with the phone:
- At first, the premium looking iPhone 11 Pro itself
- Paper works regarding quick start-guides
- Pamphlet saying “Hello”
- Apple stickers along with a sim ejector tool
- Wired air-pods with lighting connectors
- A lightning to USB-C connector
- Last but not the least, an 18W fast charger from Apple
Design & Build
iPhone 11 Pro comes in four different types of colors: Gold, Space Gray, Midnight Green and Silver. The phone will undoubtedly provide you a very premium feel as there is a matte frosted glass finish on the back which makes smudges and fingerprints a lot less noticeable as well as more resistant to scratches. The back gets glossy when it seamlessly goes around the camera. Do not get fooled by the rear finish as it is a single piece of glass continued over the edge of the phone which should help with its durability.
And for the camera? They are having a ring made of steel around them so that if you crack the back it does not crack up to the camera themselves. Also, there is no need to worry this time; the phone will not wobble on a table as the camera square is quite thin. Around the front, the phone is almost exactly the same thing from the previous ones with same screen size, same notch and same bezels.
iPhone 11 Pro is heavier than its previous year phones, weighing about 188g which is due to a little bit of extra thickness and more battery. But it is lighter than the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Max and probably the most compact phone among the 11 series with a thickness of 8.1mm. Overall, you are going to enjoy the build of this phone and feel how comfortable it is to hold aided by its curved edges.
The front and the back of the phone are covered in Gorilla Glass when the stainless steel is holding it all together. As far as the button layout goes, you will get to see a big Siri power button and the SIM tray on the right side. On the left side, you get the volume rockers along with the classic silent button in a slightly lower position. Nothing on the top but at the bottom of the phone, you do see the lightning port as well as the speaker grills and microphone.
Another change in this phone over the previous ones is the level of water resistance. Where the predecessors were able to handle 2 meters of submersion into the water for half an hour, iPhone 11 Pro can survive for the same period at about 4 meters of submersion.
Talking about the display, you are getting a 5.8 inches Super Retina XDR OLED (16M colors) display which has got a resolution of 1125×2436 pixels along with the pixel density of about 458ppi and a noticeable notch cutout. The screen-to-body ratio of this phone is about 82.1% whereas the aspect ratio is 19:5:9.
This is a top of the line display stuffed with Dolby Vision, HDR10 support, Dark Mode and all. And of course, there is the True Tone feature which is basically an automatically adjusting white balance based on the ambient light. On the display of iPhone 11 Pro Apple is debuting their latest feature XDR or Extreme Dynamic Range which means you will get double the contrast of other OLEDs in iPhone.
This display is one of the brightest screens on the market without any question. To be specific, the display can hold a higher 800 nits of brightness and at small points for brief moments can peak up to 1200 nits which is quite incredible on a smartphone display. Besides, going to the accessibility settings you will be able to increase the contrast and turn on some color filters as well to get more of a color. As there is no Always-on display either, you have to wake up the phone or program the LED flash on the back to blink for checking on notifications.
Now iPhone 11 Pro is one of the fastest feeling phones with a 60Hz screen. Although the 120Hz touch refresh rate is there, Apple still sticks to a 60Hz screen. The phone is lacking 5G connectivity which might not be a go-to thing with most of the regions; yet a flagship from iPhone demands it.
So, the display on this phone is undoubtedly impressive both indoors and outdoors unless you really just cannot stand having a cutout in your panel. And that is because you cannot help thinking that a shrunk notch would have been more appreciable than a slightly improved brightness.
The third camera is one of the major upgrades in iPhone 11 Pro. The triple camera setup of this phone combines the cutting-edge technology. The redesigned camera interface compliments the new hardware with a more immersive and intuitive experience. Camera setup on the rear side of this phone is such as below:
- Wide Lens: 12 MP (F/1.8, 26mm, OIS)
- Ultrawide Lens: 12 MP (F/2.4, 13mm)
- Telephoto Lens: 12 MP (F/2.0, 52mm, 2x zoom, OIS)
The daylight images on the main camera happen to have exemplary details, extreme sharpness, and low noise with a good dynamic range. The colors are accurate although they feel a bit washed out sometimes due to the lack of contrast.
On the contrary, the telephoto lens has got an aperture of F/2.0 which is the widest in the industry. It ensures your zoomed photos to have equally rich details and low noise as like the main camera. But the sharpness is not extreme as it is in the main camera which is a good thing beside the nice color and contrast in this lens.
Portraits are taken through the telephoto lens by default. But you can capture them with your main camera as well where you will be able to customize your blurring strength, lighting effects and even the strength of digital light. The subject separation in portraits from the telephoto lens is great in good lighting. But the separation in the main camera is not quite good although it captures decent portraits.
You can now view 4 times more scene in your photos and videos with the ultrawide camera. Though the lens does not feature any OIS or Auto Focus, it produces decent images with enough detail and a bit of noise here and there.
All new night mode of this phone allows you to capture images in drastically lower light which was never before possible on an iPhone. The night mode turns on automatically when it is dark enough. It takes about two or three seconds to snap but the quality is amazing in one word. It also works with the telephoto lens and the results are pretty much as impressive as the main camera. But you do not get this feature with the ultrawide lens.
Moving on to the selfie camera, it has been upgraded to 12MP (23mm, F/2.2). The lens uses smart HDR and the quality it provides is industry-leading as there is more than enough details, balanced sharpening, decent color production and great dynamic range. But there is no auto-focus here which is a drawback in this particular area. The videos on this lens can be taken at up to 4K in 60fps aided by the stabilization and great stereo audio recording which is perfect for blogging. The newly invented Slowfie (slow motion selfie video) from Apple is still there recording in 1080P at 120fps if you are willing to play around with.
The highest quality video in a smartphone just got better with the iPhone 11 Pro which allows you to shoot at an extended dynamic range. Also with the iOS 13.2 update you get to see video resolution and frame rate controls on the camera interface which will enable you to tweak from 24 to 30 to 60 and 4K to HD. You can even shoot from all the three lenses at once and switch between them seamlessly if you zoom while recording. And all of them use electronic stabilization which causes the videos to be super stable.
This new iPhone will run iOS 13 out of the box which you guys are pretty familiar with if you have been using an iPhone. For the software, iPhone 11 Pro is stuffed with A13 Bionic (7nm) chipset along with a new GPU which Apple claims to be the fastest chipset in a smartphone and more power efficient than ever. Along with these, you get 4GB of RAM and 64/256/512GB of ROM variants. You need to choose wisely which option you are getting as the storage on this phone is not expandable.
The navigation gestures will be giving you the same intuitive feeling as they did before. But the feature to explore in this new line-up, is the Haptic Touch as Apple has no longer been making any phone that supports 3D touch which worked on the pressure sensitivity underneath the screen. This unique feature of Apple has been replaced by Haptic Touch which actually represents long presses that bring almost all the functionality from 3D Touch but not as quite as good as the pressure sensitive hardware was.
Siri, that is Apple’s digital assistant, can be summoned by holding down the power key and there is more voice with natural speech. The photos app has been overhauled and there is a new powerful editing mode where you can see what the photo will look like before and after the edits along with many more options and intensity slider. You can also edit videos and adjust their exposure among plenty of other settings.
Like on previous iPhones, you will have to use face unlock or a pin to unlock the device as there is no finger print reader on it. Apple claims to have the Face ID improved and that their industry leading facial authentication now works from a larger variety of angles through the help of dedicated true depth camera for 3D mapping in 30% faster speed.
Battery life is back to being excellent on this new line-up of iPhone and one of the main reasons for this might be getting rid of that 3D touch which has left more room for a bigger battery now. The 3046mAh Lithium-ion (non-removeable) battery along with newly optimized battery specs of iPhone 11 Pro will provide you three to five extra hours in your day. You will be getting 7 to 8 hours of screen on time despite using super-high brightness and turning on the high end features of this phone. The endurance rating of the phone is not quite high as the Pro Max version but it is still better than the last generation with a rating of 86h. So, you can probably kill it in a day but you would really have to try for longer than ever.
Nevertheless, for the first time ever, Apple has bundled an 18W fast charger which is able to charge your battery from 0 to almost 58% in just half an hour. Also there is the support for Qi wireless charging on this phone as like before.
In benchmarks, the phone provides a 20% better CPU performance than the last generations and better than any Android phone out there. Besides, the layers of Graphene for the heat dispersion along the back allow the phone to provide a good sustainable performance without much thermal throttling. So, the gaming performance on this phone is great as you are not going to face any issues at all.
Speakers & Audio Quality
The phone has got some pretty good sounding Stereo Speakers on both top and bottom where the secondary speaker works as the earpiece. The outputs from both the speakers are very balanced and loud; at the same time ensures a decent bass..
As expected, there is no 3.5mm jack or any adapter included in the box but you do get ear pods that you can plug into the lightning port.
So, the iPhone 11 Pro is stuffed with a high-resolution OLED panel, efficient battery gain and of course an excellent camera setup. It is a go-to package that brings some of the best features you can find these days.
But to be honest, there is not enough pro stuff about this phone which could have been in order to put a Pro while naming it. It launched at $999 and still going to cost you a pretty large amount around that. If you really want to upgrade to a new iPhone and can keep waiting till late 2020 for the iPhone 12, we think that would be the phone you might prefer upgrading to. But if you can afford it, the phone definitely deserves a recommendation. You can also adjust your budget with your choice by choosing from either of its inferior iPhone 11 or its superior iPhone 11 Pro Max.