iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone XS

iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Starting from $323.60
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iPhone XS
iPhone XS Starting from $174.66
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iPhone 11 Pro iPhone XS


iPhone 11 Pro iPhone XS
Width 71.4 mm 70.9 mm
Height 144 mm 143.6 mm
Weight 188 g 177 g
Thickness 8.1 mm 7.7 mm
Volume 83.28 cm³ 78.4 cm³


iPhone 11 Pro iPhone XS
Resolution 1125 x 2436 px 1125 x 2436 px
Density 458 ppi 458 ppi
Size 5.8 inches 5.8 inches


iPhone 11 Pro iPhone XS
Battery capacity 3190 mAh* 2658 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes
Battery life 18 h 21 h

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.


iPhone 11 Pro iPhone XS
Maximum storage 512 GB 512 GB
CPU frequency 2.65 GHz 2.5 GHz
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 4 GB
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone 11 Pro iPhone XS
Front camera resolution 12 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes Yes
Optical zoom Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone 11 Pro iPhone XS
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 3 3

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iPhone XS vs iPhone 11 Pro Comparison

iPhone XS vs iPhone 11 Pro: Identical from the front, but not when you look inside

If you look at them from the front, the iPhone XS vs iPhone 11 Pro look like the same exact phone. But if we take a peek inside both devices, we’ll see that the 11 Pro has a few hidden tricks that justify the higher cost.

iPhone XS vs 11 Pro: Expect more speed and photography muscle from the iPhone 11 Pro

First, let’s compare the processors inside the iPhone 11 Pro vs XS. Thanks to the upgraded A13 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 11 Pro, you can expect the iPhone 11 Pro to be at least 30% faster than the XS during standard operation. And that chip doesn’t only make the 11 Pro faster, it also gives it improved computational photography. When comparing the iPhone 11 Pro vs XS from a photography or video perspective, it’s like night and day. Images on the iPhone 11 Pro will have more detail in daylight, nighttime, and have more zoom adjustability thanks to the additional third lens. When the iPhone 11 Pro was released, I thought it looked ugly, but at this point, the look has grown on me. I’ve grown tired of hating it. As a matter of fact, I wish my smartphone had cameras as impressive as the ones on the iPhone 11 Pro.

iPhone XS vs 11 Pro: The iPhone 11 Pro brings more battery life, but at a cost

Despite having the same screen size of 5.8”, the iPhone 11 Pro manages to fit a higher capacity battery inside: 3046mAh vs the 2658mAh in the XS. For this reason, the Pro is 0.02 inches thicker. Yeah, I know, that really doesn’t sound like much, but call me picky, I definitely feel that extra thickness when holding both of the devices side-by-side. Tests on the web claim that you can expect 4-5 additional hours of battery life from the iPhone 11 Pro vs XS. We think a big part of this bump can also be attributed to the more energy-efficient A13 Bionic chip.

iPhone 11 Pro vs XS: Our final thoughts

That’s basically it for our iPhone 11 Pro vs XS comparison. We learned that the iPhone 11 Pro gives us substantially better photography, battery life, and processor speed. But at the end of the day, the iPhone XS is still a great phone. And if you can find a refurbished iPhone XS at a great price, it can still be a great choice, despite the iPhone 11 Pro being in a league of its own in this comparison.

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