2017 was the first year that Apple launched three new iPhone models at the same time. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus represented a natural advance in the iPhone product range, the brand new iPhone X with Face ID – and without a home button – gave users an insight into the future of the iPhone.
Last year, Apple tripled this design and released three different models, all of which looked like the iPhone X (review). This meant that there were no direct successors to the iPhone 8 (review) and iPhone 8 Plus (review) – which Apple sells to date – and therefore no "standard" iPhone model serves as a starting point for most users.
The iPhone XR (Review) should of course be this model, although Apple's naming scheme didn't really seem to suggest it. The iPhone XR was instead viewed by many as the iPhone that should be bought if you couldn't afford the iPhone XS (Review) or iPhone XS Max (Review), which was obviously unfair as the device – if not without it his share of compromises. especially the low-resolution display – it was a damn good phone in itself.
Free from the shackles of its "S Cycle" names, Apple had the opportunity this year to rename the iPhone product range to clarify these new realities. As mentioned earlier, company executives have spent a lot of time establishing iPhone 11 – the successor to last year's iPhone XR – as an iPhone for most people.
This underscores that the starting price in both the United States and India is below that of the iPhone XR, reflecting another criticism of last year's iPhone product line. Can the iPhone 11 build on the new dynamics of the iPhone XR to bring Apple a much-needed success in the Indian market? Read on to find out.
iPhone 11 design and display
Except for the dual camera configuration on the back and the new colors, the iPhone 11 looks identical to the iPhone XR. The two have exactly the same dimensions (150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm) and the same weight (194 g). As before, the bezels on all sides of the display are striking, but not large enough to distract.
The iPhone 11 is made of aluminum and glass – according to Apple, again the "toughest glass of a smartphone, front and back". However, not everything is the same since Apple decided to mix the colors. The iPhone 11 will be available in the new colors purple and green, in addition to the colors yellow, black, white and (product) red, which can also be seen on the iPhone XR.
Although the colors that have been transferred have the same names as before, the surfaces of the iPhone 11 are a few shades lighter and less shiny than those of their iPhone XR counterparts. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and whether you approve or even notice this change depends on your taste.
As last year, the bezels of all color variants are black, in contrast to the iPhone 8 (and many earlier models), where the white bezels were used for the silver and gold color variants. A hint of color penetrates forward from all four sides.
Ok, we have waited long enough, let's talk about the camera viewer or more precisely about the camera island. In the top left corner of the back of this phone is a square area that houses two cameras, the True Tone flash and a microphone. This area has a textured matte finish – compared to the glossy finish of the rest of the back – and is slightly raised compared to the rest of the body, with the two lenses protruding even further.
As with all cellphones with bumps on the camera, the iPhone 11 is made to wobble by the flat surface. However, the large bump makes it more stable than the iPhone XR. Interestingly, Apple removed the iPhone logo from the back of the phones, with the Apple logo now visible in the middle.
The display is another area where the iPhone 11 is identical to the iPhone XR. This means you get a 6.1-inch LCD panel that does the best in terms of color accuracy, brightness, and viewing angle, but doesn't come close to the resolution or pixel density of its more expensive siblings. Many Android phones come up with it that cost about a sixth of the price for the iPhone 11.
Of course, the LCD panel does not have the rich black tones of the OLED panels of the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro models and does not offer the dynamic range with which you can view HDR content in all its glory. However, it supports the P3-wide color space and Apple's True Tone technology, which adapts the color of the display to the ambient light conditions.
The maximum brightness of the panel of the iPhone 11 is 625 nits below that of the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro duo. While comparing under the same ambient light conditions at the same time, the iPhone 11 usually looked brighter than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but this is often the case when an LCD screen is displayed next to an OLED screen. The iPhone 11 Pro Max can of course reach much higher brightness levels – 800 nits under typical conditions and 1200 nits when viewing HDR content.
iPhone 11 specifications, performance and battery life
While the iPhone 11 shares its exterior with the iPhone XR, there are a few improvements under the hood. For starters, it's powered by Apple's all-new A13 Bionic chip, which according to Apple has two power cores that are up to 20 percent faster than their counterparts in the A12 Bionic that powers previous-generation iPhone models, and up to 30 Percent less power.
The four efficiency cores of the A13 Bionic use up to 40 percent less power than their A12 counterparts and offer performance improvements of up to 20 percent. Apple claims similar numbers – 20 percent faster, 40 percent more energy efficient compared to the A12 – with the GPU in the A13.
More and more apps are using machine learning to enable new functions. Given Apple's focus on data protection and device computing, the machine learning features of iPhone hardware are arguably more important than those of other devices. With this in mind, Apple has equipped the A13 Bionic with a neural motor that is up to 20 percent faster and uses up to 15 percent less power.
The machine learning skills of the A13 Bionic are further improved by two machine learning accelerators on the CPU, which are used to accelerate certain tasks. Apple's latest chip also includes a new machine learning controller that can be used to plan machine learning tasks for these devices.
What does that mean in the real world? As expected, the iPhone 11 handled everything we threw on without any problems. Playing games like Asphalt 9: Legends was a breeze, with lots of details that were clearly visible in all areas and an expected smooth experience, even in the busiest scenes.
Android flagships are only now approaching the benchmark values of last year's iPhone models, and the 2019 iPhones with A13 bionic technology will move the goal posts even further. The iPhone 11 scored 5,469 and 13,550 points in the Geekbench 4 single and multi-core tests. That is around 20 percent more than the currently fastest Android smartphones.
The iPhone 11 scored 97,510 points in 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Unlimited, which is used to test CPU and GPU performance. This is more than 50 percent more than what we've seen on every Android smartphone, which underpins Apple's lead silicon technology.
The iPhone 11 is available in 64 GB (64,900 Rs.), 128 GB (69,900 Rs.) And 256 GB (79,900 Rs.) Storage options, just like the iPhone XR when it was introduced. Benchmarks show that the iPhone 11 offers 4 GB of RAM. The phone now has protection class IP68 for water and dust resistance – the XR was IP67 – and should be able to survive up to 30 minutes at a depth of 2 meters, although Apple's guarantee does not yet cover water damage.
There is support for Gigabit-class LTE – provided you find the right networks – and the iPhone 11 family supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5, making them reasonably future-proof in the wireless department. According to Apple, the iPhone 11 Trio also supports "Bluetooth beamforming", which should allow up to 45 percent more range than the iPhone XR when streaming audio.
Dual SIM is still supported thanks to eSIM, which is currently only supported by Airtel and Reliance Jio in India. Both numbers can now be linked to your FaceTime and iMessage accounts. Apart from that, the software experience when using the iPhone with two active SIMs has not changed since we documented it in our iPhone XR test.
All three new iPhone models support Dolby Atmos, which improves media consumption, especially when you view content encoded for this standard. Even if you're listening to music, podcasts, or typical YouTube videos, the stereo speakers get loud enough.
The iPhone 11 Trio has identical Face ID functions that allow you to unlock it quickly and securely. Face ID still works perfectly with all types of flashes, even when it is pitch dark. Apple claims that with iOS 13, face recognition is up to 30 percent faster, offers a greater range and "supports more viewing angles".
It was difficult for us to review these claims, especially since we had no Face ID complaints at first. One thing that's missing is the ability to unlock the phone in any orientation, as you can with the latest iPad Pro models. However, this is understandable since we do not expect to use a landscape phone.
The iPhone 11 models are delivered with a brand new Apple U1 chip, which allows you to use the spatial and directional perception, for example to point your iPhone at another user and display it as a first name in the list of AirDrop receivers When trying to share a photo in a room full of Apple devices. Your intended receiver must also have a device with the U1 chip. This is a use case that we know of so far, but there may be other scenarios, such as integration with Apple's rumored tile-like tagging device and other smart home devices that may show up in the future.
In addition to improvements in face recognition, iOS 13 also brings with it a host of changes, such as system-wide dark mode. revised apps for photos and reminders; Messaging app improvements; the ability to give Siri an Indian voice; and more. You can find more information about iOS 13 in our iPhone 11 Pro Max test.
Although Apple does not officially announce the size of the battery (or the amount of RAM) of iOS devices, the battery of the iPhone 11 is said to be slightly larger than that of the iPhone XR. The energy efficiency of the A13 Bionic is noticeable, however, as the iPhone 11 lasted 15 hours and 20 minutes in our HD battery loop test, exactly two hours more than the iPhone XR.
In terms of daily use, this should translate to iPhone 11, which survives a day of medium to heavy use and still has a decent amount of juice in the tank at the end of the day. If you're a light user, you might be able to get through two full days before reaching for the charger.
Although Apple has finally fixed one of our longstanding complaints by bundling faster chargers with the iPhone 11 Pro models, the iPhone 11 is disappointingly only equipped with a 5W charger in the box. This makes charging the phone extremely slow.
In 30 minutes, the included charger has brought the phone from empty to just 18 percent and in 60 minutes to only 33 percent – which is painfully slow. A full charge from the empty state took over three and a half hours. Originally, we thought that at least part of it was due to iOS 13's new Optimized Battery Charging setting, which can slow down charging by more than 80 percent to increase the long-term condition of your phone's battery improve. However, the charging speeds were not better even when the setting was switched off. There is no excuse for shipping a 5W charger with a phone in 2019, and we wish Apple had stopped it two years ago. IPhone 11 supports faster charging, so you can pair it with another charger for a better experience.
The iPhone 11 Trio also supports wireless charging at speeds comparable to those of the previous year.
iPhone 11 cameras
The biggest improvements that the iPhone 11 brings are the camera department. This was achieved through a combination of hardware and software improvements. A new ultra wide camera with a 1: 2.4 lens and a 12 megapixel sensor is combined with an improved 12 megapixel 1: 1.8 standard wide camera. This new, improved widescreen camera sensor also enables night mode, one of the main features of the iPhone 11 trio.
Until about five years ago, the iPhone was by far the best camera smartphone, and while the latest iPhone models still exist in most scenarios, one area where Apple has fallen behind the competition was taking photos in low light.
Taking pictures with digital devices like smartphones has always been about making a number of decisions using mathematical equations, and your selection affects the resulting images. Image processing algorithms are used to determine simple things like "how green should this green be?" And more basic things like the overall brightness levels of an entire image.
When looking at photos taken with successive iPhones, it seems from the outside that Apple's philosophy was to reproduce colors and lighting conditions that accurately reproduce a scene, even if the resulting images are not for the eye are as appealing as those picked up by the competition. While Google, Samsung and Huawei – among other things – use their night mode implementations to transform almost pitch-black frames into scenes that are as bright as a film set, Apple has so far been reluctant to take this path. Until now.
The iPhone 11 trio brings along Apple's own implementation of night mode, although the company insists that it still wants to take photos that represent what it was like to be in that place by recording the "emotions" of a scene and that maintains original colors. and without destroying a sense of time and place.
Based on the pictures we took, Apple has certainly achieved this goal, since night mode delivers excellent photos with very good color accuracy without artificially brightening the image. With the night mode of the iPhone 11, you get images that can keep up with those of the competition in low light conditions, which is a huge improvement over the previous generation iPhones, which often had dark spots under the same conditions.
The camera app automatically activates night mode when poor lighting conditions are detected. This is indicated by a yellow crescent symbol with a number next to it. This is the number of seconds it takes to keep the phone steady when the shutter release button lets in more light. You can either tap the shutter button and then watch the shutter button count seconds while the picture is taken, or tap the yellow moon icon to increase or decrease that time before pressing the shutter button. We believe that this user interface offers a better experience than other phones that let you stand still indefinitely while taking, processing and storing an image.
Most night shots required between two and four seconds, and when we manually increased the number once to nine seconds, we saw no significant improvement, suggesting that the algorithm found a decent mix between optimization for results and ease of use.
Live photos and flash are not available in night mode, which is understandable. Night mode is also limited to the wide-angle camera and is not available with the ultra-wide-angle camera. If the light is not ideal, but also not extremely low, the crescent icon will appear in white and you can tap it to manually activate night mode. This allows you to take pictures with or without night mode when there is enough light. Of course, you can also deactivate night mode in extremely poor lighting conditions
All of this may sound complex, but we haven't had any problems adopting these controls, and we believe that most users will be able to do the same. Since night mode has not been moved to a separate area of the camera app, Apple has ensured that the function is still visible and has given users sufficient control over the experience.
This sophisticated design has been expanded to include how the new ultra wide camera is integrated into the app. Instead of having another button to switch from one camera to another like most manufacturers, Apple's Ultra Wide camera is treated as a "0.5x zoom" so you can take a step back from the current view.
The viewfinder transition is fluid and instant, so you won't notice you are jumping from one physical camera to another, and it actually feels like you just zoomed out. If you hold down the 0.5x button, a circular slider is displayed, which you can use to enlarge / reduce the current view further. If you move very slowly from one side of the 1x mark to the other, you will notice the app move from one camera to another, but for most users it seems to be a smooth transition. The iPhone 11 does not offer an optical zoom, but can zoom up to 5 times with photos and up to 3 times with videos.
When in 1x (default) mode, the bars at the top and bottom of the camera app become translucent, and the view of the ultra wide camera is overlaid so you get a real-time preview of the frame another camera.
There is another change in the camera app. Even if you are in photo mode, you can record a video by long pressing the record button. Apple calls this feature QuickTake. Video recording stops as soon as you release the button, or you can slide right (if the phone is in portrait mode) to continue recording. If you're wondering if burst mode is off, the answer is no. Now you need to press the record button and immediately slide it to the left to quickly take a series of pictures.
The Ultra Wide camera gives us the opportunity to take some really interesting shots, and unlike our experience with several other smartphones, we couldn't see any distortion or artifacts around the edges. Both the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle sensors have the same resolution, but the former offers significantly better performance in low light conditions.
Thanks to the dual cameras, portrait mode on the iPhone 11 now works with both pets and objects. This is an improvement over the iPhone XR, where portrait mode only works with people. However, our experience in portrait mode with objects led to very different results in edge detection. IOS still offers numerous controls for editing the effects after clicking on an image, and iOS 13 offers additional controls and lighting effects.
The selfie camera has also been improved, with a new 12 megapixel sensor and a lens that offers a wider field of view. Selfies look great – and there's support for portrait mode with depth control and six lighting effects. By default, the selfie camera is set to take a detailed picture. However, you can tap a button to take a larger picture. Switch the phone to landscape mode and the phone will automatically switch to this larger angle for a group selfie.
The front camera now supports both 4K at 60 fps and 120 fps slow motion – which were unfortunately called "slofies". Although we enjoyed catching them, we hope that this name will never prevail.
Recording videos on iPhone 11 is great as always. You can shoot with both the Wide and Ultra Wide cameras at 4K at 60 frames per second. However, optical image stabilization is only possible with the former camera. According to Apple, the new iPhone models improve stabilization by using data from some pixels that are outside the frame, apart from additional computing improvements. The expanded dynamic range is now supported with 4K 60 fps, an improvement over 4K 30 fps in the previous generation.
A new feature called audio zoom, which has nothing to do with Samsung's zoom-in microphone, is supposed to "adapt the audio to the frame of the video". This sounds a bit like recording spatial audio, especially since we noticed in our videos that the left and right audio channels were roughly the same as the sounds coming from the left and right sides of the frame.
The iPhone 11 has a lot to offer. Aside from the relatively low-resolution display that most people don't notice and the ridiculously slow, bundled charger that everyone will definitely notice, there is very little bug to be found that is specific to this phone. Night mode is an extremely useful addition, and the camera app has useful features that are typical of Apple. The ultra wide camera will also be useful.
We will of course continue to complain about Apple's software and services, which offer below-average experiences, especially in India. Apple Pay is still a dream, and apart from an Indian accent, Siri – in India or elsewhere – hasn't seen any significant improvements for some time.
We also want iOS to take on additional features that reflect the reality of large screen phones, such as: B. picture-in-picture video and / or navigation overlays, but that seems to be another drum that we keep beating without finding the right audience.
In recent years, Apple has hit us all with high prices so high that a price of Rs. 64,900 seems more accessible, although you are having trouble finding many Android phones that cost so much. If you're redeeming inevitable pre-sale discounts / cashbacks, the iPhone 11 should be available for less than $ US. 60,000.
At this price, it's a snap to choose iPhone 11 over iPhone XR (Review), which is still available at a new price. 49,990. The extra Rs. At around 10,000, you get better cameras and a faster processor, although the iPhone XR is still faster than the most expensive Android smartphone you can buy.
If you have to spend so much money and don't mind crossing the aisle, you can't go wrong with any of the Samsung Galaxy S10 or Galaxy Note 10 models. A new Google Pixel phone is also just around the corner, so you can wait to see what Mountain View has to offer.
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