Apple iPhone 11 Pro
The iPhone 11 Pro is the higher-spec and more expensive version of the iPhone 11. It features Apple’s ‘fastest-ever processor’ and a new triple camera, providing excellent performance and top-class photography in a compact package.
- Fantastic triple camera
- Beautiful, bright display
- Longer battery life
- Great performance
- Only 64GB of storage at starting price
- Design is similar to the iPhone XS
- It’s expensive
- No 5G
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro: In more detail
The iPhone 11 Pro is the successor to the iPhone XS, and smaller sibling to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Its headline feature is its new triple camera, which has an ultra-wide lens in addition to the standard wide angle and telephoto lenses. Reviewers generally agreed that this is one of the best - if not the best - cameras available on any smartphone. It also has a brighter display, better battery life, a new, more powerful processor and a new version of iOS. At around £300 more than the iPhone 11, you’ll pay for its premium camera and screen - but the iPhone 11 Pro offers high-powered specs in a compact design.
The camera is the iPhone 11 Pro’s standout feature, and one of the advantages it has over the iPhone 11. It has a triple lens setup, with an ultra-wide camera joining the standard and telephoto lenses for the first time on an iPhone.
In addition to the hardware upgrade it has an improved night mode, which TechRadar said is ‘like turning on the lights in the middle of the night’. It also has an improved portrait mode and the latest Smart HDR, which ensures different elements in a photo are exposed correctly and evenly, and improves dynamic range.
Trusted Reviews found the camera consistently delivered ‘excellent images’ for everyday shots, with great detail and vibrant and well-saturated colours. The Guardian said the camera was ‘a big step up, levelling to or exceeding rivals from the first half of 2019’. TechRadar thought the triple camera setup offered ‘incredible versatility’, while Engadget called it ‘easily the best all-round camera’ that Apple has ever put on a smartphone.
The iPhone 11 Pro looks almost identical to its predecessor, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone X before that, with the same metal and glass body and notch cutout on the screen. It’s smaller than both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, making it easy to use with one hand.
It features a new frosted matte finish on the rear, which is good for hiding fingerprint smudges. Apple also claims it will make it less slippery to hold, which some reviewers agree with, although The Verge thought it seemed a bit more slippery.
Another difference is the large, square camera bump on the back, which houses the new triple-lens camera setup. The phone is available in a new colour, midnight green, which is a greyish, military green, alongside grey, gold and silver.
Like the iPhone XS, the iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch display (compared to the Pro Max’s 6.5-inch display). This time around it’s been upgraded to be brighter. Its brightness is boosted even more when watching HDR video content: TechRadar found that watching a movie on iTunes ‘revealed new detail while maintaining deep black colours in scenes’.
The screen is another way the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max differ from their cheaper counterpart, the iPhone 11. The Pro models have an OLED display rather than LCD, meaning they’re significantly sharper, more vibrant and more capable of high contrast.
Trusted Reviews thought the screen was ‘fantastic, sharp and colourful’ and ‘easily one of the nicest to look at out of any 2019 phone’. The Guardian called it ‘a gorgeous display. Sharp, bright, colour-rich and full of contrast’. Engadget thought it was ‘beautiful’ but not noticeably better than the iPhone XS.
The iPhone 11 Pro is powered by the new A13 Bionic chip, Apple’s most powerful processor ever - making this a very fast phone. This is paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage.
TechRadar said the iPhone 11 Pro offers ‘performance you won’t find on Android phones’, and found in their testing that it was the fastest phone around (along with its larger sibling, the iPhone 11 Pro Max). The Verge found it ‘benchmarks far above the competition’ and The Guardian thought it would ‘handle everything you need now, and will likely be a top performer for years to come’.
Apple claims the iPhone 11 Pro’s battery should last four hours longer than its predecessor, the iPhone XS.
Trusted Reviews thought this was a ‘generally accurate way of describing the increase’ and found it could last a whole day. The Guardian found it lasted 32 hours, which was eight hours longer than the XS in their tests. TechRadar found it consistently lasted more than a day - often almost a day and a half - even with heavy use. However, reviewers generally agreed that both the iPhone 11 and the Pro Max model had better battery life.
It has fast charging capability, and for the first time Apple has included a fast charger in the box. This should get your battery to 50% in around half an hour.