iPhone 11 overview: Features, specs and price

iPhone 11 overview: Features, specs and price

Apple unveiled the latest generation of the iPhone at the “By Innovation Only” event which took place on September 10, 2019. This marks the 13th generation of the iPhone and along with some new features and functionality, Apple opted for a bit more simplicity in terms of the naming structure. Apple shifted away from the “R” and “S” branding (XR, XS, and XS Max) and introduced the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

We previously covered the iPhone 11 Pro, so in this post, we’ll be focusing on the iPhone 11. One of the highlight features of the iPhone 11 is the dual cameras, which makes for a noticeable difference on the back of the device. However, overall, the iPhone 11 will have a familiar look and feel if you happen to be upgrading from an iPhone XR. 

iPhone 11: Size and colors

The iPhone 11 measures in at 5.94-inches (H), by 2.98-inches (W), by 0.33-inches (D) and the device weighs in at 6.84 ounces. Some may recognize these as the exact same measurements as last year’s iPhone XR. 

Keeping with the similarities, the iPhone 11 retains the same display technology as compared to the iPhone XR. That means the display on the iPhone 11 is a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display with a resolution 1792 x 828 and a ppi of 326. This is Apple’s True Tone display with Haptic Touch and the now-familiar notch across the top center.

Apple is offering the iPhone 11 in six color options: Black, White, Green, Yellow or Purple, as well as Product(RED). The black, white and red options are fairly standard for Apple, with the green, yellow, and purple appearing as lighter, more pastel shades. 

iPhone 11: Specs

The iPhone 11 Pro may be the higher-end model this year, but that doesn’t mean the iPhone 11 should be ignored. Coming with some nice improvements over last year’s iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 is likely the best mix of price and features for many. Let’s outline some of the key specs:

  • 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display (1792 x 828) (326ppi)
  • Glass and aluminum design
  • Dual 12MP Ultra Wide (f/2.4) and Wide (f/1.8) rear cameras with Night Mode
  • Single 12MP True Depth (f/2.2) front-facing camera
  • A13 Bionic Chip
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB, 256GB storage options
  • 3,110 mAh battery
  • IP68 rating (water-resistant up to 2 meters for up to 30 minutes)

The iPhone 11 features dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM) for network connectivity, and offers wireless charging and is fast-charge capable. The fast-charge will require an additional 18W charger purchase, but it will bring a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes. 

iPhone 11: New features

A popular feature for many smartphone users is the camera, and this is one of the key new features of the iPhone 11. Users will find dual 12MP Ultra Wide (f/2.4) and Wide (f/1.8) cameras on the rear, which is a step up from the single 12MP Wide (f/1.8) rear camera on the iPhone XR. 

Night mode

Another key new camera feature is Night Mode, which will not be available on older iPhone models. Apple will allow for some experimentation with Night Mode, but in many cases, this will simply be automatically detected. The iPhone 11 will automatically turn on Night Mode when the camera detects a low-light situation. Users will be able to see this feature is activated when the Night Mode icon turns yellow, and the number you see next to the yellow icon will tell you how long the shot will take. 

Additional new iPhone 11 camera features:

  • Auto-Adjustments
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Brighter True Tone flash
  • Three additional Portrait Lighting effects: Stage, Stage Mono, and High-Key Mono
  • Next-generation Smart HDR for images

New iPhone 11 video features:

  • Extended dynamic range for video at up to 60fps (up from 30fps)
  • 2x digital zoom out
  • Audio zoom
  • QuickTake video

New iPhone 11 front-facing camera features:

  • 12MP photos (up from 7MP)
  • Next-generation Smart HDR for images
  • Cinematic video stabilization at 4K
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120fps


That last bullet point is where the “slofie” comes in. Apple not only coined this term during the announcement event, but they also applied for a US trademark on the term. Those looking to capture a slofie will only need to launch the front-facing camera and scroll over to the Slo-Mo mode. Once you have your slofie recorded, it can then be found and shared from the Photos app. 

Some other new hardware additions that arrived with the iPhone 11 include the A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine, Gigabit Class LTE, 802.11ax WiFi 6 with MIMO, Ultra Widebandchip for spacial awareness, Dolby Atmos support, and an extra hour of battery life (as compared to the iPhone XR).

iPhone 11: carrier models

The iPhone 11 is available in three models, the A2111 for North America (United States and Canada), the A2223 for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and the A2221 for other countries and regions.

iPhone 11 Model A2111 band support includes: 

  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • CDMA EV‑DO Rev. A: 800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • TD‑LTE: Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48
  • FDD‑LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 66, 71

The A2111 model offers the widest range of support for US carriers, however, the A2221 will also be compatible with most US carrier networks. The one exception for US carrier support with the A2221 is that it does not offer support for LTE FDD Band 71 on T-Mobile.

iPhone 11: Pricing

Pricing begins at $699 for the 64GB model and goes to $749 and $849 for the 128GB and 256GB models, respectively. For comparison, the iPhone XR originally launched in late-2018 with a starting price of $749.

That new, slightly lower price should make you feel a bit better spending $699 to get an iPhone 11. However, some additional funds can be saved if you opt for a gently used iPhone 11 which you can find right here on Swappa. 

Prices on Swappa will vary based on the condition and internal storage, but at this time there are 64GB Mint condition models going for as little as $580. Or, if you’ve already convinced yourself that you want a brand new model direct from Apple — we have just the place to sell your current iPhone.