iPhone 11 and iPhone 13: all the keys to knowing which one to buy — 2022

Comparing the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 13 is not as simple as it may seem at first glance. The jump of two generations between them has several aspects to highlight, so if you are hesitating between these two devices (still on sale), we recommend reading this article. We compare the specifications of both in depth, highlighting the most differential aspects between them and also those in which they are most similar.

Comparison of specifications iPhone 11 and 13

Any self-respecting comparison, at least in our opinion, deserves to start with a table in which to see the specifications of both devices. Then we leave you these data that, although on paper they mark one thing, in the following points of this post we will analyze you more extensively.

iphone 11 and iphone 13



CharacteristiciPhone 11iPhone 13
Colors-Mallow
-Yellow
-Green
-Black
-White
-Red - (PRODUCT) RED
-star white
-Midnight Black
-Blue
-Pink
-Red - (PRODUCT) RED
Dimensions-Height: 15.09 centimeters
-Width: 7.57 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.83 centimeters
-Height: 14.67 centimeters
-Width: 7.15 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.76 centimeters
Weight194 grams173 grams
Screen6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD (IPS)6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Resolution1,792 x 828 at 326 pixels per inch2,532 x 1,170 at 460 pixels per inch
Brightness625 nits (typical)800 nits (typical) and 1,200 nits maximum (HDR)
ProcessorA13 Bionic with 8-core Neural EngineA15 Bionic with 16-core Neural Engine
Internal memory-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
SpeakersDouble stereo speakerDouble stereo speaker
Autonomy-Audio playback: 65 hours
-Video playback: 17 hours
-Video streaming: 10 hours
-Audio playback: 75 hours
-Video playback: 19 hours
-Video streaming: 15 hours
Frontal camera12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 1.8
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 2.4
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 2.4
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
PriceFrom 589 euros at AppleFrom 909 euros at Apple

As an anticipation of what we will see next and according to what is seen in this table, these are the most important aspects the ones you should pay attention to:

    Colors:yes, it is true that it is not decisive when measuring its functionality, but choosing a color that you like is essential. We found several different shades on these iPhones, highlighting the fact that the '13' offers fewer options. Dimensions and weight:These are two iPhones that, despite having screens of the same size, do not share dimensions. The iPhone 11 is bulkier than the '13'. It is also 21 grams heavier. Screen: same 6.1 inches of diagonal for these, although the technology they mount is quite different in both cases. Processor:A13 for iPhone 11 and A15 for iPhone 13. Both are Apple chips, but with a generation gap of two years. Battery:Logically, measuring having good autonomy is always fundamental and although we will analyze this field in depth, both start with clear differences on paper. Price:As is evident, this factor is also essential when making a purchase decision. 320 euros is what differentiates one from another. Cameras:Although apparently the differences are not very big, the truth is that there are some details that, for all those users who attach great importance to photography and video, they have to know and, above all, they have to assess to measure which it is really the difference in this sense that there is between these two devices.

Most differential aspects between them

We start with what are probably the most interesting in this comparison and are the most appreciable differences that exist between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 13. In this way you can see how your experience can change using one or the other.

Same essence, but different designs

Colorful designs, the Apple logo in the center of the back, a double camera, a front in which the screen is the protagonist and the already classic minimalism in brand devices. Both are similar in this to what we can call essence, although they have appreciable differences.

Starting with the sides , which are curved in the case of the iPhone 11 and totally flat in the case of the '13'. At the ergonomics level, the iPhone 13s are the ones that a priori have a better grip, although it is also true that (especially at first) they can be more uncomfortable. The differences in dimensions already seen previously are more noticeable than it may seem, the iPhone 13 being more manageable especially one handed.

iphone 11 and 13 design

It is not that the iPhone 11 is uncomfortable, but the fact that the front has more bezels and the screen is not flush with the phone makes it a more bulky device in the end. In the rear we really do not see differences that are not subjective a priori, as is the case of having the cameras vertically in the '11' and diagonally in the '13'. Later we will talk about what this change implies.

If we talk about design, something that all users care about, especially when purchasing the device, is the color range that are available in each of them. Usually, the Cupertino company, in the base models, provides the public with a wide range of possibilities, all through a very striking variety of colors, and of course, very attractive. Then we leave you what are the colors that you have in one and the other.

    iPhone 11
    • Green
    • Purple
    • White
    • Yellow
    • Black
    • Red (PRODUCT RED)
  • iPhone 13
    • Green
    • Pink
    • Blue
    • Midnight
    • star white
    • Red (PRODUCT RED)

They do not offer the same screen experience

Although the 6.1-inch diagonal may seem more like a similarity, there are really differences in the rest of the elements that make up the screen that make it the iPhone 13 win by a landslide in this section. In addition to having a 20% smaller notch , also offers a more complete visual experience with screen technology YOU ARE .

The iPhone 11 mounts a panel IPS that looks really good and that you will not have any complaints about, unless you are very demanding with this. However, the '13' offers some more vivid colors without losing naturalness, with special emphasis on black colors that are pure when offered through off pixels. At the level of brightness improvement is also noted, especially in complex conditions such as when sunlight falls directly on it.

iphone 11 and 13 screen

More base memory for the iPhone 13

Today there are many options that exist to make an iPhone without storage problems. See for example iCloud or other cloud storage services. However, taking into account only and exclusively what the device offers, it must be said that the iPhone 11 is inferior compared to the '13'. basic offers 64 GB , being able to double them to 128 and 256 GB in their largest capacities, although Apple has discontinued the 256 GB version from its stores.

However, the iPhone 13 is already part of 128 GB , which are already a more than adequate capacity for most users who do not want to resort to paying more for the 256 GB and 512 GB versions. Precisely the latter is another interesting novelty for those who fall short even 256 GB.

We insist on emphasizing that up to 64 GB may be ideal for those who do not make very intensive use of the device or do not mind using cloud services. However, with the iPhone 13 there are more chances of never running out of memory, this being a very prominent point in its favor.

Does the position of the cameras influence?

We return to what we opened in the design aspect regarding the position of the cameras. There is a lot of joke that Apple simply changed this position of the lenses for marketing reasons, something that cannot be ruled out. However, the real reason responds more to the fact that the rise of cameras made it difficult to place them in the format they were in and they opted for this type of positioning. In fact the wide angle and ultra wide angle lenses are in the same position as the 'Pro' now.

And regarding the features they offer, you can see this table to check some of the changes.

iphone 13 and iphone 11 cameras

specsiPhone 11iPhone 13
photos front camera-Smart HDR 2
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Smart HDR 4
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
Videos front camera-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization in 4K, 1080p and 720p
-Slow motion in 1080p (Ultra HD) at 120 frames per second
-Cinema mode in 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) at 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization in 4K, 1080p and 720p
-Slow motion in 1080p (Ultra HD) at 120 frames per second
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Photos rear cameras-Optical Image Stabilization
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Close-up zoom x5 (digital)
-Flash True Tone
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 2
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Optical image stabilization by sensor movement
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Close-up zoom x5 (digital)
-Flash True Tone
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 4
-Photographic Styles
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Videos rear cameras-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Slow motion in 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical image stabilization for video
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Zoom out x3 (digital)
-Audio zoom
-Time-Lapse with stabilization
-Time-Lapse with stabilization
-Stereo recording
-Cinema mode at 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) at 60 frames per second
-Slow motion in 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical image stabilization for video by sensor displacement
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Zoom out x3 (digital)
-Audio zoom
-Time-Lapse with stabilization
-Time-Lapse in Night Mode
-Stereo recording

Given this, we find a major jump. Although it is true that in the photo there are improvements to take into account, as is the case with the night photographs , especially with the ultra wide angle, in the end it can be more or less passable, unless this is vital for you. Also appreciable is the addition of having a displacement sensor in the iPhone 13, which allows photos taken freehand to be sharper than with the stabilization achieved by software with the iPhone 11. Another appreciable difference is the aperture of the lenses, it is true that the iPhone 13 has not had the It is a great improvement than its older brothers, the iPhone 13 Pro, but if it is something that you have to take into account, since in somewhat more difficult situations when it comes to capturing light in photography and video, it will be a point that marks the difference.

However the biggest jump comes at the video level When we find an advance to take into account with the introduction of the cinematic mode of the iPhone 13. This mode is none other than the video portrait mode, acting intelligently when it comes to focusing on the subject and blurring the background, but being able to perform a subsequent edition with which to select everything manually in a jiffy. This is clearly the big news and the big difference in terms of video that you can find between iPhone 11 and iPhone 13. The results offered by cinema mode are very good taking into account that it is the first version, although it is true that it has to be improved, but without a doubt, what is most surprising is the editing capacity that the user has once the recording has been made. You can no longer only edit the video and its focus on the iPhone itself, but you can also do it in apps like iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

Are these differences notable enough to be decisive? It depends. If you give great importance to cameras and especially at the video level, the iPhone 13 will offer you much more versatility. However, if this is something in the secondary end for you, the iPhone 11 is still an excellent device with which to achieve great photographic and video results.

What the battery lasts in both mobiles

Apple offers some indicative data that already helps us to see the differences on the role of these devices in autonomy. However, these are unrealistic, since few people (if any) will make a single use of the device in an uninterrupted way. You should know that in the end there are many factors that mean that there is no exact duration data, always depending on the type of use , but to give you an idea, we will give you some data.

An iPhone 11 can be perfectly a full day without needing the charger with normal use of around 5-6 hours of screen time with common applications such as social networks, internet browsing or messaging apps. However, it suffers a little more if you make a lot of use of cameras, video calls and other complex tasks that require more power from the processor.

iphone 11 battery price

However, the iPhone 13 offer a considerable improvement to the point of being able to perform intensive use all day with more than 6 hours of screen . With intense uses such as those previously mentioned (camera, video calls, etc.) it will arrive well at the end of the day, although it will arrive with very low percentages that, despite everything, exceed '11'.

Unfortunately, neither is the iPhone with the most autonomy of its generation, a feature reserved for the 'Pro Max' models, but in general we can say that they perform quite well. We insist that it is not to completely forget about the charger in any case, although in emergencies in the end you will always be more than enough with the iPhone 13.

Very appreciable price differences

At the price level, we already saw in the initial table that they have a very appreciable difference from the start. Although it is true that there are stores that offer discounts on time, officially these are the prices that both devices have depending on their storage capacity:

    iPhone 11:
    • 64 GB: €589
    • 128 GB: €639
    • 256 GB: discontinued by Apple

iphone 11

    iPhone 13:
    • 128 GB: 909 euros
    • 256 GB: €1,029
    • 512 GB: €1,259

iphone 13

Obviously the differences are more than remarkable and the iPhone 11 is cheaper. It is not at this point that we are going to judge whether the difference is more or less justified, since it is something that you must see for yourself and which we will talk about in the conclusions. In any case, we believe it is important that you already have this data on the table as it is a fundamental differentiating factor.

How are they most alike?

Once the differences are known, it's time to see how the iPhone 11 and iPhone 13 are similar. And although you might think that perhaps this is not so important, we believe that it is also very relevant when making a decision, since it will help you to know in what sense you will have a similar user experience regardless of the model you are with.

How is your performance on a day-to-day basis?

One mounts an A13 Bionic chip (iPhone 11) and the other an A15 Bionic (iPhone 13). The fact that both are separated by two years makes it already a considerable jump to be included in the differences section. And it is true that at a technical level there are changes to consider that make the iPhone 13 much more powerful than the '11', but honestly, we believe that in For everyday use, no such difference is noticeable.

Above all, you can notice the difference when executing heavy processes in photo or video editing, as well as executing very heavy games, which will be lighter in the model with A15. However, for everything else they are more than suitable devices to move applications with total fluidity without noticing slowness in any case.

Therefore, unless you are going to use the iPhone for heavy processes and you need the chip with the best performance in time, the iPhone 11 could serve you in the same way as the iPhone 13.

Same software versions for years

If there is something good about Apple being the one who designs hardware and software, it is that it allows its iPhones to have identical versions of the operating system for years. It is true that over time there are some features that remain exclusive to some recent iPhones due to the type of processor they mount, but this is not the case with these.

At the time of publication of this comparison, iOS 15 It works the same way on an iPhone 11 as on an iPhone 13, without the most recent model having any extra functions (apart from video theater mode and other functions given by its hardware). and both are expected keep getting updates for years . Taking into account equipment such as the iPhone 6s will reach up to 7 years of updates at least, it would not be strange for them to follow that line and even go further.

Therefore, even keeping the iPhone for years will have the updated device. And if you take good care of it, you can have a fully functional mobile even when they stop receiving support via software.

iOS 15

Both share the same unlock sensor

Face ID the biometric sensor mounted on both iPhones. And although they look different in appearance due to the location of the sensors in the notch, they are functionally identical. They both represent the best face unlock system on the market , being very fast and difficult to deceive. Although also with its shortcomings such as unlocking with the iPhone horizontally or wearing a mask or some polarized sunglasses.

The Face ID will serve you on both devices to unlock it, but also to make payments using Apple Pay if you add your card to Wallet. And it will also save you time when put passwords of websites and applications, as long as they are saved in iCloud Keychain, of course.

Enjoy the Apple ecosystem

People always talk about the magic of having several Apple devices for how well they sync up with each other . And this can be seen in various ways. You can have data and files accessible from any of them like photos, videos, notes, calendar events, Safari bookmarks and more.

It is also possible to use a universal clipboard and be able to copy something on the iPhone and paste it on another device (or vice versa). You can even start an internet search on one computer and instantly open it on another. Therefore, if you have more equipment from the apple company such as Mac or iPad, you will be able to enjoy all this. And this is the same on both iPhone 11 and iPhone 13.

Last conclusions

At this point we find ourselves with two possible doubts. The first is that if you already have an iPhone 11, does the '13' make up for it? And the answer according to what has been seen, is that it depends. If you attach great importance to the subject of the cameras, you want to have greater autonomy and at the same time take a leap in screen quality, you will have an excellent option with the iPhone 13. Now, if the iPhone 11 continues to work well for you and you do not see essential none of the strong points of the '13', maybe it pays you to keep putting up with it.

Yes you don't have any of them , whether you come from a previous iPhone or an Android, other variants are already open. If, as we said before, you are interested in those highlights of the iPhone 13, this should be your favorite option. In the end you will be acquiring a more recent device with more TOP functions. But if your purchase is going to involve a considerable financial effort and you also think that you are not going to squeeze enough of its functions, the iPhone 11 is your best choice.

Our final recommendation is that you take a pen and paper to begin to assess the most important points that you consider when choosing a mobile phone. After that, score both teams and make the best decision based on your own needs and desires, since in the end everything can be very subjective and nobody knows you better than you.