Design and Display
Apple is keeping with its premium design philosophy for the iPhone 11. We are getting a front and black glass panel here. That is more than we can say for the iPhone XR from last year which was not given the same premium treatment as the others in the setup.
Joining these glass panels to one another is an aluminium frame, just like the company has come to be known for.
On the front, we have a Liquid Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen measuring 6.1 inches and offering 828 x 1792 pixels resolution.
For those who complained about the notch from last year, you will still find it on the iPhone 11 – so you might want to stay off. If you don’t mind it, though, you still get to enjoy as much as 79% of the screen to the body of the device.
On the notch, you have the selfie camera, sensors and speakerphone. At the base of the unit, you will find the usual Lightning port on a USB 2.0 protocol, a speakerphone grille and a microphone port too. The sides of the device come with the regular power button, volume rocker and dedicated mute/ unmute button too.
Switching to the back of the smartphone, you are faced with a new camera housing unit with two fairly large lenses in it. There is also a dedicated LED flash in there for better low-light image capturing, but we talk more about those later.
Finally, you get to snap up the iPhone 11 in finishes of Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red and White. If you have been on the neck of Apple to make their units available in even more colour options, best believe your prayers have now been answered.
We cannot talk about iPhones and leave the cameras they bring with them off. That is why we are just as excited to talk about these cameras as you must be to use them.
Starting with the front, the iPhone 11 offers dual camera sensors – one being a 12 megapixels snapper and the other coming as a ToF 3D sensor.
This should improve the way you take portrait photography on the front-facing cameras since they contribute to the depth of the images. Speaking of image depth, these front cameras are also equipped with HDR out of the box.
On the back, Apple kept things simple with two cameras again. This time, though, they opted for a 12 megapixels main wide-angle snapper and a supporting 12 megapixels ultra-wide camera.
They are equipped with a Quad-LED, dual-tone flash setup for improved images in low light conditions. Of course, HDR features are fully ingrained into this supporting camera module.
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and Optical Image Stabilisation is provided for seamless point and shoot photography.