Test iPhone 11 Pro: Apple in the wake of Samsung and Huawei
After iPhone Xs which validated the revival initiated by the iPhone X, Apple goes back to the good old Arabic numbers with the iPhone 11. A "Pro" is added to it, echoing the current segmentation of the MacBook and to define a clearer line of the 2019 range. An iPhone 11 as an appetizer and the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max as a main course. "Resistance", a term that also applies to Apple's position in the smartphone market. The iPhones are selling less well in the face of fierce competition from a Huawei - hit, but not yet sunk - or a revitalised Samsung. The Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus are also on the lookout, highlighting their innovative strength.
iPhone 11 Pro keeps a rather compact format.
For a long time sure of its strengths, Apple seems to have become aware of its need to stick to the competition. Just sticking back, without getting ahead of itself, especially in photos. The iPhone 11 Pro has also put an end to the steady increase in prices. It must be said that the attack price of Apple's smartphone is €1,159, for only 64 GB of internal memory. The 256GB version costs €1,329 and the 512GB model €1,559. At this price, we have the right to expect Apple to do more than just follow the competition.
Ergonomics and design
design of the iPhone 11 Pro only evolves at the margin compared to that of the iPhone Xs. Apple has taken up the lines introduced by the iPhone X in 2017 for its smaller iPhone. The iPhone 11 Pro is indeed one of the latest high-end smartphones to offer a screen of less than 6 inches diagonal. As a result, it remains one of the last smartphones that can be used almost easily with just one hand. The apple brand doesn't give way to screens with very thin edges. They remain here much more present than on aSamsung Galaxy Note 10or aHuawei P30 Pro.
iPhone 11 Pro and its massive notch.
We would have liked not to see the massive notch on the front of the iPhone 11 Pro anymore. Unfortunately, we're going back for a ride again this year, certainly because of the Face ID unlocking system. A sacrifice that is partly justified as this biometric device works perfectly. The Face ID unlocking system is currently one of the fastest on the market. Its almost transparent use is a real asset. You take out your smartphone and, without thinking about it, it is unlocked, of course, you will still have to scan the lock screen to access the iPhone's home screen, unlike a fingerprint reader that immediately opens the smartphone's doors.
Annew matt finish and a characteristic photo module.
Sans great originality, the iPhone 11 Pro still retains an exemplary finish. On the back, Apple has made a few modifications. The back now has a matte finish that no longer highlights fingerprints. Special mention to the new color "night green", rather successful. On the other hand, the photo modules arranged in a prominent square are not a real aesthetic success. But, tastes and colors...
By face, difficult to differentiate the iPhone 11 Pro from the iPhone Xs.
Sans surprisingly, the iPhone 11 Pro does not have a 3.5 mm mini-jack port or microSD card slot. Apple still hasn't decided to take the plunge of USB-C and is still clinging to the Lightning connectors. A small but important new feature, the waterproofness of the iPhone 11 Pro is improving. It is now guaranteed to survive an immersion of 30 minutes at a depth of 4 meters. One of the best promises on the market - ruggedized smartphones aside.
Pas with a 3.5 mm mini-jack so no audio output test for this iPhone 11 Pro. The sound quality will depend directly on the hardware, wired or not, used for listening. The Lightning to 3.5 mm mini-jack adapter is not back. It will cost about ten euros to afford it.
port Lightning always in the game.
Les iPhone 11 Pro's speakers evolve to offer better spacialization. The smartphone has a Dolby Atmos certification, which obviously does not equal the same name given to home speakers worthy of the name. However, it must be recognized that the effort is paying off and that the sound spacialization is excellent. It will be easy to use these speakers to watch an episode of a series from time to time.
iPhone 11 Pro retains a 5.8-inch Oled slab with a still singular definition of 2,436 x 1,125 px. The resulting resolution of 458 dpi is more than sufficient for all the uses of a smartphone. This year Apple announced that it has doubled the contrast ratio of its screen, from 1,000,000:1 on the iPhone Xs to 2,000,000:1 on the iPhone 11 Pro (figures announced). Since black is commonly measured at 0 cd/m² on an Oled slab and the contrast ratio is a division of the white measurement by that of black, these figures hardly hold up. What Apple wanted to translate by this shimmering figure is in fact the increase in maximum brightness.
Car this is the new feature of the iPhone 11 Pro: its screen is no longer a Super Retina HD, but a Super Retina XDR. It can now reach a brightness of 1200 cd/m² in HDR and 800 cd/m² in SDR. On the 11 Pro, we measured a maximum brightness of 745 cd/m². This is more than enough to enjoy the screen comfortably in full sunlight. Especially since the light reflection rate remains good (48%), but slightly less than that of the iPhone Xs (46%). This difference is probably due to the new oil-repellent coating that limits the retention of fingerprints and works quite well, by the way. In HDR, our tools do not allow us to make relevant measurements at the moment. When comparing the rendering of an HDR video on Netflix between the iPhone Xs and the iPhone 11 Pro, the difference is not particularly obvious. On the other hand, the iPhone 11 Pro appears to be more accurate than its predecessor in HDR color reproduction.
D 'after our measurements, colorimetry is perfectly controlled. The iPhone 11 Pro delivers a delta E at 1.2, equal to that of the iPhone Xs, which translates an excellent color reproduction. The temperature is 6,632 K, which is very close to the video standard (6,500 K). The True Tone function, which changes the color temperature on the fly, depending on the surrounding light conditions, is still appreciated.
For ending on a good note, the iPhone 11 Pro screen shows a nice reactivity. We measure its touch delay at 43 ms, well below the average of our comparison (87 ms).
After the A12 Bionic chip of the iPhone Xs, now it's time to... the A13 Bionic. Apple's latest smartphone models benefit from a redesigned SoC to offer, mainly, better energy efficiency. The increase in performance of the iPhone 11 Pro over its predecessor is not obvious. The iPhone 11 Pro runs like a Swiss cuckoo clock, no matter what the task at hand. The transition between the most demanding applications runs smoothly, and fluidity remains the watchword. We're sorry we can't run our usual performance test protocol on it, because of a locked iOS.
For the video game, the iPhone 11 Pro is at the top of the basket. The very greedy titles are swallowed by Apple's smartphone without flinching and the flow never seems to falter. We can feel all the optimization work carried out by Apple on the one hand and by the developers working for the iOS platform on the other hand.
It is quite common in the smartphone world, but this is a first for Apple: the iPhone 11 Pro has 3 photo modules on the back. Do they allow Apple to get back in the photo race? I might as well say it right away, not quite. At least, the iPhone extends the range of possibilities offered in photography. Here is the device implemented on the 11 Pro :
Trois photo modules for more versatility.
In daylight, the main module is progressing slightly. The rendering is more accurate and the image processing less destructive for details. On the other hand, on our test scene, the image is a little colder than before. Apple's smartphone even holds a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in respect, yet far from being bad in the exercise. A great performance. On the other hand, the iPhone 11 Pro suffers from a slight optical defect that causes a loss in quality in the corners of the images.
In low brightness, here again, the iPhone 11 Pro shows a progression compared to its predecessor. Above all, our test pushes the iPhone to use its new "night" mode. It is cleverly activated automatically when conditions require it. On our stage, the rendering in automatic mode is therefore more satisfactory than that of Galaxy Note 10, which also tends to smooth out flat areas.
For putting the night mode of the iPhone 11 Pro to the test, we went down - once is not customary - to the basement. Our favorite statue is only illuminated there by a small stream of light coming from a skylight. To take his portrait, we used the automatic mode offered by the iPhone 11 Pro - which uses its night mode - and by the P30 Pro, which does not use its night mode. Overall, the P30 Pro produces a better shot. It offers more detail and is better at removing shadows. As Apple told us, its night mode won't make you think it's daytime. It is indeed the case, but the electronic noise is very present and causes a lot of information to be lost.
Module zoom 2x
By day, the 2x zoom of the iPhone is not the best. As is often the case, there is a rather visible degradation of the image compared to the wide-angle. The electronic noise is more present and makes you lose precision in small details. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 10 manages to produce more detailed images, despite a certain paleness.
In In low light, the iPhone 11 Pro loses its footing, as do almost all of its competitors. The contribution of the f/2 aperture (one of the largest on the market for smartphone "zooms") is not obvious.
It is the great novelty of this iPhone 11 Pro. The ultra-wide-angle photo module makes its appearance in the world of Apple. We have devoted a detailed article to it :
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Portrait mode, video and front module
Apple renews its famous Portrait mode, which hijacks the subject in the foreground and creates a background blur. It is still one of the most efficient, even if it still sometimes stumbles on some mugs. The iPhone 11 Pro also introduces a new mode for portraits called "High-Mono Lighting". It produces black-and-white shots and simulates a white background.
For video, the iPhone 11 Pro upscales to UHD definition at 60 fps. It is one of the few smartphones to deliver very high definition images in this definition, without sacrificing smoothness or slowing down. The 11 Pro also features an "audio zoom" feature that allows you to adjust the sound capture during a recording according to the focal length used.
frontal photo module is now equipped with a 12MP sensor. This gives a small boost to the level of detail compared to that of the Xs. Too bad the Portrait mode is not as good as with the rear module though. Apple has also introduced its "Slofie" mode, which boils down to the ability to record slowed down videos at 120 fps with the front camera.
Apple has increased the battery capacity of the iPhone 11 Pro compared to that of the Xs. The battery capacity increases from 2,658 to 3,046 mAh. The Cupertino firm announces a gain of 4 hours compared to the previous generation. We have indeed noticed an increase in the endurance of the latest iPhone. On our video playback test on Netflix, the iPhone 11 Pro lasted 14 h 28 min, an excellent score. In practice, intensive use of the smartphone won't see it expire for a good day and a half. In standard use, it will be quite possible to reach 2 full days.
iPhone 11 Pro comes with a charger delivering 18 W. This is a giant step for Apple, which until now had been content with modest 5 W chargers. Almost 4 years after everyone else, the iPhone 11 Pro is now entering the era of fast charging - it's about time. It takes 30 minutes to go from 10% to 65% and about 1 hour longer to reach 100%.