The IPhone 11 in Kenya

The IPhone 11 is an exceptional device. It is also available at an exceptional price. It is no secret that this is a phone that is out of reach for many Kenyans. Indeed it is an object of desire to Kenyan phone enthusiasts who do not have the financial ability to close a sale for this prolific device. To those who own the phone, it is an experience of something futuristic, something unique. A satisfaction of curiosity that is easily realized when the 6.1 Inch(15.5 cm) screen comes alive. This is a device that cannot be judged purely from a price perspective and many Kenyans who own such devices understand the potential of the power and technology that is in their hands. A quick search on Google of the price of the phone in Kenya will produce validly shocking results to the financially unprepared Kenyan mind. An IPhone 11 Pro Max(With Face Time) is in the region of KES 180,000 which is inaccessible to a significant chunk of the Kenyan Population. For the Kenyan who has it all it is a small price to pay for a technological masterpiece. So what is all the hype about? Let us delve into the features, hardware and allure of the IPhone 11 and various of its derivative devices.

The iPhone 11 was unveiled on September 10, 2019, alongside the higher end derivative iPhone 11 Pro. It was consequently released officially on September 20, 2019. This simply means that this is a relatively recent phone, built and infused with some of the best modern technology available.



IPhone 11 has a 6.1 in (15.5 cm) IPS LCD while the Pro models have OLED displays. The resolution is 1792 × 828 pixels (326 ppi) and it supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, True-Tone, and wide color gamut. As with the iPhone 11 Pro, XR, XS, and X, the display has a notch at the top for the TrueDepth camera system and the speaker. The display has an oleophobic coating that is fingerprint-resistant.


The iPhone 11, along with the iPhone 11 Pro, has Apple’s A13 Bionic processor with a third-generation neural engine. It comes with three internal storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256GB coupled with 4 GB of RAM. The iPhone 11 has an IP68 water and dust-resistant rating along with dirt and grime, and is waterproof in two meters for up to 30 minutes. Like previous iPhones, both phones do not have a headphone jack, and come with wired EarPods with a Lightning connector. It is worth noting that iPhone 11 is the first smartphone with built-in ultra-wideband hardware, via its Apple U1 chip.


This is one area that is of particular interest to Kenyans who are aspiring to buying iphone devices and to those who already own the devices. Kenyans love their selfies and pictures and wont hesitate to show off their photo taking prowess in functions and just about anywhere.

The iPhone 11 includes a dual-lens 12MP rear camera array. There is one f/2.4 ultra wide angle lens with a 120 degree field of view and 2x optical zoom out and one f/1.8 wide angle lens. The iPhone 11 supports 4K video at up to 60 fps and 1080p slow motion at up to 240 fps. The phone also features an audio zoom feature which focuses audio on the area that is being zoomed in on, similar to the Pro model. Both of the cameras support video although only the primary lens has OIS. It supports a Portrait Mode supporting depth control and an advanced Bokeh effect. The phone also has an automatic Night Mode allowing the camera to take brighter pictures with reduced noise in low light environments. There is also a redesigned camera app that adds new features such as a scroll wheel for choosing between the different lenses and long-pressing the shutter button to take a video. Apple has also announced a new Deep Fusion feature which will take advantage of AI and machine learning for image processing and it was released via iOS 13.2 software update on October 29. All this simply means that the camera is far much superior to the budget phones in the lower ranges


iPhone 11 is shipped with iOS 13, which includes Siri, Face ID (through the TrueDepth camera), Apple Pay, and supports Apple Card.

What does it all mean to Kenyans?

Many Kenyans who own this devices are considerably rich to put it plainly, which is of course a very good thing simply because they get the privileged of owning a superb high-end device with remarkable technology. On the other spectrum there are Kenyans who will be salivating non-stop for this device without the ability to actually own one. This comparison however is relative and can be viewed from an objective perspective. Those who own it can only aspire to a newer model once their curiosity is quenched and those who aspire to own this device can find pride is seeing it as an achievable goal, a motivation to work harder. All in all it is a remarkable device, coupled with some of the best technology available.