Guide to Buying a Refurbished iPhone 11 - WeSellTek

Is it worth buying a refurbished iPhone 11? In this article, we take a closer look at the refurbished iPhone 11. Find out everything you need to know about a refurbished iPhone 11 in this guide from WeSellTek. 

Refurbished iPhone 11 specs

The iPhone 11 is one of the larger models of iPhone currently on the market, but certainly not the largest! 

The iPhone 11 dimensions:

  • 150.9mm in height
  • 75.7mm wide 
  • 8.3mm thick
  • 193.9 grams


This slightly heavy handset isn’t heavy without reason, as it packs in a whole lot of features. The A13 bionic processing chip comes with 18 cores, including eight for onboard machine learning. 

The refurbished iPhone 11 offers a glass surface screen with no buttons. The all-glass design handset, front to back makes for a sleek, sophisticated look, with round edges and an aluminium frame that’s wrapped in an all-glass enclosure. It offers an edge to edge display with slim bezels. The glass body is also available in six different colours including purple, green, Product Red and yellow, aside from the standard colours of black and white. The glass handset will be meticulously cleaned and polished during the refurbishment process, so you are guaranteed a pristine refurbished phone when you purchase with WeSellTek.

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Where can I buy a refurbished iPhone 11?

You can find and buy refurbished iPhone 11 handsets online from reputable retailers, including right here at WeSellTek. Always make sure you are buying a refurbished iPhone from a trustworthy and accredited supplier. Be aware that used and refurbished are not the same; a used phone will have not gone through the necessary rigorous testing to be classed as a refurbished phone. 

How much does a refurbished iPhone 11 cost?

On average, a refurbished iPhone 11 costs around £470. This is a bid decrease from their RRP of £600 minimum. You can typically find refurbished iPhone 11 handsets at various price points, based on their cosmetic condition and finish. Although all internal elements of the phone are in perfect working order, occasionally refurbished models will have scratches and scuffs due to wear and tear from a previous owner. Any degradations on the refurbished iPhone 11 exterior will be reflected in the price. All of our refurbished iPhones are available in fair, good, excellent or pristine condition, each of which has a different price bracket to suit your budget. 

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 have good battery life? 

Users can expect to use their refurbished iPhone 11 for the whole day without any issues. The refurbished handset’s battery life should perform just as well, if not better than a new iPhone as the battery may have just been replaced. Should you find you need to give the battery a boost, the iPhone 11 model also offers wireless charging and fast charging, which is still usable in refurbished iPhone 11 models. 

Stats for the refurbished iPhone 11 battery life:

  • 17 hours of video playback
  • 10 hours of streamed video feedback
  • 65 hours of audio playback. 

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 come with a new battery?

Occasionally your restored iPhone 11 will come with a new battery. This will be dependent on the quality of the existing battery and the battery performance. Most refurbished iPhones will undergo a rigorous refurbishment process, which will determine if the battery needs to be replaced. All of the refurbished iPhone 11s from WeSellTek will have been tested for battery life, and if the battery is performing below 80%, the battery will be replaced. 

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 have wireless charging?

A refurbished iPhone 11 will be enabled with wireless charging as all features are tested and checked before the iPhone goes on sale. If faults with the wireless charging system are found during testing, these will be fixed before the model goes on sale. 

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 come with AirPods?

Some refurbished iPhone 11s may come with AirPods, but as these are a relatively new addition to the Apple family, you may have to source these elsewhere. You can find second-hand AirPods online or older editions at a cheaper price point. 

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 come in its original box?

You can find buy refurbished iPhone 11s online with a brand new white box. All the refurbished iPhones from WeSellTek include a white box as standard, making them ideal for gift giving. 

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 come with headphones?

Some refurbished iPhone 11s may come with headphones, but this isn’t standard and is generally seen as an extra.

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 come with a charger?

Most refurbished phones should come with a charger as standard. Our refurbished iPhone 11s come with a charger, including a USB cable and UK plug. 

Does a refurbished iPhone 11 come with a sim card?

Some refurbished iPhone 11s will come with a sim card included, but this may be at an additional cost, otherwise, you may have to purchase a SIM card elsewhere. All refurbished iPhones also come with a sim tool. 

Refurbished iPhone 11 Performance 

One question that’s asked a lot: is the hardware the same in a refurbished iPhone 11? Well, readers will be pleased to know you can expect the same level of performance from a refurbished iPhone 11 as you would with a new device. Any reputable wholesaler of refurbished iPhones will ensure the phones are tested for performance, battery life and so on. At WeSellTek, all our phones undergo rigorous testing, including a 70 point diagnostics check as part of the refurbishment process.

Refurbished iPhone 11 Hardware

The iPhone 11 includes an A13 processing chip, with a performance core 20% faster than the previous A12 chip. It archives this using 40 % less power, too.  The A13 chip offers 50 - 60% higher sustained graphics performance than the iPhone XS, and at the time of release was the fastest chip ever in a smartphone. The bionic 7-nanometer chip packs a punch to offer improved performance, usability and ingenuity and contains a whopping 18 cores. Six of these are for the CPU (Central Processing Unit), four are for the GPU and eight are for the neutral engine, helping to contribute towards machine learning. 

Refurbished iPhone 11 video performance 

You can expect good working video quality from your refurbished iPhone 11. This is because any faults with video playback or sound or image quality will have been found during the diagnostics check. At this point, any errors are fixed, so the inner workings of the iPhone 11 are good as new. 

The iPhone 11 supports 4k video, at 60 seconds per frame. 4K video recording is available at 24, 30, or 60fps (frames per second) and cameras on the iPhone 11 can be used for recording video. There are additional features such as Audio Zoom to help match audio to the video framing, and QuickTake video mode to automatically record video with the camera app. It’s also easy to edit, crop and add filters to a video once they’ve been recorded. All in all, the video options on iPhone 11 offer professional-looking videos, with scope and flexibility for video quality and finish. All refurbished iPhone 11s should offer the above credentials and performance metrics when you purchase them. 

Refurbished iPhone 11 Camera Performance?

Refurbished iPhone 11 cameras should work just as well as a brand new iPhone 11. This is because any issues with the hardware of the phone, including the camera, will have been identified during the refurbishment process. It is at this stage that any errors, bugs or problems are found and fixed. The new user can expect a phone in perfect working condition. 

The iPhone 11 camera offered users some pretty impressive features, with a wide-angle lens for wider landscape shots, and a dual-camera system allowing for a 12MP wide sensor, iPhone 11 support shoots with 120° field of view. Arguably the most impressive feature of the iPhone 11 is the front camera capability enabling Face ID to unlock your phone. Expect crisp, bright and clear photos, even in low lighting, with a Night Mode feature. Smart HDR enables highlight and shadow detail which beats its predecessors. The machine learning techniques mean photos are processed pixel by pixel for better resolution, texture. From studio-style monochromatic pictures to portrait mode, the iPhone 11 camera ticks a lot of boxes.  

Is the display good in a refurbished iPhone 11?

For those looking for an impressive screen display, the refurbished iPhone 11 screen offers a 6-inch screen. The 6 inch LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) offers 1792 x 828 resolution at 326 PPI (Pixels per inch to you and me) with a 1400:1 contrast ratio. The IPS technology makes the device a reactive and refined as possible to offer an optimum user-friendly experience. The Haptic Touch feature differs somewhat from 3D touch features available with previous iPhone models, in that it only supports one single press gesture. This gesture can be used to activate secondary features for improved usability. Refurbished iPhone 11 models will have been tested and fixed of any bugs so users can expect a similar level of display performance as a brand new handset. 

Do refurbished iPhone 11s have Face ID?

All refurbished iPhone 11s are sold after a testing process and refurbishment process, so your phone should support Face ID as standard. 

Face ID works by using an infrared camera; the technology replaced the previous Touch ID that was popular on previous models, and allows for hands-free access to your phone.

The iPhone 11 vs 12 - Key differences iPhone 12 design

The iPhone 11 model is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 also comes in five colours; black, white, Product Red, white and green.

Design-wise, the biggest difference visually is the flatter sides, unlike the rounded design of the iPhone 11. Apple has also claimed that the iPhone 12 can handle wear and tear a little more, with 4 times the drop performance than its predecessor thanks to the Ceramic Shield display.

In general, the design is crisp, light and compact, and the flatter edges offer a better grip on your hand. The design is reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 5 but goes further with build quality thanks to its Ceramic Shield screen which is 4x tougher than previous glass screens.

The iPhone 12 offers far better water resistance than the iPhone 11, withstanding immersion 6 meters deep for 30 minutes.

5G Connectivity

The strictly 4G offering from iPhone 11 models is certainly improved upon with the iPhone 12. 5G offers exceptionally fast data speed, particularly in urban areas. Although the 5G capabilities may not seem as necessary vital at the moment, the prominence of 5G is expected to boom in a few years. Many experts and reviewers are stating that opting for 5G will future proof your device. 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, and since it was only deployed in late 2019, we still have a long way to go before we can expect excellent 5G coverage nationwide. However as 5G coverage improves in the coming years, iPhone 12 owners will reap the rewards more than iPhone 11 owners.

Improved Display

The iPhone 12’s screen offers a Super Retina XDR OLED display, unlike the iPhone 11’s LCD screen. Comparison wise, the OLED screen offers more vibrant colours, better contrast, wider viewing angles and generally better quality images. This brilliant display mirrors the image quality users can expect thanks to the wider camera angles and additional lenses.

A14 Bionic Chip

The A14 processing chip replaces the A13 chip available in iPhone 11 models. The chip offers a 16-core natural engine, delivering an 80% performance increase compared to the A13. The processor is heralded as 50% better performance-wise than its android counterparts. The CPU is cited to be 20 % faster than the A13 chip and the GPU, 10% faster. The A14 chip shows its colours in various ways, including a transcode time of 26 seconds when converting 4k video to 1080p.

Improved camera performance

There is no denying that the iPhone 11 offered one of the best camera phones on the market. Slightly better performance is offered with the iPhone 12 thanks to two additional lenses, and a new LiDar scanner. The wide sensor helps with low light photography, and the Smart HDR 3 offers a more dynamic range in terms of balanced image display.

Similar battery life

One area where the iPhone 12 fails to succeed its predecessor is battery life, with multiple reports stating similar battery performance. This is largely due to the 5G and higher resolution display, both of which can sap battery life considerably. Moving between 4G and 5G is said to drain battery life even further, and all in all, both models offer similar stamina.

Similar storage options

Both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 offer the same storage capacity options; 64GB, 134 GB and 256 GB.

The Verdict

Users can generally expect a better machine with the iPhone 12 model, which scores well in all performance areas bar battery life. However, expect to pay the price for these features, particularly if you are looking to buy a new iPhone 12. You can find cheaper iPhones that have been refurbished and unlocked, that is in pristine condition and provide everything you need from an iPhone.

You can explore WeSellTek’s complete range of refurbished iPhones here.