With the OPPO Reno Z launching with the MediaTek Helio P90 it is worth looking to see how it stacks up against Qualcomm's offerings and how it compares to the more expensive OPPO Reno.

Based on the pricing of the Reno Z and the specification of the chip, the most likely contender is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 was launched in May 2018 and was aimed toward the Asian market offering premium features and performance but at a lower price point than the flagship chipset, which was the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 at the time.

It has become quite a popular chipset and you will find OPPO using it in both the normal Reno and the R17 Pro. You will also find it in the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Vivo Nex A, Nokia 8.1, Realme 3 Pro and the Realme X. So lots of great phones using it.

The MediaTek Helio P90 (MT6779) was launched in December of 2018 and represents the flagship product from MediaTek. They do have the X range but the X30 (MT6799) was launched in 2017. The Helio P90 hasn't gained quite as much traction compared to the Qualcomm, from what I can find you have two choices, the OPPO Reno Z or the Ulefone T3.

Last updated on 17th September 2019 10:02 am

CPU

Fabricated on TSMC's 12 nm process, the chip incorporates eight cores – four Cortex-A55 little cores operating at up to 2 GHz and four Cortex-A75 cores operating at up to 2.2 GHz.

The Snapdragon 710 is fabricated on Samsung's 10nm LPE process and features six Kryo 360 Silver high-efficiency cores operating at 1.7 GHz, which are effectively the same as the Cortex-A55, and then two high-performance Kryo 360 Gold operating at 2.2 GHz which are Cortex-A75.

Theoretically, this should put the two chipsets side by side in performance for CPU related tasks. The main difference is the fabrication process, combining that and Qualcomm's famous power efficiency, the Snapdragon 710 should outclass the P90 by a significant margin for battery life.

GPU

The P90 incorporates a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU operating at up to 970 MHz.

The Snapdragon 710 integrates the Adreno 616 GPU operation at 500 MHz.

Drawing conclusions from the two GPU specification is harder as the underlying architecture is not quite the same and comparing clocks does not necessarily mean anything in real-life performance.

Chipset Specification Table

SoCHelio P90Snapdragon 710
CPU2x Cortex A75 @ 2.2GHz2x Kryo 360 (CA75)@ 2.2GHz
6x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz6x Kryo 360 (CA55)@ 1.7GHz
GPUPowerVR GM 9446 @ 970MHzAdreno 616
APU / NPU / AI Proc. / Neural IP2x +140GMACsQualcomm Hexagon 685 Vector Processor
(Tensilica DSP)Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP
Memory2x 16bit LPDDR4X @ 1866MHz2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X 14.9GB/s with 1MB system cache
ISP/Camera1x 48MP or 2x 24+16MPSpectra 250 ISP
Dual:16 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30 fps
Single:25 MP, MFNR, ZSL, 30 fps
Single:48 MP, MFNR
Single:192 MP
Encode/2160p? H.264 & HEVC2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process12FFC11nm LPP

Benchmarks

With the Reno Z being quite new, there are not many benchmarks available for either the phone or the chipset itself.

The only reference I can find is for an Antutu score of 166935 which is a touch behind the 167500 scores achieved by the OPPO Reno which is a more expensive phone.

Earlier benchmarks for the Helio P90 running on a device with 6GB of RAM achieved a score of 162861.

OPPO Reno Z vs OPPO Reno

 OPPO Reno ZOPPO Reno
Announced2019, May2019, April
Dimensions157.3 x 74.9 x 9.1 mm (6.19 x 2.95 x 0.36 in)156.6 x 74.3 x 9 mm (6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)
Weight186 g (6.56 oz)185 g (6.53 oz)
BuildFront/back glass, plastic frame
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
TypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~85.3% screen-to-body ratio)6.4 inches, 101.0 cm2 (~86.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6
HDR10DCI-P3
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6Android 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6
ChipsetMediatek MT6779 Helio P90 (12 nm)Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
GPUPowerVR GM9446Adreno 616
Card slotNoNo
Internal128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 8 GB RAM256 GB, 6/8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Rear Camera48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
FeaturesDual-LED flash, HDR, panoramaDual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
Front Camera32 MP, f/2.0Motorized pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
FeaturesHDRHDR
Video1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
LoudspeakerYesYes
3.5mm jackYesYes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated micActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
24-bit/192kHz audio24-bit/192kHz audio
Dolby Atmos sound
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX HD5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX HD
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFCYesYes
Infrared portNoNo
RadioNoNo
USBType-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-GoType-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SensorsFingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4035 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 3765 mAh battery
ChargingFast battery charging 20W (VOOC 3.0)Fast battery charging 20W (VOOC Flash Charge)
ColorsStar Purple, Extreme Night Black, Coral Orange, Bead WhiteOcean Green, Jet Black, Nebula Purple, Pink Mist, Coral Orange, Inspiration Edition
Price299379

Pricing

The Reno Z is launching in the UK for £299 whereas the normal Oppo Reno costs £80 more at £379.00.

The specification of the two phones is almost identical apart from the chipset, which both performs almost identically and then that shark fin pop up. Due to the pop-up, the two phones have different selfie cameras, the Reno Z uses a 32 MP f/2.0 camera, while the more expensive Reno uses a 16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm wide camera.

So if you can live without the pop up you are looking at saving £80 for effectively the same phone.

Last updated on 17th September 2019 10:02 am