Evaluating Performance & Gaming Experience Of OPPO F11 Pro
Karamchand Rameshwar - Apr 03, 2019, 2:03 pm IST
The experience with PUBG Mobile was nearly flawless.
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One of the differences of OPPO's newly released F11 Pro is that Oppo doesn't use a Snapdragon processor, but switches to a chipset from MediaTek. The processor inside this smartphone is Helio P70. As the name suggests, the P70 SoC is the successor to the Helio P60 processor which has been quite successful. So will the Helio P70 is decent enough to deliver a powerful performance for its price range? Check out our review in terms of performance and gaming experience of the Oppo F11 Pro.
For technical specifications, Helio P70 is built on TSMC's 12nm FinFET architecture, including four high-performance Cortex-A73 cores, four energy-efficient Cortex-A53 cores, and GPU ARM Mali-G72. The biggest difference of the P70 compared to the P60 is that the clock speed of its cores are increased to enhance overall performance and gaming performance.
But how about the actual performance of the processor? And is it possible for this processor to be comparable to those Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm that are so familiar on the market?
Evaluation and comparison of Helio P70 and Snapdragon 660 performance
First, we will test the performance of the Helio P70 processor with benchmarking sites like Geekbench, Antutu, PCMark, and 3DMark. We will then compare these benchmark scores to the Snapdragon 660 processor on the Realme 2 Pro.
* In all benchmark, Snapdragon 660 SoC on the left and Helio P70 SoC on the right
As you can see, these tests all rated the Helio P70 CPU about 13% higher than the Snapdragon 660. But things get more complicated when evaluating the GPU's performance score. Antutu rated the Helio P70 GPU - Mali-G72 26% higher than the Adreno 512, but according to 3DMark reviews, Adreno 512 dominates, though only 2-4%.
It is still unclear why there is such a high difference between these tests, but I will trust 3DMark's GPU score more since this is a dedicated benchmark application for GPU anyway. So we can assume that Helio P70 is 13 to 14 percent more powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC, and while their GPUs are at par with an insignificant difference.
So is the gaming session 'smooth' or not?
To support the gaming performance of F11 Pro, OPPO provides users with a feature called Hyperboost. This feature will increase CPU and GPU clock speed, redirect computer resources to a single task - turn off background apps, and temporarily block full-screen notifications.
Perhaps we will try with the game with the most graphic-intensive: Asphalt 9. In this game, the phone selects the Medium graphics, not High, and F11 Pro gives an acceptable experience. However, the frames per second (FPS) were not really high, and there were still some lag spikes.
Perhaps this is understandable, because the Helio P70's GPU performance is just as fast as the Snapdragon 660, and the processor can’t fully handle Asphalt 9. For those who love this racing game, they will have to invest in higher-end models with Snapdragon 835 or 845 SoC.
Switch to online game titles, starting with PUBG Mobile. The game selects the middle graphics (Medium), and F11 Pro is fully responsive. Spending the whole day playing the game, I experienced a special case where the game froze (when the opponent was chasing me), but I later found out that it was because the latency of the network was too high, not because the handset does not meet the game's graphics.
No matter how long it takes to get used to a smartphone with a water-drop notch or conventional notch, I still feel like the traditional display design offers the best gaming experience (and watching videos) without the cut into content.
Along with that, F11 Pro is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery, which is on the high side on the market today. For normal usage, the device will be able to last for 11 hours 14 minutes before having to charge it (PCMark Work 2.0 review).
Overall, the OPPO F11 Pro with the Helio P70 processor has consistent performance with what users expect from a mid-range / high-end model. The only game that I feel doesn't work well is Asphalt 9 - but this is still a game with very heavy graphics anyway. In contrast, it plays well on low to medium graphics games and is particularly smooth with online games.