Here’s The Story Behind Why The OPPO Reno5 Pro Chose To Focus on Videos And How MediaTek Helped Achieve the Innovations

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The OPPO Reno5 Pro is part of the new Reno series that likes to surprise fans with new features around the camera and design. Ever since the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom, a bunch of Reno smartphones has launched in India, with the Reno5 Pro being the latest one. Like its predecessors, this one too introduced a couple of firsts for the smartphone market in India.

For one, this is the first smartphone with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC under the hood. The Dimensity chips, which smartphones in China have been using for a while now, comes with 5G support and the high-end ones even matches the CPU cores used in flagship Snapdragon SoCs, leading to claims of flagship performance at much less the price. With the Reno5 Pro priced at Rs 35,990, the smartphone figures slightly above the popular mid-range segment, promising fast and slick performance, along with innovative video features. While the overall performance is still something we are testing for our in-depth review, Mysmartprice spoke to Tasleem Arif, VP and R&D Head at OPPO India, and Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India over e-mail, to understand some of the decisions OPPO and MediaTek took while conceptualising the Reno5 Pro.

Why Dimensity 1000+ and not a Qualcomm SoC?

Specs MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Manufacturing Process 7nm 7nm 7nm
CPU Octa-core (4×2.6 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver) Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Mali-G77 MC9 Adreno 620 Adreno 650
RAM LPDDR4x Up to 16GB LPDDR4X Up to 2133MHz LPDDR5 Up to 2750MHz
Storage UFS 2.2 UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1
Display Up to FHD+ @ 144Hz Up to QHD+ @ 60Hz Up to QHD+ @ 144Hz
Camera Support 32MP + 16MP, 80MP Up to 192MP Single Capture Up to 200MP Single Capture

OPPO bills the Reno series as one based on consumer-based innovation. The company realised users in India are demanding future-ready smartphones with high-end performance and the Reno5 Pro is the result of this consumer feedback. In order to keep the performance a priority along with providing 5G connectivity for the future, OPPO went to MediaTek for the Dimensity 1000+ chipset. It’s actually a flagship-grade mobile platform that combines ARM Cortex-A77 cores and a powerful 9-core Mali-G77 GPU to deliver seamless, lag-free performance. A similar Qualcomm chip would have perhaps incurred more procurement costs for the company, and based on some benchmark results, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ does seem to beat the Snapdragon 765G in synthetic performance.

“The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ scores over 520 thousand on the AnTuTu benchmark test – a 79% increase compared with Reno4 Pro. CPU and GPU are also up by 58% and 181% respectively,” Arif said.

But it’s more than just benchmarks. The Dimensity 1000+ lends some fantastic high-end features to the Reno5 Pro, which is what powers the smartphone’s videography features.

Hardware can guarantee the lower limits of image quality

Speaking to Mysmartprice, Tasleem Arif said the Reno5 Pro’s focus on videography happened after the company saw an “emerging trend of shooting videos with rapid growth in mobile apps like Instagram, Reels or YouTube, or micro and short film platforms.”

The Reno5 Pro with the Dimensity 1000+ inside makes things much easier for these creative users. The Reno5 Pro is not the only one ofcourse, but we are using the smartphone to highlight a growing trend of loading the camera app with filters and creative photo and video filters. Whether it’s colour-pop, portrait video, background editing and low-light capture, smartphone cameras have the pressure to innovate and help their users stay one step ahead of the curve.

“We believe that each user has their own definition of beauty and viewing the world. A fixed set of hardware cannot meet the various requirements of of millions of individuals. Hardware can guarantee the lower limits of image quality, but the upper limits can only be reached through the innovation of advanced algorithms,” Arif said.

The Reno5 Pro sports some of OPPO’s proprietary imaging algorithms which is precisely what Arif pointed out above. The Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System and AI Highlight video feature helps in shooting photos and videos in any light condition, according to OPPO. In fact, you can use Live HDR and Ultra Night Mode together on this smartphone.

Support for all major 5G bands

A controversy that the OnePlus Nord got tangled in was the support of 5G bands in India. Despite having the Snapdragon X52 5G modem integrated into the SoC, the OnePlus Nord only supports the N78 5G network band in India. That would possibly restrict the OnePlus Nord from accessing 5G connectivity in India should the country choose to operate on another network band. That’s not the case with the OPPO Reno5 Pro though.

The Reno5 Pro supports 5G connectivity in Dual-SIM mode and covers all possible network bands including N78/41/1/3/7/28/N77/78/38/40/41/1/3/7/28 bands. Doing so ensures the Reno5 Pro will be ready for high-speed 5G networks when it launches in India. And you can also enjoy 5G speeds in other countries where the next-gen network is live.

But there’s a catch. The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ only support sub-6GHz 5G networks and not the mmWave network that’s now available in some US cities. mmWave networks deliver ultra fast data speed around a smaller radius, while sub-6GHz delivers data at a relatively slower throughput but covers a wider radius. The former will be used primarily in public hotspots like stadiums, malls, airports and the likes, while the latter will be the backbone of the network, covering the entire country over the next few years. And the Reno5 Pro, and all MediaTek Dimensity-1000+ powered smartphones in India will be able to gain advantage of higher speeds, right as the networks go live.

Expect more from MediaTek this year

MediaTek isn’t quite done with introducing 5G chipsets in India this year. The Taiwanese chipmaker has a penchant of undercutting the competition by offering more margins to OEMs for their chips. MediaTek further provided turnkey solutions to OEMs to integrate the chips into the devices, ensuring the components, chip and the software are working together. It is on top of this that OEMs innovate further to bring the innovative camera features that set them apart. In this case, it’s the Full Dimension Fusion Portrait System in the Reno5 Pro.

MediaTek was recently became the biggest smartphone chipset vendor in India with a 47% market share in Q3 2020 and a 50% YoY growth, according to Counterpoint Research. This growth was primiarily fueled by the company’s strides in the budget and mid-range segment. With Qualcomm chips becoming more expensive, MediaTek quickly filled the gap with a lineup of MediaTek Helio G-series SoC primed for gaming. And with the base secured, the company is ready for the 5G chip rollout in 2021.

“We are focusing on providing smartphone SoCs at competitive prices, equipped with premium specifications like advanced connectivity features and multi-core high-performance technologies to deliver premium experiences on 5G smartphones,” said Anku Jain Managing Director, MediaTek India.

The company plans to help power smartphones with the Dimensity 700 , Dimensity 800, Dimensity 1000 series in India, which the company claims addresses the “complete market portfolio and demographics.”

So are 5G smartphones priced under Rs 10,000 on their way? The market is certainly primed for it, and so is MediaTek. The Reno5 Pro already demonstrates what the top-of-the-line chipset is capable of. It’s now only a matter of time before the technologies trickle down to the mid-range and budget segments.