Every year we are faced with a top-of-the-range bakery with enviable characteristics. In this case the crème of the crème is represented by the quartet composed of OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9, Huawei P30 Pro ed OPPO Reno 10x Zoom. Basically it's hard to get hurt with any of these devices, but you know, it's the details that make the difference. That's why I wanted to compare them, understanding what are their strengths and weaknesses for each of them.
OnePlus 7 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Huawei P30 Pro vs OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
The equipment in the package offers a protective cover on all, with Huawei and OPPO that go further, having their headphones also included. But despite being one of the most expensive, the OnePlus 7 Pro sales box lacks the mini-jack adapter, "inexplicably" not provided.
Design and construction quality
- OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: 162 x 77.2 x 9.3 mm - 215 g
- OnePlus 7 Pro: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm - 206 g
- Huawei P30 Pro: 158 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm - 192 g
- Xiaomi Mi 9: 157.5 x 74.67 x 7.61 mm - 173 g
If you are looking for a top of the range compact, the most pocket-sized of 4 is definitely Xiaomi Mi 9. Not only in length and width, but also in thickness and weight. Most massif is definitely OPPO Reno 10x Zoom, whose weight is felt in the hand. It is fair, however, to point out that the Reno camera is the only one not to protrude from the body. In this regard, OPPO has also integrated a ceramic ball which, in addition to being a nice aesthetic detail, raises the body and protects it from wear.
And if we talk about aesthetics, the back cover of Mi 9 is probably the most anonymous, with OPPO that is able to stand out the most. Chromatically speaking, this coloration of P30 Pro is the most striking, with all the pros and cons of the case. To the touch, however, they are all valuable and of excellent workmanship. However, Huawei P30 Pro it is the only one to enjoy certification IP68 against liquids and dust. Without forgetting theAlert Slider weblog OnePlus, always a godsend to quickly switch audio profile. Also My 9 has a bonus, or the AI key usually associated with Google Assistant but further configurable.
As almost all modern flagships, on all and 4 we find a optical fingerprint sensor below the display. As for speed and responsiveness, the best in this respect are OnePlus 7 Pro e OPPO Reno 10x Zoom. Slightly slower, on the other hand, are placed Huawei P30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9 at the same level. In the case of Huawei and OPPO the biometric release can also be used to protect apps and files, while with OnePlus only the apps. The facial recognition it is almost the same on all models, although on OnePlus it is slightly slower due to less instantaneous animation.
A software gem of Xiaomi and OnePlus is the possibility of having shortcuts keeping pressed in the ID sensor area once the display is unlocked. I prefer the OnePlus version, richer in shortcuts and customizable.
- OnePlus 7 Pro: 6.67 ″ Quad HD + (3120 x 1440 pixel) - 515 PPI
- Xiaomi Mi 9: 6.39 ″ Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixel) - 402 PPI
- Huawei P30 Pro: 6.47 ″ Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixel) - 399 PPI
- OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: 6.6 ″ Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixel) - 387 PPI
The very first thing you notice is that, contrary to the Mi 9 and P30 Pro notch, both OPPO and OnePlus have adopted a solution full screen. This ensures a better glance, especially for those who can't stand the intrusion of the notch in video and games. The same could be said for the curvature Dual Edge implemented by Huawei e OnePlus, an already more debatable aspect. Although more visually satisfying, this type of curvature does not escape outdoor reflections and lower grip.
To have a sensor below the display, it means there is a panel on the 4 phones AMOLED. Once placed side by side, we see how OPPO and Xiaomi tend slightly to yellow, with P30 Pro more faded and less saturated. In this respect OnePlus 7 Pro is the device with the better display, not disfiguring alongside the best Samsung. Even tilting it you can see an excellent preservation of the colors, without any particular changes. Without considering, then, the resolution Quad HD + and the refresh rate a 90 Hz (although configurable also at Full HD + and 60 Hz). Speaking of brightness, i exceed 600 nits on all models, except on OPPO Reno 10x Zoom which stops at the most standard 450 nits. Furthermore, on P30 Pro the automatic sensor tends to be lower than the others.
Let's move on to software now. First and foremost OnePlus 7 Pro is the only one not having theAlways-on Display, function more customizable graphically on Mi 9. The configuration of the panel is possible on all the models, being able to calibrate temperature and color, with the OxygenOS that offers more presets. On all there is the Night mode which filters the blue lights, while on OnePlus 7 Pro there is also a Reading mode to make the display black and white.
Hardware and Performance
As I always repeat in these cases, the performances of the current top of the range are basically equivalent. They are all based on Snapdragon 855 by Qualcomm, exclusion made for Huawei P30 Pro and his Kirin 980. Only note goes to Huawei P30 Pro, the only one to boast support NanoSD, a solution that is proprietary but that, at a cost that is not excessive, allows the memory to be expanded. Needless to say, everyday use is enjoyable with any solution you choose from 4, as well as the gaming aspect. Despite the less powerful GPU, PUBG runs at 40 fps ad HDR / Ultra also on P30 Pro: the lower power of the Mali-G76 is reflected in other areas that we will talk about shortly.
Also view the experience with Black Shark, the MIUI also boasts a mode Game Turbo with features not from poco. Nothing as striking as those of ASUS ROG, but not for this not worthy of note. In addition to the classic RAM cleaning functions, it is possible to launch apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Browser in floating mode, as well as having details on CPU, GPU and FPS consumption. Also OnePlus has the renewed from her Fnatic Mode, including an advanced Do Not Disturb mode.
More generally, two aspects make the difference on the performance side. The least relevant are the memory cuts available in Italy: starting with 6 / 64 GB di Xiaomi to switch to the larger ones 6 / 128 GB di Huawei e OnePlus up to 8 / 256 GB di OPPO. The other aspect, more considerable, is related to the software component.
Each of these phones represents a different software philosophy: MIUI, EMUI, OXYGEN e coloros. Side updates the ColorOS is probably the most disadvantaged, given the minor diffusion in the western area. If you care about major updates, you will probably have to opt for OnePlus, since Android 9 Pie was also brought on 3 models years ago. Even Xiaomi is always very receptive to updates, as far as these mainly concern MIUI itself. At present, however, the security patches they are more up to date on Huawei and OPPO (June 2019), while OnePlus stops in May and Xiaomi in April.
The interface optimization starts from the home and from what can be achieved with a swipe. Given the wide diagonal of the screens, with OxygenOS and MIUI you can open the notification curtain swiping down, while with EMUI and ColorOS the less useful search opens. Another key aspect is the presence of drawer swiping upwards, present only on OxygenOS and ColorOS, while with MIUI the search opens. No shortcuts, instead, on the EMUI. Another element, less relevant, is the screen that reaches swipe to the right. While the EMUI there is "only" Google Now, on OnePlus, OPPO and Xiaomi you access the screen of theassistant, also called Shelf in the OxygenOS. From this point of view I prefer the latter, more functional and full of useful options.
Being full screen devices, the full screen gestures are on the agenda. The operation is almost the same, except that on EMUI and MIUI the Back button is replaced by the side swipe. On OnePlus, on the other hand, the Back button works with a swipe towards the lower left / right side. The most flexible gestures are those of ColorOS, which can be configured in both ways. From the point of view of Customization, the MIUI Global still lacks the impossibility of having an 5x grid, as well as the ColorOS but only for the dock. Conversely, on OxygenOS you can not only do this, but you can also change the icon packs and related icon sizes. At the same time, there are so many on MIUI Temi available: there are also on EMUI and ColorOS, but much less.
The other aspect to consider when talking about the interface are the additional functions. Given the OLED panel, on EMUI, MIUI and OxygenOS there is the Dark Theme to make the most of it. If you like having an option of Record Screen, then you will have to opt again for the trio composed of EMUI, MIUI and OxygenOS. But currently the EMUI is the only interface that can boast one Desktop mode, also wireless. The function of is not missing clona app on EMUI (but with less apps), MIUI, OxygenOS and ColorOS. On the contrary, the 1 hand mode it is integrated only on EMUI and MIUI: a boon, given the increased dimensions. Speaking of gestures, the most useful in my opinion is the double tap to wake, absent only on the EMUI. Each of these interfaces has something absent on the others: on the EMUI there is the aforementioned Desktop mode, on the OxygenOS the Zen Mode to disconnect from the phone, on the MIUI the Second Space to encrypt its contents and the ColorOS a sidebar to start some shortcuts. Finally, the translations best we find on EMUI, followed by OxygenOS. On the MIUI Global there are still faults, again in English, while ColorOS is still too macaronic in certain situations.
Photo / video quality
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- Rear: 48 + 16 + 8 mpx - f/ 1.6-2.2-2.4 - OIS - hybrid autofocus
- Frontal: 16 mpx - f/2
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Rear: 48 + 12 + 16 mpx - f/ 1.75-2.2-2.2 - OIS - hybrid autofocus
- Frontal: 20 mpx - f/2
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Rear: 40 + 20 + 16 mpx - ToF sensor - f/ 1.6-2.2-3.4 - hybrid autofocus
- Frontal: 32 mpx - f/2
- OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
- Rear: 48 + 13 + 8 mpx - f/ 1.7-2.2-3.0 - PDAF autofocus
- Frontal: 16 mpx - f/2
Like all current top models, on these 4 phones we find a triple camera with telephoto and wide angle lens. The only one to differentiate is Huawei P30 Pro, thanks to a ToF sensor which also allows you to have a function Super Macro with which to capture very close subjects. In addition, the Huawei flagship is the richest in features, also integrating B&W, Light Painting and Dual View modes, to name a few. At the same time, it is the only one not to have Auto HDR, since - alas - HDR continues to be a function in its own right. Through the Pro function, however, it is possible to shoot in RAW, as on OnePlus 7 Pro, as opposed to Mi 9 and Reno.
Unlike OPPO, the other 3 terminals use the telephoto lens for the Portrait mode. However, the definition is a bit better on OPPO, although it gives less bright and contrasting images. The general effect that less convinces me is the one provided by Huawei.
As anticipated, we have a sensor wide-angle lens above all, although the OnePlus 7 Pro is the least extensive as FoV. A praise to Huawei, among other things, which is the only one to offer the Night mode even with the wide angle. Of the four OnePlus it is perhaps the best, being the most balanced with and without light, although there is a certain contrast and a temperature of white towards warm tones. The photos are also excellent with Mi 9, as long as there is light, as details and dynamic range fall with the twilight. Huawei and OPPO are more balanced, even though they often produce less “pungent” images and, with more difficult lights, with an exposure not calibrated very well.
We have already talked about telephoto in this previous comparison. Huawei and OPPO are ahead of the competition in hardware, thanks to a telephoto optical 5X. OnePlus defends itself however rather well, while Xiaomi is evident that it is not at the level of the competition.
In daytime situation we note the different software interpretations by the manufacturers 4. Huawei P30 Pro is the most balanced, with shots that tend to be natural and often with more detail in the shadows. OnePlus 7 Po has an often portentous Auto HDR, capable of providing good exposure and vibrant colors but never saturated. OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is also balanced but less impact than P30 Pro, with images that are sometimes dull and / or overexposed. Xiaomi Mi 9 is great during the day, with lively photos and with a lot of dynamic range, although they are sometimes too saturated.
When you are with few light to ensure the brightest photos are Huawei, although occasionally turn to yellow, and Xiaomi, although occasionally they are less calibrated as colors and exposure.
In Night mode here Huawei takes the lead, thanks to brighter and sharper shots, with OnePlus right behind, albeit with less washed-out colors. OPPO is again balanced but the less bright, while Xiaomi is thick poco usable, due to poor definition and color reproduction.
Finally, I consider the selfie camera of OnePlus 7 Pro the best of the lot, immediately followed by Huawei. The definition is superior in the case of P30 Pro, although the sharpness is less processed by software from the OxygenOS. OPPO tends to overexpose the self-portraits, while the photos of Mi 9 sway between the balanced and the dull. Portrait mode has always convinced me more about Huawei and OnePlus. If you find yourself in the dark, OnePlus performs well, with less moving shots, although the OPPO physical LED flash has something extra.
As anticipated, the less powerful GPU causes that Huawei P30 Pro be the only one to stop at the clips 4K is 30 fps, while rivals go as far as 4K is 60 fps. At the same time, Huawei is the only one to give a Super Slow Motion to 960 fps, also present on Mi 9, although they are interpolated. If we talk about Full HD at 30 fps, the general quality is pretty good on all and 4, also for what concerns stabilization. The most balanced clips are those of Xiaomi Mi 9, given that P30 Pro tends to overexpose, OP7 Pro to have a somewhat excessive contrast and OPPO Reno made somewhat dull videos.
Connectivity and audio
The connectivity department is the usual one on the 4 models, including dual SIM support 4G +, Wi-Fi ac Dual Band and Bluetooth 5.0. But there are some differences, starting with the presence of IR sensor on Xiaomi and Huawei to use them as remote controls. The use of a door USB Type-C 3.1 was only used by Huawei and OnePlus. Another important aspect concerns satellite navigation, given that Huawei and Xiaomi boast a Dual frequency GPS. Inside OPPO is the fastest to hook up the signal seeing more satellites, Huawei is the most accurate, while Xiaomi is halfway, with OnePlus failing to hook up. Outdoors, however, Huawei and Xiaomi are equivalent, with OnePlus and OPPO just behind.
Moving on to the audio compartment, up Xiaomi e Huawei there is only one mono speaker, from the similar sound output but slightly better as frequencies on the Huawei. The situation is different OnePlus ed OPPO, since both have one stereo speaker. But it is that of OnePlus that it has a slightly higher volume, as well as enjoying a clearer stereo separation and a better reproduction of frequencies. All are without mini-jack, but the sound in headphones is more than enjoyable. The equalizer is present at the call on everyone, even if that of OPPO is the least incisive.
- OnePlus 7 Pro: 4000 mAh - Warp Charge
- Xiaomi Mi 9: 3300 mAh - Quick Charge 4 - Wireless 20W
- Huawei P30 Pro: 4200 mAh - Super Charge - Wireless 15W
- OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: 4000 mAh - VOOC 3
We conclude with a key aspect, that related to the duration of the aforementioned phones. On paper the most disadvantaged is undoubtedly Xiaomi and its modest 3300 mAh. On OnePlus there is a 4000 mAh and OPPO a 4065 mAh, up to the most capacious 4200 mAh di Huawei. But by virtue of this, it is the Mi 9 that amazes us the most, although despite having a smaller battery, it still guarantees 6 hours of active display. The same can be said for Huawei and OPPO, going up to 6 / 7 hours, while with OnePlus the speech takes a crossroads. If you use it in Quad HD + and 90 Hz, you get to 4 / 5 hours, going up to 6 hours with more Full HD + at 60 Hz.
As for the top-up, Xiaomi Mi 9 and its charger at 27W puts us around 60 minutes to switch from 0% to 100%. Ditto for Huawei P30 Pro and Super Charge support at 40W, rising to around 80 minutes per OnePlus 7 Pro with Warp Charge ed OPPO Reno 10x Zoom with VOOC 3.0, both at 20W. If you prefer the wireless charging, to integrate it are only Huawei e Xiaomi. Thanks to 20W support, Mi 9 loads wirelessly in about 100 minutes, while with P30 Pro at 15W it takes about 130 minutes. The latter also enjoys technology reverse wireless, to load (slowly) all compatible devices.
Conclusions and price
At this point, let's try to summarize the situation by chapters.
|OnePlus 7 Pro||Xiaomi Mi 9||Huawei P30 Pro||OPPO Reno 10x Zoom|
|Performances||✔||✔||✔ (+ NanoSD)||✔|
|Camera||✔||(During the day)||✔ (more flexible)||x|
If you played it on points, Huawei P30 Pro would be the winner, winning 9 categories on 11. But you know, an almost primary role when you have to choose a phone also plays it price. From this point of view, it is undoubtedly Xiaomi Mi 9 to beat the competitors, starting from a cost of 400 / 450 €. In fact, for P30 Pro, you need at least 680 / 700 €, not to mention the 709 € for OnePlus 7 Pro and 799 € (€630 da GearBest but with 12 months of official guarantee) for OPPO Reno 10x Zoom. Moreover, this last one lacks of availability, not being purchasable from Amazon or eBay. At this point, it is up to you to evaluate the best value for money for your pockets.
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