Oppo launched its high-end Reno 10 Pro and Pro+ series on July 10, 2023, in India. Both phones have superior looks and features.
However, Oppo has always been known as a camera-phone maker rather than a performance-oriented manufacturer.
While the Oppo Reno 10 Pro is priced at Rs. 39,999, it can be purchased for Rs. 35,999 after applying bank discounts, a new tactic followed by most smartphone companies.
Similarly, the Reno 10 Pro+ can be bought for Rs. 49,999 after a bank discount of Rs. 4,000. Both these phones are available in a single storage variant with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM.
While going through the features of the Oppo Reno10 Pro, one thing that caught my attention was its processor.
The smartphone uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G 5G chip, which was launched in 2021. When I compared the Reno10 Pro with some of its counterparts, I realized my doubts were valid.
In this blog, I will highlight 7 recent phones that have far better processors than the Oppo Reno10 Pro without costing more.
The price range can vary +/- Rs. 5,000 from that of the Reno10 Pro. It is worth noting that Oppo’s offering focuses on camera performance more than anything else. Interestingly, the phones listed below also have good cameras, if not the best.
Which Processor Does the Oppo Reno10 Pro Use?
The Oppo Reno10 Pro houses the Snapdragon 778G processor, which has eight cores: 1 x 2.4 GHz, 3 x 2.2 GHz, and 4 x 1.9 GHz.
Essentially, the highest processing speed of the Reno10 Pro can be 2.4 GHz. What baffles me is the price-performance contrast Oppo is offering. At Rs. 39,999, a phone launched in July 2023 is using a budget processor that was released in May 2021.
The POCO X5 Pro has the same processor and still costs Rs. 20,999, which is Rs. 18,000 less than the Reno10 Pro.
There are very few phones with Snapdragon 778G that touch the Rs. 30,000 mark. Two of them that I could find were the Samsung Galaxy A52s and Samsung Galaxy A73.
While the A52 came out in September 2021, the A73 was launched in March 2022. And here we have the Oppo Reno10 Pro with a price tag of 40k, releasing in July 2023.
This is why it is important to check out these 7 phones with better processors than the Oppo Reno10 Pro in the same price range.
1. OnePlus 11R (Starting at Rs. 39,999)
Launched in February 2023, the OnePlus 11R uses the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which can clock a maximum speed of 3.2 GHz.
In comparison to Oppo Reno10 Pro’s 2.4 GHz, you can enjoy faster speed by paying the same amount.
Moreover, the 11R offers a fast-charging speed of 100W, which is higher than Oppo’s 80W quick charging.
What’s shocking is that both phones use the same IMX 890 sensor for their primary 50 MP cameras. Oppo only has a better telephoto lens for zoom and portraits.
But is that enough for Rs. 39,999?
2. Nothing Phone (2) (Starting at Rs. 44,999)
Now, this is where things get interesting. The Nothing Phone (2) was launched on July 11, 2023, and is yet to go on its first sale (at the time of writing).
Though it costs Rs. 44,999, Phone (2) delivers on the spec sheet as well. The smartphone uses the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, the same as that of the OnePlus 11R.
Just to brief you, the 8+ Gen 1 is a flagship processor that powered devices worth over Rs. 80k in 2022.
Oppo Reno10 Pro cannot stand against the Nothing Phone (2) in any aspect, let alone in the processing department.
Even if we consider the camera, which is the strong suit of the Reno10 Pro, both phones use the same primary sensor, i.e., IMX 890.
Moreover, the Nothing (2) has a 50MP ultrawide shooter, using Samsung’s JN1 sensor. Again, it is the telephoto lens that gives Oppo some respite.
You also get wireless charging in the Phone (2), which is absent in the Reno10 Pro.
3. iQOO Neo 7 Pro (Starting at Rs. 34,999)
So, this is the first phone on my list that costs less than the Oppo Reno10 Pro. The price difference is not insignificant; the Neo 7 Pro is Rs. 5,000 cheaper.
And guess what, it also comes with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. Not just that, the iQOO Neo 7 Pro also houses an independent gaming chip.
All this at a starting price of Rs. 34,999. I am not saying it is less, but when pitted against the likes of Reno10 Pro, the Neo 7 Pro emerges as a clear winner.
It was launched on July 4, 2023, and if you are wondering how it performs in other aspects, I will give you some examples.
The battery capacity on iQOO Neo 7 Pro is 5000 mAh, while the one on Reno10 Pro is 4600 mAh. Additionally, the Neo 7 Pro offers fast charging at 120W, which is better than the Oppo Reno10 Pro.
4. Vivo V27 Pro (Starting at Rs. 37,999)
Launched in March 2023, the Vivo V27 Pro is fourth on my list of phones better than Oppo Reno10 Pro.
It uses the MediaTek Dimensity 8200 chipset, which has a primary clock speed of 3.1 GHz. For a phone that came four months before the Reno10 Pro, this is simply superb, as the latter cannot even touch the 2.5 GHz mark.
But trust me, there are more surprises for you as we move on with this listicle. I had not expected from the stylish looks of Oppo Reno10 Pro that it would house an obsolete processor.
A bigger surprise is the 50 MP front camera on the Vivo V27 Pro. At least on paper, it beats Oppo’s 32 MP shooter.
5. OnePlus Nord 3 (Starting at Rs. 33,999)
Here is another new marvel that came out on July 5, 2023, roughly a week before the Reno10 Pro. The Nord 3 has the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset.
It can go up to 3 GHz, which is again superior to Oppo’s 2.4 GHz clock speed. And you must look at the price difference of Rs. 6,000.
The notion that the cheaper product is of poorer quality seems to be a thing of the past with Oppo’s latest heroics.
Interestingly, the Nord 3 not only beats the Reno10 Pro in terms of processing prowess, but it also uses the same IMX890 sensor on its 50 MP primary camera.
Can you believe it? All that the Reno10 Pro has is the telephoto lens, which can give you better zoom shots. Who do they want you to snoop on?
6. Motorola Edge 30 Fusion (Starting at Rs. 34,999)
Remember when I said more surprises await you? Well, the Moto Edge 30 Fusion was released in September 2022.
It is the oldest phone on my list and still manages to beat the Oppo Reno10 Pro by a huge margin. There is the Snapdragon 888+ processor on Motorola’s Edge 30 Fusion, which can clock a maximum speed of 2.9 GHz.
This was the last thing one would expect from a new smartphone entering the market. If it cannot even outperform a model that came out ten months ago, what is the purpose of even releasing it?
7. Google Pixel 7a (Starting at Rs. 43,999)
Yes, there is a Pixel on my list of phones better than Oppo Reno10 Pro. Launched in May 2023, the Google Pixel 7a comes with the Google Tensor G2.
Sadly, for the Reno10 Pro, the Pixel 7a can reach the 2.85 GHz mark, which is too good for the former’s 2.4 GHz.
Though the Pixel has very slow charging speed and doesn’t host shiny cameras, it still offers a better software experience than the Reno10 Pro.
On top of it all, you get five years of security updates, two more than the Oppo model.
Final Word: Should You Buy the Oppo Reno10 Pro?
If I were to be blunt, I would never suggest you go for the Reno10 Pro. I have not even mentioned all the phones with a better chipset.
For example, the Realme Narzo 60 Pro comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 7050 (clocked at 2.6 GHz), and the Moto Edge 40 has the Dimensity 8020 (clocked at 2.6 GHz) on its palette.
Such small margins are avoidable and don’t impact your purchasing decision, while the seven phones in my list have the ability to change your mind.
A phone can have the best camera in the world, but if it doesn’t have the required processing power to handle things, the user will experience lags in the long run.
Which one should you choose instead? Well, the choice is yours. If you prefer longevity, which you should when you are spending 40k bucks, go for any smartphone that provides at least three years/times of Android updates.
Oppo Reno10 Pro fails in this aspect as well, offering only two years/times of OS updates. From my list, OnePlus 11R, Nothing Phone (2), Pixel 7a, and OnePlus Nord 3 give at least three times of OS updates.
You may have different needs, and it is important to research deeply before putting your hard-earned money to use.
Just don’t go for a phone that has only one big thing about it like the Reno10 Pro, which sports a massive telephoto lens of 32 MP.