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Testing the Helio X30 chipset on the Meizu Pro 7 Plus

Meizu Pro 7 Plus is the first smartphone to utilize the latest Helio X30 chip by MediaTek. It has a powerful deca-core processor and PowerVR graphics. Meizu has added 6 gigabytes of RAM, more than enough for smooth multi-tasking.

The 10-core processor has two powerful Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.6GHz, four energy-efficient yet powerful enough A53 cores running at 2.2GHz, and four super lightweight A35 ones ticking at 1.9GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is PowerVR 7XTP series – Apple has picked a similar one for the iPhone 6s in its A9 chip.

Traditionally, we start our benchmarking routine with some Geekbench tests on the processor, but our unit is running on a pre-release Flyme version, and it didn’t allow the app to finish its calculations – so we didn’t get a final score. Once we get our hands on the retail firmware we will update this section.

Other than Geekbench, all other tests were able to complete their routines. The GPU chosen for the Helio X30 isn’t of the latest generations and while it was once a flagship-grade, it’s now more of a mid-range performer. Considering the QHD screen on the Pro 7 Plus we weren’t sure what to expect, but luckily there are no reasons for worries.

The 1080p offscreen GFX tests show the PowerVR 7XTP GPU is noticeably weaker than the current Adreno 540 by Qualcomm, but very close to its previous Adreno 530 model available in the Snapdragon 820 generation and on par with the Mali-T880MP10 found in the Meizu Pro 6 Plus.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better


OnePlus 5
60


Xiaomi Mi 6
59


Nokia 8
57


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
50


Samsung Galaxy S8
50


OnePlus 3T
49


Sony Xperia XZs
42


LG G6
41


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
40


Meizu Pro 6 Plus
37


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
34


Huawei P10 Plus
28


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
28


Meizu Pro 5
25


Meizu Pro 6
18


Huawei P9 Plus
18

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better


OnePlus 5
41


Xiaomi Mi 6
41


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
39


Nokia 8
39


Samsung Galaxy S8
36


OnePlus 3T
33


Sony Xperia XZs
32


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
29


LG G6
26


Meizu Pro 6 Plus
25


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
22


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
22


Huawei P10 Plus
19


Meizu Pro 5
14


Meizu Pro 6
11


Huawei P9 Plus
10

There are apps that will run on the native 1440p resolution, so we also ran the onscreen GFX benchmarks. The Pro 7 Plus GPU is as capable here as the Adreno 530 and the Mali-T880MP10 from the last year’s flagships, though the current top-of-the-line crop offers double the performance.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better


OnePlus 5
56


Xiaomi Mi 6
56


OnePlus 3T
48


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
47


Sony Xperia XZs
40


Samsung Galaxy S8
36


Nokia 8
33


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
27


Meizu Pro 5
25


LG G6
24


Meizu Pro 6 Plus
23


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
23


Huawei P10 Plus
19


Huawei P9 Plus
19


Meizu Pro 6
18


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
18

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
41


Xiaomi Mi 6
41


OnePlus 5
40


Sony Xperia XZs
34


OnePlus 3T
33


Samsung Galaxy S8
23


Nokia 8
18


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
15


Meizu Pro 5
14


Meizu Pro 6 Plus
13


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
13


Huawei P10 Plus
12


LG G6
12


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
12


Meizu Pro 6
11


Huawei P9 Plus
11

We can draw the same conclusions from the compound GPU tests by BaseMark – the Pro 7 Plus has a capable GPU, it’s just not an equal to the best on the market.

Basemark X

Higher is better


Samsung Galaxy S8
42370


OnePlus 5
38844


Xiaomi Mi 6
38541


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
38507


Nokia 8
37593


OnePlus 3T
36958


Sony Xperia XZs
33815


Huawei P10 Plus
30602


LG G6
30507


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
28480


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
27600


Meizu Pro 6 Plus
23513


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
22472


Meizu Pro 5
20038


Meizu Pro 6
15209


Huawei P9 Plus
15058

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better


Samsung Galaxy S8
1189


Xiaomi Mi 6
861


Nokia 8
855


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
842


OnePlus 5
796


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
733


Meizu Pro 6 Plus
642


OnePlus 3T
641


Sony Xperia XZs
623


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
616


LG G6
541


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
517


Meizu Pro 5
409


Huawei P9 Plus
214

While we couldn’t run CPU tests, the compound apps AnTuTu and BaseMark OS II 2.0 succeeded and include those numbers in their final scores. The Meizu Pro 7 Plus once again did well, on par with the 2016 top phones, but not as good as the 2017 contenders and the GPU is what drags its score down.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better


OnePlus 5
180331


Xiaomi Mi 6
177326


Nokia 8
175872


Samsung Galaxy S8
174435


OnePlus 3T
165097


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
144223


LG G6
143639


Sony Xperia XZs
133574


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
129229


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
128719


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
128498


Huawei P10 Plus
126252


Meizu Pro 6 Plus
113397


Meizu Pro 6
99195


Huawei P9 Plus
97392


Meizu Pro 5
67531

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better


OnePlus 5
3601


Xiaomi Mi 6
3547


Nokia 8
3503


Samsung Galaxy S8
3376


Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3174


Huawei P10 Plus
2940


OnePlus 3T
2678


Huawei Mate 9 Pro
2496


Sony Xperia XZs
2386


Meizu Pro 7 Plus
2380


LG G6
2126


Huawei P9 Plus
2099


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
2050


Meizu Pro 6
1919


Meizu Pro 5
1837

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus and its Helio X30 isn’t topping any benchmark charts, but this doesn’t mean it can’t offer flagship-grade performance. It’s 10-core processor is overequipped for the years to come and is as flagship as it can get, never mind the core count. It’s energy-efficient, too, thanks to the 10nm manufacturing process, so this time around we don’t mind having so many CPU cores.

The GPU seemed like the weak spot of the Meizu Pro 7 Plus and its Helio X30 chip, but it actually isnt. It may not have the same theoretical performance as the current competition, but it’s capable of handling any demanding 3D game or high-res movie, hassle-free, no matter the resolution. We can’t say it’s as future-proof, but with the current 2-3 year lifespan of most smartphones, we are not sure that’s an issue.

The phone keeps the metal shell quite cool even at peak performance for half an hour, which is great, and we can surely contribute that to the 10nm process of the Helio X30.

Finally, in real-life performance the Meizu Pro 7 Plus feels as snappy as the vanilla Android-sporting Nokia 8, and noticeably snappier than the most recent Galaxy S8 series. Meizu’s Flyme seems light on system resources, at least lighter than the S8 generation. So, whether its Android, some office app, or a top 3D game – the Pro 7 Plus handles everything smoothly.

We are sure you are eager to learn everything about the Meizu Pro 7 Plus, especially the battery life, so stay tuned for our upcoming review!