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Battle Of Flagships: OPPO Reno 5 VS Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Verdict: OPPO’s Reno 5 puts up a valiant fight, but Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro absolutely is the dominant winner in this head-to-head matchup. There’s really no arguing against the phone’s price-to-performance ratio here, and even in places where the Reno5 should easily pull ahead, the Mi 10T Pro is still well within reach.

Design

Both phones exude premium exteriors, which isn’t surprising considering their target audience. The Reno5 is visually more striking than Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro because of its gradient rear. The Mi 10T Pro sticks with a more conservative colorway, though a lot of people might gravitate towards the low-key look more than the “hey, look at me” colors of OPPO’s offering.

Both phones use glass backs with aluminum frames for added rigidity and strength, though take note that only the Reno5 5G gets a glass rear – the 4G variant trades that for a plastic back.

Physically the Mi 10T Pro is a little taller because of its bigger screen, and it’s a little heftier too (180 grams VS 218 grams).

Display

If there’s a place where the Reno5 shines, it’s in the display department. The Reno5 5G is armed with an OLED panel that has a 90Hz refresh rate and a full HD+ resolution. The Mi 10T Pro meanwhile only has an IPS display with a similar resolution, though it has a faster refresh rate at 144Hz.

But even when the Reno5 should have a clear win, the Mi 10T Pro still has a bit of an edge here – aside from the higher refresh rate, Xiaomi’s offering has a bigger display at 6.67-inches VS the Reno5’s 6.43-inches.

Cameras

Looking at the camera array for both phones, it’s clear that the Mi 10T Pro has a big lead here VS the Reno5. The OPPO Reno5 has a 64-megapixel main shooter with an f/1.7 aperture lens, along with an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens, and a 2-megapixel depth and macro camera.

And while the Mi 10T Pro only has three cameras, it makes up for it with a higher resolution 108-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, paired with a 13-megapixel wide-angle shooter with an f/2.4 aperture and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 aperture macro camera.

I’m not saying that the Reno5 doesn’t take good photos – it does – all I’m saying is that the Mi 10T Pro takes better photos in comparison.

It has better low-light performance, more true colors compared to the sometimes artificially-boosted snaps of the Reno5 as well as taking higher-resolution shots when needed thanks to its 108-megapixel sensor.

 

Performance and battery

If there ever was a clear area where the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro pulls away from the OPPO Reno5, it’s performance. The OPPO Reno5 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is typical of what you’d expect from a mid-range device made by your usual manufacturer.

It’s not a bad chip per se, but it pales in comparison VS the Snapdragon 865 processor on the Mi 10T Pro. There’s really no contest here – the SD 765G is a mid-range chip with 5G, while the SD 865 is a top-end processor. It’s not the current flagship chip, but it IS a flagship chip nonetheless, despite its age. The Mi 10T Pro feels significantly faster than the OPPO Reno5 because of it. And while the Mi 10T has the same amount of RAM as the Reno5, it has double the storage at 256GB.

As far as battery life goes, the Mi 10T Pro has a bigger 5000mAh unit VS the 4300mAh on the OPPO Reno5. OPPO’s offering does have faster charging speeds at 65W VS the 33W fast charging on the Mi 10T Pro, though overall battery life is still better on Xiaomi’s offering than OPPO’s. The Mi 10T Pro clocked in 17 hours and 37 minutes during our test, while the OPPO Reno5 only scored 13 hours.

Verdict:

If you’re torn between the two phones, it’s very clear that the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is the better buy here. Xiaomi’s built its name in offering bang-for-the-buck devices, and the Mi 10T Pro is no exception. The OPPO Reno5 isn’t a bad phone, but if your choice is it and the Mi 10T Pro, there’s really no denying the fact that the Mi 10T Pro delivers better price-to-performance.

The OPPO Reno5 5G is priced at Php 23,990, while the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is priced at Php 24,990.

 

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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2 Comments

  1. Doesn’t take a genius to figure it out, based on the pricing alone.A mid range chip vs a flagship. Oppo’s product is just overpriced for a mid range offering, same chip OnePlus used on their Nord.

  2. comparing reno5 to mi 10t is like comparing a normal car to a racecar… in short, it’s not even a competition.

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