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 isn’t. 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!