The OPPO R11 comes with the latest mid-range SoC, the Snapdragon 660 SoC. This Qualcomm chipest was announced in May 2017 alongside the Snapdragon 630. Having the latest mid-range SoC in the Oppo R11 is obviously great news. We've already seen many mid-range phones that still carry older generation SoC and I'm sure Oppo fans are very glad to see that this latest mid-range phone will come with the SD660 and not an older SD chipset.
The SD660 replaces the SD653. It features the new Kyro 260 high-powered cores, 4 high-powered cores clocked at 2.2Ghz and other 4 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, which is faster than the SD653 that comes with 4x Cortex A72 at 1.95GHz and 4x Cortex A53 at 1.44Ghz. We also get the new Adreno 512 GPU with Vulkan API support, compared to the Adreno 510 on the SD653. Other features include X12 LTE support compared to X9 LTE for twice the download speed, Bluetooth 5 compared to version 4, Quick Charge 4.0 instead of Quick Charge 3.0 (30% more efficient and 20% faster) and the processor is built using the 14nm technology, compared to 28nm in the SD653.
According to Snapdragon, we are looking at around 20-percent boost in CPU performance and 30-percent better GPU workload performance. This of course translates to more fluid multi-tasking and 3D graphics performance. Mid-range smartphones like the Oppo R11 need to satisfy the needs of enthusiast users who might have preferred getting a high-end smartphone, but lack the budget to purchase one. Those users still want to enjoy a very smooth experience and being able to play the latest 3D games without being limited too much by the relatively lower performance of their device compared to high-end smartphones.
The Snapdragon 660 also answers the need for faster battery charging, better networking download speeds, more advanced image processing for better images and faster USB 3.1 data transfer speeds when you want to move files from your phone to your computer. The new processor is also more power efficient, which translates to extra 2 hours of battery life compared to its predecessor. This new processor supports many more functions, not all of them are available in the Oppo R11.
The Oppo R11 will therefore have less compromises as it inherits some of the features that are found in higher-tier processors. The whole experience of using the phone is improved, including better battery life, better image quality, more responsive UI experience, better AI features, improved graphics and app performance, better security features and more.
So when you buy the Oppo R11, you know that you are getting one of the best midrange SoC out there and not settling on previous generation offering, so that's a big advantage that the R11 brings with it.