The Oppo R17 Pro is the Chinese company’s latest handset that tries to balance the right amount of flagship features with an affordable price tag.
The first thing that will get you talking about the Oppo R17 Pro is its design. It might look familiar to a lot of people because it is rumoured to be the reference design for the OnePlus 6T, although the latter was launched in India earlier. So, a lot of the design elements are similar between the two phones. You get a tall Waterdrop display up front and a glass and metal combination. The rear panel gets a 3D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protection, which gives it better resilience against drops. There’s also an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone looks stunning as it gets a sleek design balanced weight.
Coming to the front where you get a tall 6.4-inch Waterdrop AMOLED display. Oppo is one of the first brands to introduce this sort of display where the notch on top is small and droplet-shaped. This makes the notch far less intrusive than the typical iPhone X-style notches we have seen on most Android phones this year.
The camera module on the Oppo R17 Pro comprises of dual camera sensors along with a TOF (Time Of Flight) 3D sensor. The primary 12-megapixel sensor has a variable aperture of f/1.5 or f/2.4 which should give it an edge in different lighting conditions. The R17 Pro automatically switches the aperture based on lighting conditions, and we couldn’t find a way of controlling it manually. Along with this is a 20-megapixel depth sensor that assists in portrait shots.
Apart from the usual photo and video modes, you get Panorama, Portrait, Night, Sticker, and an Expert mode. In Expert mode, you have complete control over the white balance, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, and autofocus.
There have been a few notable fast charging technologies this year, including the Mate 20 Pro’s 40W SuperFast charger and OnePlus’s Warp Charge 30. But none of them come close to what Oppo’s SuperVOOC flash charge achieves. The R17 Pro charges from zero to 100 per cent in just 40 minutes flat, which blew my mind. This is arguably the biggest attraction of the new Oppo smartphone. The speed at which the phone charges has the ability to spoil you forever.
As for the ports and buttons, you can find the power button and the volume buttons on the right and left sides that are also easily accessible regardless of which hand you are using to operate it. There’s a mono speaker at the bottom that unfortunately is poorly placed as your hands will be blocking it almost every time when in landscape mode. The type-C port is at the centre and the SIM card tray is on the right.
- Dual Sim, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi
- Snapdragon 670, Octa Core, 2 GHz Processor
- 8 GB RAM, 128 GB inbuilt
- 3500 mAh Battery with Fast Charging
- 6.4 inches, 1080 x 2280 px Display with Water Drop Notch
- 16 MP + 5 MP Dual Rear & 25 MP Front Camera
- Memory Card (Hybrid), upto 256 GB
- Android v8.1 (Oreo