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OPPO R17 Pro

Colours:
Green
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 128 GB
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 6
  • USB OTG Support

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • 25MP AI Selfie Camera
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • AMOLED display
  • 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge
  • 8GB RAM
Cons
  • Not too user friendly UI
  • No headphone jack
  • Highly priced

Specifications

General
Launch DateDecember 4, 2018 (Official)
BrandOPPO
ModelR17 Pro
Also Known AsOppo RX17 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UIColorOS
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Chargingyes
Design
Height157.6 mm
Width74.6 mm
Thickness7.9 mm
Weight183 grams
ColoursEmerald Green, Radiant Mist
Display
Screen Size6.4 inches (16.26 cm)
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect Ratio19.5:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density403 ppi
Display TypeAMOLED
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v6
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (claimed by the brand)91.5 %
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)85.34 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 710
ProcessorOcta core (2.2 GHz, Dual core, Kryo 360 + 1.7 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 360)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 616
RAM8 GB
Storage
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory
User Available StorageUp to 106 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution25 MP Front Camera
SensorExmor RS
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisationyes
Flashyes
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera Features2 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Battery
Capacity3700 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Quick Chargingyes
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
SAR ValueHead: 1.390 W/kg, Body: 0.535 W/kg
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFCyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
Loudspeakeryes
Audio JackUSB Type-C
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionOn-screen
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

For us, Oppo R17 Pro could have been a better buy if it packed the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset at this price or even if the pricing was set aggressively citing the competition from OnePlus 6T that is available at a much cheaper price for the base variant and offers a flagship experience. Oppo R17 Pro does offer a good experience with the mid-range chipset, SuperVOOC flash charge, in-display fingerprint sensor, glass build, and an AMOLED screen too, but still it lacks any official water resistant rating and a 3.5mm audio jack is missing. The smartphone could have been a better offering if it had been priced at lower prices than the Rs 45,990 price tag.

Introduction:

The latest offering from Oppo in the new R-series is the R17 Pro which can, somewhat, be called a flagship device with the features that it offers. Oppo R17 Pro is the company’s upper mid-range smartphone that features an in-display fingerprint sensor and one of the fastest charging technology that we have seen on a smartphone lately. Unveiled in early December, the R17 Pro sports a flagship-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset coupled with Adreno 616 GPU and 8GB of RAM. The smartphone sports a triple rear camera setup with smart aperture, one of which is Time-of-Flight (TOF) 3D Stereo Camera for 3D model creation of an object. At the front, Oppo R17 Pro sports a 25MP AI Beauty Camera for all your selfie needs. Just like many other smartphones, it also flaunts a waterdrop notch display with a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel which is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 6, the latest and the most durable Gorilla Glass till date. Juicing up the R17 Pro, is a 2x1,850 mAh bi-cell design battery that supports Oppo’s 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge. The smartphone comes in a sole 8GB RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage variant. Inside the packaging box, you get the Oppo R17 Pro itself along with a SuperVOOC adapter, a USB Type-C charging and data syncing cable, a USB Type-C headset, a quick start guide, important informations booklet with a warranty card, a SIM tray ejector pin, and a semi-transparent case to protect your device from bumps. Available in two colours including matte Radiant Mist and glossy Emerald Green, the Oppo R17 Pro is available for purchase on Amazon.in at a price of Rs 45,990. These features don’t come in a cheaper smartphone so is the smartphone worth the premium bucks that you would spend on the device or should you skip clicking the “Buy Now” button until the prices fall down? Let’s find out.

Design & Display:

Like most of the high-end smartphones that we have come across in 2018, Oppo R17 Pro, too, has a glass build with an aluminium framing. The glass back panel of the device shares a familiar resemblance with the OnePlus 6T and the phone feels really sleek and thin in the hands, all thanks to the glass back that has been tapered and curved. The glass is shiny and has a colourful gradient shift from black to green in the glossy Emerald Green model, while the Radiant Mist colour, with a matte finish, takes a gradient shift from purple to blue depending on the light that falls on the rear panel. Talking about the physical overview, the left edge of the Oppo R17 Pro carries a set of volume rockers while the power button is placed at the right edge of the device. The top of the smartphone accommodates a secondary noise cancellation microphone, while the bottom of Oppo R17 Pro houses the main speaker grille along with a primary microphone, a USB Type-C charging port, and a SIM tray. And yes, the smartphone doesn’t carry a 3.5mm headphone jack which is a huge letdown, given that a 3.5mm dongle is also missing from the package which means you cannot use your traditional headphones and earphones with the R17 Pro. The device is surely a huge one but your fingers can easily reach the buttons even if it held in a single hand. The rear panel, as has been mentioned, is a glass one where you can see a mix of vertically gradient texture that creates an S-shaped pattern with changes of light and shadows around you. The rear of the Oppo R17 Pro sports a triple camera setup stacked vertically, placed in the middle from both the edges, with a LED flash and the Oppo branding sits just under the camera setup.

At the front, is a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display panel with a dewdrop notch that houses the front facing camera, the light & proximity sensors, and an earpiece. Though, it will be hard to find an option to hide the notch and even the notification LED is missing but the large AMOLED screen will make up to it. The display is protected by the most durable Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the edge-to-edge panel with remarkably thin side bezels and chin. The dewdrop notch gives the screen a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio. At a pixel density of 402 PPI, the visual content looks sharp and the black shades are simply deeper as an AMOLED display would offer, however the colour accuracy is average and not at par with one, as the whites are a bit on the blueish side. Though for the brightness, it can go up to 455 nits which might not be so bright but still acceptable as the sunlight legibility on the panel is one of the best in the industry, which will not trouble you while using the smartphone outdoors in bright sunlight. Another thing that the display incorporates or offers is a fingerprint reader embedded under the screen featuring an ultra-photosensitive sensor that ensures crystal-clear fingerprint images which is really fast. Just press the glowing fingerprint icon to wake up the screen and unlock the phone faster than most of the smartphones that carry an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Dimensionally, the Oppo R17 Pro measures 157.6mm x 74.6mm x 7.9mm and weighs around 183 grams, which is a bit lighter and thinner than the OnePlus 6T.

Performance:

Powering the Oppo R17 Pro is a 10nm-processed 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC which is clocked up to 2.2GHz and is an octa-core chipset with dual Kryo 360 Gold CPU chips at 2.2GHz and a set of six Kryo 360 Silver chips clocked at 1.7GHz. The CPU is coupled with 8GB of RAM and though it is disappointing to not see the flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood at this price point, the Snapdragon 710 is still an excellent upper mid-range chipset which is quite more powerful than the Snapdragon 660. The processor packs an Adreno 616 GPU for gaming and other high graphics intensive tasks which handles the section pretty well. The smartphone is available in a sole variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage which isn’t expandable by any means. Out of 128GB, only 105GB of storage is usable while the rest is allocated for system apps and software.

App launch time on the Oppo R17 Pro is snappy, and even the loading speed for apps is pretty quick which means it will handle daily tasks with ease. Gaming is another aspect where Oppo R17 Pro managed to perform well with flying colours. We tried to test out the performance of the smartphone with our favourite game, PUBG Mobile, which performed really well on the device with no noticeable lags or throttling or even overheating if that might concern you. Overall, the performance on the Oppo R17 Pro is great, not a flagship one but still solid path-breaking and fast.

Cameras:

Flipping to the back is where the real magic begins, you get a triple rear camera setup on the Oppo R17 Pro which incorporates a 12MP primary sensor, a 20MP depth sensor, and a Time-of-Flight (TOF) 3D Stereo Camera that we have seen on many smartphones this year. The primary sensor comes with smart aperture that can be switched between f/1.5 and f/2.4 that we have seen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 too, while the depth sensor holds an f/2.6 aperture and the TOF 3D sensor is responsible for creating 3D models out of the objects, a feature that will be made available with future OTA updates. The 12MP sensor is a 7P element lens with a pixel size of 1.4-micron and covers a 1/2.55 large photosensitive area, also featuring optical image stabilization (OIS) for stable video recordings. The rear cameras are capable of shooting pictures in Ultra Night Modes with Dual-pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus (DPDAF). In good lighting conditions, the pictures are colour rich with punchy colours, sharpness, and are perfectly detailed, however, during the testing we noticed some occasional noise in pictures but they are rare. The cameras also support HDR mode but keeping it on will disappoint you as it overexposes the highlights of the shots, though it surely brings out some details from the shadows. We even encountered some oversharpening in the photos when the HDR mode was kept on. Other than that, the portrait mode on the Oppo R17 Pro’s camera worked really nice with smooth and clear edge detection of the object even when there was a complex background. The colours are well-contrasted in portrait shots but the details are not impressive as we expected as it felt like there was an always-on beauty mode that kept smoothening the pictures where there was some detail needed. When it comes to night photography, the Oppo R17 Pro didn’t fail to amuse us. Image quality of night shots is consistent and there is way much less noise than what was expected, the shots are decently sharp and good detailed. There is a dedicated Ultra Night Mode on the Oppo R17 Pro which is surely a treat when it comes to night time photography. It offers brighter pictures with better details than what most smartphones would offer, the lights look natural and are never blown out. Though there are times when there was oversharpening in night mode but the overall output is nothing but a treat.

At the front, you get a 25MP AI Beauty Camera with f/2.0 aperture for brighter selfies. The shots clicked using the front camera look good with decent colours and details are just okay. However, the camera should have an autofocus, the lack of which tends to make it less adjustable for focusing with fixed focus to get sharper results. The backgrounds in selfies were often overexposed in daylight when the HDR mode was kept on, which is a bit of disappointing. Coming to selfie portraits, shots are clean with good edge detection. Talking about the front camera, we noticed that the facial unlock feature is fast enough and unlocks the device even in really dark conditions and that’s impressive. Except that, the rear cameras support both 4K and 1080p or Full HD video recordings at 30 frames per second (fps). The 4K videos shot on this camera looks smooth with vivid colours and plenty of details. In 1080p or Full HD recordings, the videos are smooth but less detailed and there is an always-on Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) which works pretty well making videos less shaky.

Battery:

Oppo R17 Pro packs a 3,700 mAh battery just as the OnePlus 6T, however we were surprised to see that its battery life was significantly higher than that of the latter. This was probably due to the software optimizations made under the hood which also resulted in 80 hours of endurance rating However, Oppo does offer the SuperVOOC flash charging option on the R17 Pro that can juice up the device from flat to 100% in just a minute or two less than 40 minutes, which is impressive. As Oppo R17 Pro packs two batteries with 1,850 mAh capacity each, the 50W SuperVOOC (10V 5A) charging adapter simultaneously charges both the batteries thus reducing the charging time to just 35-40 minutes. This flash charging surely wins Oppo the much deserved accolades for introducing world’s fastest charging technology in any smartphone. And without any doubt, the battery and charging performance on the Oppo R17 Pro should get a score of 5-on-5.

Audio & Video:

Oppo R17 Pro features a single bottom firing loudspeaker which is pretty loud, intuitive and engaging to hear. The speaker output is clean and free of any noticeable noise and even the Type-C earphones, included in the box, were capable of delivering a good amount of clear sound out of the device when playing games or listening to loud music. There isn’t a 3.5mm headphone jack either so you don’t get any option to connect your traditional 3.5mm headphones. Moreover, the R17 Pro’s box doesn’t even include a USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle.

Software & Ui:

Running Oppo’s ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, the Oppo R17 Pro is smoother because of system optimizations made under the hood which makes the whole UI snappy and fast. Though the user interface is not as user friendly as Xiaomi’s MIUI, gesture navigation will let you enjoy a seamless transition through the phone. Additionally, Oppo R17 Pro offers some features you don’t find on stock Android. ColorOS includes an edge panel which can be swiped from the edge of the display which holds a lot of customizable app and other shortcuts making it easier to open your favourite apps. Swipe the home screen to the left and you will see a Smart Assistant which takes in weather, notes, steps tracker, and other app shortcuts just like the MIUI 10. There is a theme store pre-installed from ColorOS that offers plenty of options to customize the look of your homescreen.

Connectivity:

The first smartphone in the R-series from the house of Oppo, the R17 Pro packs a bunch of sensors including e-compass, light sensor, proximity sensor, G-sensor, acceleration sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Triple-band Wi-Fi at 2.4GHz/ 5.1GHz/ 5.8GHz, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou/ Galileo, NFC, and a dual Nano-SIM slot. Sadly, there is no option to expand the storage via a dedicated microSD slot.

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