Oppo R17 Pro: Is it just eye-candy?

Is Oppo slowly becoming a staple brand in the high-end smartphone market?

Oppo’s R17 Pro falls in the high-end spectrum of the smartphone market. The phone has officially launched in Saudi Arabia for SAR2,599. While not officially available in the UAE, it can be found online from souq and Geekbuying for Dh2,879 and Dh3,178.44 respectively.

In the box

Coming in a purple and blue finish, R17 Pro’s box is different from the usual. Inside, you will find the device alongside various paperwork and SIM ejector tool. The company also throws in a colorful translucent case to protect the phone.

Figure 1: Oppo’s R17 Pro box comes in a unique gradient finish

Additionally, you find a pair of USB-C headphones, a USB-C charging cable and a SuperVOOC charging brick. The overall packaging is immaculate and Oppo deserves a pat on the back for it.

Design and build

In the radiant mist finish, the Oppo R17 Pro is gorgeous. The gradient is vertical and is found throughout the phone. Looking at it from any angle, you will see a different color combination of blue and purple.

Figure 2: We haven’t seen a better looking phone than the Oppo R17 Pro

To add to this, the phone is premium in the hand made of aluminium and glass. But the glass finish at the back is unique. It does not attract smudges and almost resembles a matte finish which I like a lot. Unfortunately though, the body of the phone is not IP water or dust resistant.

Figure 3: Minute indentations to the top and bottom of the device add character

Aside this, you find tactile power and volume rockers as well as a precisely cut USB-C port and the mono-speaker grill. On the front of the display, there is a Gorilla Glass 6 protective coating whereas on the back, you find the triple camera setup with a larger than average bump.

Multimedia

With a 6.4-inch Full HD+ screen up front, you get plenty of real estate. And because the display is an AMOLED one, colors are vibrant and pop. But instead of a unique notch style like the pinhole or a slider mechanism, the phone adopts a tear-drop notch.

Figure 4: A tear-drop style 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display is on the front

Because of this, the phone able to stay bezel free all around except for the top where the front camera is housed. With usage so far, the display has stood out. Multimedia content looks rich and pleasing to the eye.

Figure 5: The mono bottom speaker and the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack may be an inconvenience to some

If anything, especially at this budget, I would expect dual-stereo speakers. But instead, you only get the one at the bottom. While loud, it is not quite as full as a dual setup. And if you are watching content, you will muffle the speaker with your hand. But otherwise, you can always rely on external USB-C headphones like the ones provided out of the box.

Hardware and software

Our variant of the Oppo R17 comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The latter can be expanded to 256GB via micro-SD card. Aside this, the phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

Figure 6: ColorOS atop of Android 8.1 looks clean and feels snappy

So far, everything has felt snappy and responsive. On the software front, we phone is running Color OS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. I particularly like the additions the software brings such as a dedicated gaming mode, the ability to clone applications and variety in app navigation controls.

Figure 7: A great deal of fluidity is seen when navigating the user interface

There are not many applications that I can term as bloatware. And the overall look of the operating system is quite clean. The software feels very well optimized with the hardware and that is a big positive. Even things like using the in-display fingerprint scanner work better than previous phones with the same technology.

Camera

For its primary camera setup, the phone sports a triple 20MP, 12MP variable aperture and a TOF 3D sensor setup. In combination, the the trio of cameras have performed well in daylight. I have also taken a view selfie samples with the front 25MP camera which came out very well.

Figure 8: The trio of cameras with a variable aperture 12MP sensor have promise

There is a lot to test out on the camera though. We still do not know how the camera handles night time photos. And whether or not the dedicated night mode can drastically improve performance.

Conclusion

In a nutshell so far, the Oppo R17 Pro has managed to peak my interests. In due time, we will get a better idea of its camera and day to day performance. At the same time, it will be interesting to see how the 3700mAh battery holds up and how much of a convenience SuperVOOC charging becomes.