News Oppo R17 & R17 Pro: Smartphone with Triple Camera

Even if the manufacturer Oppo hasn’t said much to you so far, if you follow the current top models you might have heard about Oppo Find X at the latest. Now the manufacturer is able to be innovative again, at least to some extent. The Oppo R17 offers a waterdrop notch and the Pro version even gets a triple camera.

Oppo R17 smartphone front and back

  • Oppo R17
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Technical Specifications

Oppo R17 Oppo R17 Pro
Display 6,4″ AMOLED Display, FHD+ resolution 6,4″ AMOLED Display, FHD+ resolution
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 OCta core, 8 x cryo 360 cores Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 @ 2.2 GHz
Graphic chip Adreno 615 Adreno 616 @ 500 MHz
Main memory 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 128 128 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 12 MP + 5 megapixels 12 MP + 5 MP + ToF sensor
Front camera 25 MP 25 MP
Battery 3,500 mAh 3,500 mAh
Connectivity
Features Fingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C Fingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo, Color OS 5.2 Android 8.1 Oreo, Color OS 5.2
Dimensions / Weight 157.5 x 74.9 x 7.5mm 157.5 x 74.9 x 7.5mm

Waterdrop notch & fingerprint sensor in display

The premise of the Find X, namely to be as borderless as possible, is also reflected in the design of the Oppo R17. The main focus here is on the display, which is an AMOLED panel with a 6.4 inch screen diagonal. This not only resolves in Full HD, no, it also occupies a total of 91.5% of the front – wow! At least that’s the official value, if that’s true? This screen-to-body ratio is very remarkable for a non-flagship camera.

Oppo R17 Camera and Notch

The Oppo R17 is the only one to do this, however, by using a notch as well. It is very small and mainly houses the front camera. Due to the shape of a drop of water Oppo talks about a Waterdrop-Notch. However, this is not the only special feature of the display. Because the fingerprint sensor of the Oppo R17 and R17 Pro is in the display, as we know it from the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, for example.

Oppo R17 fingerprint sensor in the display

If you look at the back, a strong influence of Huawei is unmistakable. After the P20 & P20 Pro, the Honor 10, for example, also used this Twilight design, which combines different metallic colours. Above all, a mixture of green, purple and blue is dominant and gives the R17 a very eye-catching look. There is also a very thin screen border on the underside. Overall, this reminds us quite strongly of the Vivo NEX, but with Notch instead of Pop Up camera and the more conspicuous Twilight design.

Snapdragon 670 or 710?

Even though the Oppo R17 may look like a flagship, the hardware speaks a more subtle language. The Oppo R17 works with the Snapdragon 670, which is a current update of the already known Snapdragon 660. We know the 660 from the Xiaomi Mi 6X and already did a good job there. The update in the form of the 670 should therefore deliver very good performance and be more than enough for gambling. In addition, the manufacturer provides a generous 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal memory. The R17 Pro even relies on the Snapdragon 710, which we already know from the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.

Oppo R17 Smartphone

For fans of Augmented Reality, the Pro version, the Oppo R17 Pro, should be particularly interesting. Here, the Chinese manufacturer relies on a triple camera, i.e. on three camera sensors located on the back. However, the third sensor is not an extra telephoto lens for zoom photos as in the Huawei P20 Pro, but a ToF sensor. This stands for time of flight.

But the Pro version also offers a significant advantage for photographers. The R17 Pro also uses a mechanical aperture that covers at least two aperture levels (ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.4). We already know this from the Samsung Galaxy S9. The sensors are a 16 megapixel and a 5 megapixel sensor. On the front side Oppo even offers a 25 megapixel sensor, but that doesn’t have to mean anything.

Oppo R17 Pro Triple Camera
The Oppo R17 Pro could become a real camera giant.

Oppo R17 for the west?

The battery of the Oppo R17 is relatively average with a capacity of 3,500 mAh. You can also charge it quickly with the USB Type-C slot. On the internal memory is of course Android 8.1, which doesn’t expect us in the familiar form. Oppo adapts the operating system strongly and offers with ColorOS 5.2 a strongly adapted interface. Which connection possibilities there are, is not yet completely known. All LTE tapes are probably not on board, but we expect GPS, Bluetooth 5.0 and ac-WLAN.

Evaluation

The Oppo R17 and especially the Oppo R17 Pro look really good in my eyes. The processor choice is right, I like the design very much – you can quickly get used to such a small notch and the fingerprint sensor in the display is of course a small highlight. How good the camera turns out can’t really be estimated, but of course we hope for a real added value of the ToF sensor. On the other hand, the probably mainly Asian marketing, including only English software, is more problematic.

The Oppo R17 will be presented on August 23rd in Shanghai, then it will probably take a while until it is available for the West. With an entry-level price of over $500, the smartphone seems quite expensive, despite its generous features.

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Comments (4)

  • 19.09.18 um 10:08

    trde

    Nice phone

  • 20.09.18 um 04:59

    Jamesswanseacity

    Could I order one and have all the language in english

  • 22.09.18 um 03:00

    Drays

    I love the colour it’s absolutely beautiful.
    I have the R15 Pro in Red

  • 22.09.18 um 18:20

    tburr

    @Jamesswanseacity: all oppo devices will come with English as a main language, there might be some Asia app & no play store but the app store easy to get & remove the bloatware

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