News Oppo RX17 Neo & RX17 Pro: Smartphone with Triple Camera for Europe

Interesting news: Oppo has introduced the Oppo RX17 Pro and RX17 Neo in Europe. These are basically the R17 and R17 Pro, which were introduced this summer in China. Now the European launch with a new name and slightly changed specs is on the agenda. We have adapted the article accordingly. The devices are not yet listed in the shops, we will inform you as soon as they are available and if they are also intented for the American market

Even if the manufacturer Oppo hasn’t said much to you so far, if you follow the top models a bit, 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 RX17 comes on the European market in two versions and offers a Waterdrop notch and the Pro version even gets a triple camera!

Oppo RX17 smartphone front and back

  • Oppo RX17 Neo / Pro
    • not available yet

Technical Specifications

Oppo RX17 Neo Oppo RX17 Pro
Display 6,″ AMOLED Display, 2340 x 1080 pixels Resolution 6,″ AMOLED Display, 2340 x 1080p Resolution
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core, 8 x Kryo 260 cores Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 @ 2.2 GHz
Graphic chip Adreno 512 Adreno 616 @ 500 MHz
Main memory 4 GB 6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 128 GB 128 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 16 MP with ƒ/1.75 + 2 megapixels with ƒ/2.4 12 MP with ƒ/1.5 & ƒ/2.4 + 20 MP with ƒ/2.6 + ToF sensor
Front camera 25 megapixels with ƒ/2.0 25 megapixels with ƒ/2.0
Battery  3,600 mAh 3,700 mAh
Connectivity  LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/18/19/20, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/18/19/20, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC
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 158.3 x 75.5 x 7.4mm | 156 g 157.6 x 74.6 x 7.9 mm

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 RX17. 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 RX17 Camera and Notch

The Oppo RX17 only realizes this 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. The fingerprint sensor of the Oppo RX17 Neo and RX17 Pro is located in the display, as we know it from the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, for example.

Oppo RX17 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, has also opted for this Twilight design, which combines various metallic colours. First and foremost a mixture of green, purple and blue is dominant and gives the RX17 a very eye-catching look. There is also a very thin screen border on the underside. All in all this reminds us quite strongly of the Vivo NEX, but with Notch instead of Pop Up camera and the more striking Twilight design.

Finally the Snapdragon 710 again

Even though the Oppo RX17 may look like a flagship, the hardware speaks a more subtle language. The Oppo RX17 Pro works with the Snapdragon 710, which is a really good processor consisting of eight Kryo 360 cores. The performance is more towards Snapdragon 845 than downwards towards Snapdragon 660.

Oppo RX17 Smartphone

The Snapdragon 660 is nevertheless a good CPU and is also used in the cheaper Oppo RX17 Neo. The eight Kryo 260 cores have already proven themselves in various Xiaomi smartphones such as the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and also offer good performance overall! The smaller version, the Neo, comes with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB memory, the Pro version even gets 6 or 8 GB RAM, but also 128 GB memory.

When it comes to the battery, there’s not really much going on in both versions. You equip the Neo with a 3,600 mAh battery, the more expensive Pro version with 100 mAh more and thus gets a 3,700 mAh battery.

Oppo RX17 Pro with Triple Camera

For Augmented Reality fans, the Pro version, the Oppo RX17 Pro, should be of particular interest. 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 RX17 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 12 megapixel and a 20 megapixel sensor. On the front side Oppo even offers a 25 Megapixel sensor, but that doesn’t have to mean anything.

Oppo RX17 Pro Triple Camera
The Oppo R17 Pro could become a real camera giant.

The Oppo RX17 Neo is “only” equipped with a dual camera consisting of a 16 megapixel sensor with ƒ/1.75 aperture and a 2 megapixel sensor with ƒ/2.4 aperture.

Now also for Europe

The internal memory of course contains Android 8.1, but it doesn’t expect us in the familiar form. Oppo adapts the operating system a lot and offers with ColorOS 5.2 a strongly adapted user interface. You can already read what you can expect from it in our Oppo Find X test. Since both Oppo devices are intended for the European market, we also get the LTE tapes 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/18/19 and 20, plus Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and Dual Band WiFi. The Oppo RX17 Pro is even equipped with NFC!

Evaluation

The Oppo RX17 Neo and especially the Oppo RX17 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. As it has now also been introduced for the EU, the availability is of course no problem.

The manufacturer’s recommended retail price is $398 for the Oppo RX17 Neo and $684 for the RX17 Pro. Even if the smartphones both make a good impression, this is still a bit too expensive, especially considering the competition. The RX17 Neo comes with almost the same equipment, except for the in-display fingerprint sensor, also in the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. And the RX17 Pro has to compete with the slightly cheaper OnePlus 6T, which also offers a fingerprint sensor in the display. The devices are not yet listed in the shops, we will inform you as soon as they are available and if they are also intented for the American market.

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Comments (7)

  • 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

  • 09.11.18 um 11:08

    ALEEYOU

    How much is it?

  • 09.11.18 um 14:59

    tums82

    Not out yet. No price yet

  • 09.11.18 um 17:12

    Lougee Duke

    None of your fingers will ever grasp this phone.

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