OPPO R17 Pro In-Depth Hands-On
In August, OPPO released a new smartphone that sport new hardware not found in their previous devices like the Snapdragon 710 chipset and triple rear cameras which includes the TOF 3D stereo camera, the OPPO R17 Pro. We’re now in Shenzhen, China to test this new device which is set to arrive in the Philippines. Read the specs, camera samples, and initial thoughts about the device below.
At first glance, the OPPO R17 Pro looks like the OPPO F9 mostly because of the display design. It has a 6.4-inch waterdrop screen with a tiny notch at the top that houses the 25MP selfie camera. It packs a Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution which equates to 402ppi and an AMOLED panel for rich colors and deep blacks. Hiding here by the lower part is the in-display fingerprint scanner. Protecting the entire front is Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
The similarities end there though as the rest of the body feels different but in a good way. For starters, the body is now made of metal with indents at the top and bottom just like the OPPO Find X. The back panel curves to the edges which makes it easier to grip and nicer to hold. It also has a nice heft to it and definitely feels premium.
Looking at the rest of the body, we have the volume keys on the left, while on the right is the power/lock button. The buttons feel solid and clicky. They’re also easy to reach as they are positioned almost in the middle of the frame.
At the top is the secondary microphone, while down at the bottom are the loudspeaker, main microphone, USB Type-C port, and the dual-SIM tray which accepts nano-sized SIM cards. Sorry, there’s no microSD card support here, but given the 128GB storage, I think that’s fine.
The back part is made of glass with this “3D misted glass” effect which resembles that of frosted glass or condensation on metal. It also provides this cool gradient effect that shifts between purple and blue. Also found here is the triple camera setup consisting of a 12MP + 20MP + TOF 3D Stereo Camera.
The OPPO R17 Pro is a promising smartphone especially when it comes to low-light photography. Take a look at some night-time samples below:
The TOF camera or time-of-flight camera is a range imaging camera system that can gather detailed 3D depth information of a subject. It can obtain high-precision 3D depth information through infrared light measurement and allows the R17 Pro to take 3D photos. I’ll discuss more of its capabilities in our full review.
Powering the R17 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor, Adreno 616 GPU, 8GB RAM, and 3,700mAh battery with support for SuperVOOC fast charging. Navigating the device is a breeze, though we have yet to check on its full capabilities in our benchmark tests.
OPPO R17 Pro specs:
6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) AMOLED waterdrop screen, 402ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 430 nits, 60000:1 contrast
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 2.2GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 616 GPU
12MP (f/1.5 / f/2.4) + 20MP f/2.6+ TOF 3D stereo camera, LED flash
25MP front camera
WiFi 2.4G / 5.1G / 5.8G
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB 3.1 Type-C w/ OTG
Under-display fingerprint scanner
ColorOS 5.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
3,700mAh battery (2x 1,850mAh) w/ 50W SuperVOOC charging
157.6 x 74.6 x 7.9 mm
The OPPO R17 Pro is scheduled to launch in the Philippines on November 7. We’ll be doing more tests on the device to further determine its capabilities. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to answer them as soon as we can.