The phone was introduced in China with the RX 17 Pro moniker and has now made its way into indian market. It will cost you Rs 45,990 and is already available to buy online. Oppo seems to make its position strong in the market, which is currently not yet crowded and is a segment where you get lat year’s flagship smarphone. This also means some of the closest rivals come from the siblings brands OnePlus 6T and Vivo Nex, both of which are using qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
It is not bad design by any means though. Oppo R17 Pro is fairly easy to use. It is light but slippery.
While the metal sided bring the premium factor onboard, the plain backside with the triple rear camera setup in the middle gives a clean look. Oppo says it used a matte glass back panel which interestingly looks similar to what OnePlus used in OnePlus 6 variants. Oppo has adopted the gradient back panel something that is increasingly becoming a trend these days. Huawei and Honor have been doing this since long but Oppo has adopeted the gradient back panel, something that is increasingly becoming a trend these days. Huawei and Honor have been doing this since long but Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus are the recent entrants in this game. This definitely makes the R17 Pro appear ‘different’ but for some the bright colors gradient might just be a turn off. It managed to turn a few heads towards itself while we used it in public.
As for the ports and buttons, you can find the power button and the volume buttons on the right and left sides that are also easily accessible regardless of which hand you are using to operate it. There is mono speaker at the bottom that unfortunately is poorly placed as your hands will be blocking it almost evey time when in landscape mode. The type-C port is at the centre and the SIM card tray is on the right.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is gone this time around but you do get a type-C earphone in the box. Also there is no 3.5mm to type-C convereter inside. Another downside here is that the rear camera bump is visible and can be felt easily. What is worse is that the bump makes the handset wobble on a hard surface. Nonetheless the overall design of the smartphone is up to date and balanced one. Single handed use can be a task at times but it sure seems strudy.
The smartphone’s 6.4 inch FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) display with a ‘Waterdrop’ notch on top is similar to smartphones coming from its sibling brands but is good to look at nonetheless the screen is large enough to watch TV shows and movies. You get a 19.5:9 aspect ratio along with 91.5% screen-to-body ratio which is the highest you can get in device right now. Since the panel is an Amoled one, the colours do pop out well but are not as garish as the ones seen in high end Samsung Galaxy smartphone
Viewing from different angles hardly make a difference in the R17 Pro. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 adds to the sturdiness of the screen and is likely to prevent it from scratches for a longer time. After using for a couple of weeks, we did not find any minor scratches, so that is big plus in out book.
The brightness and dimness level are like they should be and the black are deeper so the overall content is portrayed impressively. There are no special software feature dedicated for the display though. You get the same functionality along with the ability to scale the apps in full screen. You also get Night Sheild Which is essentially the bluelight filter. You can see a smooth little animation on the screen right at the spot where you place your fingerprint to unlock the device. In a similar fashion like everyone else, the animation lights up the area to read the fingerprint.
In an era of stock Android and quality custom ROMs like MIUI and Oxygen OS, Oppo’s ColorOS is just not up to the mark. As we’ve seen in case of Realme’s stint with ColorOS, it has been marred with bugs and glitches. From large and distracting animations to bloatware, ColorOS needs a lot of work. Fortunately enough it’s not slow on the R17 Pro, but the customisations do feel a little forced.
Based on Android 8.1 Oreo, Oppo R17 Pro’s ColorOS does have a range of software features which many of you may or may not use. There’s a Samsung Galaxy Note-series slide app drawer for shortcuts to frequently accessed apps like messages, Facebook, and YouTube. You can add and replace these applications.
Swiping down from the top takes you to the Settings shortcut which has access to key features such as Google Assistant, Night Mode, Oppo Share and so on. You can also customise the section with new shortcuts such as smart driving, personal hotspot and one-handed use.
Oppo R17 Pro also comes with a few gesture controls. For instance, press and hold the power button for half a second to wake up Google Assistant. Set an omnipresent assistive ball to navigate from one app to another. Smart Driving lets you connect with your car via Bluetooth Car Kit or even set Do-not-Disturb Driving.
Overall, Oppo R17 Pro’s software seems pretty much dated and has barely anything new to offer. We also didn’t like the over-the-top customisation. Oppo has rolled out a new firmware update to bring more stability to the system. Roughly over 2GB in size, the update optimises camera performance and photo effects and enhances system stability.
The phone joins a small league of phones with triple-rear-camera setup. It has 12MP lens, a 20MP depth lens, joins and 0.43MP Time of Flight (TOF) lens.
The phone handles the colours and temperature very well. The depth mode is definitely among the best we have seen on any android phone. This makes the phone perfect for clicking portrait shots. The low light performance is also quite impressive. The phone has its own night mode. The phone comes up with 25 megapixel front facing camera which is good enough for you to take clean selfies. There are a few pre loaded filters and modes to enhance your selfies
Oppo R17 Pro runs on Qualcomm’s capable Snapdragon 710 processor with 8GB of RAM. The phone is no powerhouse like OnePlus 6T but it’s not a slouch either. It handles graphic-intensive games like Pubg Mobile and Real Racing 3 very well. The phone does heat up after longer sessions of gaming but this is quite common for phones with glass back panels. From multitasking to app launches, the phone gets the job done.
The SuperVooc fast charger is pretty cool. The charger adds about 40% of charge in just 10 minutes – making it one of the fastest chargers out there. Under the hood, Oppo R17 Pro uses dual-battery mode (1,850mAh + 1,850mAh) to optimise the battery performance. During our usage, we drew about day-long juice from the phone. This is when we extensively used the camera, browser and multimedia streaming. With light to medium usage, you can get more life from the battery.
Apart from the poor software implementation, Oppo R17 Pro is an impressive phone. It looks good and delivers solid camera quality. Overall performance is also satisfactory. At Rs 45,990 the phone however feels slightly overpriced considering OnePlus is offering much better processor and RAM combination at the same price.