The Oppo R17 Is A Gorgeous Smartphone Most Consumers Won’t Even Consider

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Oppo has launched its latest Oppo R17 smartphone in India. It plays second fiddle to its elder sibling Oppo R17 Pro launched earlier this month. It carries the stunning design from the R17 Pro with minor changes to the internals to keep sticker price in check.

Its display has a waterdrop style notch and very thin bezels. You get an astounding 91.5% screen-to-body ratio. The Oppo R17 comes with an In-display fingerprint sensor that promises to unlock the device in about 0.41 secs. The rear of the phone comes with a gradient glass back and houses dual camera sensors. The phone shares design and build similarities with the OnePlus 6T. That’s because Oppo and OnePlus are subsidiaries of BBK electronics of China. Moreover, OnePlus devices are based on Oppo’s ‘R’ lineup of smartphones in the past.

The Oppo R17 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC (System on Chip) built on 10 nm process. The upper mid-range chip is quite powerful and can even compete with last year’s flagship Snapdragon 835 chip. The Adreno 615 GPU can run most high-end games at high settings without breaking a sweat. Backing its performance is the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.

On the photography front, it features a 16-megapixel f/1.8 aperture coupled with a secondary 5-megapixel secondary sensor for AI scene recognition and depth information for portrait shots. The selfie aficionados would be pleased as it is equipped by a 25-megapixel f/2.0 aperture Sony IMX 576 sensor which comes with AI and 3D portrait features. The selfie cam also aids in face unlocking the device.

Other noteworthy features include dual 4G VoLTE support, USB Type-C, dual band Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5. The handset is powered by a 3500 mAh battery underneath which comes with Oppo’s proprietary VOOC Flash Charge fast charging technology. It runs on ColorOs 5.2 on top of Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box. The handset comes in blue and purple colours with a gradient finish.

The Oppo R17 is priced at Rs 35,000 and seems like a promising phone. But let’s face it, Indian consumers care a lot about specifications and since other brands are offering Snapdragon 845 powered phones for a similar price, the R17 is going to be a tough sell.


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