OPPO R17 Initial Review

OPPO R17 Review

This is an initial review of OPPO R17 that provides you only basic details. It is up to you to find more information before deciding to buy this smartphone.

OPPO officially released two new mobile phones; OPPO R17 and OPPO R17 PRO on August 23. After nearly five months of research and development, OPPO has released its latest mid-range smartphone. Is this a smartphone worth buying? Let’s go through the review to find out more.

OPPO R17 Display & Design

Oppo R17 Design
From Right to Left: OPPO R17, OPPO Find X & Meizu 16

The OPPO R17 is equipped with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2340*1080px resolution. The OLED COF packaging is used to package the driver IC under the screen onto a flexible circuit board, and the bottom border is narrowed by bending to the other side of the screen. It is worth mentioning that the OPPO R17 is currently the best mid-range mobile phone with the bottom border control using OLED COF packaging technology.

“The beauty in everything” is the product concept pursued by OPPO, so the R17 adopts a full-screen display that is more appealing and beautiful than the notch display. You can see the front design of OPPO R17 in the picture above. The front-facing 25-megapixels only occupies a small portion in the upper screen while the earpiece and the proximity distance sensor are hidden and the whole machine looks more compact.

With a 2.5D glass body, the OPPO R17 mobile phone combines pure blue, fresh green and introverted black fusion through a new layered streamer and coloring process, which finally presents an unpredictable and mysterious blue color. The slanting gradient color outline is more in line with people’s understanding of the aurora color, making the flat glass body more layered.

OPPO R17 Operating System

The OPPO R17 that we used in this review came with Color OS 5.2 (based on Android 8.1) out of the box. Color OS is a heavily customized version of the default Android operating system, which provides customized UI and features to the users.

In addition to further optimizing the performance of the system and improving security, there is a new feature called “Smart Sidebar” in the UI of Color OS 5.2.

The biggest highlight of the smart sidebar is that you call this sidebar in any interface. Whether you are watching a video, browsing a webpage or chatting, you can display this interface by sliding inward at the specified position on the right side of the system. You can quickly take screenshots, record screens, view recent files, reply to chat messages, and perform other tasks with it. You can also add or remove apps in the smart sidebar.

OPPO R17 Performance

Talking about the specifications, OPPO R17 is powered by the Qualcomm’s latest mid-range processor Snapdragon 670. The processor is based on a 10nm process technology, using the same Kryo 360 eight-core architecture as the Snapdragon 710 (two Cortex-A75+ six Cortex-A55, clocked down to 2.0GHz); supplemented by the Adreno 616 GPU. The performance is 35% better than the previous generation Snapdragon 660. The phone is supplemented with 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage.

OPPO R17 Antutnu, GeekBenchmark & Androbench Test Results

OPPO R17 Gaming Performance

In the one-hour test of the real-time battle MOBA mobile game “Honor of Kings”, the average frame rate and HD quality/high frame rate mode could be maintained in between 59fps~60fps in OPPO R17, and the game ran smoothly. The gaming performance could match to the Android flagship phones.

In the one-hour test of “Jesus Survival: Stimulating the Battlefield”, OPPO R17 could only maintain a maximum frame rate of 40fps in HD quality/high frame rate mode, and the average frame rate is maintained in between 36fps~38FPS. In between, the gaming performance is acceptable.

OPPO R17 Gaming Performance

OPPO R17 Camera

The OPPO R17 is equipped with a front-facing 25 megapixel AI beauty camera with an aperture value of F/2.0 and a core sensor for the Sony IMX576. It is also equipped with a 16 million pixels (aperture value F/1.7) + 5 megapixels (aperture value F) /2.4) HD dual rear camera, of which the primary sensor is Sony IMX519. Here are some of the sample photos taken by OPPO R17 camera:

OPPO R17 camera sample

This is just an initial review of OPPO R17, you have to stay tuned with us for the full review.

OPPO R17 Pricing & Availability

This smartphone has been released in China only and it is priced at around $515. The price to performance ratio seems quite high considering that OPPO R17 has only a Snapdragon 670 SoC while Xiaomi Pocophoe F1 with the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC and flagship specifications is available at just under $400. Regarding its global release, We don’t have any official confirmation.

OPPO R17 is a mobile phone with balanced specifications but even when Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is available under $400, users will find this smartphone expensive. The only thing that can allure the user is its design as we can find better alternatives in this price segment. To sum up the review, OPPO R17 is a mobile phone with balanced specifications but costlier than its competitors.

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