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Oppo R17 (S$699), R17 Pro (S$999) Launches in Singapore – Hands-on Review

Last night, Oppo launched the lauded Oppo R17 and Oppo R17 Pro in Singapore – the first market out of China to officially carry the handset. Following up the R15 and the Find X earlier this year, the Oppo R17 (SGD 699) and Oppo R17 Pro (SGD 999) are latest in a line of unique, innovative handsets.

The Oppo R17 Pro in Radiant Mist and Emerald Green. Image: Ian Ling

Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus (along with new entrant RealMe) operate under the same umbrella, BBK Electronics. BBK Electronics is a Chinese MNC that is the largest handset retailer in India and the second largest manufacturer in the world behind Samsung, and ahead of Apple and Huawei in Q1 2017.

That, of course, explains why the teardrop notch is also anticipated to make an appearance on the OnePlus 6T.

The Oppo R17 and the R17 Pro have largely the same form factor: a 6.4-inch notched display, with a unique teardrop (they say waterdrop) style notch up top. On the bottom, we see a bezel that is slightly thicker on the ones on the other sides. They’re almost the same weight at 182g (R17) and 183g (R17 Pro).

The ‘waterdrop’ notch on the R17 Pro. Image: Ian Ling

Display-wise, they’ve both got AMOLED screens, though the R17 Pro is slightly larger with a 402ppi density and a total resolution of 1080 x 2340p. The screen on the Oppo R17 only has a density of 394ppi, at a resolution of 1080 x 2280p. Both displays are covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Oppo has located the fingerprint sensors under the displays of the R17 and the R17 Pro, a much more convenient location, and removing the unsightly patch from the rear at the same time.

The Oppo R17 Pro in the hand. Image: Ian Ling

They also share some similarities on the inside. Both the Oppo R17 and R17 Pro have 128GB of internal storage. They both allow for dual SIM usage, with the SIM 2 slot able to accommodate a microSD card up to 256GB.

Apart from the different colour schemes, I/O is where you can also definitively tell the phones apart. The R17 still uses a USB 2.0 MicroUSB connection, whilst the R17 Pro has a more current USB 3.0 USB C 1.0 port. Both allow for OTG usage – perfect for mobile productivity.

The USB C port on the bottom of the R17 Pro, flanked by the speaker grille and 3.5mm audio port. Image: Ian Ling

With the more advanced connector also comes the ability to charge quickly: Oppo’s proprietary SuperVOOC flash charging is available on both phones, but the R17 is limited to a 5V/4A output, while the R17 Pro boasts a 5V/10A 50W charge tolerance, which allows for 40% charge within 10 minutes.

The cameras are a main difference between the two phones. The R17 Pro has a whopping three-camera array on the rear. First is a 12MP wide-angle unit (26mm equivalent) with a variable aperture of f1.5-f2.4, with a large 1/2.55″ sensor with 1.4µm pixel size. It is optically stabilised, with Dual Pixel phase-detect autofocus capability. There’s also a 20MP f2.6 unit and a TOF (Time of Flight) 3D Stereo camera to assist in portrait mode and depth sensing.

The rear of the Oppo R17, with a smaller camera module. Image: Ian Ling

The R17 has a more basic pair of a 16MP f1.8 wide-angle (25mm equivalent) camera with 1/2.6″ sensor, along with a 5MP unit with a depth sensor.

A software-level AI on both models carries an Ultra-clear Engine that allows users to take high-quality photos even in low-light situations.

Both cameras have a 25MP f2.0 front-facing camera.

The Oppo R17 Pro also has a slightly larger battery capacity at 3,700mAh, while the R17 has a respectable 3,500mAh unit.

There’s also a smattering of other differences: the R17 only has Bluetooth 4.2 as compared to the Bluetooth 5.0 on the Pro, there’s 240fps slow-motion shooting (at 720p) on the Pro, and the colour options on the R17 don’t look as flashy and eye-catching as they do on the R17 Pro.

In terms of processors, both have octa-core chipsets: the R17 has the Snapdragon 670 while the R17 Pro has the Snapdragon 710, which promises a touch better performance. They’re definitely not the most powerful and put both phones firmly into the mid-tier category.

In terms of graphics, the Pro has the Adreno 616 while the R17 has the Adreno 615. The R17 has 6GB of RAM, and the R17 Pro has 8GB.

The Oppo R17 is available in Singapore from 6 October 2018 at SGD 699, while the Oppo R17 Pro will be available in stores from 10 November 2018 at SGD 999. Preorders for the Pro will begin from November 3rd.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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