OPPO R17 Pro impressions: Highlights low-light photography

SHENZHEN, China - OPPO last August officially launched its first triple rear camera smartphone in China – the R17 Pro. The upper midrange device touts stellar low-light photography, fast charging, and a 3D camera. We had a chance to check all these out ahead of the phone’s Philippine launch this November. 

Design

The R17 Pro has a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a tiny “waterdrop” notch cutout at the top. It also comes with an under-display fingerprint scanner and Gorilla Glass 6 protection which should make the screen more durable and scratch resistant. 

Meanwhile, the metal back features purple and blue gradient color that looks rather stylish. What’s more is that it curves to the edges which gives it a sleek premium feel. We also appreciated that fingerprints do not smudge as easily.

The one thing we thought was sorely missing from an upper midrange phone such as this was a headphone jack.

Cameras 

The cameras will likely be the R17 Pro’s biggest selling point. In front, the phone has a 25-megapixel (MP) selfie shooter housed in the notch. On the rear, it boasts a 12MP wide angle lens with an aperture of f/1.5-f/2.4 combined with a 20MP f2.6 lens, and the time-of-flight (TOF) 3D lens.

What the TOF lens does is it senses depth and uses that information to take 3D photos. OPPO claims that the TOF technology will open up new possibilities in augmented reality (AR) applications and we’ll find out more about what it’s capable of down the line. 

The camera offers different shooting modes and is highlighted by a stellar night mode that captures photos with a 3-second exposure time. Here are a couple of samples: 

Battery

 The R17 Pro is powered by two 1,850mAh batteries (3700mAh) that support the company’s proprietary Super VOOC charging that has 50-watt charging power.

Super VOOC is the upgraded successor to VOOC, Oppo’s fast charge tech that is said to allow the phone to reach 40% charge in just 10 minutes. The technology, previously only available in the Oppo Find X Lamborghini and Super Flash Edition, requires the battery to be divided into two in a bi-cell design.

It should be noted that the technology can only be used when the cable and adapter is also Super VOOC. Thankfully, the R17 Pro comes bundled with all the hardware need to use the fast charge tech.

Other specs

Under the hood, the R17 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa core chipset, an Adreno 616 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and dual SIM support. However, there is no support for SD cards.

The R17 will launch in the Philippines on November 7. Local price has not yet been announced but in China it costs CNY 4,229 or around P33,290*. – Rappler.com

CNY 1 = P7.74

(Disclosure: OPPO sponsored the trip to China, site of the event.)