September 24, 2023

Prime Options

– Enticing gradient look

– Spectacular SuperVOOC charging
– Highly effective digicam efficiency

We’re just some weeks away from 2019 and all the foremost tech manufacturers are already accomplished with main launches of this 12 months. Oppo, nevertheless, isn’t but accomplished. It managed to show some heads earlier this 12 months with a number of smartphones, with the Oppo F9 Professional and Oppo Discover X being the most well-liked ones. However it needs to finish the 12 months by staying within the information due to its Oppo R17 Professional.

The smartphone was launched in China with the RX 17 Professional moniker and has now made its means into the Indian market. It’ll value you Rs 45,990 and is already available for purchase on-line.

With the given value, Oppo appears to make its place robust out there, which is at present not but crowded and is a phase the place you get final 12 months’s flagship smartphones (for now). This additionally means a few of the closest rivals come from the sibling manufacturers – OnePlus 6T and Vivo Nex, each of that are utilizing Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.

We have now been utilizing the smartphone since previous few days as our each day driver, questioning what makes it well worth the value in a market like India. What is going to make the shoppers flip in direction of R17 Professional? Nicely, there are fairly a number of components. However there’s one main disadvantage as effectively.

Right here’s our evaluation.


Oppo has not gone for one thing ‘new’ this time prefer it did for the Discover X however has as a substitute used the tried and examined design, one thing much like what we noticed with the OnePlus 6T. Retaining them facet by facet is probably going to offer you a tricky time differentiating which is which. It’s not a nasty design by any means although. Oppo R17 Professional is pretty simple to make use of. It’s mild however slippery.

Whereas the metallic sides convey the ‘premium’ issue onboard, the plain bottom with the triple rear digicam setup within the center offers a clear look. Oppo says it used a ‘matte glass’ again panel, which curiously appears to be like much like what OnePlus utilized in OnePlus 6 variants. Oppo has adopted the gradient again panel, one thing that’s more and more changing into a pattern nowadays. Huawei and Honor have been doing this since lengthy however Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus are the latest entrants on this sport. This positively makes the R17 Professional seem ‘completely different’ however for some the brilliant color gradient would possibly simply be a flip off. It managed to show a number of heads in direction of itself whereas we used it in public.

As for the ports and buttons, yow will discover the facility button and the quantity buttons on the suitable and left sides which can be additionally simply accessible no matter which hand you’re utilizing to function it. There’s a mono speaker on the backside that sadly is poorly positioned as your fingers can be blocking it nearly each time when in panorama mode. The sort-C port is on the centre and the SIM card tray is on the suitable.

The three.5mm headphone jack is gone this time round however you do get a type-C earphone within the field. Additionally, there’s no 3.5mm to type-C converter inside. One other draw back right here is that the rear digicam bump is seen and will be felt simply. What’s worse is that the bump makes the handset wobble on a tough floor.

Nonetheless, the general design of the smartphone is updated and a balanced one. Single-handed use is usually a job at instances but it surely certain appears sturdy.


Oppo R17 Professional’s show will get a thumbs up from us. The smartphone’s 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) show with a ‘Waterdrop’ notch on high is much like smartphones coming from its sibling manufacturers however is sweet to have a look at nonetheless. The display is massive sufficient to look at TV reveals and flicks. You get a 19.5:9 facet ratio together with 91.5% screen-to-body ratio, which is the very best you will get in a tool proper now. Because the panel is an AMOLED one, the colors do come out effectively however usually are not as garish as those seen in high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Viewing from completely different angles hardly make a distinction within the R17 Professional. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 provides to the durability of the display and is more likely to stop it from scratches for an extended time. After utilizing for a few weeks, we didn’t even discover any minor scratches, In order that’s an enormous plus in our e book.

The brightness and dimness ranges are like they need to be and the blacks are deeper so the general content material is portrayed impressively. There are not any ‘particular’ software program options devoted for the show although. You get the identical set of functionalities together with the flexibility to scale the apps in full display. You additionally get ‘Evening Defend’ which is basically the bluelight filter.

Lastly, there’s the on-screen optical fingerprint sensor that has a very good success price. Nevertheless, in case you have Face Unlock setup, a lot of the instances that might be sufficient to unlock your R17 Professional. You may see a easy little animation on the display proper on the spot the place you place your fingerprint to unlock the machine. In a similar way like everybody else, the animation lights up the realm to learn the fingerprint.


Powering the Oppo R17 Professional is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, which was launched again in Might this 12 months. What’s value mentioning right here is that the R17 Professional is the primary with this processor to enter India, one thing that Oppo is touting about. Manufactured utilizing 10nm fabrication course of, the octa-core processor handles practically all the pieces with out displaying any indicators of stress. It’s not probably the most highly effective SoC in a smartphone however isn’t a nasty possibility both. Many would additionally argue upon the truth that there are smartphones working Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 at a a lot cheaper price tag. And that’s legitimate. We’ll get to it in a bit.
The Snapdragon 710 together with 8GB RAM works impressively to launch heavy apps and reduce down the loading time. Taking part in high-res movies and gaming apps similar to Mortal Kombat, PUBG and others gained’t depart you with any complaints.

Whereas this was for the processor efficiency, there are some nifty additions within the working system this time round. There’s a ‘Sensible Bar’ that primarily a extra compact model of the Edge Display screen seen on Samsung smartphones. It is a skinny bar peeking on the sting of the display, which when swiped will broaden and present you shortcut to apps (you possibly can customise that) together with another capabilities similar to a devoted button for taking screenshots, recording display and extra. You can see it truly helpful at instances, specifically whereas multitasking. The place of the bar will also be modified.

The AI album works effectively. It makes use of synthetic intelligence to kind pictures and movies primarily based on folks, locations, selfies and different components. However then you definitely already get Google Photographs pre-installed within the machine that’s simple to make use of because the go-to photograph and video storing platform for a lot of the customers.

On the draw back, Oppo R17 Professional remains to be on Android 8.1 Oreo. The ColourOS 5.2 is, as in comparison with different UIs in numerous smartphones, much less cluttered, simpler to make use of however nonetheless must be labored upon to get it’s personal ‘uniqueness’, one thing like Samsung’s Expertise UI. The bloatware is minimal although so that you don’t need to cope with undesirable apps. We personally really feel that the Settings app wants a particular focus in ColourOS as a few of the options are hidden deep inside and you could miss out on a number of of them as they aren’t seen up entrance. Hope they’re listening.


The digicam got here as a pleasing shock for us. The Oppo R17 Professional’s triple rear digicam setup clicks a few of the greatest photographs which can be tough to see even in some high-end smartphones. The setup boasts of a 12MP and a 20MP sensor together with a TOF (Time of Flight) sensor. The ensuing pictures are effectively balanced and don’t oversaturate or increase the highlights in pictures regardless the background is vibrant or not. The colors usually are not probably the most pure showing however they certain look good.

What improves the general high quality is the variable aperture (f/1.5-f/2.4) which was launched by Samsung earlier this 12 months with Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The digicam additionally helps OIS so that you get sharp pictures. In our assessments, the autofocus is fast and so is the shutter. Nevertheless, in low mild it could ask you to carry the digicam nonetheless for a second or two.

Speaking about low mild, the f/1.5 aperture handles the photographs effectively as extra mild enters the digicam. Additionally, the pixel measurement right here is 1.4um, which is spectacular and is similar that’s utilized in Pixel 3 and 3XL. The digicam setup includes of Sony IMX362, which isn’t new however able to delivering spectacular outcomes. The night time mode is sweet and tries its greatest to steadiness the jitters recorded whereas capturing a number of photographs. Merely put, this is likely one of the greatest smartphone cameras within the phase that may shoot such low mild pictures. In contrast to what’s seen in different smartphones, the Evening Mode truly takes higher low mild photographs as in comparison with what the auto mode takes.

AI has a particular function in relation to the digicam prowess of the Oppo R17 Professional. Nevertheless, in our utilization it didn’t appear something out of the field. There’s an AI Engine that identifies 23 sorts of unbiased scenes and over 800 scene mixtures. Though this occurs on the backend, it may be useful a lot of the instances. The ‘engine’ doesn’t take time to recognise the surroundings and the topic to use the most effective scene. Along with the AI Engine there’s an ultra-clear and color engine as effectively to provide the greatest night time photographs and color replica.

One other division the place AI is used is the Portrait mode. Whereas capturing a portrait shot from the rear cameras, Oppo R17 Professional applies ‘3D lighting approach’ to realize background bokeh. It is usually attainable to use good film model lighting results and different such options. All will depend on your artistic bend.

As for the 25MP entrance digicam, Oppo makes use of a Sony IMX576 sensor with f/2 aperture, which delivers above common outcomes. The background brightness and distinction is dealt with effectively in difficult conditions and the highlights usually are not overblown. Fortuitously, the selfies shot in auto mode don’t make your pores and skin seem ‘plastic’. There’s a devoted mode for it in case you’re into all that. Accessing filters, completely different modes, video and the settings is pretty simple however the total digicam UI stays just about the identical. It might’ve been considerable if it was barely much less cluttered.

Backlit selfies work effectively for probably the most half. The sensor nevertheless, usually brightens the sunshine within the background in an effort to keep the brightness on the face. The Sensor-HDR Expertise nonetheless takes one of many clearest selfies so this gained’t be a disappointment.

AR stickers nonetheless appear to be a gimmick, simply because the case is with everybody else. We hardly used it and it’s probably not correct. Apple nonetheless leads the way in which in AR stickers for now with Animoji and Memoji.


Oppo R17 Professional’s battery backup isn’t unhealthy in any respect. The 3700mAh battery capability manages to run the smartphone for not less than 7 hours on a mean use. In our each day use, that included a number of hours of music streaming, an hour of taking part in, Wi-Fi/4G connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming along with calls, texts and emails, the R17 Professional ran for 8 hours on a mean. The smartphone, if used closely, which suggests for modifying/rendering movies, taking part in heavy video games and watching movies, is more likely to run for round 4-5 hours.

That’s an honest efficiency. Nevertheless, the compensation comes within the type of VOOC charging tech. Oppo R17 Professional is outwardly the primary within the R-series to get SuperVOOC charging tech that 10V/5A quick charging. That’s greater than OnePlus 6T’s 5V/4A setup. However that’s solely when you’re utilizing firm’s unique SuperVOOC charger. Additionally, there’s not only one battery however two of them with 1850mAh capability that obtain 5V/5A cost every. Oppo claims that the smartphone’s battery can cost for as much as 40% in 10 minutes of cost.

To increase the battery efficiency by a number of hours, there are some software program options onboard as effectively. In R17 Professional’s case, this implies a devoted ‘Energy Saving’ mode whereby the system does the identical previous trick of shutting the background apps and auto-sync. There’s a ‘Sensible Energy Saver’ function as effectively that recognises when you’re sleeping and switches to ‘Low Energy Mode’ so that you don’t get up with a drastically low battery life.


Oppo R17 Professional is greater than a reliable smartphone by any means. It performs effectively on the three primary set of specs that almost all prospects see in a smartphone – digicam, battery and the design. The efficiency isn’t unhealthy in any respect and like we stated above, gained’t depart you with any complaints. At first look it could appear to imitate OnePlus 6T by way of design however the digicam is the place the handset actually shines. The show too is above common however then we anticipated the R17 Professional to have the ‘distinctive’ issue, one thing that might’ve made it completely different from others in the same value phase.

What will be two largest drawbacks with R17 Professional is the ColourOS and the processor provided within the given value. The ColourOS 5.2 consumer interface, though an enchancment, must be labored upon and Oppo must be common with OS/safety updates. It is filled with options however leaves you yearning for a extra refined look and a extra seamless use. They might additionally need to reduce down on the bloatware, a step taken by Asus this 12 months for its smartphones.

Whereas it’s considerable that Oppo R17 Professional is the primary in India that options Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, what’s not so considerable is the worth and what its in-house opponents are providing. OnePlus 6T might come as the largest nightmare for R17 Professional as it’s priced beneath Rs 40,000, is in style, and runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. After all, you gained’t get a digicam pretty much as good as R17 Professional, however the total value is to spec ratio appears extra balanced with OnePlus. When you’ve got a funds for an Android smartphone beneath Rs 50,000, the R17 Professional may additionally get a stiff competitors by Vivo Nex that has a bigger battery, common digicam, comparable show and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.

So at this level, Oppo appears to be charging Rs 45,990 just for the first-ever Snapdragon 710 availability in India, the cameras and SuperVOOC charging. In the event you can’t reside with out the combo, purchase the handset. In the event you can, OnePlus 6T is usually a no-brainer right here.


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