Affiliate links on Android Authority may earn us a commission. Learn more.
OPPO steps into the future with the R17 series
With striking design, eagle-eye cameras, and on-screen fingerprint reader, the R17 series feels like a pair of phones from tomorrow.
With the R17 series, OPPO is stepping into the future. Aesthetically, it’s not just one of the sleekest devices OPPO has ever presented, it’s also one of the most beautiful devices we’ve ever seen.
OPPO designers say that they took inspiration from light and water when sculpting the R17 series. While other devices adopt Onix functionality or ivory minimalism, the R17 series shatters the monochrome market with a rich, aquatic gradient. The body of the device calls to mind water reflecting the neon glow of city life.
As devices continue to push for maximal screen real estate, we’ve seen the rise of the controversial notch to house the camera. The R17 series has one of the most unobtrusive notches around, likely because of the natural, attractive curve the design employs. The makers note that the shape of the notch takes its cues from a droplet of water on the brink of falling, capturing that moment of tension right before the change takes place.
Overall, the OPPO R17 series is a bold step that makes an unflinching style statement while also delivering some impressive under-the-hood specs. How impressive? Glad you asked!
OPPO R17 Specs
The OPPO R17 is built for the night. City nightlife, in particular. The AMOLED screen combines with the 3,500mAh battery and “Night Matters” theme to maximize the time the device can go between charges. Work all day and party all night; the R17 will keep up with you.
Gorilla Glass 6 will keep your screen scratch free so you can enjoy all the beauty of its 16M color, 1080 x 2280 display. The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box humming along on 8GB of RAM and powered by a Snapdragon 670 SoC.
In the camera department, this device really shines. The rear camera is a dual setup (16 MP and 5MP depth sensor) that’s specifically designed for low-light settings. The selfie snapper is a whopping 25MP offering crafted to capture your evenings no matter where they go, and the camera software comes with a bevy of additional beauty and editing features.
For security and convenience, you’ll find a fingerprint reader under the display. Anyone who has gotten irritated hunting around the back of their device for the reader in the past will know what a headache reducer it is to have it built right into the screen.
OPPO R17 rundown
- AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 16M colors
- 6.4 inches, 102.2 cm2 (~86.7% screen-to-body ratio)
- 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~394 ppi density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- ColorOS 5.2 with improved Google Assistant/Lens and gesture support
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 670
- Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
- microSD, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Internal 128GB, 8GB RAM
- 16MP rear camera, f/1.8, 25mm, 1/2.6″, 1.22µm, PDAF
- 5MP rear camera, depth sensor
- Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
- 25 MP selfie camera, f/2.0 HDR
- Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- 3,500mAh battery
OPPO R17 Pro specs
The OPPO R17 Pro is everything the R17 series has, boasts cranked to eleven. This “beefed-up brother” sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 91.5 screen-to-body ratio. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset keeps this baby humming to the tune of 8GB of RAM.
Just like the R17, the R17 Pro stakes out its territory in camera land, boasting an impressive three camera setup on the back. The primary lens is a 20MP offering with a 1.4μm pixel size and 1/2.55 photosensitive area for enhanced photoreception. The secondary camera still has a large 12MP sensor. The R17 Pro also has an AI-controlled Beauty Camera feature. It has a number of different modes you can choose, including face slimming, makeup and six more, along with a live preview option. Based on the modes you choose, it will get better at taking selfies the more you take pictures.
The third camera on board the OPPO R17 Pro is a “3D stereo camera” that is used to supplement augmented reality capabilities. It generates nanosecond bursts of infrared light so it can generate highly accurate depth information from your subject.
The fingerprint scanner is also built right into the screen, which gives the device a distinct “future” feel, but the next big highlight is this handset’s battery. The OPPO R17 Pro rocks a dual battery setup. The two 1,850mAh batteries combine to make 3,700mAh. By having these two batteries operate in tandem, the OPPO R17 series is able to achieve a 40 percent charge in just 10 minutes. Charge while you’re getting ready for the night, and you’ll have battery enough to last you til morning… and a stellar low-light camera to capture all the adventures along the way.
OPPO R17 Pro Rundown
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
- 2.2GHz speed
- Octa-Core, 64-bit processor
- GPU Adreno 616
- RAM 8GB
- Storage 128GB
- microSD Slot: None
- Batteries: 1,850mAh + 1,850mAh batteries
- Combined total: 3,700mAh
- Biometric security: In-display fingerprint sensor
- Rear cameras: 20MP lens + 12MP lens + “3D stereo camera”
- LED monochrome flash
- Front camera: 25MP
- Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED
- 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
- “Waterdrop” notch
- Screen-to-body ratio: 91.5%
- SIM: Dual-SIM slot, nano
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- WLAN 2.4G / WLAN 5.1G / WLAN 5.8G / WLAN Display
- Ports: USB Type-C 3.1
- No headphone jack
- Dimensions 157.6 x 74.6 x 7.9mm
R17 Series: A step forward for OPPO
When OPPO came up with the R series, the use of the letter “R” was significant. It stood, and continues to stand, for REAL, REVOLUTION and REFORM. These are the goals for the team responsible for the creation of the R17 series of phone. In addition, “R” also stands for the process of REGENERATION.
The R17 series shows exactly what OPPO is capable of producing. The device casts off the shackles of convention and reaches for a future that’s not afraid to show off its personality. Neither black obelisk nor sterile white rectangle, the R17 series offers something the smartphone market has been missing for a while: a sense of vivaciousness.
Want to learn more about what OPPO has up their sleeve with this device? Click the button below to grab all the details!