Oppo R17 was launched in Streamer Blue and Neon Purple colours, its include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v5.00, and Micro-USB. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor, and runs ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage, the rear camera setup has phase detection autofocus. It sports a 25-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.0 aperture, on the rear packs a 16-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a pixel size of 1.22-micron and a second 5-megapixel camera, the R17 runs Android 8.1 and is powered by a 3,500mAh battery and supports VOOC fast charging, and powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor that features 2 cores clocked at 2GHz and 6 cores clocked at 1.7GHz, It comes with 8GB of RAM, and comes with a 6.40-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2280 pixels at a pixel density of 374 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 .
I’ve never really been excited about Oppo devices, and the new Oppo R17 is no different. But since I had the chance to spend some time with it, I thought I would share my quick impressions of the phone with you guys.
First of all, let’s start with design.
This is a pretty good looking phone, especially from the front. The new notch design on this OLED screen isa quite a looker, and even the bottom chin is relatively small.
To me, this is how the notch should have evolved from the Essential Phone. The quality of the display is really good as well, so I’ve really enjoyed watching content on the phone.
But do take note, like a lot of phones from Chinese manufacturers, it lacks Wide vine L1 support. So you won’t be able to watch HD content from apps like Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video.
Hardware wise, the R17 continues the tradition of using new mid-range Qual comm chipsets. This time round it’s the Snapdragon 670. It’s also paired with ample amount of storage and RAM.
In terms of the performance of the chipset, I have no complaint whatsoever. It’s able to run games well, and apps launches quickly. In my time with it, it also seems quite efficient, or maybe it’s just the 3,500mAh battery.
This is where I want to talk about Color-OS. I’m not a fan of it at all. From the way it looks, to the way it works. Despite the capable chipset, it just doesn’t feel as smooth, especially the camera app.
The launcher can be replaced, but it doesn’t fix annoying issues like the multi-step process to dismiss a notification or the intrusive app permissions.
So software is definitely my least favorite part of the phone, and one of the main reasons why I’m not that interested in Oppo devices in general.
While the camera app experience isn’t that smooth, it is able to produce pretty good looking images.