At&t Non Smartphone – Oppo’s latest smartphone is intended for people who are in a hurry and marketed because it has the fastest mobile charging technology in the world and offers a sophisticated display of fingerprint readers. This is the look of the latest cellphone from a Chinese company that has quietly become a smartphone giant in recent years.
In the past few months there have been many smartphone companies that have released their latest devices. Huawei, Samsung, Google and Apple released new phones for much fanfare but nothing stood out as having a unique and attractive design. The race to have a truly all-display cellphone has forced companies to place a bad position on the top of their devices to make room for cameras and sensors.
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Most look terrible but a minimal drop of tears R17 Pro is the best implementation I’ve ever seen. This phone has a beautiful black 3D fog glass that transitions from blue to purple depending on how you hold the device. The unique design is not reflective, making it more resistant to fingerprints and smudges.
R17 Pro is the first smart phone to use Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Oppo says it can tolerate droplets one meter to rough surfaces up to 15 times. I was reluctant to test the durability of the cellphone, but it survived by falling from the Kapur scooter without any damage.
The 6.4-inch AMOLED screen is surrounded by a thin bezel that gives an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 91.5 percent. As with any AMOLED display – striking black and bright colors make for an amazing viewing experience. Volume rockers and power buttons are easy to touch but I want to see a special button to launch a camera or Google Assistant. The bottom of the phone has a microphone and USB Type-C port speaker. Sound quality is decent but muffled when listening at high volumes. The curved edge of the cellphone feels great in the hand and the quality of manufacture is very good. Overall, this is the best cellphone I’ve seen this year.
To get this elegant design, the fingerprint reader is placed below the screen and does not require additional space on the front or back of the cellphone. Placing your finger near the bottom of the screen will activate the light sensor that reflects the fingerprint and unlock the cellphone. While sharp and futuristic, it’s still not as fast as other cellphones with traditional fingerprint readers. If you prefer other unlock methods, face recognition or numeric passcode can be used as an alternative.
FEATURES AND PERFORMANCE
The OPPO R17 Pro has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and an 8-core Snapdragon 710 processor. This is not the fastest chip on the market, so it is better to position the R17 Pro as a top class smart phone. That said – this phone is very responsive and the majority of users will not have problems with speed. Navigate the device smoothly and there are no problems with multi-tasking. It is disappointing that the cellphone does not have expandable memory in the age of 1TB of smartphones and there is no 3.5mm headphone jack or IP waterproof rating. I’m sure the cellphone will handle a few drops of rain but you don’t want to drop it in the pool during the summer.
Android 8.1 is already installed on the mobile as expected to be updated to Android 9 by 2019. Sitting on Android is the OOSO operating system ColorOS 5.2. Even though ColorOS feels like Android in iOS clothing, it makes the transition easier if you are familiar with Apple devices. There is no significant bloatware (previously installed application) but the lack of application drawers and the ability to hide applications from the home screen are frustrating. I suggest you install Nova Launcher for the ‘stock Android’ look and feel.
I was very surprised by the quality of the R17 Pro camera system. It punches above the weight with a 12MP sensor, optical image stabilization, and variable openings f / 1.5 and f / 2.4. The secondary sensor is 20MP on f / 2.6 which is used for photos in ‘portrait mode’ like a DSLR with a blurry background.
The photos are bright and almost as good as those taken on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 but there are no wide-angle lenses and the OPPO software is subpar. The ability to adjust background blur manually – after a photo is taken – it will be a great addition.
Automatic scene recognition is useful and the camera takes excellent low-light shots, albeit too sharp. “Ultra Night Mode” photos take a while but the results are worth it. Videos can be recorded in 4K and slow motion can be recorded in 1080p. The 25MP front camera is very impressive but the optional feature is ‘smooth skin’, ‘thin face’, ‘smaller nose’ and ‘bigger eyes’ are sad signs of time.
The third camera is a TOF (Time of Flight) 3D stereo camera that emits nanosecond infrared light bursts to gather information about its environment. My demonstration unit did not activate this feature, but Oppo said that the camera will use the new AR and VR application which is expected to reach the market soon.
BATTERY AND PERFORMANCE
I was curious to see that the R17 Pro wasn’t just one but two 1,850mAh batteries which were equivalent to a total of 3,700mAh. Batteries include the SuperVOOC flash charging technology, which charges the cellphone from 0 percent to 40 percent in 10 minutes and is fully charged in 35 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging, but the impressive SuperVOOC technology is the fastest cable charging I have ever seen on a smartphone.
This phone has its drawbacks but credit must be given to Oppo for its elegant design, innovative charging technology and display fingerprint reader. It’s difficult for smartphones to stand out among their peers but the R17 Pro offers something different for consumers. For those who want a premium-feeling mobile that fills up fast, takes large photos and under $ 1000 – R17 Pro is worth considering.
R17 will be sold in Australia for $ 699.00 while the R17 Pro costs $ 899.00.
This device can now be found on JB Hi-Fi, Office Officers, The Good Guys, Woolworths Mobile, Mobileciti, and Telechoice.