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OPPO R17 Pro Review: Insane fast charging ability!

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OPPO R17 Pro review

The OPPO R17 Pro is the second premium smartphone that the company has launched here in the Philippines.

It has these flagship-level features like the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, top of the line cameras, a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with better notch implementation, in-display fingerprint scanner, 8GB/128GB memory configuration, and one of the fastest charging technology in the world.

For the price of P38,990, is it worth to buy? Let’s find out!

BUILD QUALITY

OPPO R17 Pro review

The OPPO R17 Pro has a very premium looking design. The Radiant Mist color is a real looker when you pull out the phone from your pocket. We also like that it doesn’t easily absorb fingerprint marks or smudges because it was crafted with advanced surface-etching techniques.

OPPO R17 Pro review

On the front, the R17 Pro was already protected by the toughest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection which can prevent it from serious damage from accidental drops within few meters from the ground. The water-drop notch is still one of the best solution to extend the display aside from pop-out cameras.

Ports and Buttons:

  • Right: power button
  • Left: volume rockers
  • Top: microphone
  • Bottom: loud speaker, microphone, USB Type-C port, SIM Tray

DISPLAY QUALITY

OPPO R17 Pro review

The Super AMOLED display on the R17 Pro is also one of the good features on this device. As expected, the colors are vibrant, sharpness and display clarity are on point. Using it outdoors is not a problem and viewing angles are good.

SOFTWARE, OS, AND UI

The ColorOS 5.2 has some good features that we like and some features that we don’t like. The default theme is very vibrant and colorful. It now has a Smart Bar that you can personalize so you can browse and switch to your favorite apps and features quicker. One thing that bothers us sometimes is the notification banner that you cannot remove easily when it pop-out. The Android Oreo is still okay for now, but hopefully OPPO could release an update for the Android Pie soon.

PERFORMANCE

OPPO R17 Pro review

When it comes to performance, this is where the OPPO R17 Pro was being underrated. On its price, most of the competitors are now powered by the top of the line processors while the R17 Pro was only equipped with a mid-ranger CPU. But based on our experience, the performance difference is very minimal. Except for benchmark scores, the overall experience with the R17 Pro is not that super far from other flagship devices.

Here are some sample benchmark scores:

OPPO R17 Pro review

The face unlock and the in-display fingerprint scanner are working pretty well too. You have the option to use both or setup which security measure you are more comfortable with.

CAMERA

We are impressed with the cameras of the new R17 Pro. Both front and back cameras are improved compared to their midrange F series. And finally, OPPO has already integrated the Night Mode where-in you can now take long-exposed images at night. The selfie camera is now maintaining the sharpness and details on your face even when applying beautification.

Here are some sample photos:

BATTERY LIFE

OPPO R17 Pro review

The OPPO R17 Pro is very good in keeping up with our very active lifestyle. As a blogger, we always have to be connected to the internet all the time while managing all of our social media sites and taking a lot of photos. I usually leave our house at 10AM with full battery and go home around 11PM onwards. And yes, the R17 Pro can last the whole day without the need of recharging.

But just in case you need to charge and you are in hurry, the R17 Pro can has the ability to fully charge within 30-40minutes from 0%! Amazing right?

Here are some screenshots of my daily phone usage:

VERDICT

The OPPO R17 Pro is such an elegant and very sophisticated smartphone. We actually enjoyed using it for few weeks. Except for the fact that it has a low processor for the price, everything about it is near perfection. The body construction is very solid, the back color is stunning and doesn’t easily attract fingerprint marks, it has great cameras, 8GB of RAM for smooth multitasking, and the very fast charging technology that can fully charge the device in less than an hour.

So what do you think about the OPPO R17 Pro? Is it the one you are looking for?

OPPO R17 Pro specs:
  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa-core processor
  • Adreno 616 graphics
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2
  • 128GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • 12MP (f/1.5 to f/2.4, Dual PDAF, OIS)  + 20MP (f/2.6 autofocus) + 3D TOF Stereo sensor rear facing cameras
  • 25MP front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Fingerprint scanner (under display)
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,700 mAh battery with Super VOOC fast charge

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