When OPPO Philippines announced the OPPO R17 Pro, three features immediately got my attention – its night photography, 3D Time of Flight camera and ultra-fast battery charging.

However, it also has two glaring issues – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset and a price tag of ₱38,990.00. Let’s see if the phone’s advantages outweigh these issues.

 

The OPPO R17 Pro has a premium and stunning design.

OPPO R17 Pro unboxing

OPPO R17 Pro unboxing

Everyone who have seen my OPPO R17 Pro unit were amazed by the phone’s design. Its back has a horizontal gradient color that goes from purple on the left and blue on the right.

When the phone is tilted, a letter ‘S’ sheen appears on the back where the two colors meet. OPPO calls this paint job as ‘Radiant Mist’.

The back glass itself has a slightly frosted finish. It remains smooth to the touch compared to regular glass. It doesn’t attract too much smudges and less slippery too. The result is a phone with stunning design but comfortable to hold.

 

Waterdrop Display with Corning Gorilla 6

Gorgeous AMOLED diplay

Gorgeous AMOLED diplay

On the front side of the OPPO R17 Pro is its 6.4-inch display that occupies almost the entire front panel. It also has a tiny waterdrop-shaped notch and has a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

The screen itself is bright, produces vivid colors and responsive to touches. Since it uses AMOLED technology, power consumption is minimized when using a dark wallpaper and dark themes in apps.

 

OPPO R17 Pro Camera Review

Triple rear cameras

Triple rear cameras

The OPPO R17 Pro is a powerful camera phone. It has a triple camera setup at the back and a single 25 Megapixel selfie camera on the front.

Picture quality is great both in good light and low light situations. Colors are accurate, dynamic range is wide, sharpness is on point and there’s no lag in the camera software.

Here are some sample pictures:

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

The first sample picture from the OPPO R17 Pro looks sharp and vibrant but the highlights are a bit blown out.

 

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

The second sample picture shows a better dynamic range with the details in the shadows still clearly visible despite the bright sunlight.

 

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

Taking pictures of small things such as this traditional Baguio cap results in great images. The bokeh looks good and the camera also has a tendency to produce nice flares.

 

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

Where the OPPO R17 Pro truly shines is in night photography. This one isn’t using the phone’s dedicated night mode but it already looks good.

 

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

The OPPO R17 Pro’s night mode turn low light scenes into vibrant pictures. It’s an impressive use of the phone’s image sensor and A.I. software.

 

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

OPPO R17 Pro sample picture

Here’s another picture shot using night mode of the OPPO R17 Pro. While it’s good for truly low light scenes, subjects with colorful lights such as this Christmas tree in Baguio City look great.

 

OPPO R17 Pro sample selfie

OPPO R17 Pro sample selfie

Meanwhile, the front camera of the OPPO R17 Pro can take effortlessly great looking pictures.

 

OPPO R17 Pro sample selfie

OPPO R17 Pro sample selfie

Turning on the bokeh and A.I. beautification features creates a pretty realistic blurry background and removes blemishes.

 

 

The OPPO R17 Pro also shoots good looking videos at 1080p or even at 4K!

 

Performance

The OPPO R17 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. It has an octa core CPU, Adreno 616 GPU and 8GB of RAM.

Here are the benchmark scores of the OPPO R17 Pro:

BenchmarkOPPO R17 Pro Score
Antutu Benchmark v7.1168,245 points
PCMark Work 2.08,590 points
Geekbench 4.3.1 Single-Core1,848 points
Geekbench 4.3.1 Multi-Core5,828 points
3D Mark Slingshot Extreme1,836 points
RealPi Benchmark (1M Digits)3.84 seconds

Opening apps is quick while switching to another app is seamless. Transitions also appear smooth with virtually no janks.

In terms of gaming, the OPPO R17 Pro can run popular games in High Graphics quality smoothly. Some resource intensive games have to be in Medium Graphics though. This include PUBG Mobile and Rules of Survival.

 

Connectivity and Security

The OPPO R17 Pro has very good cellular connectivity and easily connects to 4G LTE networks when it’s available. Mobile data is fast too.

However, its use of an under-display fingerprint sensor has both benefits and disadvantages. It’s easier to reach with your thumb but works slowly and unreliably compared to traditional fingerprint sensors.

Thankfully, the phone’s Face Recognition feature is impressive. It unlocks the phone swiftly and can even determine if your eyes are closed preventing others from opening your phone while you’re asleep.

 

OPPO R17 Pro Battery Life

 

The OPPO R17 Pro has a 3700mAh battery. With casual usage, it can easily last an entire day and some. Heavy usage such as playing online resource intensive games lowers the battery life to around 7 to 8 hours – average but still good.

It scores 8 hours and 31 minutes on PCMark’s Battery Life test which simulates a mixed usage. As usual, I set the phone’s screen to 50% brightness and place it on Airplane mode to make the result comparable with other devices.

On the other hand, the SuperVOOC Charging feature of the OPPO R17 Pro is impressive. It’s the fastest smartphone charging technology I’ve tested so far!

It reached 100% battery life from 0% in just 35 minutes!

 

Review Conclusion

A true flagship smartphone!

A true flagship smartphone!

Despite having an upper midrange chipset, the OPPO R17 Pro is undoubtedly a flagship smartphone. It has a premium design, bright screen, capable cameras, good enough performance and an impressive battery charging technology.

Really, my biggest issue with this device is its pricing. But if you’re open to postpaid plans, Globe and Smart are both offering the device at affordable monthly plans.


OPPO R17 Pro specs:

Average rating of 3.9 stars from 31 users.
  • 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED Display (1080 x 2340 Pixels), 403 ppi
  • Android 8.1 Oreo Operating System
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 12 Megapixel Rear Camera with Dual LED Flash
  • 25 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 128GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 256 via microSD
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3700mAh Battery
  • 50W (5V/10W) SuperVOOC Flash Charge
  • 38,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines
  • ₱32,990.00 - Price drop on February 14, 2019


OPPO R17 Pro Review Summary

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4.8 out of 5 stars

The OPPO R17 Pro is a flagship smartphone with a premium design, bright screen, capable cameras, good performance and an impressive battery charging technology.