Oppo’s new phone is available for €600 from 16 November, but there’s no news on when it’ll reach our shores
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the RX17 Pro in Milan, alongside a more basic device, the RX17 Neo.
The RX17 Pro has exactly the same hardware as the R17 Pro launched earlier this year in China, only it’ll be sold in Europe – specifically in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Spain.
The handset has a large 6.4in display, a triple rear camera arrangement and a hidden, under-screen fingerprint scanner among a number of other premium features. Best of all, though, it costs just €600 (approx £520), placing it in direct competition with “flagship killer” OnePlus 6T.
For everything you need to know about the Oppo R17 Pro, including my first impressions of the device, read on.
Oppo RX17 Pro review: Key specifications, price and release date
- Radiant mist and Emerald Green variants
- 6.4in (1,080 x 2,340) AMOLED display
- 6GB RAM
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chip
- Adreno 616 GPU
- 128GB storage
- 12-megapixel f/1.5-f/2.4, 20-megapixel f/2.6 and TOF 3D rear camera
- 25-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
- 2 x1850mAh battery
- Hidden, in-screen fingerprint sensor
- ColorOS 5.2
- Price: €600
- Release date: 16 November
Oppo RX17 Pro review: Design, key features and first impressions
From a design point of view, it’s immediately apparent the Oppo RX17 Pro is vying for the title of “flagship killer”. Its enormous 6.4in display covers 91.5% of the device, making it about as close as bezelless device as you can find, especially at this price.
The display is only a Full HD (1,080 x 2,340) panel, so the pixel density can’t rival that of, for instance, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. However, having said that, from what I’ve seen so there aren’t any obvious clues it’s inferior. Photos and videos look great, with heaps of contrast and detail.
Flip the RX17 Pro over and you’ll see what really separates it from its rivals: its “3D misted glass” body. As well as boasting a grainy texture Oppo claims is akin to “beach glass”, this exterior changes colour according to the light conditions.
There are two variants of the RX17 Pro – Radiant Mist and Emerald Green – and the former adopted various hues ranging from purple to deep blue as I turned it in my hand. It might not be to everyone’s tastes, but it’s certainly captivating.
One cutting-edge feature that isn’t immediately obvious is the Oppo RX17 Pro’s in-display fingerprint scanner. Hidden under the screen, this uses a photosensitive sensor to scan your fingerprint and unlock the phone, much like that in the OnePlus 6T.
And that’s not the Chinese phone’s only premium feature. On its rear, there’s a triple camera arrangement that comprises 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel cameras and time-of-flight “TOF” 3D snapper.
The primary camera is a 12-megapixel unit that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, just like the Samsung Galaxy S9 can. In addition to that, there’s the 20-megapixel snapper, which has large 1.4μm pixels but plays an unclear role and, thirdly, a 3D TOF sensor that Oppo says gives the camera more advanced “depth information” for things like portraits.
Last but not least, the handset employs Oppo’s SuperVOOC Flash Charge. This proprietary charging technology makes it possible to fully charge the RX17 in just 35 minutes, or to top up the battery’s capacity by 40% in a mere ten minutes.
So what’s the catch? Unlike the current crop of flagship devices such as the OnePlus 6T, which use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the Oppo RX17 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chip. The same chip as you’ll find inside the Nokia 7.1
Even with Oppo’s smartphone “hyper boost” acceleration engine, which supposedly delivers improvements in performance, there’d have to be a miracle for it to match the performance of phones like the OnePlus 6T.
The phone also runs Oppo’s ColorOS, a variant of Android developed by the Chinese manufacturer.
Oppo RX17 Pro review: Early verdict
The Oppo RX17 Pro has plenty of premium features that’ll grab the attention of tech aficionados and consumers alike. Above all, it has an eye-catching design but it also boasts camera specs you’d only normally find on much more expensive devices.
It’s difficult to say how well the phone’s snapper will perform in the real world until we’ve had a chance to put it through its paces, though. And at this early stage the main thing threatening to prevent it stealing OnePlus’ “flagship killer” crown is its inferior Snapdragon 710 chip.