So, we know OPPO for some of the best phones in the mid-range series. The OPPO F9 and the OPPO F7 were its two most popular offerings in the Nepali market. And there were already talks about OPPO expanding its lineup in Nepal with the R-series. That did create quite a buzz, as the R-series is OPPO’s flagship grade phones. And OPPO R17 Pro has now launched in Nepal.
And while that may alone create a buzz, another thing that will create even more stirring is the price. We thought after OPPO launched A7 for an exorbitant price, they were done. But not apparently, the R17 Pro should break all records. We’ll leave you to guess the price until the end of this article.
Oppo R17 Pro Overview
We have to give it to OPPO, however, for including interesting breakthrough technologies in the OPPO R-series. And the OPPO R17 is no exception. The phone packs a large 6.4″ AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution on a glass body. There’s Gorilla Glass 6 on the screen for protection as well. It has about 402 PPI pixel density, and has a water-drop notch up top for more screen real estate. However, that means no notification LED lights though. From the front, it can be very easily confused with the OnePlus 6T.
The back is also not very different, except that the phone has two-tone gradient coloring and a triple camera setup. No fingerprint sensor at the back, which means it’s embedded in the screen itself.
Among the triple camera setup, the primary one is a 12 MP lens with variable apertures (f/1.5 – f/2.4). We’ve seen it in the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9. The secondary sensor is a whopping 20 MP depth sensor with f/2.6 aperture, and auto-focus. If you ask me, that’s just too much of a gimmick. A 5 MP depth sensor would work just fine. Anyways, the third one is not a camera per se, but a 3D stereo TOF (time-of-flight) camera for Augmented Reality applications. OPPO has not provided anything of that sort for now, so, its pretty much useless. Maybe, they’ll come up with something in the near future. Another gimmick? Looks like one to me.
As for the selfie camera, the water-drop notch at the front houses the 25 MP lens with f/2.0 aperture. The device does support 4K video recording at 30 fps. And as for camera quality, there is not doubt OPPO won’t be letting us down.
Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset, along with 8 GB of RAM. This is something that is a turn down, as for its price, we should be getting a flagship processor. There’s also a 6 GB RAM variant but will not be making its way here. We only get the 8 GB / 128 GB option. There’s also an SD card slot in there, but that one is a hybrid, so, if you want to use two SIMs, no SD card for you. But of course, it’ll take you quite a lot of content and effort to fill up that 128 GB.
As for the battery, the R17 Pro has a good sized 3700 mAh battery and that should be pretty adequate. The Snapdragon 710 is a power-effecient chipset, so, we can expect slightly above a day’s usage on a single charge. Also, this phone has the Super VOOC charging. Meaning, the 50 W charger pumps up your phone from 0 to 40% in only 10 minutes! Very interesting.
OPPO R17 Pro Pricing
Now, to the matter of concern. Any guesses about the price? Well, even we took turns at guessing here, and every single one of us were wrong. This phone, the OPPO R17 Pro costs a whopping Rs.89,990! Yes, I know…too damn expensive. And to think it doesn’t still have a flagship grade processor.
Let’s explore other alternative options for that price. Actually, there aren’t that many phones for the price range. But you can easily get the latest OnePlus 6T for only Rs.70000 at Daraz. And the same goes for the Galaxy Note 8! Well, yes, that is an older phone, but, the OnePlus 6T looks like a much…much better deal. And it even has the Snapdragon 845.
So, yes, the OPPO R17 Pro is a good phone, but it’s pricing puts it between a rock and a hard place. Granted that it looks stunning with dual gradient colors on its glass back, and has the Super VOOC charge. But that is hardly any excuse for such exorbitant pricing. Even in India, the same model costs INR. 43,900, which roughly converts to slightly above NRs. 70000. But asking 20000 more is a bit too much.
Oppo R17 Pro Specifications:
- Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 6 protection
- Resolution: Full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 402 PPI
- Rear Camera: Triple camera – (12 MP, f/1.5-f/2.4, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS) + (20 MP depth sensor, f/2.6, AF) + (TOF 3D stereo camera), Dual-LED flash
- Front Camera: 25 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 0.9µm
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.2 on the top
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 616
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 128GB internal, expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (nano + nano/SD card), Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
- Battery: 3700mAh with Super VOOC fast charging support, 50W (10V/5A) charging, 40% charge in 10 minutes
- Price in Nepal: Rs.89,990 /-
So, there you have it. The OPPO R17 Pro is out and about in Nepal. It was a much awaited phone here, but this is disappointing. Let us know what you think of the pricing.