Oppo has released yet another slim and light smartphone: the F17 Pro. Unlike the Reno Pro (review), this model comes with a price tag of Rs. 43,990, which is much more affordable. You know that the slim design and lightness of the Oppo F17 Pro are two of my favourite features so far. The rest of the story, how about it? Despite the lack of direct competition, the F17 Pro does have some heavy hitters like the Redmi K20 and the Realme 7 Pro, which both directly compete against it. Now is the time to decide whether you should spend your money on Oppo or the competition.
Oppo F17 Pro design and display: Two of its strong suits
Considering the Oppo F17 Pro’s design alone, I’m not surprised if a lot of people choose it. Despite its slim size and light weight, it is extremely comfortable to use for prolonged periods, whether one is playing games or texting. Plastic is used to construct the frame and back panel. Though the phone seems fragile at first glance, it has a very sturdy feel to it. I have a Magic Blue colour that looks good under sunlight, and there is a hint of purple around its edges. In addition to the 7-series from Realme, the new 7-series also features this split design.
Unlike the Oppo Reno 4 Pro, the rear cameras aren’t protruding much, and the lenses are designed similarly. It features a USB Type-C port, audio jack, and speaker. Two Nano-SIMs as well as a microSD card can be placed in the left triple-slot tray.
Oppo F17 Pro features a 6.43-inch HD+ Super AMOLED screen with 800 nits of brightness. Unfortunately, this panel only operates at 60Hz rather than 90Hz or 120Hz. HDR certification is also not available, which is disappointing. In spite of that, AMOLED displays give you the option of checking the time or getting alerts every now and then thanks to their always-on functionality. A fingerprint sensor is also integrated into the display. According to my experience, the latter worked well, as did face recognition.
Oppo F17 Pro specifications, performance and software: A smooth affair
When it comes to performance, I have had a pretty positive experience. It was easy to navigate Android’s menus and load apps on the Oppo F17 Pro when it was used daily. As with the Reno 4 Pro, ColorOS 7.2 is used as the Android skin. These features, along with Custom Apps such as Oppo Relax, and Smart Sidebar are all present. ‘Air answer’ is a new excellent,excellent,nice feature of the F17 Pro. You can answer or reject a call using a hand gesture in front of the selfie cameras. You could use it if you don’t want to touch the phone while answering a call. It works well.
Powered by a MediaTek Helio P95 SoC, it has 8GBM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage capacity. Compared to, say, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G or Snapdragon 730, the octa-core SoC is reasonable fast, but not as powerful. On AnTuTu, a score of 2,03,472 points was achieved, and on GFXBench, a score of 45 frames per second was achieved. Qualcomm’s equivalent chips are still superior, but the numbers aren’t great.
The performance of the game remained decent despite the lack of power. I had no issues playing Oddmar, Pixel Gun 3D, and Battle Prime. Gameplay was smooth, and the graphics looked nice. The phone doesn’t overheat at all, except that the back gets slightly warm when gaming for extended periods of time.
As the display is bright and colorful, watching videos is a pleasant experience. Viewing white backgrounds off axis caused a slight blue tint, but this had no significant impact on my work. While the speaker on the bottom got quite loud, it would have been better if the earpiece could be used as a second speaker.
Oppo F17 Pro battery life: Good enough
Using this battery, I was able to get through an average day and a half of light to moderate use, without having to top it off. In our 16-hour and 48-minute HD video loop test, the device also performed decently. Fast charging of 30W allows the battery to charge quickly. The battery could be fully charged in under an hour in my experience.
Oppo F17 Pro cameras: Fairly okay
Touted as “AI portrait cameras”, Oppo markets the F17 Pro as having six cameras in total. This camera system features a wide-angle 48-megapixel camera, an ultrawide-angle 8-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. The front of the phone features a 16-megapixel selfie camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera.
The Oppo F17 Pro does not have a macro lens and its camera app does not include a macro mode either. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a loss since most camera phones with dedicated macro lenses don’t exactly excel. However, in this case, I would have preferred having a monochrome camera over a low-resolution one. It appears to be used only if you choose the ‘OP7’ filter in Portrait mode.
OPPO F17 Pro Specifications:
- Body: 6.30 x 2.90 x 0.29-inches; 164gm
- Display: 6.43-inches Super AMOLED panel; 90.67% screen-to-body ratio; 60Hz refresh rate; 180Hz touch sampling rate; 96% NTSC; 409PPI; 800 nits peak brightness
- Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio P95 (12nm mobile platform)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: PowerVR GM9446
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x
- Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable)
- Software & UI: ColorOS 7.2 on top of Android 10
- Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
– 48MP, f/1.7 primary shooter
– 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens
– 2MP, f/2.4 mono camera
– 2MP, f/2.4 mono camera
– LED flash
- Front Camera: Dual-camera;
– 16MP, f/2.4 Sony IMX471 primary camera
– 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
- Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner (Optical)
- Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack; LDAC, aptX, aptX HD audio codec
- Connectivity: Dual SIM card (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/BDS/QZSS, USB Type-C
- Battery: 4015mAh with 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0
- Colors: Magic Blue, Matte Black, Metallic White
OPPO F17, F17 Pro Price in Nepal and Availability
Officially, the Oppo F17 Pro costs Rs. 43,990 in Nepal. The first of October will be the date when it becomes available for purchase. In addition, the Oppo F17 will go on sale on October 5 for Rs. 33,990.
|Smartphone Model||Price in Nepal (Official)||Availability|
|OPPO F17 Pro (8/128GB)||NPR 43,990||Oct 1, 2020|
|OPPO F17 (6/128GB)||NPR 33,990||Oct 5, 2020|
Verdict: Should you buy the Oppo F17 Pro?
In part, this is due to the slim and light design of the Oppo F17 Pro. With exposed lenses on the back cameras, it looks quite modern. In addition, it has a long battery life, is easy to charge, and a nice display.
Although there are six cameras, only a few are really noteworthy, which is unfortunate. Then there is the performance, which, while decent in its own right, does fall short when compared to phones such as the Realme 7 Pro and Redmi K20 , which are also available at similar prices.