Oppo F17 Pro was launched today (2/9/2020)in India.The teasers already had showed more than a glimpse of the phone and we know it has been touted as the sleekest phone of 2020.Well sleek it is but are the other features worthy of the price.That we have to decide.
Before going on any further I should remind you that Oppo phones have good cameras and there’s no doubt in that.Before the F17 Pro if you carefully notice all Oppo phones try to compensate on price in the processor segment.It seems their focus is on the cameras.
Oppo F17 Pro features as many as 6 cameras,all AI featured (advertised). But will that be enough to please all of you.Time will tell.It will be available for sales from 7th September,2020.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The phone is premium looking will be an understatement.The sleek slender nature with the square camera module on the back enhances the aesthetics.The back has a shiny matte finish.The dual pill shaped front camera may be disliked by some of you but you have to bear with it.It should be mentioned that the size of this dual punch hole is smaller than most of the other phones available.Bezels are bare minimum with a very slightly thicker chin.The design is pebble edged meaning smoother edges.
The phone is just 7.48mm thin making it ultra sleek and weighs only 164g.Dual Nano 4G Sim are supported and there is a dedicated slot for micro SD card.3.5mm jack is present which is a relief.
Oppo F17 Pro sports a 6.43″ Amoled display with FHD (1080×2400) resolution.The aspect ratio is 20:9 and pixel density is~409ppi.
OS, PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
Color OS 7.2 is featured based on Android 10.Color OS is getting better day by day but the messy settings menu remains.I tell messy because of the difficulty in searching any particular menu.Otherwise customisation is very good and you can actually set the phone according to your choice.
As I mentioned lots of features have been added to Color OS.A new one being you will now be able to pick up a call by swiping your hand in air thanks to the gesture feature.
Under the hood is Mediatek Helio P95 chipset with octacore processor(2×2.2GHz,6×2.0 GHz).
8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage is present in the Oppo F17 Pro that will launch in India.It is priced at Rs.22990.
The camera module may remind you of the iPhone 11 difference being there are four cameras in the Oppo F17 Pro.They are a primary 48MP f/1.7 lens,a 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide sensor with 119° field of view,a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
Portraits are the USP of this phone.The dedicated depth sensor and AI enhances the portrait images.Various artistic filters are present within the camera app.Portrait night images,AI beautification, dual Bokeh effects are some features included.Another interesting feature is you can now get 108MP images with this phone camera, thanks to AI ofcourse.
A 16MP wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor is housed in the dual punch hole on the top left of the display.The depth sensor on the front powered by AI again enables beautiful portrait selfies.
Oppo F17 Pro features an under display optical fingerprint sensor which is advertised to act in 0.3 seconds which is pretty fast.Face unlock is also available and it too is damn fast.You don’t even need to go to the lock screen mode.
BATTERY AND COLOURS
Oppo F17 Pro houses a 4000mAH battery which supports 30W VOOC charging or fast charging as you wish to call it.Lots of battery saving modes have been added.The most important feature is the optimised charging facility that will allow charging to be completed at the time you wake in the morning if you have put the phone on charge before sleeping.Yes it is similar to that of the OnePlus 8 phones.
Lots of colour options are available, Magic Blue,MatteBlack and Metallic White being the ones available in India.
Lookwise the Oppo F17 Pro is a beautiful device.The AI portraits are also a visual treat.But again I have to say that the 2MP macro lens has very little use in practical life.The storage is enough and you have the option of expanding it as well.
My main concern is the chipset.At the price of 22990 INR you get many phones with better processors.So I feel either the price should have been reduced or a better processor should have been included.Neverthless the cameras are the major highlights and generally Oppo phone cameras have lived upto the expectations.
The question is are you willing to buy a phone only because of the cameras.Please let me know in comments.