Sep 12, 2020 Reviews
Oppo has yet again come out with a phone catering those who prefer lightweight, slim phones except this time, it's super affordable and can be enjoyed by many. The phone retails for ₹ 22,990 and is available in three different colors: Magic Blue, Matte Black, Metallic White. While the slim design and price tag are certainly attractive, how does this phone fair against the brutally competitive market?
Looking at just the design of this phone, we are sold and we believe many will be too. The Oppo F17 Pro is a gorgeous thin, slick phone weighing around 164 grams and is only 7.48mm thin. Oppo claims that this is “the sleekest phone of 2020” and has highlighted this feature in their campaign. The phone has a curved plastic body which allows for a firm grip and has a shiny matte finish which helps hide fingerprints. Moreover, the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3+, giving us a well-protected phone. The magic blue color has become a clear customer favorite as it throws different shades of blue and purple while viewing it in different angles.
The phone features a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution. Thanks to the AMOLED panel, you can make use of the always-on display feature to check the time and alerts. The colors are vibrant and the brightness, coming in at a maximum of 800 nits, does not cause any issues and is pleasing to work with. One downside to this phone would be that the display has a 60 Hz refresh rate opposed to the 90 Hz or 120 Hz we expect to see now. The phone has an in-display finger print scanner which is always preferred and was found to be very accurate.
With a high AnTuTu score, this phone is deemed better than 82% of smartphones. The Oppo F17 Pro runs on Android 10 and features a MediaTek Helio P95 processor which is admittedly not the most powerful processor around and does not offer the greatest gaming experience but it’s enough for you to smoothly get by. The processor is paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage which is expandable via microSD card. The phone is also equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery which can easily last a day. It is accompanied by a 30W charger which can charge the device completely within an hour.
This phone contains a total of 6 cameras, and this is definitely a something that Oppo is highlighting and is marketing it as AI portrait cameras. These include a 48-megapixel f/1.7 main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. In the front, the camera module houses a 48MP lens, an 8MP ultrawide camera and two 2MP sensors. The camera setup does not include a macro or telephoto lens which is disappointing.
In daylight, the camera is able to capture sharp and well-detailed pictures with good color turnout and saturation. At night however, the camera disappoints. There is a lack of detail in the picture and there is a lot of graininess and noise in the pictures. The Night mode photos increase the exposure but still does not improve them as much. You can shoot up to 4K videos on the Oppo F17 Pro though unfortunately without stabilization. The videos are only stabilized at 1080p thought even then the quality is weak and the colors are very off.
For a phone having 6 cameras, we were certainly expecting different results and believe the camera performance could have been better. in the end you’re getting a decent camera that gives good results in ample light however the same cannot be said if you are in a dim setting.
The Oppo F17 Pro is by no means a bad phone but we believe that most of the specifications can be found in other phones that perform better. If you are someone to whom the thin and light factor appeals to, especially for the price, then you should definitely consider getting this phone. As we mentioned above, the market is very competitive and we wonder if the appearance itself is enough to make this phone stand out.