Review of OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone
Bluetooth 22/1/2019

The OPPO R17 Pro was release late last year but it is still one of the sought after smartphones by enthusiast who focuses on night photography.

The OPPO R17 Pro comes with a 6.4” AMOLED, Waterdrop screen and has a FHD+2340 x 1080 91.5% Screen Ratio,  It came as a surprise though as OPPO chose to pair it up with a Snapdragon 710 with 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM memory. 

The OPPO R17 Pro comes in two colours- Emerald Green (Green gradient) and Radiant Mist (Purplish Red). I like the gradient green when it reflect the surrounding lights.

Qoo10 SG $999 (With Freebies)

Lazada SG $999 (with Freebies)

Amazon USA USD 578

 The R17 Pro comes packed with a 2*1850mAh bi-cell design for up to 50-watt charging power that radically boosts battery performance. Capable of reaching 40% charge in just 10 minutes, and with five – core smart protection providing all-round monitoring, it’s built to run safely at top-speed.The R17 Pro also carries SuperVOOC flash charging technology, allowing users to enjoy the safest and most efficient charging technology in the industry. The device uses USB-C connector for charging. The R17 Pro also support NFC wireless payment, making the transition to mobile payments easy and  convenient.

Night photography is a MUST these days and every brand is trying their best to incorporate the best sensors and software to compete with others.  On the R17 Pro is a software AI Ultra clear engine that  a software-level AI Ultra-clear Engine that processes pictures to improve image quality to produce amazing night shots.


The R17 Pro is equipped with a variable smart aperture of f1.5/f2.4 which can
automatically adjust to the lighting conditions making images sharper and clearer in
both bright and low light situations. The R17 Pro has OIS (Optical Image
Stabilisation), which can stabilise images and guarantee a longer exposure time to
brighten night-time photography, especially with a 7P lens module. The combination
of these two features further heightens precision in night-time photography.

Front: 25MP (f/2.0)
Rear: 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4) +20MP (f/2.6) + TOF 3D Camera

For those who are more particular about the sensors used, you will be delighted to see that the  R17 Pro uses a Sony IMX362 as its main camera, which has 12 MP with dual-pixel for quick and accurate focusing, and 1.4- micron pixels size and 1/2.55 sensor size, for brighter night shots and lower noise level. 

Powered by Android 8.1 Color OS 5.2, the OPPO R17 Pro has customised the experience with Smart Side Bar. With Smart Side Bar, you can slight from the side the screen to access apps.There is also a hidden fingerprint sensor on the screen which you can use it to unlock the phone with fingerprint. You can also swipe 3 fingers from bottom to the top of the screen to enable App split screen. You can now WhatsApp and Email or check the calendar at the same time a split screen environment. You can also enable Google Assistant by holding the power button for 0.5s (you need to enable that option in settings).

Smart Bar on Oppo R17 Pro
Smart Side Bar on Oppo R17 Pro


Another feature is the Clone App which allows you to have 2 copies of the same messaging app. It seems that only selected apps can be cloned. Here is a screen shot of the settings. You have to enable it as the default is OFF.

By Harry