Earlier this week, OPPO listed its upcoming R17 smartphone on its online store for the Chinese market. The company today confirmed in a Weibo post that the R17 will be officially unveiled at an event in Shanghai, China on August 23rd.
OPPO R17: Launching in China on August 23
The OPPO China online store listing had suggested the R17 will go on sale in China on August 18th. However, now that OPPO has officially confirmed that the smartphone will be unveiled next week, we don’t expect it to be made available for sale this Saturday. The R17 will be available in two colors – Twilight Blue and Starry Purple.
OPPO R17: Specifications, Features
As revealed by the official listing on the OPPO online store in China, the R17 features a 6.4-inch water drop AMOLED screen with a tiny notch at the top. The panel offers 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. OPPO R17 is also the company’s first smartphone to come equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor as well as Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The smartphone boasts a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio, which is higher than most flagship smartphones launched so far.
Under the hood, OPPO R17 is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 670 mid-range SoC. The chipset comes with two performance-oriented Kryo 360 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six efficiency-oriented Kryo 360 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. Qualcomm claims the chipset delivers up to 15% higher CPU performance and 25% faster graphics processing compared to its predecessor. In the memory department, OPPO R17 is equipped with an impressive 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage.
At the rear is a dual-camera setup with a 16MP main shooter. OPPO hasn’t listed the resolution of the secondary sensor yet, so we may have to wait until August 23rd to find out more about the camera hardware on the R17. For selfies, the R17 is equipped with a 25MP resolution snapper on the front with an f/2.0 aperture and 3D Portrait mode with AI-powered Beauty mode to help users click great-looking selfies. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, and Dual 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on is a 3500mAh capacity battery with VOOC Flash Charge technology. In terms of software, the OPPO R17 will be shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.2 out of the box. The first smartphone to ship with ColorOS 5.2, the R17 comes with some new features that are aimed at improving the user experience further.
OPPO R17: Expected Price
The OPPO R17 is expected to start at 2,999 yuan (Rs.30,500 approx.) in China for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration. In addition to the R17, OPPO is expected to launch the R17 Pro as well. However, it remains unclear if the R17 Pro will debut alongside the R17 at Shanghai next week or at a separate event a few weeks later. The R17 Pro is rumored to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset under the hood and feature a triple-camera setup at the rear with a variable aperture feature similar to the latest Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphones.