Chinese smartphone maker OPPO, earlier this week, quietly slashed the prices of two of its Android smartphones currently on sale in India. The devices that received the price cut are the OPPO A7 and the OPPO R17 Pro. There is little in common between these two devices, except for the fact that they received this price-cut on the same day. The OPPO A7 is a relatively affordable phone targeted at the budget-conscious consumer while the OPPO R17 Pro is a proper mid-range smartphone with better specifications and a much higher price tag. Mahesh Khatri of Mahesh Telecom first reported the news of this price slash.
Let’s delve into the details now
OPPO A7, OPPO R17 Pro Price Cut Details
The OPPO A7, that until yesterday, used to retail for INR 14,990, would now be sold for INR 13,990. The move, it seems, is to make the device somewhat more competitive against the likes of the Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Series – both of which are flying off the shelves right now.
The OPPO R17 Pro which used to be sold for INR 39,990 has received a massive INR 10K discount and would now be sold for INR 29,990. This price cut incidentally comes right before the launch of the OPPO Reno series in India.
Mahesh talked about these price cuts in a tweet he posted on May 22.
Let us now take a quick look at the specifications of both these devices.
OPPO A7, OPPO R17 Pro Specifications, Features
As mentioned earlier in this article, the OPPO A7 is a budget handset from the company. The phone features a large 6.2-inch HD+ display with a teardrop notch at the top for the front-facing camera. The handset is powered by Qualcomm’s entry-level Snapdragon 450 chipset and comes in two versions, an entry-level 3GB+32GB variant, and a pricier 4GB+64GB version. Note that only the 4/64GB version gets the price cut. The base version will be continued to be sold for INR 12,990. The camera setup on the OPPO A7 includes a dual camera (13MP+ 2MP) at the rear with LED flash and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone runs Color OS 5 out of the box which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and uses a 4320mAh battery and with no support for fast charging. For security, users also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The OPPO R17 Pro is a proper mid-range device that is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. This is the same chipset used on the Realme 3 Pro. The OPPO R17 Pro gets a large 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution and comes in a single 8GB RAM+ 128GB storage variant. There is no option to expand the storage further using a microSD card.
The OPPO R17 Pro gets a triple camera set up at the rear consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera with dual aperture, a secondary 20-megapixel camera, and a third ToF camera for depth sensing. There is a 25-megapixel front-facing camera as well for selfies and video calls. The OPPO R17 Pro also runs ColorOS 5.2 atop an Android 8.1 Oreo core and gets a 3,700mAh battery with support for Super VOOC fast charging. For security, you get an in-display fingerprint scanner as well.