There is a new Oppo handset now which is quite similar to two current Oppo handsets. The Oppo R17 Neo has been launched in Japan as the country’s first smartphone featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor, and as of now, there is no word about the phone making it to other markets. The phone sports an AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch, and flaunts two gradient colors. It has a dual rear camera and an octa-core processor, and it differs from the Oppo R17 and Oppo K1 in its memory configuration. Read on for the full specifications and pricing details of the new handset.
Oppo R17 Neo Launched In Japan At 38,988 Yen
The new handset has been launched for a price of 38,988 Japanese Yen. There is only one variant for now: 4GB RAM with a 128GB storage. This is in contrast with both Oppo R17 and Oppo K1. The Oppo K1 comes in both 4GB and 6GB RAM options, but the internal storage is limited to 64GB in both models. The Oppo R17 offers a 128GB storage but gets 8GB of RAM. In fact, Oppo has made a rather odd setup here – 128GB of storage is usually paired to at least, 6GB of RAM in smartphones. The SIM card slot setup is Hybrid type, so you will have to sacrifice SIM 2 usage for adding up to 256GB of storage via microSD card. This is a feature the handset shares with Oppo R17. The device will boot ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
The display of the handset is 6.4 inches, AMOLED type and with Full HD+ screen resolution (1080×2340 pixels). It has a small notch that Oppo refers to as waterdrop type notch, which houses the 25MP front camera of the handset. There is a minimal bezel present around the display, and the product page of a seller in Japan states that the screen-to-body ratio is 91 percent.
The rear camera setup is the same as that of Oppo K1, with a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera features AI support, so it can identify about 120 scenes, and provide 16 scene-detection icons on the screen when the camera is shooting.
Another major component in common with Oppo K1 is the processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset. The Japanese seller lists the specification with 1.95GHz frequency, whereas, the Snapdragon 660 originally gets 2.2GHz of clock speed. Also, there is no mention of built-in AI, while the said chipset is noted for offering an AI Engine in mid-range smartphones. It could be so that Oppo has tinkered with the processor to make it more cost effective, but we are not sure what is happening here.
The battery of the Oppo R17 Neo is a bit bigger at 3600mAh, while both the Oppo R17 and the Oppo K1 depend on a 3500mAh battery. The seller UQ Communications has mentioned any fast charging support on the product page. Also, the page shows the weight of the phone to be just 156 grams, and its thickness only 7.4mm. If that is true, the Oppo R17 Neo sure is a sleek and light device which certainly will please smartphone enthusiasts.
Oppo R17 Price, India Launch
The Oppo R17 Neo is quite similar to the Oppo K1, and hence, either of the two phones is likely to enter the Indian market, instead of both. The Oppo K1 launched in China earlier in October, as an affordable mid-range smartphone with premium features such as the in-display fingerprint sensor.
The Oppo R17 Neo up for orders in Japan at JPY 38,988, which is approximately INR 25,500. The Oppo K1 starts at CNY 1,599 (INR 17,000 approx), but it comes with 64GB of storage and a slightly smaller battery. It will be interesting to see which handset comes to India, but unfortunately, Oppo has not hinted at at releasing either of these phones here yet.