For the first time ever, OPPO brought its premium R series of phones outside of China. It launched the OPPO R17 and R17 Pro yesterday in India. Today, the company has revealed via its Twitter handle that the handset will go on sale on December 7.
We had exclusively reported the expected pricing of the R17 Pro ahead of the launch and it turned out to be true. We had also reported that OPPO would be bringing the R17 and the R17 Pro to the Indian market, and that turned out to be true as well. The OPPO R17 Pro was up for pre-order from December 01. Now, OPPO has announced that the phone will go on sale starting tomorrow via Amazon.in as well as OPPO’s official online store. As for the R17, exact availability hasn’t been revealed yet.
OPPO R17 Pro First Sale and Availability Details
The OPPO R17 Pro is available in Emerald Green and Radiant Mist colors and it is only available in a single storage configuration (8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage). Numerous launch offers have been listed on Amazon India’s landing page for the phone.
Jio is offering up to 3.2TB of 4G data and benefits up to INR 4,900 on the purchase of the device. Moreover, one-time screen replacement, no-cost EMIs and extra INR 2,000 on the exchange some of the attractive incentives over the handset. HDFC credit card and debit card holders can get 10 percent off on purchasing the handset.
Besides online stores, the OPPO R17 Pro will also be sold offline at Reliance Digital, Croma, Vijay Sales, Airtel and Bajaj Electronics stores.
OPPO R17 Pro Key Features, Specs
The OPPO R17 Pro’s biggest feature has to be Super VOOC. This is OPPO’s second-generation VOOC fast charging technology that promises 40 percent battery charging speed in just 10 minutes and 100 percent in just 40 minutes. OPPO says that its technology has passed harsh safety tests including 1,000 loop tests and 600 independent quick-charge tests and that it is a safe technology for daily use. OPPO achieves this crazy fast charging speed with a bi-cell design in the battery.
The second big feature of the OPPO R17 Pro is the array of triple cameras on the rear. The primary 12-megapixel sensor features a variable aperture from f/1.5 to f/2.4, similar to the Galaxy S9 duo and the Galaxy Note 9. Then there’s a 20MP sensor with f/2.6 aperture. Lastly, there is a 3D TOF (Time of Flight) camera that assists in depth effects as well as AR and VR apps. The rear camera hardware is spruced up by optical image stabilization, dual-pixel PDAF, and AI-based Ultra Night Mode for better low-light photos.
The OPPO R17 Pro also rocks an on-screen fingerprint reader. The R17 Pro rocks a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6 panel. The teardrop notch design leads to a screen-to-body ratio of 91.5 percent. Inside the chassis, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The handset boots Android 8.1 Oreo with the latest version of ColorOS 5.2. The OPPO R17 Pro also has a 3700mAh battery, which combined with Super VOOC, makes an irresistible combo.
However, the OPPO R17 Pro lacks many flagship features like wireless charging support, IP ratings, and a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack. At INR 45,990, is the handset worth it to sacrifice such features in exchange for a triple-camera setup and Super VOOC? Let us know in the comments section below.