- Oppo R17 Pro is launching in India on December 4
- Oppo R17 Pro comes with SuperVOOC fast charging
- The flagship smartphone comes with Samsung-like dual aperture and triple rear cameras
- Oppo R17 Pro is expected to be pitted against OnePlus 6T in India
Oppo's finest and brightest, the R17 Pro – first of any R-series smartphone in India – is finally arriving in the second largest smartphone market. Oppo teased the new flagship's arrival in the country in a tweet last week and has since created a buzz with series of teasers talking about the story behind R-series and the upcoming phone.
If Oppo's R-series has been on your wishlist, your anticipation could soon come to an end. IBTimes India received an invite for the launch of Oppo R17 Pro, confirming the official launch date of the handset on December 4. The event is to be held in Mumbai to "unveil a smartphone that redefines high-end design."
To recall, Oppo had launched the R17 and R17 Pro in China back in August. Even though the company launched the phones in Europe, no one had thought the company would consider launching the latest flagship in India to break years-long tradition. But India's growing appetite for premium phones seems to have forced Oppo to finally look beyond F-series in the country.
Now, the invite mentions R17 Pro, which means the toned-down variant R17 won't make it to the market. But that shouldn't upset fans as the R17 Pro is sufficient to impress many. There are several features in the R17 Pro that would make it a disruptive flagship in the market, but the pricing of the phone will play a major role.
Oppo R17 Pro's biggest feature is the SuperVOOC fast charging, which charges the phone from 0-40 percent in just 10 minutes. The R17 Pro comes with two 1,850mAh batteries equivalent to a single 3,700mAh unit. We've seen VOOC charging in action, but SuperVOOC is a whole new level and we cannot wait to test the feature.
But SuperVOOC alone is not going to be the reason fans will drool over this phone. Oppo R17 Pro comes in a new fog gradient colour, which uses 3D fog glass and new condensing process, according to the company. We've seen gradient colours in phones from OnePlus, Oppo and Huawei, but it remains to be seen how different the R17 Pro is.
Now for the camera, the R17 Pro isn't the one to compromise. There's a 12MP dual aperture lens (f/1.5-f/2.4) – like the one on Samsung Galaxy Note 9, a 20MP secondary sensor and a Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing camera as the third sensor. On the front, there's a 25MP f/2.0 aperture lens for selfies. The specifications look convincing on paper, but let's just hold our horses until hands-on impressions.
Oppo R17 Pro, at first glance, will look a lot like the OnePlus 6T, especially from the display side. The handset sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 91.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and an in-display fingerprint scanner. If the hidden biometric sensor is as good as OnePlus 6T, we won't be complaining.
Finally, the R17 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 710 chipset, Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 skin, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Except for the chipset, which is not Snapdragon 845 like in the OnePlus 6T, everything about the R17 Pro is designed to take out the best phones out there.