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The Oppo R17 Pro has a trippy rear glass design and a three-sensor camera for 3D captures

By Ng Chong Seng - on 4 Oct 2018, 4:29pm

The Oppo R17 Pro has a trippy rear glass design and a three-sensor camera for 3D captures

Note: First published on Aug 23, this article has been updated on Oct 4 to include local pricing and availability info.

In addition to the R17, Oppo has announced the R17 Pro. This Pro model is essentially the regular R17 with a new rear glass treatment, a faster processor, and a triple-lens rear camera setup.

If the R17’s blue and purple glass backs look interesting to you, then you’d probably take to the R17 Pro’s trippy glass back design as well. Using what Oppo calls a “3D fog glass”, the back exhibits this multi-hue gradient effect when you look at it from different angles. Oppo even extends this gradient treatment to the frame. It’s really hard to describe, but it kind of feels like the regular R17’s blue, red, and purple colors decided to show up on the R17 Pro at the same time. And despite being glass, it has a matte texture, so it feels good in the hand and doesn't attract as many fingerprints like its non-Pro sibling. According to Oppo, this design is also coming to the regular R17.

While the R17 comes with the Snapdragon 670, the R17 Pro uses the Snapdragon 710. Like the 670 chip, it has the new Kyro 360 CPU, but clocked higher for the two performance cores (2.2GHz). It also packs a faster Adreno 616 GPU.

The rear camera on the R17 Pro is another reason the phone got its “Pro” tag. And we’re looking at a triple-sensor setup here. The primary 12MP camera (Sony IMX 362) has a 1.4μm pixel size, is optically-stabilized, and has an adjustable aperture that can alternate between F2.4 and a larger F1.5. (The latter basically lets in more light to aid low-light shooting.) The R17 Pro is the first smartphone I know of other than the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note9 (not counting the South Korean company’s W2018 flip phone) to have a dual-aperture camera.

The 20MP/F2.6 secondary camera, expectedly, enables you to zoom in closer to your subject as well as gathers depth data for more realistic portrait mode-blurring effects. If that isn’t enough, there’s another 3D depth-sensing module. With a working distance of up to 5 meters, it's this TOF (time of flight) sensor that enables the R17 Pro's camera to capture in 3D, which Oppo says will open up more opportunities for AR applications down the road. Apparently, you can also connect it up to a TV through a separate dock and use it for motion-sensing gaming.

In addition, Oppo is touting its AI Super Clear Engine, which it says will help you land more useable low-light shots. My understanding is that this tech uses a mix of scene analysis, multi-frame processing, and even pixel-level color reconstruction to derive the final image.

Rounding out the specs, the R17 Pro sports a 6.4-inch display with a water droplet-shaped notch, Gorilla Glass 6, an under-display fingerprint sensor, AI-powered 25MP/F2.0 selfie camera, NFC, and USB Type-C connectivity. Unlike the R17 though, the Pro additionally supports the Super VOOC tech that we first saw on the Find X. With a peak 50W power, this enables the phone to go from 0 to 40% charge for its 3,700mAh battery (it's actually 2 x 1,850mAh packs) in just 10 minutes. The Pro also has no headphone jack.

The Oppo R17 Pro with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at 4,299 RMB (~S$860) and will ship in China starting mid-October. The phone is expected to come to Singapore too, but exact availability details aren't available at the moment.

Update, Oct 4:

The R17 Pro (8GB RAM / 128GB storage) in Radiant Mist/Emerald Green is priced at S$999. Pre-order starts November 3, with delivery expected from November 10.

The R17 Pro has the same notch as the one on the regular R17.

The SIM card slot has moved to the bottom, and there's no 3.5mm headphone jack.

The third sensor on the R17 Pro's rear camera is a TOF 3D sensor.

"Like colors coming through a fog."

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