OPPO F17: the mid-range smartphone you can’t afford to miss

On: September 21, 2020

Delivering one fantastic product after another seems to have become a habit for OPPO, the world’s leading smart devices brand. OPPO recently launched another smartphone that is all set to rake up the mid-range segment. We are, of course, talking about the brand new OPPO F17 – the latest from OPPO’s stylish and trendy F-series line-up.

Aimed at those who want to own a chic, feature-packed device, the OPPO F17 should be at the top of your list if you are keen on buying a new mid-range smartphone in 2020. The OPPO F17 is available at a starting price of Rs 17,990, and will go on sale from September 21st across online and offline platforms.

For a device that’s packed to the brim and offers great smartphone experience to users in the mid-range segment here are some of the compelling reasons why OPPO F17 should be your next purchase.

Luxurious feel, gorgeous design

The OPPO F17 has been designed from the ground up with a singular focus on its look and feel. This is accentuated by the leather-feel texture on the device. Unlike glass or plastic-clad rear panels, the leather-feel material not only lets you grip the phone firmly, but also ensures that the phone looks classy in your hand and never ends up with annoying fingerprints or scratches. The back covers come in Navy Blue, Classic Silver and Dynamic Orange colour options. Personally, we really liked the Dynamic Orange colour and the texture of the back panel.

At just 7.45mm, the OPPO F17 is also among the sleekest smartphones you will come across. OPPO has used advanced laser carving technology to create the ultra-slim bezels for the smartphone. Elevating the in-hand feel of the device is the 2.5D curved body and ultra-light weight of just 163g. The phone feels quite light in hand and even though it’s so slim, the grip is great, especially for single-handed usage.

Completing the svelte look of the OPPO F17 is the quad-camera module on the rear panel housed within a square 2 x 2 array. With its outer metal layer, the square camera module mimics the look of luxury smartwatches – further accentuating the premium feel of the phone.

There is not a single smartphone in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment in India which offers the svelte leather-feel rear panel of the OPPO F17. Add to that the sleek profile of the device and the classy gold-coloured metal logo at the back, the OPPO F17 comes across as a premium smartphone with a unique design which is great for single hand usage and feels extremely light too.

30W VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge tops up your battery in minutes

OPPO is arguably the global leader in fast charging technology, and  OPPO F17 is no exception in this regard. The huge 4,015mAh battery offers unmatched battery life that can be extended with a Super Power Saving Mode and Super Night Time Standby, the latter ensuring that not more than 3 percent of the battery dips overnight.

When you do run out of charge, OPPO’s revolutionary 30W VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge ensures the battery can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in just 56 minutes. Not just that, with just a 5-minute charge, you can get 4 hours of talk time.

In our experience, the battery lasts a whole day on with heavy usage involving social media, browsing and gaming. But on days when the battery indicator turned red after binge-watching shows and gaming extensively, we were able to recharge the battery fully in under an hour, which is a fantastic feature especially in the mid-range segment and completely in line with OPPO’s claims.

Not just fast the VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge technology is super safe as well. The technology uses multiple safety protocols – both hardware and software – to keep a tab on the level of heat being produced during the charging process. In the unlikely event of these parameters exceeding usual limits, there are safety checks that immediately ensure that the phones charging is stopped. Needless to say, we didn’t have to worry about overheating while charging the battery, which is testament to the safety measures OPPO has put in place.

For a device in the under Rs 20,000 price segment, this is a big thumbs up.

Gorgeous Super AMOLED display with world-class eye-care technology

The OPPO F17 gets a gorgeous 6.44-inch Super AMOLED panel with narrow 1.67mm bezels. The screen has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and offers a staggering 408ppi pixel density. The result is a clear, legible display that allows content to come to life.

Thanks to the Super AMOLED display, the colours are richer with deeper blacks. This results in a vivid video watching experience as well as sharper text while browsing the web. Plus, the display comes with Widevine L1 certification, which meant we could enjoy watching shows on Netflix and Prime Video in high resolution.

The OPPO F17’s screen also features Sunlight Screen and Moonlight Screen technology, which ensures the display’s brightness and visibility stays at optimum levels without causing eye-strain. Indeed, we could binge-watch an entire series on the smartphone comfortably, without any eye-strain. OPPO has put all its efforts once again to offer a seamless and immersive experience to its users, which is really commendable.

Another key display feature is the DC Dimming technology that reduces flicker on the screen while also maintaining optimal brightness levels. The display also happens to house a fingerprint scanner, which is fast and accurate while also ensuring security.

The immersive display coupled with great battery life and fast charging ensure an overall great smartphone experience for users.

Versatile ultra-wide quad camera setup

The OPPO F17 gets a quad-camera setup at the rear that consists of a 16MP primary camera, a 119-degree 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP monochrome camera, and a 2MP retro camera.

OPPO has packed the F17 to the hilt with several camera-centric software features. These include multiple filters that add a touch of flair to images and videos captured on the phone. The AI Dazzle Color feature uses OPPO’s tried and tested AI algorithm to automatically recommend a filter that is apt for a given scenario.

The Ultra Steady Video option uses advanced electronic image stabilization to ensure you always end up with shake-free, usable videos, while the Soloop video editing app lets you create professional-looking videos with just a single tap.

The 16MP front-facing camera on the OPPO F17 is tailor-made to ensure you always end up with great selfies no matter the ambient lighting condition.

As for the front night mode, this feature is designed to ensure that all the details of the user’s face are retained even in challenging lighting conditions.

The OPPO F17 captures highly detailed images in daylight, while the AI Dazzle Colour mode enhances the colours in the shot. Moreover, if you are looking to print your pictures, there’s an Extra HD mode, which captures additional details. The portrait mode works very well with accurate edge-detection and a natural looking blur. The wide-angle camera captures stunning landscapes with minimal fish-eye distortion. As for the front camera, it results vibrant and highly detailed selfies as well, which are perfect for social media.

Images captured by the OPPO F17 were detailed, vibrant and clear in varied lighting conditions, which made taking photos a pleasant experience. With its versatile front and rear cameras, the OPPO F17 makes for a powerful imaging accessory.

Ample RAM and storage

The OPPO F17 comes in two variants, 6GB + 128GB  and 8GB + 128GB, thereby offering enough storage for all your apps, photos and videos. This ensures that you are never worried about deleting or transferring your data because of insufficient storage space. With 6GB of RAM at your disposal, the OPPO F17 is zippy and fast and can handle even the most complex of tasks with absolute ease. Plus, the new OSWAP + OF2FS feature lets the phone optimize and expand the available memory within the system and improves storage performance while minimizing lag.

Seamless performance

Powering the OPPO F17 is the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset, which is a brand-new processor based on the efficient 11nm manufacturing process. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 610 GPU.

The phone also gets a wide array of gaming-centric features, including Game Space and Hyper Boost 2.1, to ensure zero-lag gaming under all circumstances. Then there’s an interesting dual-channel acceleration feature that combines the speeds of an unstable Wi-Fi network and a reliable data connection to boost the overall network speed.

The OPPO F17 is a capable daily workhorse, handling multi-tasking without any hiccups. If you are a gamer, you will be able to enjoy games without any issues, thanks to the dedicated gaming features on the smartphone.

Boost your productivity with ColorOS 7.2

The OPPO F17 runs the Android 10-based ColorOS 7.2, which has several features that make the phone a powerful tool for both personal and professional usage. One of the key features of ColorOS is the multi-user mode that allows users to ensure privacy by creating different user spaces.

ColorOS7.2 also offers a dedicated dark mode improves the visibility of UI elements while improving the battery life of the phone. It also comes packed with an array of productivity features that include the icon pull down gesture, lab ringtone feature, and privacy password option. Then there is the easy to use three-finger screenshot feature that also supports long screenshot modes.

In conclusion

OPPO has once again revolutionised the mid-range smartphone segment in India. The flaunt-worthy leather-feel design, gorgeous Super AMOLED display, 30W fast charging and seamless performance ensures that the OPPO F17 is a must-buy of 2020 and a strong recommendation on our list of must-have mid-range smartphones.

OPPO is also providing attractive launch offers for the F17. The offline offers include up to 7.5 percent cashback with leading banks on both debit and credit cards, no-cost EMIs for 6 months, 180 days complete damage protection, 70 percent assured buyback, 180 days extended warranty and 10 percent off on the OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds.

As for the online offers, OPPO F17 buyers can get no-cost EMIs up to 9 months on Amazon and Flipkart, up to Rs 1,500 discount on Bank of Baroda credit card transactions on Amazon and Flipkart, Rs 500 off on the OPPO Enco W51 and Rs 1,500 cashback as Amazon Pay balance.