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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL Camera Performance

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL Camera Performance 



ZenFone Max Pro M2 includes 12MP f / 1.8 primary camera, which can capture 4K video and 5MP depth sensor. Depth Sensor Portrait Mode helps with images.

The Camera app is one of ASUS's few custom apps. It is basically better on the shipbars app ship with ZenFone Max Pro M1, but it is not similar to the app that ships with ASUS's ZenUI devices.


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What's worth it, the app still has all the basic features, including a very wide pro mode. However, the UI is quite old and still looks like something you can get on the phone six years ago. There are also some small issues with the app, like Focus Indicator, which by default is visible in the center of the display instead of the viewfinder center, which matters because the viewfinder is not at the center of the display at all 4: 3 mode. Second, for some reason, the ASUS camera hides the navigation keys in the app, so that the app is carried out every two-step process.

Camera Samples:





ZenFone Max Pro M2 is quite good in the case of image quality. Color and white balance are accurate, the level of detail is good and the images have very little noise, even in indoor conditions.

However, the camera is in conflict, dynamic range and there is a strong tendency of blowing highlights in it. Fortunately, the HDR mode works relatively well and in most cases the Highlight manages to control the details.

Video quality was also good. 4K video sounded nice with smooth motion and enough details. Unfortunately, 4K mode does not benefit from EIS, which only works in 1080p. Fortunately, 1080p videos also look good and with the added benefit of electronic stabilization, the default option should be unless you really want high resolution of 4K mode and some camera shakes are ready to bear or you have There is nowhere to run the phone while recording. 


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Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL review

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL Review

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL


Introduction:

ZenFone Max Pro M1 became sleeper hit for ASUS. Earlier this year, the phone impressed customers with their huge battery, stock Android experience and powerful performance.

The goal of ZenFone Max Pro M2 is to build on that success. The new phone brings with it a more advanced design, faster processor and better camera while keeping things like stock Android UI and a bigger battery that has made the original so popular.

Of course, the competition has increased since the launch of the original, but with correct pricing, ASUS can still continue its winning streak with the new device.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 Specs:


Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL



  • Design: Corning Gorilla Glass 6 in the front, Aluminum Body, plastic back
  • Display: 6.26-inch, 2280x1080, 19:9 IPS LCD, notched
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660,, Adreno 512 GPU, 4x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 Gold + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo Silver CPU
  • Memory: 3/4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 32/64GB eMCP storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP Sony IMX486, f1.8, 4K30 video with EIS, single LED flash, 5MP depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 13MP, f2.0, LED flash, 1080p30 video
  • Battery: 5000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, dual VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, microUSB, GPS/GLONASS/BDS/BeiDou/QZSS
  • Miss: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, FM radio


On paper, everyone can demand one or more in the new Zenfone Max Pro M2. Like its predecessor, there is no compromise for this spec, so you can get in this price range.

However, specs and features are a part of the story. So now we are going to take a look at how to actually use the device.

Unboxing:

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL


ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes in quite simple packaging. You get a phone, along with a 10W charger and cable too. Unfortunately, despite the large battery, Zenfone Max Pro M2 does not have fast charging support once again and as such, it does not come with a fast charger in the box.

A soft silicone case is also found in the box. This case fits very well and there are cutouts at all the right places, but sticks to the bright back of the phone, which does not look very good. There are also cutouts for buttons in place of the emerging bumps, which makes the button a bit difficult to use on the case.

Disclaimer: You can see that this review is less than usual and does not include some of our general tests. The reason for this is that it is written and written very far from our office and testing laboratory. Nevertheless, we feel that we have captured the essence of the phone in the same exact, informative and elaborate manner that has become our trademark. Enjoy the good read!

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Coolpad Recently Launched Mega 5, Mega 5M And Mega 5C and it's Prices Start At Rs 3,999 In India

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Coolpad Recently Launched Mega 5, Mega 5M And Mega 5C and it's Prices Start At Rs 3,999 In India

Coolpad Mega 5, Mega 5M And Mega 5C

China-based Coolpad has expanded the mega lineup by launching three new devices in India. The smartphone has been dubbed as the mega5, mega5m, and mega5c. All three devices play traditional 16: 9 displays with bezel at the top and lower chin. A device in the chain has capacitive buttons while the other two Spot on-screen buttons.


Technical Specifications:

Mega 5 is the most premium device of the lot. It plays 5.7 inches HD + display and 18: 9 aspect ratio. The back is mounted on a fingerprint scanner. Mega 5 is powered by Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 chipset. It packs 3 GB RAM and provides 32 GB internal memory onboard. On the optics front, the device has a dual rear camera setup of 13 + 0.3 MP sensors. For selfies, there is a 5 MP front Camera. The device also supports Face Unlock for extra security.

Mega 5 is supported by a 3,000 mAh battery unit and Android 8.1 runs OREO outside the box. The device supports one for two dedicated card slots, two for the SIM card and one for the MicroSD card. Smartphones are in three color options i.e Blue, Gold and Dark Gray.


Next in line is Mega 5C and Mega 5M. 5C has a little 5.45 inch HD + display. On the other hand,5m comes with 5 inch display HD resolution. The mega 5C is equipped with 1.3 GHz quad-core processor while the mega 5m has 1.2 GHz quad-core SOC. Both devices pack 1 GB RAM and extend 16 GB internal storage up to 32 GB via a dedicated MicroSD card slot. The two phones have the same sensor of 5 MPs as well. Unlike mega 5c, which is fitted with 5 mp front snapper, 2MP sensor in 5m is advance. 5c also supports Face Unlock and runs Android 8 Oreo.

The mega 5c is powered by 2,500 mAh battery unit. Mega5M runs on 2,000MH battery and an unspecified Android version.


Pricing and Availability:

The coolpad mega 5a has a value of Rs 6,999. The retail price for mega 5 c 4,499 rupees is available for 5 m3,999. All three smartphones are offline exclusive and will be sold through multi-brand outlets all over India.

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Vivo Y93 recently launched with Helio P22 SoC and fingerprint scanner for Rs 13,990 in India

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Vivo Y93 recently launched with Helio P22 SoC and fingerprint scanner for Rs 13,990 in India

Vivo Y93

Vivo announced a mid-range smartphone Vivo Y93 in China in November. The device has now made its way in India. However, there are two specific characteristics in both types. Let's take a look below:


Technical specifications:

To remember the technical specifications, Vivo Y93 plays a bezel-less display with small waterdrop notch at the top. The screen measures 6.22-inch HD + resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. Design-wise, phone two grade variants - Starlight Night, and Nebula finish a shield finish in the purple and flutter ships. Unlike the China edition, the India version of the Y93 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor on the back. On the optics front, the device has a 13 MPF / 2.2 primary sensor with a secondary 2 MP depth sensor. An 8 MP / 1.8 sensor is applied on the front to click selfies.

The Indian version of Vivo Y39 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, while the China version came with the Snapdragon 439 processor. It is in conjunction with 4 GB RAM. The device offers 32 GB internal memory expandable through a MicroSD card slot for additional requirements. On the software front, the Y93 Android 8.1 runs on the Oreo OS, in which the custom-made OS 4.5 has been skinned on the top. The device is fueled by a 4,030 mAh battery unit which is capable of running for two days at full charge.

Vivo Y93 is a dual sim smartphone and offers all traditional connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

Pricing and Availability:


The price of Vivo Y93 may be 13,990 rupees in India. The device is available in all major offline retail outlets in the country.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Top 8 smartphones with 4GB RAM You Can buy under Rs 15,000: Realme 2 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2 and more

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Top 8 smartphones with 4GB RAM You Can buy under Rs 15,000: Realme 2 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2 and more

Top 8 smartphones with 4GB RAM You Can buy under Rs 15,000: Realme 2 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2 and more

Here are some affordable phones that promise a snappy performance.

When it comes to Android smartphones, more RAM is always welcome. You can experience multitasking, and use resource-intensive apps without hiccups. Thankfully, the phones with at least 4GB of RAM are affordable today. You will find so many options that you’ll be baffled — which one should you pick up?
That’s why we are making your job easy, and have narrowed down the choice to eight amazing smartphones with 4GB of RAM under Rs 15,000. Of course, you can always opt for the 6GB variants of particular models listed below. However, we shall be honest here — the notable difference in the performance would be mostly marginal. Hence we’re sticking to our guns and offering you the best options. Do note that the LPDDR4X better power efficiency compared to the LPDDR4.

Honor 8X

Honor 8X


Freshly launched Honor 8X houses the HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. This memory is just enough to let you enjoy multi-tasking and even allow you to game smoothly at medium settings. By default, it runs EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and will get the Android 9.0 Pie update too.

Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia 6.1 Plus


Nokia 6.1 Plus is an excellent package with overall configuration. Nokia acted quick and already pushed out the Android 9.0 Pie update for this phone. So using the nearly pure Android update on the 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM is a delight. You’ll have to check it out physically to believe it.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A2


The Xiaomi Mi A2 boasts a fast and fluid pure Android performance thanks to the 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The lack of bloatware makes it a tad faster than its competitors. The good news is that Xiaomi is rolling out Android 9.0 Pie update for the phone. Also, Quick Charge 4.0 gives it an edge over other phones, and is a welcome add-on.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1


The surprise package delivered by Asus also packs 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM to run the Android 8.0 Oreo smoothly. The fact that Asus parted with its staunch agenda of pre-loaded apps makes this phone even more enticing. Another highlight of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is its massive 5,000mAh battery that will allow the phone to last at least two days.

Samsung Galaxy On8

Samsung Galaxy On8


Samsung’s all-rounder performance delivering Galaxy On8 features a 6-inch Super AMOLED display. That makes the Experience Home UI enjoyable with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Though the phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo right now, you can expect the Android 9.0 Pie to bring in more improvements.

Honor 9N

Honor 9N


The beautiful Honor 9N certainly stands out among the crowd with its looks and performance. The octa-core Kirin 659 chipset works harmoniously with the 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Together they make EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo a breeze to experience.

Moto X4

Moto X4


This is another pure Android 8.0 Oreo experience promising handset on the list. The Moto X4 packs 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which makes the software spiffy and without major hiccups. The phone is also IP68-rated to free you from worrying about water splashes and dust.

Realme 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro


Realme 2 Pro is competitively priced and power-packed smartphone on this list. It packs the octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM to run Oppo’s ColorOS 5.2 update based on Android 8.0 Oreo. However, Oppo isn’t known to deliver major Android updates to its phones. So tread with caution here.
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Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

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Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

The ROG Phone comes with two USB Type-C ports, 3D vapour cooling chamber, and more
Smartphone manufacturers have been trying to target the niche “gaming” audience with devices like the Razer Phone, Nubia Red Magic and Xiaomi Black Shark to name a few. Today, Asus has launched the ROG Phone in India, which was first unveiled at Computex 2018, earlier this year. Priced at Rs 69,999, the smartphone will be available exclusively via Flipkart starting today (November 29).

Built for serious gamers, the ROG Phone comes with a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system, which is world’s first for a smartphone. Asus has also unveiled a bunch of accessories to help you make the most of the gaming experience. I had a chance to spend some time with the ROG Phone ahead of the launch, and here are my first impressions.
ROG Phone Design:
The Asus ROG Phone looks like any other smartphone. The front is dominated by a 6-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display, but you still have the thick bezels along the top and bottom. To give the smartphone a different identity, Asus has added two front-firing speakers, one above the display, and one below it. They have gold accents to adding to the premium look. The phone’s front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter.
Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

At the bottom you have the USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio socket, whereas the power / sleep button, and volume rocker is placed on the right. Along the left, you have the SIM card tray and a dual USB Type-C port to charge the phone when using in landscape mode. One may say that it seems pointless to have two ports, but when you have the gaming accessories, such as the gamepad connected, and the phone is running out of battery, this will help in distraction-free gaming.
Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

Turn to the back, and that’s where you will admire the efforts Asus has put to give the ROG Phone a hardcore look. Made from glass and metal, the top half houses a 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel dual-camera setup with LED flash, and a rhombus shaped fingerprint scanner. The center half houses the ROG logo which comes with Aura Sync RGB backlighting effects. Towards the right, you have two vents with golden accents, which is where the 3D vapor-chamber cooling system is to keep the smartphone running cool, even after long gaming hours.
Just like HTC and Pixel 2 smartphones that come with squeeze feature, Asus has also added similar implementation. Called ultrasonic AirTrigger touch sensors, squeezing the phone from the sides clears cache memory and turns on high performance mode for offering a smooth gaming experience.
ROG Phone Specifications:
Another highlight of the ROG Phone is the AMOLED display (18:9 aspect ratio) with HDR support, and 90Hz refresh rate for smooth visuals, and it has a response time to 1ms. Now, one may argue that the Razer Phone has a slightly higher refresh rate of 120Hz, but that is on an LCD display, whereas Asus has done it with an AMOLED display, which is commendable.
At the heart of the ROG Phone runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB onboard storage. The base variant of the phone will come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. To keep things ticking, Asus has also bundled a massive 4,000mAh battery with Asus HyperCharge technology that can charge from empty to 60 percent in 33 minutes. Asus claims that on full charge, the battery can offer up to 7 hours of Wi-Fi gaming. The ROG Phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Asus ZEN UI on top.
ROG Phone Accessories:
Now, talking about accessories, there are four of them. There is an AeroActive Cooler to keep the smartphone cool during long gaming hours, and it comes complimentary with the smartphone.
Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

Second is a TwinView Dock, which brings dual screen in the handheld mode. Basically, the game running on the smartphone is mirrored at the bottom display (second screen), whereas all your smartphone functions remain on the top screen, which is nothing but your smartphone. It is priced at Rs 21,999.
Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

The third is Mobile Desktop Dock, which lets you put the smartphone on the dock and connect it with a monitor or a TV for that big screen experience. The dock comes with a number of ports, such as a USB Type-C port, USB A ports, RJ 45 Ethernet port, a display port, and a 3.5mm socket for mic and earphone. You can buy this for Rs 12,999.
Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

Lastly, you have the Asus WiGig Dock, which comes with a receiver that hooks on to a TV, priced at Rs 5,499. It uses Wi-Fi 802.11 ac to wirelessly stream games from the phone to a large TV. It is complemented with joystick controls that you connect to your ROG Phone, and it will set you back by Rs 5,999.
Asus ROG Phone First Impressions: At Rs 69,999, aspired at serious smartphone gamers

I tried it and the experience was good. I did not notice any stuttering or frame drops. However, the phone got extremely warm after playing continuously for a prolonged period.
Final words:
I must say, the ROG Phone is one of the more impressive smartphones I’ve recently seen. Having tried the Razer Phone, the ROG Phone does have a lot going for it. Serious gamers will appreciate the efforts Asus had put in the product. But when it comes to practicality, it’s a whole different scene altogether.
Yes, the ROG Phone does bring some innovation to the table, and the 90Hz refresh rate sounds good too. But the main question is, are there any games that support refresh rate above 60fps? Even if there are, there may only be a couple of them. So even if the hardware is capable, you won’t get the actual experience that you should just yet. Sure, as more manufacturers design gaming phones, and more users buy them, it will give incentive for game developers to optimize games for such phones. But till then, it is just a technological advancement that may be too far ahead of its time.
Do the features, and a smartphone dedicated just for gamers justify this steep pricing of Rs 69,999? Additionally, buying accessories will cost more. Even the Professional Dock with GameVice joystick will add another Rs 14,498, making a total of over Rs 84,000. Is it worth spending that much? We will be able to answer that when we review the smartphone, so stay tuned for that.
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Experience and first impressions: Moving the game Upward

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Experience and first impressions: Moving  the game Upward
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Experience and first impressions: Moving  the game Upward

Huawei is again setting a new standard in smartphone photography with its latest Mate 20 series. Here are my first impressions.
Huawei set a new standard in smartphone photography with the P20 Pro earlier this year. Now, the company is taking things a step up with its latest Mate 20 series. After an unveiling in the UK last month, Huawei has today launched the flagship Mate 20 Pro smartphone in India. It is priced at Rs 69,990, and will be going on sale exclusively via Amazon India starting December 4. Having spent some time with the device during the London launch, here are my first impressions.
Design:
On the design front, the Mate 20 Pro looks contemporary, and quite obviously premium. The Mate 20 Pro features a curved display with quite a wide notch at the top. It also features a glass body, and will be available in India in Emerald Green, and Twilight colors. Interestingly, the green variant features what Huawei calls “hyper-optical display pattern”. Essentially these are subtle textures on the rear that are not only less prone to fingerprints, but are also easier to grip.
Display and power:
The Kirin 980 octa-core SoC is claimed to offer 20 percent improved performance and 40 percent improved efficiency over 10nm chipsets. In the short time I spent with the smartphone, everything worked quite smoothly without a hint of lag anywhere.
With up to 6GB RAM on offer, the smartphone is quite capable of handling anything from day-to-day multitasking to graphic-intensive games with ease. On the software front, the device runs the latest Android Pie out-of-the-box wrapped under EMUI 9.
Cameras:
The four cameras on board the Mate 20 smartphones is again among the highlights. These camera lenses and the LED flash are arranged in a square-ish pattern at the back.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Experience and first impressions: Moving  the game Upward

The Mate 20 Pro comes with a 40-megapixel f/1.8 standard lens, 20-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS. Unlike on the P20 Pro, Huawei has dropped the monochrome lens that was meant for sharper edge definition with less noise. But the company claims that the use of larger and better sensors makes the monochrome help unnecessary.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Experience and first impressions: Moving  the game Upward

While shots clicked in ambient lighting conditions at the venue are not enough to judge a camera, my first impressions are quite positive. Still, we will reserve our judgement till we spend a considerable more time with the new smartphones.
The Mate 20 Pro is the first smartphone from Huawei to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. For further security, the Mate 20 Pro also features an advanced 3D face scanner hidden in the notch that helps you unlock the device by just looking at it. The Pro variant also features IP68 certification making it resistant to water and dust.
The Mate 20 Pro is backed by a 4,200mAh battery. While it might come across as standard, the talking point truly is the support for 40W SuperCharge technology. Using the bundled supercharger, the smartphones can be juiced up in almost no time.
The smartphone also supports 15W wireless charging, and the Pro also comes with a feature that differentiates it from the standard variant. Reverse wireless charging essentially allows you to juice up any other device supporting Qi-based wireless charging using the Mate 20 Pro.
Huawei has also introduced a new proprietary card slot to expand the built-in memory on the Mate 20 smartphones. The company calls it nano memory card, which is shaped like a nano SIM card and basically goes into the second SIM tray. Huawei says this is a choice driven by design, but it remains to be seen how consumers react to it.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Experience and first impressions: Moving  the game Upward

First impressions:

The new Huawei smartphone is quite impressive in what it offers. The Mate 20 Pro seems quite capable of taking the competition to the Samsung Galaxys and Google Pixels of the world.
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Oppo R17 Pro Review

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Oppo R17 Pro Review

Oppo R17 Pro Review

Smartphone makers the world over have found their niche, and buyers tend to radiate to the brands that suit them. Brands such as Samsung, Apple and Google have the ultra-premium space covered with offerings that cover everything from good cameras to excellent software and screens, while others such as OnePlus and LG have the value segments covered. In India, Oppo hasn’t managed to fit itself into these premium segments, and has instead chose to focus on more affordable offerings.
But now, things are changing. The premium space is a cherished one because of higher margins and more glamor, so it isn’t surprising that Oppo wants a slice of the pie typically eaten by OnePlus, Apple and Samsung. The company has now launched its R-series in India, starting with the Oppo R17 Pro and R17. Today, we’re taking a look at the Rs 45,990 Oppo R17 Pro, which comes with some unique USPs that aim to help it stand out among the crowd. But can this device challenge the market dominance of OnePlus? Lets find out in our review.
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Oppo R17 Pro: The Good

Design and Display:


First, let me start out by addressing one rather obvious aspect of the Oppo R17 Pro; yes, it’s built on pretty much the same lines as the OnePlus 6T. Or, given that the Oppo R17 Pro was unveiled back in August, I should say that the OnePlus 6T is built on the blueprint of the Oppo R17 Pro. It’s something we’ve been seeing for a while now, and save for a few differences here and there, an Oppo R-series device and a subsequent OnePlus device are very much alike.
The similarities in this case include the screen size and type, the shape of the notch, the build materials and some of the internal components. There are also big differences, starting with the color options. The Oppo R17 Pro is available in two colors right now – radiant mist and emerald green. Both of these are designed to make the phone stand out, and indeed the phone is beautiful. The radiant mist color (our review unit) features a dual-tone combination of violet and blue, which looks even nicer thanks to the use of glass at the back.
The phone feels solid, unlike the Oppo F-series which tends to feel a bit more ‘affordable’ because of the use of plastic in its build. The all-screen front adds to the aesthetics, helped along by the small waterdrop-style notch and narrow chin. You get an excellent 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED screen that’s bright, gets the colors right and is generally a pleasure to use. There’s no 3.5mm jack or alert slider, and the SIM tray finds its way to the bottom of the phone, alongside the USB Type-C port. The back of the phone sees the triple-camera setup accompanied by an Oppo logo, retaining a simple look that allows the focus to remain on the attractive color.
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Specifications:


The specification sheet of the Oppo R17 Pro gives me mixed feelings; there’s a lot of good in it and I can’t really complain, but it’s simply not the best that could have been done at this price. To start with, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. I’ve been looking forward to putting this chipset through the paces, given that it’s the first 700-series offering from Qualcomm. It’s a performance driven chipset that sits above the mid-range 600-series but below the flagship 800-series, thereby offering better performance on slightly more affordable devices.
The problem here is the Rs 45,990 price tag, which should have seen a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, particularly considering that it can be had on the Rs 20,999 Xiaomi Poco F1. That aside, it’s a good chipset that sits a bit higher than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, but a fair bit below even last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. While there are two performance cores on the chip, the lower clock speeds and six efficiency cores make this an efficiency-driven SoC, and the Oppo R17 Pro sticks to that brief.
On the other hand, you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, as well as Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and dual-SIM connectivity and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The sensor, similar to the one on the OnePlus 6T, is an optical system built out of a camera under the screen. Like the OnePlus 6T, it works well provided you have your finger properly placed, which can be tricky. There is also face unlock, which is fast and accurate. All of these help you get the most out of the phone, and help justify its flagship positioning and pricing to an extent.
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Performance and Battery:

While obviously not as capable as newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chipsets, the Snapdragon 710 does get the job done capably enough. You get enough power from the two performance cores to drive most intensive tasks, including being able to play PUBG Mobile on high settings without much trouble. 8GB of RAM ensures that with most tasks, you get the drive you need and don’t need to obsessively clear background processes.
Battery life is decent as well, thanks to the 10nm fabrication and six efficiency cores in the chipset. Additionally, the full-HD+ AMOLED screen isn’t as power-hungry to drive, ensuring a day of use on a single charge even with heavy usage. Even if you do find yourself needing an urgent top up, Oppo’s excellent SuperVOOC charging makes this a relatively effortless process.

Packing in a massive 50W charger (that steps down to 10W towards closer to a full charge), Oppo has take its already superb fast charging standard to new heights on the Oppo R17 Pro. During my testing, I was able to fully top up the 3,700mAh battery on the R17 Pro in just 40 minutes. Oppo claims that you can get the first 40 percent in just 10 minutes, and I can attest to this.
Oppo R17 Pro Review

This rapid charging will effectively change the way you charge your phone, and make battery worries a thing of the past as long as you keep an eye on battery levels and remember to give the phone a 10-15 minute boost when you’re leaving office for the day. It’s significantly faster than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro in getting to 100 percent, which is bundled with a 40W charger.
Cameras
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Oppo R17 Pro Camera Sample – Color
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Oppo R17 Pro Camera Sample – Up Close
Another signature feature on the Oppo R17 Pro is its triple-camera setup at the back, coupled with a 25-megapixel front camera. The rear camera setup uses a 12-megapixel primary sensor, 20-megapixel secondary sensor for depth-effect shots and lossless zoom, and a third TOF 3D camera. The third sensor would come in handy in situations that require 3D mapping (such as augmented reality applications) but can’t independently be used while shooting normally with the camera app.
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Oppo R17 Pro Camera Sample – Low Light

Oppo R17 Pro Review
Oppo R17 Pro Camera Sample – Low Light
Even if you discount the gimmicky and relatively niche nature of the third sensor, the primary camera is capable on its own thanks to a rather underrated feature – dual-aperture. Like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 devices, the Oppo R17 Pro can alternate between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the lighting conditions, although unlike on the Samsung phones, you can’t manually select an aperture and have to depend on the auto mode choosing properly.
I found that while the wider aperture triggers automatically in low-light conditions, the narrower aperture isn’t always selected properly. This isn’t a problem most of the time, but can occasionally cause somewhat overexposed shots or over-saturation in bright segments of daytime pictures. In most cases though, camera performance is excellent, and I’d say that the Oppo R17 Pro is among the best camera phones you can buy under Rs 60,000. Take a look at some of the camera samples above and below.
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Oppo R17 Pro Camera Sample – Daylight
Oppo R17 Pro Review

Oppo R17 Pro Camera Sample – Daylight

Oppo R17 Pro: The Bad

Software

The Oppo R17 Pro is a capable smartphone in many departments, but there is one major drawback – the software. At a time when security and performance concerns are making software quality more important, Oppo’s ColorOS user interface is, simply put, disappointing. From the fact that it comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box four months after the stable release of Android 9 Pie, to the excessive bloatware and pointless system apps, the software is bothersome to say the least.
Certain functional aspects work fairly well, including features built in to make face unlock and the in-display fingerprint sensor more effective. However, the awkward placement of key settings and the excessive system apps that can’t be uninstalled make this a cluttered interface. And during my time with the phone, I received a software update that seemed to add nothing meaningful, even keeping the Android security patch at October 2018.
Oppo R17 Pro Review

There are some positive aspects here, including the ‘Game Space’, which optimizes settings for uninterrupted gaming, app split-screen and the ability to ‘clone’ apps or have two separate instances of popular apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp with separate accounts configured on each. However, on the whole, ColorOS offers no meaningful enhancements, and only serves to hamper the overall smartphone experience. If software is important to you, look away from the Oppo R17 Pro now.

Verdict:

The Oppo R17 Pro is an excellent smartphone in many ways, but it’s unfortunately not without its issues. A poor software experience serves as a massive blot on what is otherwise a good device, and the high price isn’t completely justified by what’s on offer. While you do get an excellent camera, the fastest charging on any reputable smartphone today, and beautiful aesthetics, the Oppo R17 Pro stops short of being a complete device for the price.
Although the OnePlus 6T isn’t quite as capable in the three departments that serve as strong points for the Oppo R17 Pro, it only falls slightly short. On the other hand, it’s significantly better when it comes to performance and software, and is even costs a bit less, making it a more solid overall recommendation. However, if those three departments appeal to you, the Oppo R17 Pro could be worth considering.

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