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Oppo up the ante in the mid-tier space with new R17 and R17 Pro

Oppo has unveiled the latest two additions to its  popular R-series of devices: the R17 and R17 Pro.

Picking up where the previous R15 and R15 Pro left off, the new Android smartphones feature a teardrop-style notch and in-screen fingerprint sensor. The Pro Variant also offers up Super VOOC Flash charging and a unique triple-lens camera that's capable of taking night and low-light photography well beyond that offered by previous Oppo smartphone cameras.  

“OPPO is known for delivering camera technology that continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in a smartphone. The R17 & R17 Pro are full of cutting-edge features that showcase what OPPO is capable of," said Michael Tran, managing director at OPPO Australia.

“In particular, we are excited to bring the R17 Pro’s Ultra Night Mode and TOF 3D camera capabilities to Australia. Utilising the latest in smartphone camera technology, OPPO will help its customers seize the night and take advantage of new and exciting camera applications as they come to market. OPPO is excited to be at the forefront of this technology in Australia,”, said Michael Tran, Managing Director at OPPO Australia.

Rather than utilise a true triple-lens camera like that found in the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Series, the Oppo R17 Pro incorporate a  12-megapixel + 20-megapixel + TOF (Time of Flight)  lens combination equipped with a Galaxy S9-inspired F2.4/F1.5 smart aperture, optical image stabilisation and a new AI-driven "Ultra-Clear Engine" that promises to enhance image processing.  

The regular Oppo R17 features a more conventional 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual-lens setup. Both devices feature a 25-megapixel front-facing camera and a 6.4-inch FHD+ display coated in Gorilla Glass 6. They also sport a hefty 6GB of RAM paired with 128GB of on-board storage. 

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For better or worse, the R17 and R17 Pro tout 2D face unlock functionality rather than the 3D infared face-scanning found in the Find X.

There are a few other differences between the R17 and R17 Pro to be noted. The R17 runs on a Snapdragon 670, the R17 Pro features a more higher-end Snapdragon 710 processor. The standard R17 also lacks the Super VOOC charging found in the Pro. 

Both the R17 and R17 Pro run on Oppo's ColorOS Android Skin, which is based on Android 8.1 but does support Android Pie features such as gesture controls and Oppo's take on Digital Wellbeing.

The R17 arrives at  a recommended retail price of $699 while the R17 Pro commands a pricier $899.

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The R17 and R17 Pro will be available from the 12th of November through JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Woolworths Mobile, MobileCiti and Telechoice.

Vodafone will also have the device in a unique Emerald Green color from the 14th of November.

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