Just five months after the official announcement of the R15, this week Oppo unveiled a new upper-midrange device from the R line-up. Despite being released after just a few months, Oppo R17 is a decent upgrade over its predecessor. One of the most important improvements is with regards to its security: now, the latest handset from the R series packs an innovative in-display fingerprint reader. A solution which has been thought for devices with very narrow bezels which cannot include a fingerprint reader on the front side.
Thanks to a new hands on video, we can see the in-display fingerprint reader unlocking the Oppo R17 in a pretty fast and accurate way. The guy in the video touches the lower part of the display with its finger, it gets lightened up and the phone gets unlocked in less than a second. The innovative biometric sensor is clearly slower than traditional fingerprint readers, but it manages to stay pretty fast.
As you can see from the video, it has a minimal notch which only includes the front camera. Oppo R17 is the first smartphone to boast the octa-core Snapdragon 670 chipset by Qualcomm, an underclocked version of the Snapdragon 710 which runs at a max frequency of 2 GHz. Alongside the new chipset, there are whopping 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The company has focused a lot on the camera department with a 16 and 20 MP dual rear camera (f/1.7 aperture) and a 25 MP front camera with a f/2.0 aperture.
The new Oppo R17 comes with a wonderful and clean glass back, as well as an aluminum frame. It has also been launched in stunning gradient hues (stream blue and neon purple). Its display is an OLED panel (the only kind of panel supported by in-display fingerprint readers) with a size of 6.4 inches and a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels.