After several years the Chinese brand has returned to the spotlight in Italy, as well as in Europe, with a series of devices at the top. OPPO RX17 Neo, with a fascinating design and mid-range specifications seems to be a perfect junction for the many users who are looking for a premium product that does not reach costs too expensive. Strong of its display from 6.41 inches and the new drop notch, the device shows great expectations, let's see how it behaved in our full review.
OPPO RX17 Review Neo
The sales package of OPPO RX17 Neo it comes in white hardbound and is quite rich. Inside we find:
- OPPO RX17 Neo;
- Transparent silicone cover;
- Wall power supply 5V - 2A;
- Pin to extract the trolley;
- USB cable - Micro USB;
- In-ear headphones with mini jack 3.5 mm;
Design and construction quality
After having woven the praises - at least on the aesthetic level - of OPPO RX17 Pro, we are facing the Neo variant and the impact, with the due differences, is once again the best. Also in this case we find a gradient color (polished this time) managed in an optimal way.
Although the transition from one shade to another is clearly visible, the back cover gives a sense of pleasant continuity. Even the construction materials are noteworthy, we find a rear glass body, accompanied by a polished aluminum frame. "Accompanied" is the right term, because the optimized tapering of the edges does not return the feeling of separation between the two materials, but rather offers an idea of unity between the sections.
Despite the important dimensions, X x 158.3 75.5 7.4 mm, the smartphone allows one great grip for two reasons: the weight (156 g only) distributed perfectly on the surface and, in fact, the polished aluminum which offers excellent adhesion to the hand.
OPPO RX17 Neo offers two ways of unlocking, in addition to the classic with sequence e PIN. Among the innovations of the device we find the fingerprint reader under the display. The fingerprint ID it is located in the lower portion of the display, positioned too low in my opinion) with respect to the natural movement of the thumb. In any case, the sensor will be visible with an animation even when the display is off, which will allow us to identify the right point where to put the impression.
Unfortunately, the sensor in question sins both precision and speed. Most of the time I had to perform 3 / 4 attempts before unlocking the smartphone successfully. Both for the positioning and for the actual functionality I did not find this release mode particularly easy.
Finally, we have the Face Unlock software that works discreetly, finding the usual problems due to poor external lighting. In the dark, for example, it will be almost unusable. Despite this, I almost always opted for this mode rather than the fingerprint under the display. However, users can enjoy both at will.
To complete a design worthy of note, we have a display from 6.41 inches Full HD + (402 PPI) in 19.5:9 characterized by the notch to drop and, thanks to a chin reduced to a minimum, it reaches about 91% of screen-to-body ratio. Unlike the much criticized smartphone with notch, in this case, the drop is an added value for the design, given the small size and symmetry.
Abandoning the aesthetic bracket, the panel is a AMOLED of excellent workmanship. The display offers a high contrast and bright colors, all embellished - of course - by the absolute black offered byAMOLED and good visibility in direct light. Thanks to the type of display, users will have the possibility to activate theAlways-on Display for the clock.
Moreover, by means of software it will be possible to calibrate the color balance, both manually (with night mode) and thanks to three pre-set scenarios.
OPPO RX17 Neo relies on a SoC known for reliability on multiple devices. We refer to the Snapdragon 660 of Qualcomm. Solution from 16 nm Octa-core up to 2.0 GHz, accompanied by the GPU Adreno 512, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of Storage (expandable via MicroSD up to 256 GB). As we mentioned, we are faced with a chipset no longer very recent, already tested on different devices, but which still offers performance worthy of note.
In everyday use you will not have any problems, the smartphone will respond responsibly to the most common needs. Also gaming side theRX17 Neo it untangles well, it will allow us to play heavier titles like PUBG (with average resolutions) and, of course, will have no problems coping with lighter games. Via software, then, OPPO makes available game space, which offers the possibility to free RAM and inhibit phone calls and messages in gaming sessions.
Probably, one of the few discordant notes of this OPPO RX17 Neo it is precisely the software optimization. We have the ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo updated to patches November.
In general, I have not found an intuitive translation of much of the menu and app camera features. In addition, unexplained choice given the portion of display available, the icons on the notification bar will not be available. Despite theOS is unripe under this point of view, it enjoys some interesting features. We find in fact the gesture in place of the classic NavBar: the commands will all be available starting from the lower frame, making a central swipe you will return to the home (with a long swipe you open the menu of recent apps), while scrolling from the sides you will come back.
Another interesting addition is represented by the sidebar, using it you will be able to manage the recent and most used apps, and will always be available with a side swipe; the bar is characterized by one vertical matte line.
Su OPPO RX17 Neo we find a double main sensor 16 + 2 mega - pixel, the first with f / 1.7 focal aperture with PDAF and the second, with f / 2.4 focal aperture dedicated to depth. Frontally there is a single room - a choice forced by the notch to drop - from XMUMX mega - pixel with f / 2.0 focal aperture.
In general, the smartphone suffers from the problems of most medium-range quality: in the daytime we will be able to make more than pleasant shots, while with the decline of light and artificial sources the photos will lose several details, with insufficient contrast . Very good color rendering, with colors extremely faithful to reality. The shots offered by OPPO RX17 Neo however, they remain in the average, both for the rear dual and for the front one: in both cases we can count on it sull'HDR.
Present also the AI scene recognition, automatically applied by the smartphone which, however, does not substantially change the photos.
Among the photo settings we then have the ability to take pictures with Portrait, with discrete results even in low light situations. To thicken the photo menu we then have the Timelapse and the mode panorama, as well as some customizations such as stickers and filters to apply Live to photos. As already said, while RX17 Neo jumps to the eye for design and features from top of the range, the photographic industry, although average, does not leave its mark. Also present the possibility of recording videos stabilized in Full HD a 30 fps, with good results even in low light situations.
Connectivity and audio
The device is complete in terms of connectivity. First of all we find the support for the dual SIM (2 nano SIM) to which you can add one MicroSD up to 256 GB. The trolley is not hybrid, so both the SIM and the MicroSD can be used simultaneously. present Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, A-GPS. Absent instead theNFC.
While I did not find any kind of problem with the use of earphones, both wireless and wired (present the mini jack from 3.5 mm), I did not satisfied the capsule, not for the audio, but for the positioning. To be able to listen in an optimal way you will have to lower the classic handle a couple of centimeters.
OPPO RX17 Neo It is based on a battery from 3600 mAh, unit that allows easily to reach the day of use and, in some cases, even half of the next day. In concrete terms, the device will reach approximately 5 display hours on despite intensive use of the data network, Wi-Fi and messaging apps with push notifications always connected.
Unfortunately we still find the entrance Micro USB, which will not however be a problem. In the package we find the wall power supply VOOC able to fully charge the device in about 1 30 hours and minutes.
Conclusions and price
Sums up for this OPPO RX17 Neo it is not, after all, a difficult job. Certainly you will give up some of the must-haves like theUSB Type-C and from SoC last generation. But in return you can buy a smartphone that in many ways approaches the top of the range. THE'RX17 Neo offers a care in materials, displays and design that could make the difference on the final choice of users. The price, then, is on its side: you can buy the smartphone even in physical stores like Mediaworld ed Unieuro, at a price of approx 349€ in the colors Astral Blue e Mocha Red.
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