The Pro is available is two colors – Radiant Mist and Emerald Green. We received the Emerald Green variant which is elegant and like the colour tone Huawei used in the Mate 20 Pro. In 183g, the Oppo R17 Guru is also a tad bit on the other hand, though that does make the phone feel more superior. It does work however, and throughout our time so far with the R17 Guru it appears to be true too. Up front there is a big 6.4-inch OLED display with minimal bezels along with a tiny notch similar to this one located on the OnePlus 6T. Watching movies on YouTube and Netflix are crisp and clear, however you are going to have to contend with the black bars on either side when videos are viewed horizontally. You’re able to zoom slightly to make the movie fullscreen, but this just means minor cropping will occur on very top and bottom.
The Oppo R17 Guru doesn’t support microSD expansion and includes a 3.5millimeter jack – with no adapter supplied in the box. You do get a set of USB-C earphones bundled though, so all isn’t lost. The Oppo R17 Guru is a beautiful phone using a huge screen, minimal side bezels plus a superior glass frame. There’s one very clear distinction between the two (besides the symbols on the rear) and that is the presence of 3 cameras around the rear of this Oppo R17 Guru, versus two back snappers around the 6T.
Even though the total look of the Oppo R17 Guru is minimal and tasteful, the part where the screen matches the frame is quite sharp along with borders and very noticeable if you enjoy fidgeting with your cell phone in your hand. Another bonus item in the box (for the UK at least, where it’s called the Oppo RX17 Pro) is a soft-touch rubber instance, letting you instantly use a layer of security to the telephone.
It’s a fantastic addition too, because the smooth glass finish doesn’t allow for much grip in the hand with no case on. There is an in-screen fingerprint scanner in front giving the phone a great clean appearance around the rear, although it’s not as quick to recognize that your print as people not built right into displays. The back is plain and smooth with three cameras adapting at the middle.
There is a camera bulge however, but because it is in the middle, the telephone does not rock when placed on its rear. There is a power switch on the side and volume keys on your left, whereas the USB Type-C interface sits in the bottom with the lone speaker along with the dual-SIM tray. It seems like the OnePlus 6T with a water-drop shaped top on top and a little chin in the bottom – and for good reason. Both Oppo and OnePlus are possessed by the exact same company and this is not the very first time we have seen the two companies produce almost identical looking devices.