The world's first phone with Snapdragon 670 and Gorilla Glass 6 is official, but you can't have it
Oppo, one of the mobile industry’s fastest-growing manufacturers, already made serious waves a couple of months back with a decidedly innovative albeit fragile “bezelless” design, striking again today by unveiling another remarkable handset.
The R17 is not quite as powerful as the Find X or Samsung Galaxy Note 9, packing however an upper mid-range processor Qualcomm barely announced last week. The Snapdragon 670 is a respectably fast and extremely power-efficient chip based on a 10 nm fabrication process, including eight Kryo 360 CPU cores, an Adreno 615 GPU, Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, and a multicore AI Engine.
In a nutshell, this allows the Oppo R17 to deliver raw processing speed (almost) in line with high-end devices at a substantially lower price. Unfortunately, that part hasn’t been unveiled yet, although sales are set to begin on August 18 in China.
The 6.4-inch phone is unlikely to come to any Western markets, at least under the aforementioned name, but there’s a very good chance it will inspire the OnePlus 6T. Like the India-focused Oppo F9, the R17 uses an ingenious “waterdrop” notch to maximize its screen-to-body ratio, listed on the company’s official Chinese website at a mind-blowing 91.5 percent.
Gorilla Glass 6 screen protection is another standout feature compared to the Galaxy Note 9... and every other high-ender on the market, promising enhanced durability. There’s also in-display fingerprint recognition support (although not the ultrasonic type), and of course, two rear-facing cameras and a single selfie shooter squeezing the most out of the latest AI technologies.
The Snapdragon 670 SoC is paired with a whopping 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage space, while a decently sizable 3,500 mAh battery is responsible for keeping the lights on, supporting blazing fast VOOC Flash Charge functionality. That’s a pretty dreamy set of specs, don't you think?