OnePlus 6T v Oppo R17 Professional

OnePlus 6T v Oppo R17 Pro


OnePlus shares the identical father or mother firm as Oppo in BBK Electronics. Though OnePlus and Oppo function independently, they share the identical manufacturing line and provide chain assets. So it ought to come as no shock to search out some similarities on the subject of {hardware}.

The entrance of the handsets look an identical with the 6T and R17 Professional each sporting a close to bezel-less 6.4-inch 2K decision OLED panel and a water drop model cutout on the prime to accommodate the entrance digicam. The show on the 6T and R17 Professional is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 which suggests it ought to face up to the odd drop.

The in-display fingerprint scanner can be current in each fashions and even use the identical lightning animation when pressed. In-display fingerprint scanners enable for smartphones with skinny bezels and excessive screen-to-body ratios by integrating biometric authentication into the show itself.


Whereas the in-display fingerprint scanner is a tad slower and rather less constant than the common again mounted ones, its placement on the entrance of the display feels way more pure to make use of. The power to make use of it with the telephone resting on a desk or in a automobile mount, too, is a giant benefit. The in-display fingerprint scanner additionally occurs to be a function that you simply will not discover on pricier handsets save for Huawei’s Mate 20 Professional.

In line with smartphone tendencies, neither handset sports activities a headphone jack. The R17 Professional features a pair of USB-C headphones whereas the OnePlus 6T comes with a dongle that lets you use your present pair of headphones.

The 6T and R17 Professional lack IP-rated water resistance, wi-fi charging and stereo audio system.


The R17 Professional is available in two distinct colors — radiant mist and emerald inexperienced — whereas the OnePlus 6T is extra muted in look coming in both a matte or shiny black end (the “thunder purple” model pictured above is coming quickly). The 6T and R17 Professional sport a particular S-shaped curve design that seems throughout the again of the telephone when positioned underneath direct gentle and Oppo takes issues a step additional by incorporating a gradient color shift that subtly strikes from a darkish purple to a light-weight blue color on the radiant mist variant. The textured impact not solely seems to be nice, but in addition retains fingerprints at bay.

Each are nice wanting telephones in their very own proper and the selection of 1 over the opposite finally comes down to non-public style.

Software program and efficiency

The OnePlus 6T comes with the newest model of Android (model Pie) working OnePlus’ Oxygen OS overlay on prime. Optimised for efficiency, Oxygen OS has rapidly develop into a well-liked model of Android with no bloatware and an in depth array of customisation choices that enable customers to tailor the software program expertise to their liking.

The lean OS paired with the quickest chip you will discover on any Android flagship, within the Snapdragon 845, makes the OnePlus 6T a pleasure to make use of. There is a host of significant tweaks comparable to swiping down wherever on a house display to summon notifications making one-handed operation extra accessible, or ‘studying mode’ which mimics the monochromatic look of an e-reader.


Oppo’s ColorOS runs on prime of Android Oreo with an replace to Android to return within the close to future. Regardless of being powered by a slower Snapdragon 710 processor, ColorOS on the R17 Professional is not precisely a slouch on the subject of efficiency and it additionally boasts a couple of helpful options of its personal.

A fast swipe from the precise of the display will convey up ‘Sensible Bar’ which acts as a fast shortcut that can be utilized to launch any app whereas a 3 finger swipe brings up split-screen mode for working two apps concurrently. There’s additionally an AI Album function which robotically categorises your picture library into collections based mostly on folks and locations, however it is not as complete because the smarts on Google’s Pixel line or as Apple’s albums on the iPhone. Whereas the R17 Professional sorted selfies and those who it recognised into collections, it did not type pictures based mostly on geographical location with pictures taken on a current journey to Italy lumped along with photos taken again at dwelling.

The 6T and R17 Professional provide assist for gestures whereas the display is off. You may draw a V to activate the flashlight or draw an arrow to skip tracks. We did discover the screen-off gestures to be extra constant and dependable on the OnePlus 6T and so they additionally labored throughout a wider vary of apps comparable to YouTube.

The quicker animation transitions additionally meant that leaping between open apps and unlocking the telephone utilizing the in-display fingerprint scanner felt a hair quicker on the OnePlus 6T.


On paper, the Oppo R17 Professional has a extra succesful digicam and in precise day-to-day use, it produced extra pleasing pictures.

The 6T and R17 Professional have an evening mode that guarantees to tug in additional gentle and element in dimly lit environments, and whereas they brighten up cityscapes with out situation, they each generally tend to blow out the brightest areas, overexposing gentle sources comparable to lamps and streetlights whereas discounting hotter tones. That stated, the Oppo R17 Professional with its large 1.5 aperture manages to retain extra element in low gentle conditions than the OnePlus 6T and, in some cases, rivals the image taking capacity of prime tier flagships.

A low light shot, taken with the Oppo R17 Pro.

A low gentle shot, taken with the Oppo R17 Professional.Credit score:Krishan Sharma

Macro pictures look nice and pictures taken in broad daylight look simply as spectacular with loads of element regardless that both digicam can at occasions wrestle with dynamic vary. The 6T and R17 Professional additionally generally tend to over sharpen pictures which turns into obvious once you begin to zoom in on photos.

The R17 Professional has an additional sensor devoted to taking 3D pictures, however until you personal a 3D printer or fancy the thought of replicating the animoji expertise from the iPhone, it’s prone to see little or no use. It is a disgrace that Oppo did not go for an ultrawide lens as an alternative which might have been way more helpful.

The entrance dealing with digicam on the OnePlus 6T is 16MP whereas there is a 25MP shooter on the R17Professional along with a set of HDR and wonder modes on each handsets. The outcomes are fairly detailed, however the entrance firing digicam is inclined to washing out topics making pores and skin tones look much less pure.

On the video aspect, the 6T and R17 Professional can document at 4K and sluggish movement video. Whereas they do an honest job of recording video, the efficiency is let down by poor stabilisation that fails to clean out even the slightest trace of digicam shake.

Battery life

The 6T and R17 Professional sport a 3700mAh battery backed up by the quickest charging within the business. Oppo leads the way in which with its new SuperVOOC cost which offers 50W of charging energy, leading to a full cost in simply 35 minutes. The OnePlus 6T’s DashCharge is ready to pump out 20W of juice, delivering 50 per cent cost in 30 minutes. Each options are proprietary that means you will have to lug across the pretty cumbersome charger included within the field if you wish to benefit from quick charging.

There have been no points in getting by a complete day and effectively into the following of pretty heavy use with both handset, although the Oppo R17 Professional had just a little extra juice left within the tank on the second day. This possible comes right down to the OnePlus 6T utilizing a extra taxing processor within the Snapdragon 845 versus the Oppo’s slower, however extra battery environment friendly Snapdragon 710.


The OnePlus 6T and Oppo R17 Professional provide loads of worth for the cash, however every handset has its personal strengths which are prone to attraction to various kinds of customers. If you happen to’re after the most effective digicam for the value, the R17Professional is the mid-ranger for you. If, nevertheless, you are searching for uncooked efficiency and presumably the most effective software program expertise that Android has to supply, then the OnePlus 6T is your greatest guess.

Pricing and availability

Oppo’s R17 Professional is formally obtainable in Australia for $899 or on contract by Vodafone. If you may make do with a much less succesful digicam and processor, the $699 Oppo R17 may also be price contemplating.

Australians eyeing the OnePlus 6T must leap by a couple of additional hoops and import one from abroad. The bottom mannequin contains 6GB RAM and 128GB of inside storage and retails for $US549, which equates to round $780 at present trade charges. After including GST and transport prices into the equation, the value tag hits nearer to the $899 mark.

Krishan is a multi-award-winning Australian expertise journalist.

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