Wednesday, 18 January 2023 10:24

Oppo kicks off new year with release of budget smartphone

The A17 black model. The A17 black model. Supplied

Chinese smartphone vendor Oppo has released another model from its budget range in Australia, aiming to attract buyers to the A17 through a combination of price and decent specs, plus a 30-day mobile subscription.

As usual, the new model is built atop an SoC from MediaTek, with the MediaTek Helio G35 being the one in question. It has 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage and supports two SIMs.

Oppo is looking to the camera, battery and sleek design to pull in buyers, along with a relatively low price of $259.

The A17 features a 50MP AI main camera and a 5MP front camera.

Additionally, Oppo is offering those who purchase the A17 before 12 February a Konec Essential SIM plan (valued at $25) which normally comes with 22GB of data for 30 days but which will include double the data for buyers. Konec resells Telstra's services.

“The A17 might be a lightweight smartphone, but make no mistake, this device packs a punch," said Oppo Australia managing director Michael Tran.

oppo a17 lake blue

The Oppo A17 lake blue model. Supplied

“With the A17 we’ve prioritised features that Aussies value most, such as a quality camera system, long-lasting battery and sleek design, and brought them to market at a pocket-friendly price point. We’re confident the A17 will impress.”

Oppo claims a full charge of the 5000mAh battery will be sufficient to provide 20 hours of phone calls.

The device will be available for purchase from today at JB Hi-Fi, Big W, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Bing Lee.

Basic Specs

Height 164.2 mm

Width 75.6 mm

Thickness 8.3 mm

Weight About 189 g

Colours Midnight Black Lake Blue

Operating System ColorOS 12.1 (based on Android 12)

CPU MediaTek Helio G35



Storage 64GB

Expandable Storage Yes (microSD card up to 1TB)

Battery Capacity 5000mAh (non-removable)


Size 6.56” HD+ Eye Care LCD Screen

Resolution 1612 x 720 pixels


Rear 50MP(f/1.8) + VGA

Front 5MP(f/2.2)


Bands GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
            WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
            LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
            LTE TDD: Bands 38/39/40/41

SIM Card Type Dual Nano SIM

GPS Supported

Bluetooth BT5.3

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Colours may vary from participating retailers. 2. 5000mAh is the typical value of the battery’s capacity. The rated capacity is 4890mAh. 3. Dual SIM capabilities dependent on region and carrier.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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