Oppo N1 announced with 13 MP rotating camera, rear touch panel, CyanogenMod on board
Right on time, Oppo has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone today, the N1. Bits and pieces of info about the Oppo N1 have been leaked during the past few weeks, but now we get the full (and official) picture. The announcement is hardly a surprise, since the up and coming Chinese smartphone maker has been teasing the N1 for a while now.
So, for example, we already knew that there will be some CyanogenMod involvement in the N1. That’s been detailed today, but first let’s turn to specs and hardware traits.
Two things completely set the Oppo N1 apart from any of its competitors: the camera and the rear touch panel. First things first. There’s just one camera on the N1, but it swivels from back to front. It undergoes a 206 degree rotation and will firmly lock in position at any angle.
The sensor itself is a 1/3.06 13 MP affair, with six physical lenses (apparently a first for the Android world), and f2.0 wide aperture. The camera initializes in just 0.6 seconds, and the flash intensity is controllable via software.
The O-Touch panel is a 12 square centimeter touch panel located on the back of the device, which lets you scroll, tap, or snap photos, all without touching the front touchscreen. Whether this is nothing but a gimmick or a genuinely useful feature remains to be seen, of course.
The Oppo N1 also has a 5.9-inch 1080p Full HD IPS touchscreen, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of built-in storage space, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,610 mAh battery. It runs Color, an Oppo-developed OS based on Android 4.2. A CyanogenMod ROM for the N1 will be available after launch, and in some markets there will even be a CyanogenMod edition, which, as you may have guessed, will come with CM preinstalled.
The Oppo N1 is priced from 3,498 yuan, which amounts to approximately $571 or €422 at the current exchange rates. So it’s definitely not as cheap as other China-based offerings, but it does come with a couple of unique features (yet manages to disappoint ever so slightly by not sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which has effectively become the go-to silicon for high-end handsets these days).
The phone will be out in China in white only in October. As for international availability, that will apparently happen sometime in December. We’re assuming pricing will be similar to the Chinese version, but rounded up (so the base price will probably end up being $599). We’ll keep you posted.