Oppo N1 debuts with rotating 13-megapixel camera, 5.9-inch display and Cyanogen Inc. partnershipAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Following weeks of teasers, Oppo today officially took the wraps off of its new flagship N1 smartphone at an event in Beijing. One of the first features that people will notice about the N1 is its rotating camera, which Oppo claims is the first to appear on a smartphone. The 13-megapixel camera can rotate 206 degrees and will lock at any angle, allowing users to set their lens at just the right point rather than having to try and maneuver the entire phone. The N1's camera also features a dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, six physical lenses and a handful of scene modes.
Dominating the front of the Oppo N1 is the device's 5.9-inch display, which features a resolution of 1920x1080. The back of the N1 is worth taking note of as well, as it features a 12cm O-Touch panel that can be used to scroll, tap and take photos, making it easier for the user to get around their device with one hand.
Moving inside the N1, Oppo has chosen to include a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor inside of its new flagship along with 2GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage. Also included is support for quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and penta-band WCDMA (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. A 3610mAh battery pack provides the juice to keep the N1 up and running.
Oppo's N1 will come preloaded with the company's custom Color OS, which is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean but is said to include "over 400 unique features and improvements" not found in stock Android. As teased last week, Oppo will also be working with Cyanogen Inc. to offer the ability to flash the CyanogenMod ROM directly from the phone's stock recovery. Oppo also plans to sell a limited "N1 CyanogenMod Edition" that will come with CyanogenMod preinstalled.
The Oppo N1 will be available in white and is expected to launch in early December for an undisclosed price. Oppo has said that each N1 will come bundled with an O-Click Bluetooth Remote Control, an accessory that allows users to operate the N1's camera from afar. The O-Click can also help users locate a lost N1 by forcing the device to set off an alarm if its within 50 meters from the keychain.
Overall the N1 looks like a pretty impressive piece of kit from the folks at Oppo. The rotating 13-megapixel camera is a unique feature that could make taking photos with the device more interesting, and the phone itself looks to be well-constructed. Oppo's partnership with Cyanogen Inc. is also pretty cool, and I'm betting that the ability to flash CyanogenMod from the N1's stock recovery will pique the interest of more than a few Android tinkerers. While we wait for Oppo to share more details regarding the N1's availability, you can check check out more shots of the device by hitting up the gallery below.