Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition to launch on Dec. 24 after passing Google compatibilityAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Oppo said last month that its limited "N1 CyanogenMod edition" phone would go on sale sometime in December, and now we've got an exact launch date for anyone interested in the device to mark on their calendar. The Chinese manufacturer announced today that the CyanogenMod-ified N1 will officially go on sale on Dec. 24. Oppo previously said that the CyanogenMod edition of the N1 will carry the same price tag as the regular N1, which is currently available at a price of $599 for the 16GB model and $649 for the more capacious 32GB variant.
The CyanogenMod edition of the N1 features the same base feature set as the normal N1, including a 5.9-inch 1920x1080 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and rotating 13-megapixel camera. Things are a tad different on the software side, though: The normal N1 runs Android 4.2 beneath Oppo's custom Color OS, while the CyanogenMod edition of the device comes preloaded with CyanogenMod 10.2, offering users a more vanilla Android experience out of the box. It's worth noting that the normal N1 can be loaded up with CyanogenMod, but the special CyanogenMod N1 just makes it a tad quicker and easier to begin using the custom ROM.
In addition to coming preloaded with CyanogenMod, the limited edition N1 includes a few extra goodies to tempt buyers. (As if the words "limited edition" weren't enough, am I right?) This special N1 comes in packaging with the CyanogenMod logo on it, some stickers and a special case that features Cid and Ollie, the mascots of CyanogenMod and Oppo, respectively.
Along with the news of the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition's availability, it was revealed today that the device has passed the Google Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) and Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). That makes it the first CyanogenMod device to get Google's CTS and CDD green lights, a milestone that's been in the works since the release of CM version 4.0.4. Getting the Google CTS green light means that the CyanogenMod-powered N1 will have official access to the Google's Android apps, including the Play Store.
This is a pretty big day for CyanogenMod, which recently announced that it would become its own company with aspirations to make its custom ROM one of the top mobile OSes on the market. Having access to the Google Play Store is a pretty important feature for any device hoping to gain traction with mainstream consumers, and while the N1 CyanogenMod edition isn't targeted at that market, the fact that device passed Google's CTS is great news for CyanogenMod that will likely be good for any future hardware efforts that it's a part of.