The Oppo N1's swivelling camera is one of the more original gimmicks we've seen in a while, and a welcome break from the typical rectangular slab with a screen that is the modern smartphone.
What's far less original is the “Mini” spinoff trend, and alas it seems Oppo is about to yield to temptation and announce the N1 Mini over in China.
The company has revealed as much on its official Weibo account in China, posting a teaser for a launch event on Friday (30 May), with the distinctive camera mechanism introduced by the N1 clearly visible below.
Given existing rumours that an N1 Mini is indeed in development, it's the only sensible conclusion to draw.
And despite our misgivings surrounding the whole Mini thing, given the Oppo N1's massive 5.9in display, plus the extra room needed to accommodate the swivelling camera unit, a bit of downsizing might not actually be a bad idea.
Well, if you consider a 5in display a downsize that is. Previous rumours also speak of an octo-core processor (MediaTek or Exynos) as well as a 720p display resolution,.
The camera is said to be the same 13MP unit you get on the full-blown N1, though with only a single flash rather than a dual, and the battery capacity is expected to be 2140mAh.
Physical dimensions are 148.4 × 72.2 × 9.2mm, with a weight of 151 grams. That makes it slightly taller, thicker and heavier (though a tiny bit narrower) than the 5.5in LG G3 launched yesterday. Aside from white, leaked promo shots reveal the Oppo N1 Mini will come in pastel blue, yellow and pink.
Will it have Cyanogen goodness baked in too? We'll find out on Friday.