I touched on the Oppo N1 earlier today, with the story mostly focusing on Cyanogen Inc’s ambition to have its Android fork recognised as an independent bronze-medal-winning smartphone operating system.
Well, the Oppo N1 has just launched in China, right on cue, and even leaving all the CyanogenMod stuff to the side, there’s plenty worth writing about.
For starters, Oppo Find 5 specs include a 5.9in 1080p display, quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage, and a presumably-capable 3,610mAh battery.
There’s also Oppo’s “Color” OS, which is based on Jelly Bean Android 4.2 and boasts “over 400 unique features and improvements” over stock Android.
Oh, and not forgetting the ability to flash CyanogenMod directly from stock recovery. A CyanogenMod-flavoured Oppo N1 will also drop, making it the world’s first Cyanogen Inc device. It’ll be released in “limited” quantity. Whatever that means.
The Oppo N1 camera is the real talking point, however, weighing in at 13MP – technically front and back. That’s because the camera is rotatable around 206-degrees, with separate flashes for rear-facing piccies and front-facing selfies.
In a neat touch, the Oppo N1 camera app will boot from sleep in 0.6 seconds, and the camera has passed a rigorous 100,000-time rotation test, which should allay fears of it, like, falling off after a few months.
As if all that wasn’t enough, meet the O-Touch Panel, described as “an entirely new way of using your smartphone”, inviting you to scroll, tap and/or take pics from the rear touch panel without obscuring the display. Interesting.
And finally, how about the O-Click remote control? It fits on your keyring, and can be used to remotely activate the Oppo N1 camera. Or, if you lose your phone, you can use O-Click Control to set off an alarm.
There is talk of an “international version” of the Oppo N1, and of course the Chinese manufacturer has an online shop in the form of Oppo Style Europe, so it might well arrive over here.
Fancy it? The Oppo N1 is pencilled in for a December release (October in China), with price starting at the equivalent of £356 or thereabouts.