Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling camera

Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling cameraLast year's Oppo N1 was noteworthy for two reasons: first, the whole CyanogenMod business, and secondly for its quirky camera you could swivel to face either the front or the back as desired.

We've no idea how well it actually sold, but clearly it was well enough that Oppo thinks it's worth having another crack: feast your eyes upon the forthcoming Oppo N3.

Oppo already let slip that the N3 was coming last week via Facebook, but a pair of full-quality renders has landed on GSMArena's doorstep to give us a clear picture of what to expect.

Looking back at 2013's original and we're quite surprised at just how much the design has changed in 12 months. The Oppo N1 looked like you'd taken a conventional smartphone and cut a chunk out of the top containing the camera, then put a pin through it so it could swivel.

The Oppo N3, however, is much slimmer overall, and the camera module is housed in a rounded bulge above the screen rather like an offset hinge, the middle part of which can be rotated to point the camera in the desired direction.

It's without doubt a neater system overall, but it doesn't strike us as being particularly easy on the eye.

Aside from clearly involving a dual LED flash, however, we don't have any info on the camera's credentials, or the Oppo N3's in general for that matter.

But given the current obsession with selfies, Oppo has hit on a novel solution with its swivelling N-series. Let's hope the execution matches the concept. We'll know at some point next month, which is when the Oppo N3 is set to be introduced in Singapore.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2014 at 20:06

I can't think of a case design to adequately protect that thing. Not for me. I do drop things now and again, and lets face it: that swivel thing is the buttered side.

shuwaz  Sep. 16, 2014 at 20:29

I find a lot of stores just seem to ignore people. Phones4U, Currys/PC World, CWH, all the same. When you observe staff they'll just let people wander around the store and not even ask them if they need help. It's happened to me personally so many times and plenty of others I've asked.

shuwaz  Sep. 16, 2014 at 20:33

As usual I'm having my annual problems with the MOBOT website. Doesn't remember my login details and I can't see to edit that previous comment as I made a mistake. I was supposed to exclude Phones4U. Some stores I found them pushy, some stores they just ignored you.

shuwaz  Sep. 16, 2014 at 20:34

oh great my day just keeps getting better and better.

Mods please can you just delete these comments or move them to the Phones4U thread?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 17, 2014 at 00:27

I would sort it out...but I can't log into Mobot properly either. It appears the developers have washed their hands of the problem, citing the fact they can't reproduce it.

I refuse to use a crap browser just to use one website, when every other website I visit works absolutely fine on my browser of choice.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2014 at 06:59

Shuwaz, I'll move your posts asap (I'm posting this from phone - will do it from a PC).

I'll also get on to Emma etc again.

loofer11  Sep. 18, 2014 at 10:16

Reminds me of this bad boy I had when I started Uni around 2001
Samsung V200 on O2 contract... £30 pm. 200 mins and 200 texts. Data? What Data?!
I think after this they released the Samsung P400 which had a swivel screen (for selfies perhaps?)

P.S also having login issues

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 18, 2014 at 20:04

ah, yes - a few oldies had a cam like that.


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