Sep 23 AT 11:10 AM Nick Gray 36 Comments

OPPO N1 introduced with CyanogenMod option, rotating camera, rear touch panel

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The Oppo N1 has been unveiled, featuring an impressive array of specs that pits the phone against other flagship devices currently on the market. But the Oppo N1 isn’t your run of the mill smartphone. Oppo has equipped the N1 with a few unique features, which give the phone functionality not found on any other device. Because CyanogenMod has been in the news quite a bit lately, we’ll confirm that the Oppo N1 will be the first OEM smartphone with the option of running CyanogenMod. Out of the box, the phone will be running Oppo’s Color UI, but handset owners will be able to easily switch over to CyanogenMod. Details of how the process works have not been revealed yet, but we should know more before the handset’s October release.

The other two features that set the Oppo N1 apart from the competition are its rotating camera and rear O-Touch Panel. Rather than equipping the N1 with a front and rear facing camera, Oppo has introduced the first Android phone with a camera that can rotate to take images from multiple angles. Why have a 2 megapixel front-facing camera when you can have a 13 megapixel rotating camera with a dedicated LED flash for softer light to capture that illusive perfect selfie? The O-Touch Panel is a 12 square centimeter touch panel built into the back cover of the Oppo N1, giving users the ability to scroll through email, websites or contact lists, tap to select on-screen items and even trigger the camera’s shutter button without the need to touch the phone’s display.

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Other specs on the Oppo N1 include a 5.9-inch handset that sports a 1080p IPS display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, with 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage and an astonishing 3610mAh battery. Oppo is still trying to make a name for itself as a high-end Android smartphone maker, but we see no reason why the Oppo N1 can’t compete directly with the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 or even the new LG G2. If the price is right, will you be considering the Oppo N1 when purchasing your next Android device?

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OPPO N1 — Return to Innovation

OPPO N1 Redefines Smartphone Photography with 5.9” Screen, Rotating Camera, and Rear Touch Panel

BEIJING — September 23, 2013 — OPPO today announced the launch of the OPPO N1, the first smartphone from their new N-Lens flagship series. The OPPO N1 was revealed to a crowd of over 600 international press, fans and developers in a stunning visual presentation at the AOYA Exhibition Center in Beijing. Withthe groundbreaking OPPO N1, the large screen, rotating camera, rear touch panel, and incredible design come together to create a whole new smartphone experience.

World’s First Rotating Smartphone Camera

The OPPO N1 realizes new possibilities in smartphone photography as the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera. Its revolutionary camera rotates 206-degrees, and will securely lock at any angle.

To help you capture breathtaking and vividly realistic images, OPPO N1 comes with Pure Image, a hardware and software photography solution. Pure Image on OPPO N1 features six physical lenses, an upgraded type 1/3.06 imaging module and f/2.0 wide aperture. Furthermore, OPPO partnered with leading optics companies to tailor make an image-processing solution for improved white balance, exposure and focus.

OPPO N1 has a special light-diffusing LED flash design consisting of a normal flash for back facing shots, and a softer, diffused light for front facing shots, with brightness tunable from the OPPO N1 camera software. Your front facing shots will not only be just as good as back facing shots, they will also be perfectly lit. Easily accessible, the OPPO N1 camera will boot from a sleeping screen in just 0.6 seconds via a simple 120° rotation. The OPPO N1 camera also supports long exposure photography of up to 8 seconds.

Beautiful Technology

The OPPO N1 is wound by two finely cut chamfers running along the sides of the device which guard the immersive 5.9-inch display. More than a year of work and over 20 different designs ultimately led to the simple brilliance of the OPPO N1 and the small but intricate camera, tested to last through 100,000 rotations. Its full metal aluminum alloy frame is produced over a 20-day period, during which it undergoes a 14 step polishing process involving more than a dozen suppliers. Strengthening the core of the phone, the frame adds an air of solidity and style to the OPPO N1. The OPPO N1 phone body is made with a smooth, ceramic-like material designed to keep your device free of fingerprints and smooth to the touch.

O-Touch Panel

O-Touch is an entirely new way of using your smartphone. A 12 cm2 rear touch panel makes one handed use for the large N1 screen comfortable and easy. With O-Touch you can scroll, tap, or snap photos — all without your fingers blocking the display.

O-Click Control

O-Click lets you remotely operate the N1 camera even when you’re away from the device. Simply position the N1 and step back. If you misplace your device, find it by setting off an alarm on the phone. O-Click fits on your keychain and supports a range of up to 50 meters, staying connected to your OPPO N1 via Bluetooth (BLE).

Innovation in Choice

OPPO is committed to serve the smartphone market with an open attitude. OPPO N1 ships with Color (based on Android 4.2), a unique Android operating system with over 400 unique features and improvements over stock Android. CyanogenMod is the world’s most popular aftermarket Android operating system. International versions of the N1 come with Color, and also the ability to flash CyanogenMod directly from stock recovery. A limited OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition will ship with CyanogenMod preinstalled, the first CyanogenMod hardware product in the world.

Available in 16GB or 32GB internal storage, the OPPO N1 is set to launch in early December.

OPPO N1 Specifications:

  • Color: White
  • Dimensions: 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm
  • Weight: 213 g
  • Operating system: Color, based on Android 4.2
  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 / 32 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3610 mAh
  • Screen: 5.9-inch, 1080p Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels), 377 PPI, 16 million colors
  • Touchscreen: Multi-touch, capacitive screen
  • O-Touch: Slide up or down, left or right, tap, double tap and long press for different functionality
  • Rotating Camera: 13-megapixel sensor with dedicated ISP, Dual-mode LED, Aperture f/2.0
  • Scene modes: Normal, Panorama, High Speed, Rewind, Beautify, and Slow Shutter
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
  • USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.0, 5G Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, GPS, Distance sensor, Light sensor, G-sensor, 4D Gyroscope
  • In the box: OPPO N1, O-Click Bluetooth Remote Control, In-ear type earphones, Micro USB cable, Charger, SIM ejector tool

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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