Sep 23 AT 11:10 AM Nick Gray 36 Comments

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


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. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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    • Andy_jr

      If the price is reasonable, I might have just found my new phone.

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  • jaxidian

    I’d be interested if it wasn’t a damned phablet! :-/

  • Techrocket9

    Odds that we will see it in the US on a major carrier?

    • Nate B.


  • jaxidian

    Also, not very impressed with the spinning camera/speaker. I think that’s a poor design choice there…

    • Nate B.

      I think it’s neat. Just like a professional camera you have the screen to look at no matter how you decide to tackle the angle. Think of the articulate screen on the RX100 Mark II. You ever use a camera and try to take a picture from a unique angle and couldn’t see your picture on the screen until after you’ve taken it or take a normal picture head on? You’ll be able to monitor the image before you take it at almost any angle.

    • jamal adam

      I would say it’s quite unique and sets it apart from the rest of the crowd. Also, hangouts will look super amazing on this. Looks like Oppo will attract a lot of attention for this and it might be just what they need to be more known in the US and other parts of the world.

      • jamal adam

        On second thought, the lack of LTE will not bode well for them. That’s something that is a must at this point in time in order for them to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG.

        • HipHopIsLyfe37

          I think didn’t included LTE because it isn’t a US phone. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think China has that large of an LTE network on any of their carriers. Like I said I could be wrong, but that was my initial thought as to why there is no LTE

  • Brooks Barnard

    Definitely between this and the next Nexus for me. Unfortunately, it may come down to price. I couldn’t be more excited about Oppo though and would love to support them and use their hardware. They’re doing some rad stuff.

  • hurric

    yes absolutely….but I’m in Canada so probably won’t get here for a long time

  • renyo

    I am in 2 minds… For one I love that I can boot Cyanogenmod on it… I also love the battery size and the processor power, though not top end, is still good… But I am a little skeptical about the rotating camera because every phone I have had with a moving part (flip phones not included) have broken after 2 years of moderate use… Moreover I wonder if the touchpad would accidentally get activated when you don’t want to activate it… Also how would protective covers work on this phone…

    • R.S

      Yeah I too see the camera eventually getting “loose”. Also because of the rotating camera, it’ll mean that you probably won’t find a decent case for it.

    • renyo

      I just found out though that the camera has been tested for 100,000 rotations… That according to the website is equal to 7 years at 40 rotations per day…

  • J3R3MY_H

    CM is now just another gimmick on a phone full of them.

  • drejohnson

    Interesting phone but JB 4.2 is killing it. Especially when 4.4 Kit Kat is so close you can taste it. lol

    • vforvortex

      Guess if it runs CyanMod, it would have 4.3 already or very soon. But yes i agree with you when KitKat will be out in a month, cant be two versions behind.

  • Marcel L

    bigger than 5″ = not for me…sadly, since this phone looks and reads awesome.

  • Jeff D

    It won’t compete globally with the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, or LG G2 if it does not have LTE.

  • SGB101

    Love the it has cm, the camera thing is er.. A complication, it looks ok, but must add to the bottom line.

    I dont, and don’t know anyone the video calls, but kids selfies will be of better quality!

  • vforvortex

    Why aren’t manufacturers embracing the ‘no capacitive buttons’ and having all touch screen like the nexus phones?

    • SGB101

      I don’t like the nexus on screen buttons. On the phone its not as bad as the nexus7,but that has soured me towards them.

      Plus I like the way on Samsung the home button wakes the phone.

      I think that Google should bake in the Nokia ‘double tap to wake’ function.

  • MacGeeky

    A rotating camera seems more like a potential problem than a feature…

  • Thriller87

    I would love to try that phone.

  • Note II owner

    This makes the decision for my next device hard–3 way hard! I was dead set on the Galaxy Note III, then the Nexus 5 came out, and now this. There are +/-’s to each one:

    GN-3: KitKat, 5.7″ screen, better S-Pen (even though I don’t really use it), the best SoC and RAM available at the moment, and removable battery and uSD card. Negatives are Touchpiz, Samsung’s questionable build quality, and their total inability to understand security–on ANYTHING they make!

    Nexus-5: KitKat + frequent updates, also Snap-800 like GN-3, no bloatware! Negatives are small screen, small sealed battery, and no uSD.

    N1: LARGEST SCREEN, metal frame/case; camera, if materials will last; CYANOGENMOD OUT OF THE BOX!!! (By definition, should be trivial to put other ROM images on the device, about as close to open hardware as we’re likely to see.) Negatives are one-generation-old Snap 600 SoC, NO LTE (this will be a deal-killer for a lot of people, possibly including me, but may be the price to pay for (more) open hardware like on the Nexus-4). Unknown from published-thus-far specs: removable battery, uSD.

    As I said, pluses and minuses on all 3. This really is a tough decision. However, as I’m on T-Mobile, the HSPA+ on there has become very difficult to use since they pulled spectrum for LTE, to the point of it frequently not working at all (i.e., EDGE works better during those times!). If I was a developer, the openness would totally override it, but I’m not, so…tough, tough, tough…

  • Amjad

    They should patent this concept or Apple will do.

    I really like the idea

  • Jorge Eslava

    I though the Geeksphone One was the first oem to run CM?

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  • donger

    Great specs. Now what’s the pricing on this.

  • NamelessTed

    I would totally buy an Oppo phone with CM preinstalled if it wasn’t made for a giant. Seriously, I want a phone.

  • normandlam

    just as Willie answered I am blown away that any body can make $4875 in 4 weeks on the computer. site web………..

  • aranea

    Looks very interesting. Of course price has to be affordable.