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Oppo N1 goes official: rotating camera, touch panel on back, release date in October, flagship price

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Oppo N1 goes official: rotating camera, touch panel on back, release date in October, flagship price
The long teased Oppo N1 has just been uncovered and it’s a strange device - a large and thin 5.9-inch Android smartphone with a rotating camera and a touch panel on the back of the handset for easier single-handed operation.

Rotating camera and back touch panel


The big focus is of course on camera. The Oppo N1 features a 13-megapixel camera that you can rotate 206 degrees so it can serve as both a rear and front facing snapper. There’s a CMOS sensor inside and a wide f/2.0 aperture. It is powered by a dedicated and specially designed Fujitsu imaging chip. The camera also supports small plug-in lenses enabling zoom levels of up to 10 times and 15 times.

Next, there is a unique touch panel on the back. It does not stand out in any way - it looks as if you are simply touching the plastic on the back with your fingers. In reality, you can simply slide your finger up or down the back touch panel to navigate around in menus and the web browser.

5.9" display in a true phablet


The Oppo N1 is a large phone and fairly thin plastic device coming in black and white. If we had to compare it to a well known device, that would be the Galaxy Note series of phablets, but the N1 is even larger and wider. It also weighs heavier at 213 grams, or 0.47 pounds.

It features a 5.9-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel full HD IPS display that is very sharp. Pixel density stands at 377ppi, way above the ‘Retina’ threshold.

Software-wise, we’re looking at Android 4.2 with Color OS, a custom skin made by Oppo. The N1 should also be able to run stock Android thanks to Cyanogenmod.

Under the hood, the Oppo N1 runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip running at 1.7GHz. There’s Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM on board. The presence of a whopping 3610mAh battery is definitely reassuring.

In terms of connectivity, the N1 supports all standards like dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

The Oppo N1 price is set pretty steep at nearly 3500 yuan, or the equivalent of $570 off contract. The release date for the Oppo N1 is set somewhere in October, but pre-orders are already available in China. The phone is not expected to be immediately available internationally - it’s mostly targeting the world’s biggest Chinese market.

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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:26 20

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Incredible! Well done Oppo, this might just prove to be the best cameraphone out there.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:31 13

3. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


This is indeed different. Well done Oppo.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:02

49. james004 (Posts: 485; Member since: 15 May 2013)


well, i wouldnt say i should have waited.
this is not my cup of tea. just ordered z1.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:34

7. EMOLOve1511 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


no Nokia the Z1 and L1020 the best cameraphone.Nokia the Will introduce lytro style cameraphone next in october 22nd

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:53

14. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Take that Samsung and Apple!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:57 9

20. SleepingOz (unregistered)


not only Samsung and Apple, but Sony, LG, mikiasoft and co!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:54

15. PhoneLuver (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


What does the key holder do?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:01

26. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It's a remote control. Can take a picture, or per SW I guess any function with it.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:36

48. AnTuTu (Posts: 937; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


The best looking device till date. Great job Oppo keep up the great work.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:30 14

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Great rotating camera concept.no need of front camera.keep it up.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:32 1

5. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Ingenious!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:06 2

27. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


It indeed does look nice but not new idea but new for smartphones. My Samsung v200 had a rotating camera. Always loved that idea, surprised it took this long to happen again.
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=samsung+v200&hl=en&gl=GB&source=android-browser&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=cVhAUsjfEI2r0gW3xYCYDA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAA&biw=602&bih=963&dpr=1.33#biv=i%7C15%3Bd%7C8ILemegDYeem_M%3A

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:30 1

33. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah my LG had a rotating one too... Good times! :)

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:31 6

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 12403; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Love the rotating camera, that's sweet. It needs to be built very durable though, cuz people are gonna use it a lot. Nice feature Oppo.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:38 10

9. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Yeah I hope the hinge will be super tough. Prepare for self portrait ducks with higher resolution pimples than ever before!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:57

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yeah, this one looks really nice. I'm not sure about having just one camera though. There would be no possibility of dual recording. I've never used the dual record feature before, but it seems like it would be cool. Idk, maybe it would be too gimmicky for me anyway. So it's settled, I will be checking this bad boy out when released!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:19 3

40. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


It's looking delicious Jed.
This one might change things...but i don't see a hardware camera button.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 20:58

55. darkkjedii (Posts: 12403; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I digging it fellas

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:33 12

6. pwnarena (Posts: 963; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


sony, this is how you do it!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:37 5

8. kamalsamariya (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


why it does not have snapdragon 800

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:01

24. Kal-el (Posts: 91; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Probably keeping price down like oppo's goal is to give well build product as well as a reasonable price....camera aspect may have costed more that previous model thus 600 was cheaper....just my guess

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:07

28. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Battery size pretty much makes up for it.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:41

10. EMOLOve1511 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Sound like CCTV camera that can rotate the up and down lol

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:42 5

11. aditya.k (Posts: 474; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


13MP front cam! :D

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:45 5

12. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Now thats innovation..

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:48

13. SleepingOz (unregistered)


MY NEXT PHONE!!!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:57 2

17. anleoflippy (Posts: 314; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


>Fujitsu

This is enough to make me think that It's better than the Z1. The rotable camera is a nice feature, lets just hope it stands the abuse.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:01

25. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


i hope it wont brake. i worry that

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:57

18. Kal-el (Posts: 91; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Question now is that DIgital zoom or optical......digital is my guess... still... amazing progress

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:57 2

19. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


This is better than Gimmicky PoorView :D
Nokia learn something
Awesome Oppo

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:00 2

23. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


oh stop it. you know pureview owns them at night

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:59 1

21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


3600mAh battery

http://betting.betfair.com/poker/somuchwin.jpg

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:59

22. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:11

30. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


well done oppo!!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:24

31. matrix_neo (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


It has an elegant design and rotating camera is a plus. You can join now with your friends while taking a shot. I hope they will released it internationally.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:27

32. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


I read on another site Cyanogen was teaming with Oppo to deliver his Rom, right out of the factory, not just the ability to root and load, but factory loaded for you. Looks like this is the phone, nice start.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:31 3

34. zmtfatzombie (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


No.2 Pic shows water on phone. Does that mean this phone is waterproof?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:44

35. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1403; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


If it has 3000 mAh battery. this will be my next phone :D Love the rotating camera concept... weird enough I thought about it but just not sure how the camera could be rotated. But they beat me to it XD

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:50

37. AppleJuice (Posts: 81; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


It has a 3600 battery.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:50

36. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Yes! Thanks to this the Find 5 will go down in price :D

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:51

38. SonyPS4 (Posts: 258; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Wow Fujitsu imaging processor. FYI lot of high end camera from Leica, Nikon, Sigma and Pentax use this. Impressive. Very nice and good looking smartphone. Specs not on par with G2 or Z1 but should be powerful enough and it got huge battery

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:07

39. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


213 grams, wtf thats really heavy. Heavier than the nokia lumia 920... I like the phone design, not sure how the s600 will fare, 5.9 inch display might be overkill too big for my taste. This phone is going for china now so it might not see the light internationally.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 12:00

43. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Very very nice phone. Great specs. Just 2 things, SnDg 800 , as every flagship now have 800, why not this.

2nd - The UI looks ugly tbh, What's up with that ? Ugly icons. Not speaking like a fanboy here, I have heard alot abt OppO , so I would like to know more about the device if someone has one (OLD model of oppo ) here.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 12:16

45. harigrg33 (Posts: 159; Member since: 20 May 2013)


This is a beauty... like the concept and design... go oppo go...

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:11

50. LG_is_the_best (unregistered)


Too bad the display is 5.9. 5.5 is my absolute limit

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 21:07

51. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Here we go again: another so called "Lumia 1020 killer" that fails miserably at delivering.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 00:29

52. Sondae (Posts: 193; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


This reminds me of nokia phone back then where you can twist the camera angle any where you want. This is one good design.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 08:20

54. wky1998 (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Finally, a phone who rotates camera for selfie ppl

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