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The Oppo N3 will have a motorized swivelling camera and a high price tag

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The Oppo N3 will have a motorized swivelling camera and a high price tag
Oppo's physical stores in China are anticipating the launch of the company's upcoming flagship, the Oppo N3, by painting their windows with pre-order and availability information. Yeah, painted windows and hand-written signs are still a thing! And thanks to them, it was confirmed that the Oppo N3 features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 16MP motorized rotating camera, and a plump price tag of $700 (4928 Yuan)! Although it doesn't reach into iPhone 6 pricing territory, one can buy a pair of IUNI U3, Xiaomi Mi 4, or Meizu MX4 smartphones for that kind of money, and still have some leftover cash to party!

Anyway, the Oppo N3 is shaping up to be a worthy successor of the Oppo N1, which we remember as an interesting, but quite flawed device. It's one of those phones that jumped to the market straight out of the innovations lab, thus it had a comically large footprint, a fiddly backside touch panel, and photos from the 13MP camera didn't live up to expectations from a high-end device. That's not to say the Oppo N1 lacked potential. Hopefully, we'll see some of it unfold in its successor, the N3. It will be announced on October 29, and we'll get to see what its motorized, dual-LED flash touting, faux leather (complete with stitches!) covered 16MP swiveling camera can deliver.


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posted on 22 Oct 2014, 05:58 5

1. Takeharu (Posts: 200; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


That price is just too ridiculous!
Well at least it's smaller than the N1 so that's something...

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 08:57 1

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah I feel like this is going to be a HUGE potential problem. It's a motorized piece that I bet will break if the phone ever falls thus losing selfie or regular photos depending if the phone is on selfie or regular photo mode. An unnecessary risk in my book!

I think it's not practical, & a waste of money. This phone better be indestructible & that motor better NEVER fail or this phone will fail.

+1

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 12:44

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Does anyone know who the cartoon character on the first picture is?

lol

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 15:53 1

16. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


It seems to be Shin Chan, a character from a Japanese cartoon once popular in China.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 13:03

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes you are right? I will have to buy you a beer one day!

+1

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 17:55 1

19. Takeharu (Posts: 200; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I'm also worried about the longevity of that motorized camera. The way the N1 did it would be more reliable and less likely to break (just by hand). That would also reduce costs so idk why they chose to do it this way.

And the cartoon character is obviously Shin Chan! Such a funny show...

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 13:04

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


+1 to you as well.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 06:08 4

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


there is a freakin motor on the phone thats why is $700.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 06:18 5

3. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Motor? And when it breaks you are stuck with either only back or only front camera? How stupid is Oppo? Putting moving parts on a freaking phone in 2014.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 06:46 10

4. android_hitman (unregistered)


If apple would've done something like this everyone would've piss on themselves and call it innovation, when someone else other than apple innovates, it's called crap.
You're just bashing.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 06:51 3

5. Bozzor (Posts: 170; Member since: 02 May 2012)


No, I think Apple would have been criticized, just as it is being criticized for the reduction in battery capacity for the iPad Air 2. A motor for this phone is simply unnecessary engineering that does little to up the end user experience, but adds weight, cost, power drain, complexity and size: very much the antithesis of what Apple is about. It will appeal to some initially, but longer term will be a downer. Sad. Oppo is a far better company than this.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 07:28

7. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


How is it innovating by making your life harder? Apple is always about simplicity. This is anything but simple. Moving motor on a freaking phone to move its camera back and forth. Plain stupid innovation. I doubt samsung would have ever done it and they are famous for doing some crazy s**t. Like that phone with a projector.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 10:16

13. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


Actually samsung were the FIRST i think to put a motor in to their flip phones with the SGH-P510 way back in early 2000s ok it was the whole pho e which opened not just the camera but as it was clamshell technically it opened the whole screen and camera not just rotating lens so stop trying to bash another company

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 06:51 1

6. frankg (Posts: 152; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Wauw, I think this is the first company, to bring out succesor with a smaller screen...at least that I know off.

I think they have to make it smaller to keep it from becomeing to big, as the N1 has huge bezels.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 07:33

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


So you have to wait about 9 sec to take a selfie? no thanks lol

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 09:18 4

10. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


And wait another 9 secs before you can pick up a call because the ear piece is facing the other way.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 10:00 1

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


hahaha I totally miss out that part. I want to see people yelling their phone and say "hey, hold on! I am waiting for my phone to rotate to hear you!"

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 15:54 1

17. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


No, more like .9. Did you even watch the demonstration?

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 06:45

20. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I did and that's how I came up with 9 second. Unless I'm watching in the slow motion somehow O.O??

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 09:58 2

11. jairmeeg (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)


Hey quick take a picture! Oh wait my camera is turning to the back... hang on.. one more sec... ok there!

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 10:17

14. SonofAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


That is in traditional chinese and it says the N3 is for preorder. I know because I am from Hong Kong and the currency here is not chinese yuan. It's the Hong Kong Dollar and it roughly translates to 554 USD.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 15:55

18. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


First of all, that is simplified Chinese. Second, the Oppo Find 7 also had a very expensive pre-order price.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 06:48

21. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Ehhh, I'm pretty sure it's traditional Chinese as well and I was raised in Taiwan.

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