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

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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55 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

3. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

This is indeed different. Well done Oppo.

49. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

7. EMOLOve1511

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

14. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Take that Samsung and Apple!

20. SleepingOz unregistered

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

15. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

What does the key holder do?

26. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

48. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

5. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Ingenious!

27. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

33. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31326; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

9. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

40. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31326; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I digging it fellas

6. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

sony, this is how you do it!

8. kamalsamariya

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

why it does not have snapdragon 800

24. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 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

28. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Battery size pretty much makes up for it.

10. EMOLOve1511

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

11. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

13MP front cam! :D

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Now thats innovation..

13. SleepingOz unregistered

MY NEXT PHONE!!!!!

17. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 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.

25. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i hope it wont brake. i worry that

18. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

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

19. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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

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