Oppo announces the N3 - motorized swivel camera, multi-purpose fingerprint sensor, and lightning-fast charging


Oppo has held an official event in Singapore, where it announced the N3 – the successor to the unique N1 smartphone that sported a swiveling camera, instead of two separate front- and back-facing snappers. The new device brings a hardware bump, together with a few upgrades for the peculiar camera.

The Oppo N3 is powered by a 2.5 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801, coupled with 2 GB RAM. Its display has been slightly shrunken – 5.5", compared to the gargantuan 5.9" that was on the N1. The new handset still sports a 1080p resolution, which brings its PPI to 400. The camera's resolution has also received a bump – up to 16 MP, with 1.34 micrometer pixels.

Interestingly, the battery has seen a downgrade, in terms of capacity at least, and is now a 3,000 mAh juicer, much less than the N1's 3,610 mAh. On the flip side, the phone supports OPPO's VOOC technology, which allows one to charge their phone to 75% capacity in just 30 minutes.

One would think that, with a smaller screen and a nerfed battery, the N3 will at least be a much smaller, thinner, and lighter device. It measures at 6.34" x 3.03" x 0.39" (161.2 x 77 x 9.9mm) and weighs 6.77 oz (192g), which, compared to the N1's size of 6.72" x 3.25" x 0.35" (170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm) and weight of 7.51 oz (213 g), makes it noticeably shorter, though, a tad thicker, and not extremely lighter.

Of course, Oppo invested in further expanding the innovative features of its N line. The swiveling camera now has a motorized mechanism, made in partnership with Schneider Electric, of  that can rotate the sensor around up to 206 degrees, which will allow it to take panoramic pictures automatically, without requiring the user to spin the device around. The camera also features a Tracking Focus feature, which should help users keep moving objects in focus.

On its back, the N1 featured an O-Touch panel, which allowed one to scroll around and launch apps with their index finger rested on the device's rear. The N3 replaces this with a fingerprint scanner, which still retains the ability to be used as a touch pad, but also allows users to assign different fingerprints to different functions and apps, expanding the phone's quick access functionality.

The device comes with an O-Click remote control – a companion device, which allows one to turn the camera around, take a picture, or control music playback from a distance.

The UI will be Oppo's home-brewed Color OS, which was recently upgraded to v2.0i – now built on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The OS provides enhanced user experience, with gesture-based controls, floating notifications, and a few more rather nifty bells and whistles.

The device is set to launch by the end of 2014, with a price tag of $649.



source: Oppo

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27 Comments

1. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

liked but price is high.. bcoz they are not like samsung apple in service....

2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

HO LEE CHIT!

3. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

no ois on a camera centric phone bad.. companies should stop making thin phones thats reduces the battery and things like 3.5 jack ... thinner the the phone easy to break

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

9mm is thin?

19. nomancool unregistered

he probably mixed up the R5 and n3

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Wao, ohh mah gawd, this thing is really beautiful! I gotta say, Oppo is the most innovative Chinese phone manufacturer.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Looks ugly lol

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The drop test will be very ugly... There should not be any moving part in a smartphone since there are too many people tend to drop them. I have yet to have a bad drop yet.....*Pounding on Wood!!!!! I did drop my Z2 once onto a concrete deck, but my cheap Chinese metal bumper saved it XD

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm afraid I wasn't as lucky lol. I was sick so I was very weak and I just walked down the stairs when my Z2 dropped out off my hands. The rear glass shattered :(. But I think I'm going to get it repaired at somepoint lol

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

NOOOOOOOOOOOO :( Where was your case!!!!!

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

On my table xDDDD You know, for the next week, every morning I woke up I hoped that it was a dream and checked my phone. But no. The cracks didn't disappear :(

23. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Did you try to buff it out XD

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol I wish that would be enough :)

7. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Woow wait a minute... Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM and 3000 mh battery.Now they should have made a phone with Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM, 2560x1440 screen and 3800 mh battery, now that would make me excited.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's like the HTC Desire Eye, up the camera down the spec.

16. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Yeah cos specs are everything right?

26. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I think Oppo devices spend a lot of time in R&D or maybe manufacturing their devices takes a while. Because they rarely launch a device with exception to Find 7 with the top of the line specs (CPU/GPU and RAM) And even the Find 7 although announced earlier on around time of 801 release it took a while to release after the find 7a. A considerable amount of time. But I honestly think that this N3 will be a perfectly great performer, the R5 as well. Both packages ate plenty powerful. Hell both will put perform apple devices ; ). Oppo's build quality is at the top of the mobile game IMHO

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

That is some really fast charging. And a pretty large forehead for the device as well o_O

9. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Ahh they're using old chipsets again. Please correct, this uses a MSM8974AA, not even an MSM8974AB or MSM8974AC listed in this article. The AA is basically a Snapdragon 800, last year they went with a Snapdragon 600 in a time when the S800 was the flagship norm. Camera better be good, the N1's was terrible. If the camera sucks, this phone is pointless.

10. sush2696

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

like the same guy in new clothes, this is just like painting an old wall!

14. scarface21173

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

It seems you can have the thinnest or lightest phone or tablet for 5 minutes only in this tech world.

15. aipom

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I need this *-*

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

hhhmmm,nice thou kinda looks as its upside down cool.

18. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Get the nexus 6 instead.

22. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Hmmm... the specs are okay, but the design is bulky and ugly

25. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

that swivel camera is going to be very expensive to replace!

27. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

motorized swivel camera - crapgadget of the year.

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