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Oppo N1 Review


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Oppo N1 Review
Call quality

Voices in the earpiece of the Oppo N1 sound a tad too muted for our taste, even at the highest volume. Call quality is clean otherwise, without audible distortion, but you will have trouble hearing the caller in loud environments. The two noise-canceling mics, on the other hand, relay our voice loud and clear to the other end, weeding out parasitic noises.


The giant 3610 mAh battery unit capacity in the Oppo N1 is its pride and joy, as it should allow you almost two days of average usage out of the handset. There is a handy Power Management app that estimates the time remaining with the current usage, and breaks down your biggest juice consumers. You can also turn on power saving features with it, after the battery level reaches a certain threshold.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
8h 6 min (Excellent)
HTC One max
7h 27 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
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If you are eyeing a 6-incher like the Oppo N1, you are probably aware how uncomfortable to operate with one hand or even carry around such a phone would be. That being said, it is a very well-made device, with solid build, good looks, and flagship specs.

Surprisingly for a phone touted as camera-centric, the swivel-mounted camera, is subpar compared to even much less expensive phones out there, so besides more detailed selfies, its rotating mechanism is of dubious benefit.

What we liked, though, is Oppo's Color OS interface with its polished looks, little touches, and rich gesture navigation options, including a touch panel on the back of the phone. The N1 also comes with a handy O-Click keychain remote out of the box, and a pair of very good in-ear headphones.

Unfortunately, the Oppo N1 commands a high-end price of slightly below 600 USD or EUR without a contract, which is pitting it against all the formidable competition out there. If you are hell-bent on a phablet, Nokia's Lumia 1520 will deliver a much better camera and video sound recording coupled with a superior display that has the same diagonal as the N1. The Galaxy Note 3 has a slightly smaller screen, but is way more compact, and its camera will also deliver better results that the Oppo phablet. The HTC One Max is about as huge as the Oppo N1, but it offers two great stereo speakers at the front, though its so-called UltraPixel camera will offer even less detail than the 13 MP shooter on the N1. Let's not forget also the mother and father of all phablets – the giant 6.4” Xperia Z Ultra – which is extremely thin and waterproof to boot but lacks flash.

Going down in size, the Lumia 1020 has a much better camera. When we enter Android land, the Xperia Z1 with its great 20 MP shooter and waterproof body. We'd be remiss not to mention the G2 or Nexus 5 cameras whose OIS helps for excellent low-light results, and Google's phone is much cheaper to boot. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also deserves your attention as an option with a very good camera, vibrant display and pretty compact chassis.

Thus Oppo's intriguing N1 might be poised to become a niche device for folks in search of that perfect selfie from a phablet at this price tag.

Software version: 1.0.0


  • The 3600 mAh unit delivers impressive battery life
  • 13 MP swivel-mounted rear shooter can be used as a front-facing cam


  • Subpar picture quality compared to other camera-centric phones
  • Weak earpiece
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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:31 1

1. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)

Double flash in front facing camera yay

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:13

7. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

made my day lol

oh i though u said double flash in the face lol

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:07

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Looks like it was a pretty bad day for photography on the unfinished firmware, still, I look forward to the finished thing in ideal conditions. Nice phone overall, Oppo came ways to come up with something unique, let's see how well it sells.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:29

3. esperanza (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

Oppo Shenzhen style! I like Oppo's Color rom and their UI graphic design style.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:53

4. mobhill (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

Very interested in this, it looks like a very nice phone. Waiting on the Cyanogen version to see what that brings. Well done, Oppo.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:21

5. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

I just need it to have cyanogenmod preinstalled out of the box and i'm ready to buy

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 02:04

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Nice but no international availability of this phone (phablet).

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:27

8. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

Will be available indecember internationally

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 00:32

9. JC557 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

It's been a long time since I've seen a phone with a rotating camera. That's a nice option to have. Now they just need to find a way to re-incorporate optical zoom since they've already got anti-shake.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 13:15 1

10. LG_is_the_best (unregistered)

Duck-faces in HD

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 18:13

11. tehcaucasianasian (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

No front camera is a con?? THE CAMERA CAN BE EITHER WAY IT SWIVELS

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OS: Android 4.2
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Display5.9 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (373 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
Size6.72 x 3.25 x 0.35 inches
(170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm)
7.51 oz  (213 g)

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