Oppo on Monday introduced a pretty exciting new prospect to the smartphone world; the device actually stands out on two fronts. For one, the Oppo N1 sports 13-megapixel (f/2.0) rotating camera, which could potentially gives users greater versatility when shooting images (not to mention some high resolution selfies); and second, the device will be the first ever to come with CyanogenMod preinstalled, confirming suspicions we’d see a Cyanogen / Oppo partnership following a not-so-subtle teaser video last week.
As for specs, the device itself sports a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 chip, 5.9-inch 1080p display, O-Touch rear panel (which lets users scroll, tap and take pictures), 3,610mAh battery and that aforementioned 13-megapixel camera that can rotate 206 degrees. Oppo has developed some excellent hardware in the past, and the N1 looks just as handsome as anything out there. The screen itself spans from edge-to-edge, and it’s impossibly thin, much like other phablet devices.
“The Oppo N1 is wound by two finely cut chamfers running along the sides of the device, which guard the immersive 5.9-inch display,” Oppo says on its website. “More than a year of work and over 20 different designs ultimately led to the simple brilliance of the Oppo N1 and the small but intricate camera, tested to last through 100,000 rotations.”
There will actually be two different iterations of the N1: one comes with Oppo’s own software based on Android, ColorOS, which apparently took the company 10 months of development, and CyanogenMod, which many in the Android community already know and love. It sounds like the version running Oppo’s ColorOS can actually be flashed with CyanogenMod, but the ROM won’t be available right away when the device launches.
Oppo says the WCDMA (850/900/1700/1900/2100) iteration of the N1 will launch in early December, though no exact pricing is available at this time.