Selfie-Cen­tric Phone

Oppo N1

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - TEXT // JOHN LAW

Un­less you lived within the North­ern hemi­sphere or in par­tic­u­lar coun­tries, chances are, you’ve prob­a­bly never heard of the Chi­nese brand, Oppo. While we don’t blame you for that, it would ac­tu­ally be wise of us to point out that the com­pany has been mak­ing a rapid ex­pan­sion all around Asia re­cently. To cel­e­brate its ar­rival in Malaysia, we got a chance to re­view the com­pany’s flag­ship phone, the Oppo N1.

The N1 is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 600 SoC, which by to­day’s stan­dard, would be con­sid­ered as a mid-end chip when com­pared to the more pow­er­ful Snap­dragon 800 se­ries SoCs. Don’t get us wrong: the phone is still fast and was ex­tremely re­spon­sive to the touch. Cou­ple that with a healthy amount of RAM (2GB, to be pre­cise), and you’ll never likely to ex­pe­ri­ence a laggy mo­ment on the phone.

No­tably, we should men­tion that the N1’s 5.9-inch dis­play is ac­tu­ally praise­wor­thy. Text and im­ages are sharp and show no loss of de­tail, even when zoomed in. Oppo has been smart by opt­ing for an IPS LCD dis­play rather than us­ing a Su­per AMOLED dis­play, which ac­tu­ally works to the N1’s ben­e­fit as the col­ors on the screen don’t look overly sat­u­rated or ex­tremely white­washed.

But the most amaz­ing thing about the N1 is its fully ro­tat­able, swivel op­er­ated cam­era. You think we’re ex­ag­ger­at­ing about this, but the N1’s cam­era is gen­uinely a tech­no­log­i­cally marvel in its own right. Oppo had its en­gi­neers fuss so much over it be­cause the com­pany didn’t want its flag­ship to be just an­other ph­ablet: they wanted a mas­ter­piece. The end re­sult of this ob­ses­sion is a 13MP cam­era built with over 60 com­po­nents that can be ro­tated to the front and used to snap a 13MP selfie.

How­ever, there are a cou­ple of trade­offs for this pho­to­graphic ben­e­fit. First off, the N1 has no ex­pand­able stor­age be­yond its in­ter­nal ca­pac­ity, which means what you see is what you get. The sec­ond trade­off is the lack of 4G LTE sup­port. There is an upside to the lack of 4G con­nec­tiv­ity and that’s a bat­tery life that lasted us two days on a full charge and stan­dard us­age.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the N1 is also equipped with a func­tional back-pad, which al­lows users to per­form a mul­ti­tude of tasks by ei­ther tap­ping or swip­ing across the rear sur­face.

To test the N1, we sub­jected the phone to our syn­thetic bench­mark tests. At the end of the day, the N1 yielded scores of 34,764 for AnTuTu, 15,845 for 3DMark and 22,598 for Quad­rant, which are ob­vi­ously very im­pres­sive. On our Epic Ci­tadel bench­mark, the N1 man­aged an aver­age of 28 FPS on the Ul­tra High Qual­ity set­tings.

In con­clu­sion, the Oppo N1 is a phone that def­i­nitely ticks off all the boxes for be­ing a pho­to­cen­tric smart­phone. Again, it’s a smart­phone that ac­tu­ally lets you snap clear and sharp 13MP self­ies, mak­ing it one of the most pho­to­genic smart­phones on our list to date.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 600 Pro­ces­sor // GPU Adreno 320 // MULTIMEDIA Au­dio: aac, .amr, .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .asf (ver­sion 9 and 10), .flac / Video: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, m4v, asf, .wmv (ver­sion 9 and 10) // CON­NEC­TIV­ITy 3.5mm stereo au­dio, mi­cro USB2.0, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, Blue­tooth 4.0, USB OTG // MEM­ORy 2GB RAM, 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age, no ex­pand­able mi­croSD slot // COLOR White // DI­MEN­SIONS 180 (H) x 82.6 (W) x 9 (D) mm // WEIGHT 213g w/ bat­tery // BAT­TERy 3,610 mAh Li-Ion (non-re­mov­able) // WAR­RANTy 1-year // CON­TACT Oppo Elec­tron­ics Sdn Bhd // TELE­PHONE (03) 7954 1969 // URL www. op­podig­i­

The Oppo N1 has a ro­tat­able cam­era.

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