Oppo brings in the N1
Oppo Electronics has made its official entry here with the introduction of its flagship Android smartphone, the oppo N1.
The N1 boasts what oppo claims to be the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera, which can perform a 206° rotation, turning its main 13-megapixel rear camera into a front facing camera.
Not only that, it also comes with a full HD (1080x1920 pixels) IpS display on a 5.9in frame, quadcore Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a huge 3,610mAh battery.
“We are a young and innovative company company that develops devices to give each user a unique experience without sacrificing simplicity,” said oppo Malaysia chief executive officer William Fang.
As the 5.9in screen size might be too big for many users to comfortably employ one handed navigation, oppo has included a rear touch panel which helps with page swiping.
Users could also purchase the optional o-Click which acts as a remote control for the phone’s camera through Bluetooth connection.
The N1 comes preloaded with oppo’s ColoroS user interface layer running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is somewhat dated since the current Android available is 4.4.2 KitKat.
one of the advantages of the ColoroS layer is that it supports multiple finger gestures — for example drawing a circle when the phone is on standby will launch the phone directly into camera mode.
It is also possible to activate the phone, turn on the camera flash, control the volume and take a screenshot just by using the respective finger gestures.
on the downside, you only get 3G connection as the N1 does not support LTE. There is also no support for NFC (near field communication) on the oppo N1 and no expandable storage option.
At a pretty reasonable price of RM1,798, the oppo N1 will be available at the end of the month, as will the o-Click, which is sold separately at RM138.
Although the oppo has a coveted special edition model running on CyanogenMod — a popular aftermarket firmware based on Android oS that offers features not found in vendors’ official firmwares — the N1 CyanogenMod Edition will not be available in Malaysia anytime soon.
However, oppo will be bringing in three other models — the Find 5 Mini, the R1 and Neo.
The Find 5 Mini has a 4.7in screen, quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2000mAh battery all packed into a 7.75mm thick body.
on the other hand, the oppo R1 is a 5in smartphone with IpS HD display, quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 8-megapixel camera with a total weight of only 140g; while the oppo Neo comprises a 4.5in IpS display screen, dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel rear camera, all at only 130g.
The Find 5 Mini, R1 and Neo will be available for RM998, RM1,298 and RM598 respectively at authorised oppo distributors nationwide by end of February.
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