The Oppo N1 was launched back in September, but at the time, no final release date was given, with the Chinese firm confirming only the phone would be out before the end of the year. Now, through a post on the firm’s Google+ page, we’ve been given the official timing. Anyone interested in the unusual phone will be able to buy one from 10 December.
What makes it unusual? Several things, actually, but primarily the camera module which has been mounted in a rotating section on the top of the phone. This means the rear camera is also the front camera, and vice versa. At 13-megapixels, the camera beats many rear cameras fitted to other phones, and is vastly more capable than almost all front-facing video call cameras.
The camera also has a special flash unit with adjustable brightness, a wide aperture, and is the first Android phone to use a six-lens setup. The complex camera module is fitted to an aluminium chassis, which houses a 5.9-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor. It comes with Android installed, with Oppo’s own Color UI over the top, but there’s also the option to install the CyanogenMod ROM too. There’s even a touch sensitive rear panel to navigate around the screen.
Oppo has priced the N1 up at 450 euros, which is around £375 at today’s conversion rates. Considering the specification, this is very reasonable, and less than most top-of-the-range smartphones, but still more than the excellent Nexus 5. Would you be tempted to take chance on the relatively unknown Oppo?