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Oppo N1: The CyanogenMod phone

Sterling Keys
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Oppo is another Chinese brand that has been rising to prominence lately. While you might not find phones such as the Oppo Find 5 at your local carrier, they are starting to make waves and attempting to push into the Western market, along with other Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei. Today, Oppo has announced a brand new phone, the Oppo N1, which will feature a rotatable camera and rear touch panel. In addition, Oppo will also be the first hardware partner for Cyanogen Incorporated. 

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© Oppo

Over the weekend, there was speculation as to what was going to be presented by Oppo and CyanogenMod after a teaser video from Steve Kondik appeared hinting at ''something big.''  And really, this is something big for the developer based CyanogenMod. The Oppo N1 will, at least in a limited edition, come pre-installed with CyanogenMod. The international version of the Oppo N1 will still come installed with the manufacturer’s Color firmware, but CyanogenMod will still be easily installed according to Oppo.

Camera and touch panel “innovation”

One of the unique features of the N1 includes a touch panel on the back of the device as well as a rotating camera. With the touch panel on the back, various gesture controls will be available so that you can control the device and along with the LG G2, it seems to  be trying to pave the way for more controls accessible on the rear portion of the device. As well, the rotatable camera will be used both as a front-facing and rear-facing camera and allows for the use of a 13 megapixel camera for both.

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The camera will be able to rotate 206 degrees from front to back. / © Oppo

While Oppo has signified that this is the first time a rotating camera is available on a mobile device (ahem, I beg to differ), they may have a point when it comes to smartphones. However, some of the bigger issues I might see arising from something like this would be how fragile the camera piece is and how it would fit into a protective case. I can already imagine reports online of people breaking off the camera and venting their frustration.

Otherwise, the N1 also comes with a remote control that can be connected via Bluetooth which will work up to almost 50 meters away, for all those times you wanted to be able to control your smartphone from across the yard.

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Coming with a display at almost 6 inches, the Oppo N1 is an elegant giant. / © Oppo

Technical Data

  Oppo N1
Processor 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (Quad-Core), Adreno 320GPU
Display 5.9-inches, Full HD IPS-Display (1920 x 1080 Pixel), 377 ppi
Camera 13 MP, can be rotated 206 degrees
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Memory 2 GB RAM
Operating System Oppo Color (Based around Android 4.2) and CyanogenMod
Battery 3610 mAh
Dimensions 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm
Weight 213 g
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The Oppo N1 with Oppo's Color firmware, which is closely related to pure Android. / © Oppo

As to information regarding when the Oppo N1 will be available, where it will be available, and at what price, mum is still the world.  As with most Chinese products, I wouldn’t hold my breathe just yet in hopes that they’ll be jumping across the ocean and making an appearance on North American shores anytime soon….but who knows?

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  • surajhodi Sep 24, 2013 Link

    the big battle Mobile come in market

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  • Mark Palmos Sep 24, 2013 Link

    Very interesting... Though i must point out to you that the sprint phone you point out as having the first "rotating camera" is really rotating the keyboard, not the camera. The entire screen and camera continue to point in the same direction as one another, ie the camera does not rotate in relation to the user interface (aka the phone).

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  • Ilgaz Sep 24, 2013 Link

    Chinese does produce amazing things and they get ignored because they are Chinese.

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  • Sterling Keys Sep 24, 2013 Link

    Haha, that's true Mark. I was just making a playful jab at them because we seem to be seeing a ton of companies saying that they're the "first" for whatever technology or hardware they're presenting (I'm looking at you Apple).

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