OPPO N1: World’s First Smartphone With 206° Camera


The Chinese phone manufacturer is marketing the phone arounds it’s camera. What’s special about it? Read on.

OPPO was the first in the world to release a 13-megapixel camera smartphone. With the N1, we are once again realizing new possibilities in smartphone photography. Introd

Producing the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera. It sounds like a seemingly simple concept but I’m amazed other manufactures have not manufactured such devices before. The phone manufacturer claims the camera has 67 different components and features a 206° rotation, removing the need for having one front facing and one back facing camera. This is a great for business because instead of providing two average cameras, they can combine the budget and design one single camera that offers better quality (hopefully) and for a cheaper price.

The unique rotating camera is constructed from 67 dif
ferent components, featuring a 206° rotation that will firmly lock in position at any angle without shaking or moving while you frame the shot. With a shared camera for both front and back, your front facing shots will be just as amazing as your back facing shots.

We’ve all read the specs of the latest phone cameras, and they always seem to get better optics and sensors. They tend to get better with low light management and receive shallower depth of field. But perhaps the one truly amazing feature of this phone is it’s ability to shoot long exposure images for up to 8 seconds.



The camera isn’t the only cool feature of this phone. The OPPO N1 come with O-Touch Panel. Basically a 12cm2  rear touch panel that aims to make one handed navigation easier. You’d be able to scroll, tap and take photos, all using the back touch panel. The phone comes with a 5.9″ Full HD screen and a full aluminum alloy frame that the company claims to be the ultimate craftsmanship. All of this of course comes at a price. We’re not talking about the money here.

We’re talking about weight and bulk. The OPPO N1 weighs almost twice as much as Apple’s iPhone 5s at 213 grams. But with all those bits and pieces and extra hardware, it still manages to keep its thickness at 9mm, slightly thinner than the iPhone 4s. The Chinese manufacture has also taken a chapter out of Apple’s book and will ship the phone with a non-removable 3610 mAh battery.



Inside the box you’ll find what OPPO calls O-Click, which is basically a remote control for the camera and works as far as 50 meters via  Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It’ll also act as a “Find My OPPO”. If you lose your phone you can just press the button on the keychain sized remote control to make your phone make a noise. Let’s just hope your phone is not in the other room, inside the drawer, underneath your towels. God I love Bluetooth!!!



OPPO has teamed up with CyanogenMod (The open source Android ROM) and as a result a limited addition version of the phone will be release with CyanogenMod’s ROM pre-installed out of the box. Of course the ROM has been modified to take full advantage of the phone’s hardware, such as the O-Touch Panel, the rotating camera and the suspicious looking O-Click. The users will also have the ability to flash other ROMs on their precious N1s.

CyanogenMod OPPO N1

Final Thoughts

The Phone definitely has a lot of cool features and functionalities, but I’m not holding my breath until I get my hands on one. The physical design of the phone looks good and I have long been a fan of CyanogenMod. The one bit that I’m struggling to accept is why they company has decided to base the system on Android 4.2. Hopefully they’ll provide an upgrade to 4.4 kitkat as it seams to be must smoother than its older siblings.

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