OPPO N1 was announced: it is a powerful smartphone with an innovative camera.
OPPO is a smaller player on the smartphone market, but the company is known for quality, so their recent official announcement of a new device was awaited with a lot of interest: the highly anticipated N1 phone was revealed. At the ceremony, in the spotlight was the OPPO N1 rotating camera, which according to the manufacturer, is a world’s first for a smartphone.
OPPO N1 rotating camera is a novelty in the smartphone world
The phone is a premium model, worthy successor of its predecessor, the OPPO Find 5, and it is packed with features like a FullHD (1080p) 5.9 inch IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon CPU, aluminum body. The phone runs Android 4.2 with a custom skin, but the camera is stealing the show, as being the most talked feature and the focus of its marketing.
Basically, it is a 13 Megapixel camera with a 6 element lens with an f/2.0 aperture and a type 1/3.06 imaging module, which is good for a premium smartphone, but it is not revolutionary in itself.
The real kicker is the way camera moves: unlike other phones which come with two cameras, one in the back and another in the front, N1 camera is rotating. It can be used both as a front and a back camera. It can rotate up to 206 degrees, and it is securely locked at any angle.
If a moving part in your phone makes you unsure about its durability, rest assured: according to the tests performed by the manufacturer, the swinging mechanism was made to last through at least 100,000 rotations.
The OPPO N1 camera has more goodies: for the situations when the available light is not enough, it has not one, but two flash LEDs: a powerful one when the camera is back faced and a softer one when it’s front faced. For low-light situations, it is good to know that it supports exposure times of up to 8 seconds. Also a good thing is that you can rotate it and lock it to any position.
Last but not least, the camera is fast to start. From a sleeping state it will awake and it will be ready to shoot in just 0.6 seconds, even by a simple move of the rotating hinge. Putting it in the front position will even start the camera app.
OPPO N1 expected to be available for purchase in December
On the downside, OPPO N1 is a big and heavy phone at 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm and 213 grams, making it not very comfortable to hold in hand, either as a camera or as a phone. For a high-quality phone, the lack of 4G LTE connectivity is to be noted.
The device is expected to be available for purchase this December in China and later on for the rest of the world at an estimated price around US $570.