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Oppo Announces the N1, Ships With Option to Flash CyanogenMod

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Oppo announced its new flagship, the N1, this morning at a press event in Beijing. As expected, thanks to a teaser, this phone will ship as the first with a Cyanogen Inc partnership. All that means in the end, is that the phone ships with Oppo’s Color Android skin, but can easily be flashed to CyanogenMod using the stock recovery. Also, there will be special edition CyanogenMod versions of the phone that will ship with CM preinstalled. 

From a specs perspective, you are looking at a device with a 5.9″ 1080p display (317ppi), 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor,  3,610mAh battery, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 2GB RAM, and a 13MP camera that can rotate from front to back at up to 206-degrees. The phone is made of a “ceramic-like material designed to keep your device free of fingerprints and smooth to the touch.” As long as it’s not made of LG or Samsung’s materials of choice, we’ll likely be happy with it.

Probably the most interesting feature of the Oppo N1 comes via the backside of the device, which features a touch panel that allows you to scroll, tap, or snap photos without having to touch your display. The N1 also comes with an accessory called the O-Click Control, a Bluetooth LE device that allows you to remotely control your phone, but also keep track of it should you misplace it.

The device will launch in December. No pricing has been announced.

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Press Release

OPPO N1 – Return to Innovation

Sep 23, 2013

OPPO N1 Redefines Smartphone Photography with 5.9” Screen, Rotating Camera, and Rear Touch Panel

BEIJING – September 23, 2013 – OPPO today announced the launch of the OPPO N1, the first smartphone from their new N-Lens flagship series. The OPPO N1 was revealed to a crowd of over 600 international press, fans and developers in a stunning visual presentation at the AOYA Exhibition Center in Beijing. With the groundbreaking OPPO N1, the large screen, rotating camera, rear touch panel, and incredible design come together to create a whole new smartphone experience.

World’s First Rotating Smartphone Camera

The OPPO N1 realizes new possibilities in smartphone photography as the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera. Its revolutionary camera rotates 206-degrees, and will securely lock at any angle.

To help you capture breathtaking and vividly realistic images, OPPO N1 comes with Pure Image, a hardware and software photography solution. Pure Image on OPPO N1 features six physical lenses, an upgraded type 1/3.06 imaging module and f/2.0 wide aperture. Furthermore, OPPO partnered with leading optics companies to tailor make an image-processing solution for improved white balance, exposure and focus.

OPPO N1 has a special light-diffusing LED flash design consisting of a normal flash for back facing shots, and a softer, diffused light for front facing shots, with brightness tunable from the OPPO N1 camera software. Your front facing shots will not only be just as good as back facing shots, they will also be perfectly lit. Easily accessible, the OPPO N1 camera will boot from a sleeping screen in just 0.6 seconds via a simple 120° rotation. The OPPO N1 camera also supports long exposure photography of up to 8 seconds.

Beautiful Technology

The OPPO N1 is wound by two finely cut chamfers running along the sides of the device which guard the immersive 5.9-inch display. More than a year of work and over 20 different designs ultimately led to the simple brilliance of the OPPO N1 and the small but intricate camera, tested to last through 100,000 rotations. Its full metal aluminum alloy frame is produced over a 20-day period, during which it undergoes a 14 step polishing process involving more than a dozen suppliers. Strengthening the core of the phone, the frame adds an air of solidity and style to the OPPO N1. The OPPO N1 phone body is made with a smooth, ceramic-like material designed to keep your device free of fingerprints and smooth to the touch.

O-Touch Panel

O-Touch is an entirely new way of using your smartphone. A 12 cm2 rear touch panel makes one handed use for the large N1 screen comfortable and easy. With O-Touch you can scroll, tap, or snap photos – all without your fingers blocking the display.

O-Click Control

O-Click lets you remotely operate the N1 camera even when you’re away from the device. Simply position the N1 and step back. If you misplace your device, find it by setting off an alarm on the phone. O-Click fits on your keychain and supports a range of up to 50 meters, staying connected to your OPPO N1 via Bluetooth (BLE).

Innovation in Choice

OPPO is committed to serve the smartphone market with an open attitude. OPPO N1 ships with Color (based on Android 4.2), a unique Android operating system with over 400 unique features and improvements over stock Android. CyanogenMod is the world’s most popular aftermarket Android operating system. International versions of the N1 come with Color, and also the ability to flash CyanogenMod directly from stock recovery. A limited OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition will ship with CyanogenMod preinstalled, the first CyanogenMod hardware product in the world.

Available in 16GB or 32GB internal storage, the OPPO N1 is set to launch in early December.

Color
  • White
Dimensions
  • 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm
Weight
  • 213 g
Operating system
  •  Color, based on Android 4.2
Processor
  • 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core
GPU
  • Adreno 320
Memory
  • 16 or 32 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
Battery
  • 3610 mAh
Display
  • 5.9-inch, 1080p Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels), 377 PPI
  • 16 million colors
  • Multi-touch, capacitive screen
O-Touch
  • Slide up or down, left or right, tap, double tap and long press for different functionality
Rotating camera
  • 13-megapixel sensor with dedicated ISP
  • Dual-mode LED
  • Aperture f/2.0
  • Normal, Panorama, High Speed, Rewind, Beautify, and Slow Shutter scene modes
Network
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
 Features
  • USB OTG
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5G Wi-Fi 802.11 ac
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Display
  • GPS
  • Distance sensor
  • Light sensor
  • G-sensor
  • 4D Gyroscope
In the box
  • OPPO N1
  • O-Click Bluetooth Remote Control
  • In-ear type earphones
  • Micro USB cable
  • Charger
  • SIM ejector tool

About OPPO

OPPO is an international technology brand committed to designing beautiful technology products with an open attitude. Seeking to fuse technology and affection in all products, OPPO has been restless in the pursuit of the latest technology, the highest hardware quality standards and to delivering the element of positive surprise. For more information, please visit http://en.oppo.com/.

  • master94

    I like the camera idea, would be ideal for hard to reach pics. But I dont see the average person needing it

  • Lane252

    me want meow

  • http://andymerskin.com/ Andy Merskin

    Eek! Really? This is the Oppo N1?

    :/

  • T_Dizzle

    No LTE on the Find 5 and no LTE on the N1 either, why Oppo why?! You make high quality electronics, some of us know that.

  • zurginator

    LMAO I had this idea like 4 years ago, even drew sketches and told people. Great to see it finally swinging around.

  • tharealoc

    Why a 5.9″ screen?! this could have been a huge success if it were smaller.

  • shecalledmejay

    Aren’t these the specs everybody have been asking for, and yet people still find a way to complain lol

    • joejoe5709

      Relatively unknown OEM, sketchy software (thank goodness for CM), and a size that is probably beyond most consumers. None of these things are deal breakers, but cause for concern.

  • Pierito

    Can’t complain about the option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rene.barba.89 Rene Barba

    Rotating camera, Looks like Oppo is making taking selfie to a new level now with flash!

  • joejoe5709

    Interesting… I’m not about to jump on the Oppo wagon just yet, but you’ve finally got my attention! Crazy how this phone and the CM partnership came completely out of left field.

    As for the phone itself, I’d much rather have the Note 3 if I’m in the market for a phablet but this shows some real promise. The specs aren’t half bad and there are enough cool things here to garner our attention. Props to Oppo for thinking outside the black rectangle for some new ideas. The ability to flash CM out of the box is more a gimmick than anything if you ask me. Anyone who knows what CM is already knows how to flash it and those who dont, won’t care. The market for this is probably pretty small.

  • Christopher Vanwinkle

    i’m loving this.

  • Tom Luley

    Mmmm, 13MP selfies. Just what I want!

  • chris420o

    you know when front face cameras were first coming out…i alwasy had this idea why not make a camera lense you just flip instead of two cameras so ur cam is just as good front ot back…first time i seen it implemented…and honestly i think itll make the phone feel/look cheaper then it is…nice looking phone to big for my taste but real nice

    • King Lo

      I had an old LG phone that had a rotatable camera. I remember it being a decent feature nothing mind blowing.

  • chris420o

    Nice phone…thats is never coming to verizon

  • kevin glass

    Nice phone !

  • Derin Richardson

    I’m sure majority of the people, if not all, who decide to purchase this phone are going to opt to preload CyanogenMod.

    Oppo’s UI looks hideous.

  • zombiewolf

    tis a great device definitely would consider buying if 1. able to get in the states

  • Chippah

    That Camera gimmick is fawkin stoopid!
    goes round and round or sumpthin… tss tss

  • decidedtochangename

    This reminders of the car Homer Simpson designed.

  • Ian Smith

    oh my god… it is quite hideous

  • Intellectua1

    Congrats to CyanogenMod and all but what can they bring to the market that isn’t already there?? CyanogenMod is successful as a ROM but I don’t think they’ll do well as a OEM. Or maybe they will but I don’t think so..

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      But they are not an OEM. Samsung, HTC, Oppo, Apple….those are OEMs.

      Cyanogen is not manufacturing any hardware. They are a software company.

  • fauxshizzl

    Bummer, it is way too big. I have a 5″ phone right now and I will not be getting anything bigger. Putting a case on my current phone already is uncomfortable to carry around. I get that it is the going trend at the moment, but I hope it ends soon.

    • Justin Halcomb

      It’s not going to end soon, I’ll give you that.

  • me

    213g ouch

    • fauxshizzl

      3610 mAh battery probably has a lot to do with that. I would rather have a slightly heavier phone that easily lasts an entire day if not two than a lighter phone. But this thing is too big for my taste anyway.

    • chris420o

      go to the gym…hipster

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  • kaufkin

    ok, for those of us too dang lazy to look up the band specs… what carriers will it support Stateside?

    • PhoenixPath

      GSM – 3G/HSPA only from the looks of it. Maybe HSPA+? No LTE though.

      Will not work at all on VZW or Sprint from the looks of it.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Not even going to front. I haven’t been this whipsawed between sheer ecstasy and complete disinterest since the Moto X.

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

      Way to whipsawed. Its not everyday it gets used :D

  • Yoo

    Umm I don’t think so. Well. Galaxy note 3 for me!!

  • Bassdj

    That battery though…

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Giant

  • Bigwavedave25

    Love it, except for the hardware NAV keys… and lack of LTE.

  • vs8

    That video is awesome, but I’m not sold on this phone. The screen is too big for my taste.

  • afazel

    No LTE?

  • Zach B.

    Overall, not really excited, except for the precedent this sets for the future of CM.

    First off, that camera. No thanks. Broken in 6 months. “But have you held it? You don’t know the build quality! It may be made of supercarbontitaniumite!” Yeah, ok, maybe it is. But that’s just more that can break in the long run vs. non-moving parts.

    Second: No LTE? I’ll pass. “[insert argument about HSPA+].” Yeah yeah yeah, I know all about HSPA/+. LTE, in general, is much more stable, has larger coverage, and better upload speeds. (Please read when I say “IN GENERAL”) Also, I don’t have HSPA+ where I live, and barely covers half the city I work.

    • blackjaguar25

      The camera mechanism is guaranteed to last “40 rotations a day for seven years.”

      The more you know!

      • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

        I wonder if their tests included pocket lint and other debris getting stuck in the rotation mechanism…?

    • Joey Funk

      This is a Chinese phone for Chinese carriers, and i dont think china has LTE yet

      • Zach B.

        True. And that’s a good point. I guess I’m speaking from the assumption of treating this like a release in the US, which this phone isn’t.

      • Godzilla

        They don’t have a middle class yet. Therefore no LTE

  • stabone

    If the camera flips over, but not the rest of the phone.. is it still a flip phone?

    • Derin Richardson

      Philosoraptor moment.

  • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

    Rotating camera, taking it back to the old school

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    • joejoe5709

      That was a big deal back then! I remember wowing people with my LG flip phone that had a rotating camera.

  • ProZomby

    Who’s Oppo?

    • Chuck F

      They make awesome BluRay and dvd players.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Exactly. I own an Oppo DV-980H and that thing, when it was released in 2008, embarrassed players twice its price.

        • niuguy

          I’ve always wanted one but couldn’t justify the price. Almost clicked buy a few times…

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            I bought one on release day in 2008 because it was, at that point, the most affordable player that could play both high-resolution music formats of the time (Super-Audio CD and DVD-Audio). Most players at that time did one or the other unless you wanted to pay big bucks. So because of that, the DV-980H made guys like me very, very happy. I agree, though, that if you were only going to use it to watch DVDs, it was definitely a higher priced option.

    • Joseph A. Yager

      They make a new smartphone called the N1 – it has the option to have cyanogenmod flashed right on there. I think I saw an article about it very recently.

    • j

      Oppo OWNED the DVD up-conversion market years ago. That’s about it..

    • Ryan

      They make the find 5 and R819. Two great phones, and I’m hoping they release a refresh to the find 5 in the near future. Great phone.

      • Eric

        I love the find 5 too, hoping for an update.

      • cvgordo

        they said the next find would be late 2014.

  • A.Miller

    Will this make it to the states? And what carriers will be on board with that?

    • T4rd

      Probably not and if so, probably GSM carriers only. =(

    • Intellectua1

      I highly doubt the US will see this phone.. In my opinion it’s ugly and I’m sure carriers will think the same. No one is checking for this phone..

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Oppo is one of the best OEMs. Watch your mouth.

        • Intellectua1

          Not in the US it ain’t..

          • grammarpolice

            “Not in the US.” Ain’t is one letter away from taint and it should never be used.

          • Intellectua1

            I knew some grammar nazi would reply about my use of the word ain’t lol.. ain’t ain’t ain’t ain’t.. They say ain’t ain’t even a word if you ain’t know dat

          • mrjayviper

            thankfully, there’s a much bigger world out there than the US

      • Ray Gray

        Yes because carriers never carry ugly phones…LG Vu

      • MikeCiggy

        What’s ugly about it?

        You have very tiny side and bottom bezels as well as a nice curvature to the black around the bottom bezel. Then up top you have 0 wasted space with the camera design. The back is plain and simple.

        It has awesome specs, it comes with the option to flash CM and the battery is huge. Isn’t this the phone everyone has been asking for?

        Downsides:
        It’s a shame this doesn’t have LTE and will never see Verizon. If it came to Verizon it’d be my next device.

        The capacitive buttons are also a mistake and severely out of order and out of touch with core android. Please OEM’s all we want is back, home, multitasking as buttons along the bottom of the phone.

    • WCM3

      Can it be bought and activated on any US carriers? T-mobile? Anybody currently have an Oppo?

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkqiFOvF8v0

        I think they nailed it with the Oppo Find 5. So I would presume that this company has the chops to make some excellent hardware.

        • sk3litor

          Such a beautiful phone. Dev and user friendly.and untouched by dirty dirty American carriers.this is exactly how the game should go. Buy a sick sick phone throw a sim card in and rock and roll all night.

    • stabone

      Not Verizon.

  • Shane Redman

    I kinda dig that camera design…

    • j

      You won’t.. it’s a horrible idea. You don’t need a super high quality front facing camera. This is basically the worst of both worlds.

      • fauxshizzl

        Do explain please.

        • j

          The only benefit to this design is having a high quality front facing camera without sacrificing $$ or space for a second high quality camera. Along with it comes increased complexity which is usually not a good thing.. I don’t care if they test it for 10 trillion rotations.. it will break, it will be mis-aligned in your pocket, it will be annoying.

          • thescreensavers

            J, you are the type of consumer that is interesting, one that would complain about a device they haven’t even touched.

            Sure its an odd design, but maybe its execution is 100% spot on. Something that nether of us know at this point.

            Remember the sidekick? Everyone said the same thing about the display rotating… and we all know how popular that phone was.

            just my 0.02

  • samosa king

    the camera feature with an option to have Cyanogenmod installed.

    • fauxshizzl

      DL should really put a size limit on photo uploads. That or idiots should check the resolution before posting something that takes up an entire page.

      • normmcgarry

        It is like 500×500 and is only 30k. You’ll survive.

        • fauxshizzl

          When it is one picture, that is one thing. But it seems like people that frequent Imgur have been posting here a lot lately. It gets annoying when you are scrolling through the comments.

      • cant see !

        I like it when large pictures are poste ad I am 65% vision impaired. Seeing things like this make me laugh and forget about my issue.

        • fauxshizzl

          I am completely blind in one eye, so I feel for you in that regard. Aside having no depth perception and not being able to watch things in 3D, people take notice and like to point it out like I am somehow unaware of my impairment. I wish these picture had the same effect on me as you.

      • Ian

        “an entire page”….on your droid 2

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing