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Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition: Unboxing and Quick Look

I don’t know why, but I still almost can’t believe that CyanogenMod is now shipping on a device, with Google’s approval for Google apps. It’s not that it sounds like a ridiculous or bad idea (in fact it is incredibly cool), it’s just that I remember the early days of CM and have to admit that I never imagined it becoming this official. But official it is, with a hardware partner to boot. And that leads us to this post, where we take the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition out of the box and for a quick spin to show you how far the pet project of a group of talented developers has come. 

With the Oppo N1 CM Edition, you are getting an Oppo N1 running CyanogenMod. If you have seen the N1 in action, nothing has changed other than…it is running CM out of the box. You still have the same massive 5.9-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera-on-a-swivel, and arguably gorgeous design. When you fire it up, you are indeed greeted with a CM logo, setup process, and without a single sign of Oppo’s own Android skin.

If you have ever played with CyanogenMod at any time in your life, then you’ll know that it takes on a mostly stock Android appearance. Think about what Motorola has done with stock Android on the Moto X, by adding a few useful features to it, and then multiply it by 5 or 6. CM is stock, but it runs its own tweaked launcher, gives you the option to install themes, includes a file manager and music player, lets you tweak the interface, and so much more. With the N1 running CM, the whole experience is there, however, you don’t have to root, flash, or download a thing.

Oh, and here is the monster in hand.

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So check out the quick unboxing and hands-on below, share your thoughts, and let us know if you’d like to see more.



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  • bennTheJet

    Gee i hope this has bugs and some features NOT working like EVERY cyanogen rom EVER MADE

  • Brady KEITH

    those decals look new and unused…giveaway?

  • CasperTFG

    Gorgeous. Love it. Shame it’s not on db Verizon.

  • fartbubbler

    it would be really cool if you could flash TouchWiz onto it.

    said noone ever.

    • bprichard

      I laughed.

    • T_Dizzle

      I had to tweak some settings on a friend’s GS3 or 4 and Touchwiz made android almost unrecognizable.

  • Matt Young

    So is this phone fully unlocked? So you can flash other third party roms?

    • ddevito

      It’d be really ironic if you couldn’t eh?

  • Michael

    The brightness seemed really dark!

  • villian1998

    Since this phone doesn’t come with the Asian girl from the video……. I won’t be getting this phone

  • wmsco1

    Yes I would like to see more, like open bootloader or locked, update software, perks or features, ap2sd, SD card, Launcher support or anything else unique.

  • Mike Aurin

    I’d like to get a working APK for that cyan themed Phase Beam wallpaper. Kellex, go.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    THAT THING IS HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!. . . . . . I don’t want one…but I really just want one lol ( I know that doesn’t make any sense)

  • chris_johns

    why not make this phone…you know…practical…who the f would want a phone that size with that ugeee bezel

  • ddevito

    Sure it’s great that it’s official and Google approved it – but the attraction of Cyanogenmod and other ROMs was that it was an ALTERNATIVE to the ROM you had running stock. Google needs to approve this in the Play Store for this to really work. Thanks to KitKat’s new security feature (bootloader) Cyanogenmod has no future as an alternative ROM so I understand the team’s need to get approval to be installed on a device, but I think this ROM is missing its mark. Rather than being on the high end phones it should be preinstalled on the lower end phones.

    • Chris

      What the heck are you talking about? “KitKat’s new security feature (bootloader) Cyanogenmod has no future as an alternative ROM”. Come back to reality, and run KitKat CM on your phone.

      • ddevito

        It’s this thing called reading… Try it sometime


        Contrary to popular belief, not everyone owns a Nexus

        • SkullOne

          You should take your own advice about reading. The article specifically says “locked bootloaders”. This isn’t anything new. It’s just making it harder for those with locked bootloaders.

          So get yourself a device with an unlockable bootloader and this isn’t an issue. Vote with your wallet. Tell carriers like Verizon and AT&T to shove it.

          There are plenty of unlockable devices out there to choose from.

        • Allan

          It’s called being informed. Are you?

          Why don’t you go ahead and actually PUT CM11 on your phone before making claims? And yes, I am very much capable of reading as I have had a lot of experience with that activity on XDA for the past 2 years.

          If you had READ a bit more, you would know that even SELinux + Knox isn’t really an obstacle to Note 2/3 users, as scary as it would seem. SELinux is as simple as a little toggle using a simple app to change between Permissive and Enforcing.

          If your argument was a little more coherent you may have been credited with making a little more sense. What does Google’s approval have to do with SELinux? SELinux isn’t even new; I assume that you should know that as the name implies it comes from Linux. Their approval also has nothing to do with the removal of Cyanogenmod from the Play Store.

          No one’s fault that you have a phone that isn’t very compatible with ROMs like CM. I just hope you aren’t blaming the devs on XDA (of course, that’s assuming you have a phone that has a corresponding forum there).

    • Rodeojones000

      Regarding this new “security feature” you speak of, I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.

    • trixnkix637

      To be perfectly honest besides the allure of having an alternative and of course tethering, what do you really need to root 4.4 on newer phones for anyway? The need to root has drastically plummeted in the past few years.

      • ddevito

        I do agree with you 1000% – I haven’t even given it a thought on my Moto X, don’t need to.

        • trixnkix637

          Same here. And I used to be a flashaholic on my Gnex & Galaxy S3.

          • HarvesterX

            Just downvoting you guys cause I know you’d all rather have the option to have su rights at least…not because I disagree with y’all. I get it that y’all are happy with the phone as is. I’m happy with my G2 unrooted and ran my first one a long time unrooted hut eventually I rooted. This replacement hasn’t been rooted yet but will so be once I find a computer I can use..

        • HarvesterX

          You’re just saying that you are happy cause it has the features you like there without needing su, but you’d rather have the ability or choice to have su rights when needed, correct?

          Because I doubt you’d buy a PC from any major PC OEM who wouldn’t let you have Administrator rights. If you needed to restore off your backup CD, you’d never be able to.

      • HarvesterX

        Because it’s YOUR device. Would you buy a Windows PC from say, Dell. That didn’t let you EVER have Administrator rights? This is the EXACT same thing.

        • trixnkix637

          You’re leaping to make a point. If you needed to root to skip the permission request to install an app like you do on a Windows machine then this would make sense. Root was necessary in order to do things to better your device at the software level. There’s never been a need to do that on a computer. You improve computers on a hardware or os level. And thanks to the advances in the Android os as well as tech as a whole, there’s no longer a REAL need to root as most newer phones have little to improve on, at the software level these days.

  • DroidzFX

    I see you are on the fence about the phone.

  • tyguy829

    Does anyone know if it is possible to just buy the O-Click accessory? I want it to use as a trusted bluetooth device with my Moto X, but can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  • C-Law

    I’m kind of shocked that a phone that ships with cm doesn’t have cm11 on it considering so many of us install cm in the first place to get on the latest version of android before manufacturers and carriers are able to get the update officially rolled out

    • TC Infantino

      I am betting that you will be able to update to the latest CM version as soon as they come out. I think that is the whole reason for this specific phone, a bit like a GPE version of the other phones. It takes little time at all for the newest Android version to be available for them. This is all just supposition of course.

    • dreadnatty08

      I didn’t think CM11 was even official? I’m running an unofficial nightly of it, and it certainly has some problems…

    • mrjayviper

      cm11 = beta. I have 3 devices and I’ve tried cm11 on all three and it’s really not meant for normal users or users expecting things to just work.

      Do you think it’s a good idea to put beta software in the hands of normal users?

  • nommm

    How is this better than the nexus 5?

    • palomosan

      It’s not, at least that’s my opinion, some might say different.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Depends… on what you actually want in a device. The nexus 5 isn’t exactly the end all be all when it comes to hardware

    • Pedro

      It will fit on one hand?

    • trixnkix637

      I guarantee you it can’t have a worse speaker or camera….

  • chris kilps

    why are the home, back, and task buttons invisible?

    • chris kilps

      nvm, they are just impossible to see

    • Just impossible to see.

  • Intellectua1

    I’ll pass.

    • jb

      The world is now a better place since you shared that with us.

      • Intellectua1


      • Brick

        Phones are neat.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Good. Im sure you enjoy that subpar Nexus 5.

      • Intellectua1

        You’re wrong, should’ve guessed Samsung.. My phone is far from Subpar thank u