Preview: Oppo N1

Preview: Oppo N1

The Oppo N1 smartphone features the "world's first rotating smartphone camera".

The Oppo N1 smartphone features the "world's first rotating smartphone camera".

The most notable feature of the Oppo N1 is a single-camera that rotates 206-degrees depending on whether you want to use it on the front or rear of the phone.

Oppo says it tested 20 different camera designs before settling on the rotating design, and claims the rotating camera on the N1 has been tested to withstand 100,000 rotations.

The Oppo N1's camera features a type 1/3.06 imaging module and an f/2.0 wide aperture.

The company also claims the LED flash on the phone uses a normal flash for back facing shots, and a softer, diffused light for front facing shots.

Oppo has opted to introduce a touch panel on the back of the N1 called "O-Touch". The 12 cm2 rear touch panel allows users to scroll, tap, and capture photos on the device.

The Oppo N1 is constructed using two cut chamfers that run along the sides of the phone. The company says the full metal aluminum alloy frame undergoes a 14 step polishing process involving more than a dozen suppliers.

At 213g, the Oppo N1 immediately becomes one of the heaviest smartphones on the market. Thankfully, the company manages to keep the thickness of the N1 to just 9mm.

The Oppo N1 is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, has 2GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory.

However, there's no microSD card slot to expand the memory, and the N1 also lacks 4G connectivity. The phone comes with a non-removable, 3610mAh battery.

The Oppo N1 runs the 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's Android operating system, but is skinned with Oppo's own ColorOS overlay.

In addition to ColorOS, Oppo will also sell a version of the N1 that runs the CyanogenMod ROM pre-installed, making it the first device of its kind globally.

Oppo will also sell an accessory called the O-Click that lets you remotely operate the N1 camera. O-Click attaches to any keyring and will work up to 50 metres away from the N1 via Bluetooth Low Energy technology.

The Oppo N1 will launch worldwide in December.

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