Innovative new Oppo N1 camera phone announced, ready for December release

Oppo N1Never heard of Oppo? It’s not surprising, as it’s a manufacturer best known in China, but it has recently been making a splash with some competitively priced and well-specced smartphones, such as the Find 5. Its latest creation is the Oppo N1, and it’s one of the most exciting, craziest camera phones we’ve seen.

The most unusual feature is the addition of a camera module, mounted on the top end of the phone, which can rotate 206 degrees, so it functions as both a rear camera and a forward facing video call lens. At 13-megapixels with a custom image processor, an f2.0 wide aperture, and a dual, user-adjustable flash means it’s a match for anything Samsung and Sony have to offer.

Its twisting camera is only the start, as the N1 also has a special touch panel on the back of the phone. You can tap it to select apps and links, or use it to scroll through web pages, plus it acts as a shutter release when you’re using the camera. The N1’s technical specification is impressive too, as it has a 5.9-inch, 1080p display, and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM.

The phone runs a special version of Android, but also comes with the chance to install the CyanogenMod custom ROM, which is close to the look and feel of standard Android. The Oppo N1 is the first phone to offer this, and it’ll also be selling a limited edition version with only CyanogenMod installed.

Oppo will put the N1 on sale in December, but hasn’t told us how much it’ll cost, however its other phones have been quite competitive, so let’s hope the N1 is too.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars