not that we want to sneer at iPhone 5s’ fingerprint scanning feature, but we seriously think Apple needs more than a 64-bit architecture and fancy fingerprint scanner to be worthy of being called innovative or breakthrough. if the company’s shares performance is any indication, the new iPhones are anything but groundbreaking and we are now seeing China mobile makers being the groundbreaker instead. case in point: the Oppo N1 Smartphone. obviously, by the name itself, it is just another Android-powered smartphone, but we reassure that it has more to offer than the ‘regular’ mega-size smartphones. kicking of innovation list is a 206 degrees rotating 13MP shooter with an f/2.0 6-element lens and dual LED flash that lets you capture 13MP stills at variety of angles, which means your self portraits (aka selfie) will be just as awesome as any of the back facing shots.
Oppo, apparently understanding the consumers’ fear of swiveling objects, has claimed that the N1’s novel rotating camera is tested “to perfectly withstand 100,000 rotations.” so breaking down of this hinged camera should be least of your worry. also on the innovation menu is a backside touch panel, known as O-Touch Panel, that has 12 centimeter square worth of touch real estate that affords for one-handed operation like scrolling, tapping, or snapping images. continuing with the ‘O’ obsession, there is also an O-Click Control that allows for remote operation of the N1 camera (kind of like a remote shutter release device). connected to the N1 via Bluetooth, the O-Click conveniently slips on to your keychain and also doubles as a phone finder in the event of misplacing the phone. though it is worthy to note that it has an effective range of just 50 meters, which means you have to be in the said range to be able to trigger the alarm on the misplaced phone.
Oppo has a lot to boast about the N1 smartphone and one of them is its beautiful full metal aluminum alloy frame which took 20 days to produce. in that three-week period, the frame made it through a 14-step polishing and strengthening process for both aesthetic and robustness. the handset is described by the Chinese mobile phone maker as one that is “made with a smooth, delicate material for a ceramic-like elegance, designed to keep your device free of fingerprints and eternally soft to the touch.” on that note, we got to admit that we are totally sold by the idea of fingerprint-resistant exterior (and frankly, who doesn’t?). the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad core processor clocking in at 1.7GHz and 2GB RAM, and runs off Oppo Color ROM over Android 4.2 OS. other features include a 5.9-inch Full HD multitouch IPS display, 16 or 32GB onboard storage, a 3,610 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, WiFi Display, GPS, plus the usual host sensors, including a “4D” gyroscope.
as you might have guessed, this beauty is only available to the China market, specifically, through China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network and has a starting price of 3,498.00 RMB (that’s about US$572). hit the jump for a few more look and a couple of marketing videos.