Oppo just announced its new N1 flagship smartphone during a press conference held in Beijing, China. We told you earlier today that the smartphone will dual boot Android and CyanogenMod, but the rumor was only half accurate.
The rumor mill speculated that Oppo N1 will be capable of dual boot between CyanogenMod and Android with Oppo’s proprietary interface, but the new smartphone will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2 with the company’s Color OS on top of it. Oppo has indeed signed an agreement with Cyanogen as the users will be able to to flash CyanogenMod directly from stock recovery. There will be also a limited Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition which will run CM out of the box.
Oppo N1 is available in white and it measures 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm while having a weight of 213 grams.
The handset’s hardware platform is build around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. It will also come with 16 or 32 GB of internal flash storage, while the 3,6100 mAh battery should be able to provide at least a day and a half of typical usage.
There’s no doubt that the Oppo N1 is a phablet, boasting about a 5.9-inch full HD IPS Display (1920 x 1080 pixels), with a pixel density of 377 ppi, and 16 million colors.
N1 also integrates O-Touch, which is a 12 cm² rear touch panel that comes with different functionality when you slide up or down, left or right, tap, double tap, or long press, allowing you to control the smartphone with one hand.
Oppo N1 integrates a 13 MP camera with CMOS sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and an Owl image processor inside. Oppo claims that its new N1 is the first Android smartphone in the world that comes with a 6 lens setu-up. The camera module rotates 206 degree, so the need of a front-facing camera is eliminated. The N1′s camera scene modes include Normal, Panorama, High Speed, Rewind, Beautify, and Slow Shutter.
The new smartphone is compatible with GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz networks, the connectivity features also including USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.0, 5G WiFi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, WFi Display, GPS, Distance sensor, Light sensor, G?sensor, and 4D Gyroscope.
The Oppo N1 ships together with O-Click Bluetooth Remote Control, In?ear type earphones, Micro USB cable, Charger, and SIM ejector tool.
Oppo announced that the 16 GB model will have a price of 3,498 Yuan (about $570) and that its new flagship smartphone will become available on the Chinese market in October. The rest of the world will be able to acquire the new Oppo N1 as of December.
The new Oppo N1 will have to withstand the heavy competition coming from other big players of the phablet market. Sony introduced the Xperia Z Ultra a couple of months ago, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 was announced earlier this month, while HTC is expected to debut the highly-anticipated One Max by the end of the year.