Early this morning, Oppo launched its long awaited N1 smartphone. While the phone may never make it to the US, it does host several unique features that are cool enough that I have to write about it. The N1 is a 5.9-inch Android-based phablet that features a quad-core 1.7GHz processor and a 3,610mAh battery.
These specs are fairly common for mid- to high-end phones at the moment, but what sets it apart from all the rest is its 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera that is able to rotate over 206 degrees. This camera eliminates the need for a front facing low-quality camera and enables users to take high-quality self-portraits from almost any angle. Oppo says that the N1's camera has been tested and passed over 100,000 rotations, which equals seven years of life expectancy if used 40 times per day.
Additionally, the N1 is the first smartphone to feature CyanogenMod installed from the factory, making Oppo the first manufacturer to collaborate with the company since Cyanogen, Inc., was formed. The new N1 is expected to retail for $570 in China and will be available in either 16GB or 32GB configurations.