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September 23, 2013

Oppo N1 is official with 5.9-inch fullHD display and Color OS

Oppo has just announced its latest smartphone in a special event in Beijing, China. It's called the Oppo N1 and runs the latest version of the company's home-brewed Color OS.

The Oppo N1 is built around a 5.9" display of full HD resolution, which equals out to a pixel density of 373 pixels per inch.
Below the display there are 3 capacitive Android keys - back, home and menu. The whole phone is made of plastic and will be available in two color options - black and white. The Oppo N1 sports either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory.

The back of the Oppo N1 is especially interesting. Firstly, there sits the 13MP camera with CMOS sensor and f/2.0 aperture and Oppo's specially-designed Owl imaging processor. Oppo dubs the N1 as the first Android smartphone to feature 6 piece lens design. The whole camera module rotates 206 degrees allowing it to act as a front-facing camera as well.

Depending on which version you pick (more on that in a minute), the camera would support either 15x or 10x optical zoom. Oppo has also created special plug lens. Not to be confused with Sony's QX100 and QX10 camera modules, Oppo's lens are like usual plug-in lenses that attach to the phone.
Secondly, the area below the camera is touch sensitive. The feature is called O-Touch and depending on the gesture that you make, the phone is can either play next song, browse the web or do a custom action. For example you can long touch the back of the phone while the camera app is on and it'll take a shot with the front facing camera. The supported gestures are long press, sliding and double tapping.

Oppo has also made a special camera accessory dubbed O-Click. It is essentially a remote control for the camera and can operate within 5 meters away from the phone - perfect for self group shots.

Right below the camera there's a dual LED flash, while on top of the phone you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack. Below the back cover sits a 3610 mAh battery, which is respectable for a phone with such size.

On the connectivity side, the Oppo N1 sports dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC as well as a tachograph for recording your speed while driving - a first for a mobile phone. Oppo has partnered with two of the major NFC payment systems in China to allow paying for transportation as well as other goods just by using the N1.
The Oppo N1 will be priced at $571 (3498 CNY).