In the hope that the recent onslaught of budget-conscious and luxurious smartphones out of little-known Asian brands has wiped away all traces of prejudice you might have against anyone that’s not Samsung, LG, HTC or Sony, I bring news of Oppo N1’s shipping start.
Happy, happy news, as the Oppo N1 may well be the single most innovative slab of silicon introduced so far this year. Its main selling points are out-of-the-box CyanogenMod support and, best of all, a rotating 13 MP camera capable of acting as both a rear and front snapper. Alternatively, not simultaneously.
Meanwhile, the design is almost equally as outstanding, there’s a small rear touch panel for comfortable one-handed use, whereas the main, front screen measures 5.9 inches in diagonal and boasts 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (aka Full HD) resolution.
Pretty darn hot, huh? Too bad Oppo was forced to downsize in the processing speed department, going the Snapdragon 600 way instead of the top-of-the-line S800. Oh, well, it’s not all about raw power, and besides, the 2 GB RAM should ensure smooth sailing in everything from gaming to multimedia playing.
The N1 can be scored unlocked and contract-free via Oppo’s online stores in both the US ($599 with 16 GB storage, $649 in 32 GB variant) and Europe, where it starts at €449 and €479 respectively. However, if you’d like the choice to run CyanogenMod’s multi-acclaimed Android-based port, you’ll have to wait a little longer, as the N1s shipping now come powered by ColorOS, another, far less celebrated Jelly Bean fork.
Via [Android Central]