Richi Jennings

OPPO N1 release date: Tuesday-week for 'revolutionary' phablet

December 02, 2013 6:16 AM EST

OPPO N1 release date and price
And we now know the price in the U.S. and Europe.

OPPO announces availability of N1 phablet outside China: It'll be officially released next week. Apart from the pocket-busting size, what sets the N1 apart from identikit Android phones is the rotating camera. Finally, hipsters can take high-quality selfies (before destroying them with stupid Instagrammyness). It also comes with a rear trackpad and CyanogenMod as an option. But it's got no LTE, has a slow-ish processor, and is a relatively unknown brand.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers debate the pros and cons.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 
Stephen Shankland sets sail:

The Oppo N1, an Android phone with an unusual swiveling camera design, now has a price: $599 [or] 449 euros. ... t's also got a touch-sensitive patch on the back that people can use for scrolling without touching the front of the screen. ... However, it can't use...LTE.
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The N1 has a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a 13-megapixel camera with a six-element lens, and a 3610mAh battery.  MORE


 
And Andrew Martonik was among the first to spot the announcement:

Built to have some of the latest in hardware innovation, the N1 is sporting...an interesting 13MP camera that swivels to face either direction [and it's] able to run CyanogenMod out of the box through the stock recovery without any rooting or advanced tinkering.  MORE


 
Dusan Belic does bellicose:

OPPO is the first company to team-up with CyanogenMod to offer this custom ROM pre-installed.
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The N1 phablet rocks some solid specs though it doesn’t have the fastest chip out there – it uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600...rather than Snapdragon 800, which is found in devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 and Nexus 5.  MORE


 
Juan Carlos Torres waxes dangerous:

It only has one camera. ... To call it a rear camera, however, would be inaccurate, as the section of the device housing it can be rotated to face the user as well.
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But its claim to fame, of course, is the software. ... Currently, there are two models of the device. ... A regular version that runs OPPO’s Android tweaks [and] one that has CyanogenMod running out of the box. ... That said, even the regular N1 will be able to easily install and boot into CyanogenMod without having to...flash the device.  MORE


 
Alex Wagner barks at the twisty camera:

Sounds like a selfie lovers dream, no?
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The Oppo N1 looks like it's got the makings of a high-end handset. ... Its 5.9-inch display might be a bit too large for some folks, but Oppo has attempted to address that concern by including a 12cm O-Touch panel on the...backside.  MORE


 
But jwyche007 is deaf-and-dumb-struck:

Who the hell is this phone even for?
- High Price
- Unfamiliar Brand (to the public)
- Risky design choices


There is absolutely no hope for this because it serves no market.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, Thom Holwerda leaves us guessing what he really thinks:

Too bad the N1 is such an ugly monstrosity...compared to its beautiful, elegant, understated, and timeless predecessor.  MORE


 

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