... And there's a touchpad on the back, too
At an event in Beijing this morning, Oppo announced its new high-end Android phone, the N1. It's a device which scores a number of interesting "firsts" — the first smartphone with a rotatable camera, for high-quality selfies. And it's also the first phone to officially support CyanogenMod, after the project went commercial last week.
The 5.9-inch handset sports a 1080p IPS display, and on the inside it's running a Snapdragon 600 CPU at 1.7GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage. Powering all that is an enormous 3610mAh battery.
The Chinese manufacturer's also making a big deal about the optics behind that rotating camera. It's a got a 1/3.06-inch, 13-megapixel sensor, f/2.0 aperture and six lenses — another first on Android, it says — and a dual-mode flash designed to work for front and back shots. The Oppo N1 also debuts with "O Click," a new portable accessory that can clip to a keyring and control the device through Bluetooth. The add-on can be used to take shots remotely using the phone's camera, or sound an alarm if the device is list.
And as part of the growing trend towards putting stuff on the back of phones, the Oppo N1 features a touchpad on its back panel, allowing you to scroll by moving your finger on the back.
Not too much is revealed about how the optional CyanogenMod support will work, but the default software on the device will be Oppo's "Color" UI, based upon Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with "410 design improvements" over Google's vanilla OS.
The device is listed with quadband GSM and pentaband HSPA+ support, so it looks like LTE is out of the question for the moment. There's also no word on any plans to launch the phone outside of China, though an October launch is expected for the N1 in Oppo's home country.