OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition

It's a Christmas Eve miracle. The OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition — the first phone to ship with CM and with officially sanctioned Google apps — is now available for purchase online. It's a hefty sum at $599 — but that's par for the course for an unlocked device, CM or not. 

As a reminder, this is a large, 5.9-inch smartphone, running Android 4.2 and CM 10.2 out of the box. It's got 16 gigabytes of storage, lacks LTE, sports a 13-megapixel camera that rotates from back to front — and it comes with special CM stickers and a case. Tres cool.

Also important: The source code and factory image for the phone are already available.

And before anyone chimes in that you can get CyanogenMod on a new phone for a few hundred dollars less (or your current phone for free), you need to remember that that's not the point. This is just the start, and it's an important one for Cyanogen Inc.

Buy now: OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition
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OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition now available for $599

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The device has 16gb of storage any OS takes space. Example : when you buy a laptop with a 500 gb hard drive you probably only get somewhere around 430 gb after the formatting and also the operating system. That being said you probably around 12gb as it is with most devices running a stock room which is far better than a touchwiz s4 with only 7 left.

Posted via my Sony Z Ultra

The SD card is cool but that's for media not apps.
Don't get me wrong I love sd cards, unlike most android nerds that love to say how they are dinosaurs or whatever.

(I miss app2sd from gingerbread)

Posted via my Sony Z Ultra

Well, I bought a tablet that has only 8 GB of internal storage, and about 3 or 4 GB was available to install spots and media. It filled up fast. Luckily, Samsung pushed out the 4.2.2 update for my tab 2 7.0 that enabled moving apps to my SD card. I have an 8 GB SD in my tablet, and I put just about all of my SD-installable apps on it, and I don't even have a gigabyte filled up yet. Even the apps' updates take up a lot of room on the internal storage

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It is much higher than that but your point is a good one.

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Great news for the future of Cyanogen Mod. I wish they would have gone with a more traditional style device (5.9 is massive) but its a great start!

Yeah, 5.9 is on the big side, but I don't think this particular device was meant to appeal to the masses.

I think, it would be cool to see CM create a small form-factor device that targets the Moto G price-point.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

I think that cyanogen devices will be like the Nexus program, they won't be the top sellers, but they'll get the support first, although not in as big a proportions.

Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

10.2 is the newest stable release. 10.3 and 11 are buggy at the moment

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But Cm should have full access to all drivers used for this hardware, so you'd think it wouldn't be long for this to have kitkat.

Posted via G2+

Any worries over these Chinese companies tracking US customers? Like how huwue or however you spell it...

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Not only you have nothing to backup your claim, you can't even spell the correct company name. Never mind the fact the Department of Defense in the past did an investigation on this and found no harm from phones sold by major Chinese manufacturers. And that Oppo previous devices passed the FCC test to be sold in the US. Never mind the fact that this device is using open source CyanogenMod rom.

Why don't you worry about countless of other US-based companies tracking US customers?

Lol! Relax chief, that's why I asked. I haven't read up on the subject and figured someone here would know.

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If they want to spy on my porn habits and mundane life, knock yourself out. I just hope that they understand that I was just looking that up "for a friend"

Eagle to sparrow, do you read sparrow? They are onto operation internet tracking, proceed to phase 2. What? You mean this is being posted for everyone to see??!!!! Ruh-roh

I worry more about NSA tracking me... The Chinese are expected to spy on us, but our own government?

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Not sure what's the point is for such a gigantic phone if you have to get everything from the cloud while lacking LTE.

I am a fan of what Oppo is doing, but I think they totally missed the mark with this device, and I don't think CyanogenMod is going to be compelling due to the nature of this device itself.

Let's give it a chance, before we start passing judgment.

Every device has a fan base; someone will buy this.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

Well, yeah, but with devices like the Note 3, I don't think that cyanogen is a good enough reason for anyone to get this phone. It has a S600 processor, for way more then the nexus 5, 16gb of storage, which is absolutely ridiculous for a phone of this price, especially since its kinda designed for tinkerers. Sure, it'll sell some units, but not very many.

Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

Yeah, I understand. But, I believe, this device was created for CM diehards.

Posted via my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

No I was gonna go with it being region locked, but didn't find any hard evidence to support that claim so I went with international. The 32gb seems to be the far East region only, but like I said, no real evidence to support it

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The N1 is and they are the same device. It would be the same as putting a GPe ROM on a carrier based model...

Yes. But this edition is not available in 32gb, but the coloros edition is available in 16,and 32 GB options EVERYWHERE.

Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

While this is good news for CM, Oppo seems...shady.

Battery capacities are quoted wrong, a tear down revels that even though it list AC under Wifi support, the tear down suggests that is not true If you go back to some of the older models (Find 5) you will see a bunch of issues, and more disconcerting they are not running a standard Android + skin but a community modified (yes it isn't done by the company, but by the community) flavor of Android called ColorOS.

They are fragmenting android a la Amazon, and that is something that is not needed.

Not to mention they have a grand total of 3 phones under their belt.

This would be a pass. For $599 you can do much better from a company with a much better reputation.

They made a total of 10 phones. Also overall reviews show Oppo phones being quite durable compared to the competition. While this phone isn't that hot, it doesn't mean they make 'questionable' quality products. They are well known by videophile for their high quality blueray players. You are making things up to justify your own bias.

You what your right, but that makes it worse. A year old phone abandoned and left running ICS? Why did I have to go to an entirely different site to find that they do have more than 3 phones?

Here today, forgotten next month. Cm will help with that, but still

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Yeah, oppo phones are always forgotten.
But their quality of products is near HTC level.
Oppo seems to be alot like ZTE who does the exact same thing with all their phones.

Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

only in your hEad..how is a phone abandoned if it's updated twice a month? go back to the forums and read this time..you know the letters...not only the pictures

No, I went through the forums and did some looking around. When the company only acknowledges 3 phones, that is not a ringing endorsement.

This isnt a blu ray player, I really do not care how great they may be in that area.

Now that you pointed it out, and I had to search for their other phones, they actually do less to inspire confidence.

The other 7 phones are generally 3.5-4" and on a 1-10 scale average about a 4.

No wonder they ignore them.

Edit: I have no bias, I could care less and have not stock in the mobile industry.

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I fell to the floor and screamed.(in my Twan voice) :-)

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

There are a bunch of differences, but ok. The biggest thing is that you are forking. MIUI, Color, Kindle, Nook..... they are forks. It is their own flavor of Android.

Blur, Sense, TW are overlays to Android.

CM falls in the grey area. It is source built, not modified all that much (it is enhanced)but not an overlay either.

I really cannot speak much to MIUI, I used it once awhile ago and really hated it so I could be wrong and they could fall into the CM category.

Essentially, there's no difference. It's all Android at the core. But, depending on how a particular "fork"/ROM is created, app compatibilities come into question.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

I believe ya, I didn't look that hard but all I kept seeing was Japan, Korea and Vietnam

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I can't speak for their phones but their dvd/Blu-ray players are some of the best you can buy period.

I know a phone is different but I think Oppo wants to build a big name in phones, the Cm angle kind of shows they're willing to do something different. Now they just need to make a more universal phone like a N5.

Posted via G2+

I thought CM 10.2 is based on Android 4.3... How is it then that the article says it ships with Android 4.2?

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What is it with you and NoNexus,how dare you make a funny against the Great Phil.Repent now or suffer the consequences.lol!!

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

Phil doesn't make typos, he innovates words

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The color os is based on android 4.2. If you boot it to cyanogenmod, it is 10.2, which is 4.3

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You will always get compromise if you wish to pay $299 for a phone. No one will sell their flagship phone at Google Nexus price. You will get a clean Android OS, but you will not get the best hardware, there are phones out there with better battery life, camera, storage option and speakers. This is coming from a hardcore Nexus user. You get what you pay for.

Spot on, you do get what you pay for.

I think it's silly to expect other OEMs to sell their flagships at the same price points that Google targets for the Nexus program.

At 600, this device will sell well to fans of CM. And, in the future, we may see carriers begin to carry and endorse this brand.

This is only the beginning!!

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

Spot on.

I do think it is a tad overpriced for using CM. My question is simple. Now that CM is a company, did OPPO have to hire them to adapt CM to the phone? If so, then the price makes sense, if not (a mutual licensing agreement?) then I do think it should be a bit cheaper.

I am interested to see if down the line they break into the carriers lineup. seeing that H-U-A-W-E-I hasnt made that big of a splash they have a long way to go...

Yeah, as CM has investors financially backing their company, now, they are contracting their ROM and services out to Oppo. So, that cost is reflected in the price.

Also, the device wouldn't be Google-certified, if Oppo were using the "community edition" ROM that's not officially sanctioned by CM as a company.

As for Huawei, they do have devices for sale through Sprint (I believe) in the US, and numerous other carriers abroad.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

You do get what you pay for.
Except in the case of the Oppo N1, when you pay $600 for a phone with $200 specs.
I know everyone loves Cyanogenmod, but the specs on this device for $600 is just absolutely shameful. There isn't a device I can think of that I wouldn't recommend over it. If you're that big of a CM fan, root your device, don't pay high end prices for low end specs.

Yeah because all OEMs have other sources of revenue and can sell their phones with almost no profits.
R&D, manufacturing, marketing, human resources, innovation, licensing fees, and so on...
You don't think it's free right? Of course, there are some OEMs which set prices really high and make shit loads of profits -*caugh* Apple *caugh*, but people have to realize that a phone isn't just a piece of hardware. There are way more things involved from the idea to the real thing sitting on store shelves.

That's the point with the Nexus, they can sell it at breakeven because you will still be funneling money their way. Once you get hooked on the ecosystem it is all gravy.

Samsung, HTC, Sony and whoever else has to get the money up front, and that might be the only money they see until the next upgrade.

Point it, with Google it is no money now, plenty later. OEMs is money now, none later

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You do realize that Apple's iPhones are sold at prices comparable to the competition, right?

I will give you this: the iPad has to be the most expensive tablet on the market.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

Yeah, the iPhones are sold at comparable prices, but the phone itself is not worth the money they get from it. They get money now, money, later, money forever.

Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

But but... You cannot put a price on being hip with the kids nowadays

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You forgot to put Yo at the end

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Really? Here in France, the HTC One was 580€ when it came out. The 'equivalent' 32gb iPhone 5s was 760€ (780€ for the iPhone 5 last year). The 16gb version is priced at almost the same price as the Samsung GS4 though, but I think that for the same price the S4 has way more to offer that the iPhone (but that's just my opinion).

Google doesn't sell the Nexus phones for profit and they cut corners to sell their phones at that price (Camera, washed out display)
No other company bus going to sell their phone at $350/400 because they are in it to make money...

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you can get most Google apps from the playstore, they could just do away with all Google apps but keep the playstore.

Yeah but I think it's a package deal. If your certified for the play store your certified for them all. Not sure though so correct me if I am wrong

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Yeah, it is a package deal. The phone has to be ready out-of-the-box for someone to use: the user shouldn't have to go to the Play Store and search for a basic Google app such as Gmail.

Also, all of Google's basic apps are included, to discourage a user from possibly trying out another similar service during their setup of a device (no Gmail app included, so someone downloads yahoo mail instead).

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

I thought as much. I never did anything ROM like except personal modifications so I really had no serious clue.

Can't wait to see more cyanogenmod out of the box phones. Wish the lads best of luck.

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Bye =)

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Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

Geocities and the hamster dance FTW

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599 no thanks no LTE and I feel that camera will break way to easy when attempting to swivel it. Love CM mod but Just can't see paying this kinda cash

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"And before anyone chimes in that you can get CyanogenMod on a new phone for a few hundred dollars less (or your current phone for free), you need to remember that that's not the point. This is just the start, and it's an important one for Cyanogen Inc."

Really? Maybe I should sell $5 toy water guns for $50 because they will have the water already in them? Nevermind that you can use your existing water gun, or buy a $5 one and use your own tap water. That's not the point! (end sarcasm)

Actually, I think that is totally the point, due to a little something called "competition in the marketplace". There is no reason whatsoever I can see, other than being a blind CM fan, that you would choose this phone over what options we have in the US today. Mind you that I currently have a Galaxy S3 rooted with CM 10.2 installed. I like CM for what it is... a great OS when you want to break away from your carrier and manufacturer bloat and control. However, if CM is going to even think about competing for my money in the phone space, they better do better than this insult to intelligence effort here.

Short answer: And I should buy this over a $350 Nexus 5 ...why?

You shouldn't. I think this phone is more of a test. CM is testing the waters.

Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

For one, this is from cm, the company and not cm, the community volunteer.

Another, I agree with the other poster, this is a trial balloon floated by CM. Almost like a proof of concept. I can see a future down the line for official cm on HTC, LG, Sony, maybe Samsung but I wouldn't hold my breath.

And no, I see no reason to get this over a Nexus.

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I'm holding off til a few of these hit the states. Specs look pretty good (my current is Note1 international, didn' have LTE when it came out).
As for the "chinese junk" some of their things are pretty good.
Over a year ago, I bought a Baefong (ham radio) dual band walkie Talkie for 39 bucks
on Amazon. figured, what the heck...for that price.
It's pretty much the same as a name brand Yaesu/Kenwood radio. Those run in the several hundred dollar range. yeah, the N1 doesn't look like a lot of ones on the market, but some do. Given time, they might start to crack the Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia stranglehold on high prices.

For what putting out a cheap out of date phone that is expensive and not worth it congrats on trying to rip off the android techies.

Posted via Android Central App Galaxy Note 3

This phone can't possibly stay at $599 for long. The real question is how much under the $399 price of a 32GB Nexus 5 will the N1 have to go in order to sell well. For me it would have to be under $200 before I will consider buying one.

I just read on cm that they do have 11 in the works, didn't care enough to see if it was stable

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No LTE+low capacity w/no expansion = PASS for me. I'm loving my Note 3.

Posted via Android Central App

You'd be crazy to leave your Note 3 for this.

If you do, we're all gonna call you bad names.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

I would buy it if it was wireless charging. And also out dated on Android. :(

Posted via Android Central App

Lately some of phone makers are content with making base hits when they get to bat versus swinging for the fences i.e. Apple. When apple decided to get into phone game they went for homering right out the gate, the iPhone would succeed or go down in flames. All these manufacturers making so-so phones with two or three things missing that would put phone at the top. I thought CM would be one the ones who would try and knock it out of the park first time at bat. Personally I feel they bunted and barely got on base. Guess I have to wait for the S5, HTC Two, or LG G3. Want me to pay $600+ for phone, they really need to step up to plate and go for it. #cmfail

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It is a spring training game, the real season hasn't started yet.... I hope

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