So after a long time we are here with an in depth review of the recently released OPPO N1. OPPO Electronics Corp. is an electronics company manufacturing Smartphones and other Electronic products. OPPO is anElectronics manufacturer based in Dongguan, Guangdong, China. So they have released quite a decent phones such as FIND5, R819 including the new N1 which has certainly made an impact on the Smartphone user’s worldwide. The device is stuffed with some unique features. The new OPPO N1 is installed with a 13 MP swivel-mounted Snapper which means it can be rotated to 206-degree. The N1 has quite good features let’s have a look on the highlights of the device.
Highlight features of the OPPO N1:
- 5.9 inch 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 377 PPI
- 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-core
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB of Ram
- O-Touch Technology
- 13 Mega pixels Camera with Dual Mode LED Flash
- 16/32 GB Model
- 3610 mAh Powerful Battery
So starting from the display the OPPO N1 sports a 5.9 inches Full HD 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) resolution at a pixel density of 377 PPI which puts the N1 perfectly in the Phablet category rather than the Smartphone range. The display of the device has pretty decent viewing angles. Pictures seem to be good from different angles. The display of the N1 has low brightness which made the viewing in direct sunlight a little harder. The Display of the phone looked a bit washed out and less than saturated. This made the display a very decent quality for such a device. The screen of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla glass 3.
The build is pretty sturdy, in Oppo’s established unibody polycarbonate tradition, with a two chanfered metal rims around the sides and the camera swivel.Oppo has adopted a plastic finish to the N1, but with its white matte finish it looks attractive rather than budgetdevice. The device felt very sturdy in hand. On the top of the device is the 13-Megapixels camera which can be rotatable up to 206-degree it also has dual Led flash beside the snapper. The swivel also contains the earpiece and ambient light plus proximity sensors. On the bottom of the device there is a speaker grill, a microUSB port, an audio jack, and the Secondary microphone. The volume rocker on the right is easy to find and press and the power lock/unlock button is situated above the Volume rocker. We felt the power button was too small and felt wobbly under the fingers. Overall the device was quite good and comfortable in hands.
A standout feature of the Oppo N1 is its camera. Now it’s not the best of best smartphone camera out there, but the rotational feature has surely impressed us. The camera will surely lock at any angle No matter which angle you choose. So you need not need a secondary camera because you have a camera which can actually shoot selfie as good as the rear camera can shoot. The Camera uses Pure image technology which will help you click beautiful pictures with the help of both hardware and software working together. As the OPPO say’s N1 is the first Android Smartphone with Six physical lenses. The 13-megapixel sensor behind the lens delivers good enough shots in a variety of conditions, and even indoor shots in so low light don’t end up immediately riddled with image noise. Pictures taken from the N1 were decent. If you do want to use the camera for selfies and portrait shots then Oppo has added another feature, similar to the dual flash found in the iPhone 5S. There’s a normal which is white light, and a second flash which is golden light for far more flattering portraits. Full HD videos can be shot from the device but with a little low frame rate rather than 30fps.The video footage is still fluid and detailed enough, but comes underexposed like the stills, and thus a lot darker than it should be.
The handset may have the strongest speaker in the market. The Sound from the device was quite loud and clear. The speaker grills of the device are located at the bottom. The volume control in the headset is just too high from the other device when compared.
Processor and Battery:
The OPPO N1 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz for better performance and working. The processor may not be the fastest and the latest in the market but does its job pretty well. For Gaming the device has a powerful Adreno 320 GPU which will help u to play all heavy games on the device. The Device weighs about 213 grams which is quite heavier from its competitors in the market. The device is about 9mm thick which is also not too slim as compared to the other rivals in the market. The Device runs on the OPPO’s Color OS based on the Android 4.2 but user also have the option of choosing the Cyanogen mod. The device has one more unique feature known as the O-Touch. The O-Touch allows the user’s to use the large screen phone more easily and comfortable. With the help of O-Touch you can tap, scroll or snap photos without touching the screen you just need to tap or scroll on the rear panel of the device. The N1 is backed up with the Li-Ion 3610 mAh battery which is non-removable. There is no LTE option available which maybe a letdown for some users. Overall the device is a star for its unique feature but if compared to the price it may not be the best among other rivals available in the market. Also the N1 has a bit outdated Hardware as compared to the rivals The Samsung Note 3, Lg Nexus 5 or the Sony Xperia Z1s.
The OPPO N1 is expected within a price range of Rs 36000 – Rs 38000. The device is available for $599 for a 16 GB model and $650 for a 32 GB model.
Dhruvin is our gaming expert. His expertise and understanding in the gaming world and technology is a class apart and hence writes for the Games section of Above Android. He is hooked on to android games when not writing.