CHINESE SMARTPHONE MAKER Oppo has gone to great lengths to get noticed with its Oppo N1 handset, which brings three notable firsts for an Android handset.
The 5.9in handset features a 13MP camera mounted on a 206 degree swivel, allowing video callers and selfie enthusiasts to capture themselves with the same quality photos as everything else. Oppo has claimed that the camera was tested in over 100 scenarios, but it didn't indicate whether the results were good or not.
On the back of the handset there's a touch panel for scrolling, zooming and taking photos one handed. This is the first rear touchpad we've heard of, though of course the LG G2 has buttons on the rear.
But perhaps the biggest news is on the inside, where Oppo has announced that you will be able to dual boot between its own ColorOS and Cyanogenmod, making it the first Cyanogenmod phone since the company was incorporated last week.
ColorOS is a completely new iteration of Android with lots of gentle tweaks, including animated weather icons that also appear to tell you the weather details for the person you're speaking with - ideal for breaking the ice during a business call, or warning them of an approaching tsunami.
If you are late to a party, then it's best to arrive in a flashy outfit to get noticed. There's no question that Oppo has done that, but with Chinese electronics manufacturers being ten a penny, and the vast majority of their kit being quite shoddily built, we'll be wait for a hands-on before we get too excited. µ
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