Chinese phone manufacturer Oppo, who shot to fame after they launched the world’s first phone with a FullHD display – the Oppo Find 5 – have been showing lots of developer support with lots of custom ROMs available for the device. Recently, Cannonical also announced that they will be giving a Find 5 to a developer who ports Ubuntu OS to the device, and Oppo have been promoting that. Today, Oppo has launched their flagship camera-phone – the Oppo N1, a Color ROM that will go along with the Oppo N1 and they have also announced that they are the Cyanogen Inc.’s hardware partner. If you missed the popular ROM maker Cyanogen has turned into a company which already fetched $7 million in funding.
The Oppo N1’s main highlight is it’s 13MP camera which has a CMOS sensor and f/2.0 aperture. Oppo has partnered with Fujitsu to make it’s IPS imaging chip dubbed as Owl. Oppo also claims that the Oppo N1 is the first Android smartphone to feature a 6-piece lens design. Also, the camera module is on a hinge which can be rotated 206 degrees which enables the 13MP shooter to also act as a front camera. Oppo also claims that the swivel mechanism has been put through 100,000 times of rotating during durability tests.
Another interesting feature that Oppo has been teasing for a while is the touch-sensitive area below the camera, called O-Touch. There are three supported gestures for now – Long press, swiping and double tap. You can assign custom actions to each of the gestures. Oppo claims that with these gestures, the device can open up the camera and capture an image in just 0.6 seconds.
Along with the retail package, a customer also gets a Bluetooth accessory called O-Click. Basically, O-Click is a remote control which clicks pictures remotely. It can be used to take group pictures when the phone is kept on a stand or a tripod.
The rest of the specifications of the Oppo N1 are:
The Oppo N1 costs $571.
Now for the Color ROM, the ROM was designed and developed with heavy research and is is accompanied by around 43 patents. A couple of features include launching from the camera app from anywhere with a three finger swipe. The ROM is heavily modded and has lots of UI changes along with support for many gestures. The Color ROM is based on Android 4.2.
Now, as Oppo has announced their partnership with Cyanogen, Inc., the N1 will have an option to ship with Cyanogenmod, which is almost stock Android. Customers will be able to select whether they want their device to ship with the Color ROM or with Cyanogenmod. Of course, one can install the other ROM later on if they feel like giving their device a little spin.
Oppo, as a company, has proved that not all Chinese companies and products are cheap. They have really been focusing on R&D. Their partnership with Cyanogen, inc. opens many doors for both the companies and it makes us wonder what accomplishments both can have together.
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