Oppo launched the N1 smartphone late last year, and it was so full of unusual features and new ideas, it seemed a bit mad. It was easy to pass the rotating camera lens off as a gimmick, so we made a point to check the phone out on Oppo’s flashy stand at Mobile World Congress. It was worth it, Oppo’s phone lives up to the hype.
The 5.9-inch screen makes it very big, but it’s wrapped up in a solidly built, and very comfortable to hold, body. The white model we used looked excellent, and the rotating module at the top of the phone had a very pleasing motion. Not overly dampened, and no nasty ‘clicks’ as it turns. Flip the phone over and in the center is a touch sensitive panel. You can swipe it to navigate through homescreens and webpages, or tap it to take a photo. Oppo installed its own version of Android, named Color, which you can see in the video, but the N1 was also sold with a copy of CyanogenMod onboard.
At $600 unlocked, it’s not the cheapest phone on sale, but the headline features are fun to use, and really make the N1 standout from the crowd. Check out our hands-on video above, and look out for Oppo’s next smartphone, the Find 7, coming in late March.