Open source operating system maker and distributor CyanogenMod has recently strike a deal with internet giant – Google – which led to the development of the Oppo N1 Android-based smartphone. The new phone will be shipped to major retailers in the United States today, December 24, 2013; an early Christmas gift if you can get your hands on it for $599 only. It will also be available on their official website, the Oppo Online Store. This is their first smartphone that works with Google’s Android operating system which is the 4.4.2 KitKat as the Oppo R819 and the Find 5 had the 4.2 version Jelly Bean OS.
Much like any other third party vendors, CyanogenMod appealed for Google’s approval before launching their latest product and since Google was pleased, they got it almost immediately after research and development. Unlike the standard version of CyanogenMod where the user must first install the custom ROM and then the Google Apps suite, the new Oppo N1 will run the Google Apps suite out of the box.
The Oppo N1 does have features comparable to leading smartphones of today which includes a Adreno 320 GPU for high quality video processing experience, especially when it comes to gaming. A 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor that has been paired with a 2GB of RAM that will allow you to do computations at twice the speed compared to your older smartphones. Needless to say it won’t slow your 3D games down. The 5.9-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution screen and the 3,610 mAh battery will ensure that you can send SMS, emails, browse the internet, watch videos, listen to music and play games on your phone for a much longer time that you’ve ever did before.
Unique to the Oppo N1 is the 13 megapixels rotating camera which is really neat because they save money in mass production simply by making the camera rotate instead of adding a second camera to the front of the phone. You can just flip the camera to face you in case you want to take a selfie or flip it back to go on a “first person mode” of point and capture photography. The Oppo N1 will come in 16GB and 32GB varieties of storage capacity.
Furthermore the Oppo N1 comes with a GSM and WCDMA frequency range which will be very convenient for countries that use these kinds of cellular signal around the world. There is no word yet on whether or not CyanogenMod will market their product outside the US yet, but that remains to be seen, after all it is the holidays at the moment.