Instead of bringing to light yet another artificial spec buster unable to top the Android food chain for more than a few months, up-and-coming Chinese OEM Oppo has adopted a slightly different strategy for the N1, which is a road-opener in many ways, while in others… it’s fairly mediocre.

Oppo N1 Oppo unveils camera centric N1: 13 MP rotating snapper, 5.9 inch screen, Color OS and CyanogenMod

But let’s start with the good, shall we? First up, the rear-facing camera. I mean theoretically rear-facing, because the N1 is in fact deemed the “world’s first rotating camera smartphone”.

The 13 MP snapper here can twist and turn over 206 degrees, making selfies a piece of cake, plus it comes with the brand new N-Lens technology, fantastic responsiveness (it apparently only needs 0.6 seconds to take a snapshot), f/2.0 aperture and a one-of-a-kind IPS imaging chip.

Sounds like a lot of gimmicks and marketing hoopla, but let’s wait and put the cam to some tests before proclaiming it better or worse than, say, Sony Xperia Z1 or Nokia Lumia 1020’s shooters.

Oppo N1 2 Oppo unveils camera centric N1: 13 MP rotating snapper, 5.9 inch screen, Color OS and CyanogenMod

Meanwhile, another department where Oppo has really made an effort in innovating is software. As rumored, the N1 will be the first phone ever to officially come with pre-loaded CyanogenMod vanilla Android, though apparently you’ll be given a choice between that and a 4.2 Jelly Bean fork called Color OS.

We don’t have a lot of details on that particular operating system (Color, I mean), but so far it sure looks damn pretty. Oh, and you can also file under special, unique features the O-Touch gesture recognition function and O-Click Bluetooth camera accessory. Told you these guys meant business.

As for our usual spec rounds, I’m afraid there’s no Snapdragon 800 power inside this big guy (just S600 clocked at 1.7 GHz), but you do get 2 gigs of RAM, a sizable 3,610 mAh battery, 16 and 32 GB storage options, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

Oppo N1 3 Oppo unveils camera centric N1: 13 MP rotating snapper, 5.9 inch screen, Color OS and CyanogenMod

Oh, yeah, and the display is quite large, at 5.9 inches, and crisp, boasting Full HD resolution, so there’s nothing to complain there. On the not so bright side, the N1 is kinda, sorta heavy (213 grams), which I guess is due to the frame being constructed of a metal aluminum alloy.

Which is probably also one of the reasons the Oppo N1 is not very affordable either, being bound to hit China starting sometime in October for $570 (3,498 Yuan) and up. So close to hitting a home run yet so far, am I right?

Source: Oppo