Poll: Will you buy the Oppo N1 or is it just too big?

In their infinite wisdom Oppo have leaked enough details for most fans to decide if they would by the Oppo N1 or not. So, knowing what you do would you buy the N1 or is it just too big?

Oppo have chosen a different approach to most companies when marketing the Oppo N1. Rather than letting sites talk about possible leaks and speculate over the new phone, they have actively promoted certain features and have actually contacted sites if incorrect information has been published!

This is all well and good, and rather honest of them, but have Oppo given us to much to go on?

What we know about the Oppo N1

  • 5.9-inch display.
  • Lens attachments similar to the Sony QX range.
  • Rear touch panel.
  • Oppo color ROM.

What the Oppo N1 might have

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  • Choice of stock Android ROM or Color ROM.
  • 1080 display.
  • SD card memory expansion.

What we know the Oppo N1 won’t have

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Knowing what you do about the Oppo N1 will you buy it? Or will you buy something else? Make your voice hear in our Poll, and give your reasons for your choices in the comments section below!

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Don’t forget to give your reasons on the comments section. Thanks!

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  1. Cpaun
    September 8, 2013

    The size is fine. What I’m really worried about is price 🙂 Oppo phones are pretty expensive and with all these features N1 will be a pricey phone.

    • tweetycontrabajo
      September 8, 2013

      yes, seems to be awe$ome!

  2. September 8, 2013

    Not buying because I recently purchased & is quite happy with a Ulefone u650. Size isnt too big for me. Once one gets used to 6.5′ displays, the 5.90′ mid be a tad small. He He

    • September 8, 2013

      BartS, so you reccomend your U650??? I have been really interested in it, mine right now is a Jiayu G3 4.5″ and I’m afraid going to a 6.5″ might be a bit too much… does it “feel good” handling one-handed???
      Thanks for your opinion…

      • September 9, 2013

        I only had it for a week but yes, I would recommend ‘specifically’ the u650.

        Alike you, I was previously worried that it may be too large. Phone can be comfortably held in one hand. Compared to some of the other 6.5′ models, the u650 is light and quite slim. It doesn’t feel hefty at all. The phone’s weight is spread out uniformly. It doesn’t feel one sided heavy and there’s little risk of it toppling over/off as you hold it. That said, unless one has hands the size of an ape, do not expect one handed usage. For me, 4.7 inches is the absolute max for one hand usage and that’s stretching it a bit. This is not a phone for bikers. 🙂

        Can’t speak for others but my primary reason for purchasing a large phone is that smaller form factors aren’t much good for web browsing. Picture speaks a thousand words …


        I’m not a big guy but the u650 fits into my front jean pocket. Not going to put it into the back pocket. Do not want to accidentally sit on it. If you’re looking for a 6.5′ phone, give the u650 a look-over. You may be pleasantly suprised.

        Pros – price + a really nice lcd screen

        Cons – large screen requires a lot of battery juice. Compared to the Jiayu G4, it’s not the sturdiest of builds. It bends like how Andi describes the Zopo980 does.

        • anony
          September 9, 2013

          For a companion device 6.5″ is good I guess, it’s practically a tablet with phone connectivity and I’d regard it as such.

          For a westerner 6.5″ may not mean much but even Xperia Z Ultra with 6.4″ was too much and impossible to fit on my jeans, and it’s not the skinny.

        • September 9, 2013

          Thanks a lot for your in-depth response to my query…
          your picture really gave 1000 words worth of convincing power…
          my main reason for a 6.5″ is for web browsing also, so, your response was one of the best reasons to steer me into buying one…
          I still have one last question in regards to your “‘specifically’ the u650” comment…
          How is the Ulefone u650 different than all the other “exactly alike” 6.5″ phones???
          You know, the ones from “brands” like OrientPhone, Firefly, iNew and others, while browsing they all look “identical in paper” to the U650…
          any hint???

          thank you very much for your attention…
          best regards://

          • September 10, 2013

            Currently I think there are 3 distinct variant/families of 6.50′ china phones:

            * Firefly v65 / Inew 6000 / OrientPhone Mega
            * Star/Ulefone u650 / MoreFine S6Pro / Carpad T65
            * Goophone S4 Mega

            All of them has similar hardware. The Firefly family has S-pen while the other 2 has flip covers which adds a sleep/dormancy feature to the phone. Apart from the OrientPhone & Morefine, I have also flashed the firmware for each variant onto my phone. Amongst them, I liked the Goophone’s interpretation the most. I also noticed with Firefly/Goophone firmware, I get better Antutu results. With stock Ulefone firmware, I get around 14500 points. With the other 2, I was getting about an extra 1000 points more. I suspect the other 2 are overclocking the processor a bit as they caused the phone to occasionally reboot on it’s own. Can’t remember which it was but one of those firmwares sets lcd density to a lower level.

            A few days ago, I came across a bloke with an Inew 6000. We did a brief side-by-side comparison. u650 beats the Inew in terms of display color, clarity and brightness. u650 was noticeably lighter. Initially thought it could be the battery’s weight. After removing that, u650 was still lighter by some margin. Upon closer inspection, found Inew’s touchscreen to be thicker. For lack of a better way to describe, it’s a bit like last year’s china phones; if you run your fingers from one side of the phone to the other, upon reaching the other end you’ll find the screen kinda protrudes out a bit. In short, I’ll surmise the extra weight comes from a thicker glass and that might have contributed to the display losing out a bit. On the upside, the thicker glass makes the Inew sturdier and it doesn’t bend like the u650 does. My personal preference is for a lighter phone.

            I haven’t seen a Goophone Mega before but here’s a youtube clip doing a comparison against u650. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heBPkePfq7I

            • September 10, 2013

              a big and sincere THANK YOU, BartS…
              I have been reading about 6.5″ phones and all specs seem to be soo equal, I thought these were all the SAME phone…

  3. Mark
    September 8, 2013

    If it supports 4G/LTE then yes I’ll buy it.

  4. winder
    September 8, 2013

    Hi Andi,

    Can you please write an article about the different gps chips that are in use in the phones. which ones are better, how to know which chip is in which device.
    please help….. 😉

  5. September 8, 2013

    Almost 6″, way too big… 5″ max, but prefer 4-4.5″.
    Still no to phablet. Better smartphone (4-4.5″) and/or tablet (7-8″).

  6. September 8, 2013

    Yes, if it supports dual sim and works in Europe.

  7. September 8, 2013

    It is camera centric mobile and if priced right.will fulfill all my needs.but wiyh a caveat ..need after sale service in India.

  8. George
    September 8, 2013


  9. junior_poa
    September 8, 2013

    My 3 choices:
    – No, it is too big!
    – I would if it had a smaller display.
    – Other, give reasons in the comments section:
    => I love Oppo brand, but is pretty expensive!

  10. September 8, 2013

    Won’t buy this. Simply way too massive. IMO 4.5″ is the perfect size for a phone. Or 4.7″ max.

    • September 10, 2013


  11. gothikserpent
    September 8, 2013

    if it has a tegra 4 processor,looks as good as the leaks suggest and doesnt cost as much as its rivals then ill get it in a flash

  12. IZZY
    September 8, 2013

    is tegra 4 processor the next best thing to snapdragon 800??

    • September 8, 2013

      Not sure how many different t4 variants are there but the top end one might outpower the 800 especially for games.

      • IZZY
        September 8, 2013

        i see.. If i wasn’t a gamer just a regular app/internet/phone user which is best?

    • PeterP
      September 8, 2013

      Technically it’s the same as an 800 or a little better and last time I looked LTE was programmable.
      From a DEV perspective…. Oppo are closer than all to XDA etc. but AFAIK Nvidia and open source is a joke, someone correct me if I’m wrong please.
      From a gaming perspective T4 wins hands down.
      Whether or not the N1 uses a T114 ???
      I’m sure with such a great design dept., Oppo have done consumer testing, and 5.9 is not so large. I’ve got big hands, so for me and I imagine most people, pocket-ability is the only real concern which things like G.G.3 helps. 15 days to find out…

      • anony
        September 8, 2013

        Adreno 330 eats Tegra 4 alive, then feed it to the dog.

    • Allanitomwesh
      September 8, 2013

      Tegra 4 has better graphics,snapdragon better everything else.
      I will not be buying it because it is a phablet,and I don’t do that. I like big phones but i like them fitting my pockets. So am waiting it out for find 7 because of their design skills (here that xiaomi?)

  13. Andreas
    September 8, 2013

    Yes, if it has dual sim capability

  14. September 8, 2013

    nah…am waiting for the mtk6592 8 core…hopefully they don’t use the mali 400mp4.

  15. Sunshine
    September 8, 2013

    To big, max 5″
    What I want: nfc, 4g support, ip67, micro SD, good camera
    Nice to have: dual sim, 2gb ram, high antutu
    Price max € 400
    And of course: yesterday delivery

  16. Simon
    September 8, 2013

    Too big and no snapdragon 800, bye bye lovely phone 🙁

  17. Simon
    September 8, 2013

    Its too big to be used as a mobile smartphone device (IMHO).

  18. Brian
    September 8, 2013

    Happy with my G4. Just the right size

  19. Asensio
    September 8, 2013

    Yes, if the processor is MT6592

  20. September 8, 2013

    The size is perfectly OK – it’s not made to be used for Facebook or for listening to music while jogging 😉
    I’m much more interested in performance like low light noise and dynamic range. The bigger screen is necessary to judge the results and for post-processing.

  21. IZZY
    September 8, 2013

    how big will find 7 be?

  22. Alan
    September 8, 2013

    i think it comes down to design with thin bezels and (maybe dual sim capabillity)

  23. no xiaomi
    September 8, 2013

    It would be so much better if andi didnt constantly spam this impartial, leaks and review site with references to Xiaomi and in particular now the Mi3. Its like hes trying to force that on people and always over sells it in responses and posts. Like this artical with the poll. No need for the stupid: No way! Xiaomi Mi3 for me!

    Stop trying to persuade people!

    • Dax47Ro
      September 8, 2013

      Good point !
      But everything is for sale and everyone has a price. Andy also 🙂

    • Greg
      September 9, 2013

      Um, isn’t this Andi’s website? Surely he can report on whatever he wants?

      Also, Xiaomi set the bench pretty high in terms of hardware, firmware, and very regular updates, so I think they make for a pretty good reference point….and not just for Chinese devices but worldwide (it’s just a shame they aren’t more widely available at the right price).

  24. September 8, 2013

    Possibly … I’m still using a 6.0 inch Chinese ‘noname’ smartphone I bought nearly 2 years ago! It was one of the earliest ‘sightings’ of a 6.0 inch device in the UK.

    Actually it was made by a company called ALPS; supplied by Chinavasion, and it has never missed a beat – but like most Chinese devices its Android level is ‘stuck’ at 4.0.3

    In use, it has never failed to run any app I’ve downloaded – and I’ve tried more than 100 apps … and my early fears about it ‘ageing too soon’ were unfounded.

    If OPPO price it sensibly and launch it with at least Android 4.3 … and PROMISE to provide an OTA updating service … I might be tempted !

  25. Marius
    September 8, 2013

    It’s too big but also Oppo is usually expensive as hell so no thanks.

  26. Dax47Ro
    September 8, 2013

    Yeah, Oppo is Premium priced, so I`ll buy something else.
    Find 5 is great, but still too expensive.
    There are pretty decent and good smartphones around 200$, so most of the buyers will go there.
    There is no need to go for an expensive phone, because in 6-12 months there will be way better devices.
    I`ve seen Prestigio 5044 – it is pretty good, lag free, way way faster than my sgs plus (except the software for the camera during night, it has granulation , but who doesn`t ? ).

    • September 9, 2013

      @Dax47Ro Please tell me some good smart phones around $200 🙂

  27. anony
    September 8, 2013

    I’m sure there’s a market for this kind of shit.

    • September 9, 2013

      Guess you`re right but the strange thing is, if I talk to friends, colleagues or other people all keep saying “to big” I know some Note / Note 2 owners even they are saying the will not go for such a big device again. So I really wonder where this market is, defenitly not in my surrounding.

      • anony
        September 9, 2013

        I’ve seen comments supporting them though I’ve yet to see real life person using such a big device myself.

        I myself am hoping that this segment burn and manufacturers learn their mistake, the hard way.

  28. September 9, 2013

    I waited for my next buy decision until more Data for the N1 is available. As soon as they said it will be nearly 6″ I lost my complete interest in it. I currently own a Note 2 and it is to big, maybe it`s just not my way of usage but for me personally a 5.9″ is a way to big.

    I hoped we will see a upgraded Find 5 with max 5″. I do not understand why all the manufacturers use the screen size as a USP. If they had done the N1 with 4.5″ screen I placed my order right away.

  29. September 9, 2013

    Anything >5″ IS NOT a phone for humans. Have you seen some talking on a >5″ phone, it covers one side of the face completely… too ugly ….

  30. waris
    September 9, 2013

    No snapdragon 800 means that i will just buy the sony honami Z1 instead

  31. jasneskis
    September 9, 2013

    I like the large size a lot. I now limit my use of a tablet and/or computer because phone screens are big enough and can handle most everything. Buying this phone would depend on price and other specifications not mentioned in this article. I personally like a built in stylus so it is always available and hopefully not likely to be lost. I like carrying one thing, not computer, tablet and phone. If I go somewhere and prefer not to carry a large phone, I use a smaller backup phone. I also use bluetooth so as not to have such a large phone next to my ear. Phones are cheap enough to have more than one phone for different occasions. and needs. I do have one active sim, but I also use google voice for an extra number in the home where wifi is always available. Both phones are always useful.

  32. PeterP
    September 9, 2013

    Was just doing some checks,
    5.9 display is 74mm wide 130 long. It’s really all down to bezel design (and some clever screen touch software to realise you are not touching the screen but holding the side).
    The Mi3 is 74×144.
    It’s quite possible we could end up with an N1 just slightly wider than the Mi3 and with short ends, not much larger. 14 days …

    • anony
      September 9, 2013

      It’s no secret that Mi3 is oversized for 5″, try comparing it to Idol X.

  33. mrliljohn@gmail.com
    September 11, 2013


  34. valnar
    September 11, 2013

    no i wouldn’t buy this phone because lack of dual sim ability.

  35. anony
    September 11, 2013

    So far the poll looks about right with the sales comparison of Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S series.

    Both have their market but small phone market is far larger than giant sized phablet, should a manufacturer start developing exclusively on retarded form factor like this they’re dooming themselves.

  36. OPPO lover
    September 12, 2013

    PLEASE GIVE ME A POWERFUL PROSSESOR, e.g. s800 or tegra 4!! You’re almost perfect Oppo..i quit apple because of you!!! so dont disappoint me ;D