Oppo N1 hands on impressions

Chinese media have already had some hands on time with the Oppo N1, and the results are being published! So what do Chinese tech journalists think of the N1?

The article below is a translation of a short hands on of the Oppo N1. You can read the original Chinese article here.

Great overall quality

oppo n1 hands on impressions

The Oppo N1 is stylish and the design of the body works well. The body features a nice matte finish which feels great to hold. The precision of the rotating camera joint is especially noteworthy, the quality is good and there are no gaps. The N1 feels solid, there aren’t many Chinese phones which offer this high level of quality.

Unique rotating camera design

oppo n1 hands on impressions

Oppo have designed the N1 with a unique rotating main camera. The camera and dual LED flash can be rotated 206 degrees to operate as the front and rear camera or at any position in between. The 13 mega-pixel Sony lens is on par with current flagship expectations, and offers some nice features including long exposure, and beauty options.

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Rear touchpad offers great function

oppo n1 hands on impressions

The rear touch panel actually offers some great features. The width of the phone makes traditional one-handed operation impossible, but with the rear touch you can easily scroll and take photos. The sensitivity is good and we experienced only small issues when using it.

Wide bodied phone not easy to use

oppo n1 hands on impressions

The Oppo N1 has a 5.9-inch display and the body width is 82.6mm (81mm according to Oppo) making it difficult to use if you have smaller hands. Also taking self portraits is not as easy as you may expect due to the large size.

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Hardware is not the highest, price is high!

Many thought the Oppo N1 would be a flagship phone and use top of the range components inside and out. This is not the case though and some are disappointed that the phone has a Snapdragon 600 CPU.

At 3500 Yuan ($571) the price is similar to rival phones from international companies. For the price we expected more, there is no advantage buying a domestic (Chinese) phone at this price.

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  1. meyakanor
    September 24, 2013

    It’s not terrible or anything, and as mentioned, the built quality is really good, and the phone actually looks beautiful. It’s just the specs, (and price obviously) and not surprisingly, the android crowd is the least forgiving on that…

  2. anony
    September 24, 2013

    lol the back touch is that small AND located there?

    • Alex
      September 24, 2013

      Nothing wrong with that! It’s small and probably made for one finger only. Any bigger and it would probably be hard to keep other fingers from interfering.

      • anony
        September 25, 2013

        Which means that this phone is practically impossible or very dangerous to use with one hand, which left me wondering what’s the point of the touchback again?

        • Richie
          September 26, 2013

          one handed navigation obviously

          • anony
            September 26, 2013

            Just be careful, not sure if the phone’s warranty cover “accidental drop from using rear panel.”

  3. Valmiki
    September 24, 2013

    Hi andi,
    I cant wait for xiaomi mi3/ oppo n1/ meizu mx3, as i need a phone in the 1st couple of weeks of october.. i think none of these will be released by then..
    So i have decided to take either the Jiayu g5 or FIND 5 or MI2s or Meizu Mx2.. which one of these has best build quality/display/ wifi/ camera in that order..
    please guide me soon,, need a new phone immediately… THanx.. 🙂

    • joe
      September 24, 2013

      If I were you, I’d just get a cheap iocean x7 youth or similar now and sell it when the mi3 finally becomes available next year. I wouldn’t bother getting the mx3 or n1 after all the reseller charges and extra customs you’ll end up paying close to the prices of a samsung s4 or xperia z1. The mi 2s looks like good value though.

      • VALMIKI
        September 24, 2013

        thanx Joe, but how does the m2s compare with the find 5…

    • Allanitomwesh
      September 24, 2013

      For readily available phones for international customer …
      Best build quality and design – OPPO Find 5
      Best display- 1080p OPPO Find 5, 720p – Xiaomi Mi2S
      Best WIFI – Xiaomi Mi2S
      Best Camera – Xiaomi Mi2S 32GB/OPPO Find 5
      Best Battery Life – JiaYu G4 Advanced
      Best Value for Money – Neo N003 32GB
      Best price to performance ratio -Xiaomi Mi2S 32GB
      Most cheap device – Cubot GT99
      Best clone – Goophone i5

      Of those devices only OPPO sell directly to the international customer on oppostyle.com

      • FTP
        September 26, 2013

        What is your thoughts on ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini
        The spec looks very good to me for the price range.
        What is not clear is what protection glass is it using is it Gorilla Croning or DraganTrail Or None.

    • Jignesh
      September 25, 2013

      lenovo k900 is the best phone available in india you can buy it. its sleak, low weight, good pixel density (screen resolution), good battery, great camera and intel processor (dual core) with benchmarks second to galaxy S4.
      otherwise all the above phones youhave mentioned are good. go for find 5 as it sells its products directly, with regular OTA updates.

      • anony
        September 25, 2013

        You mean that it’s big, have worse pixel density than 1080p 5″ phone, non removable battery, questionable camera, intel cpu with its inherent possible incompatibility with android apps with revised benchmark far lower than it was initially reported?

        • FTP
          September 26, 2013

          I did get a chance to checkout the K900 and its not that bad.
          It is really still a fast phone. Its prices is lesser than Samsung S3 but i found it faster than S3.
          However the two problems i feel are
          1. Heating issues – Intel and Lenovo needs to do something about this.
          2. Its has 16GB Internal Storage but only 10 GB for user

  4. tommy
    September 25, 2013