After months of waiting and speculation, Chinese maker OPPO finally launched itself in the booming Indian smartphone market with their latest flagship — the OPPO N1.
The device has already been on sale in China since late last year. However, OPPO are offering the limited edition CyanogenMod variant of the device to Indian buyers at a price of Rs. 39,999 for the 16GB variant. For those who aren’t aware, the phone comes with a 5.9-inch 1920 x 1080p screen, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and a 3610mAh battery under its hood. The USP of the device is the 13 mega-pixel rotating camera which acts both as a front and rear shooter, thus promising better ‘selfie’ shots than other devices.
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Other catchy features of the device include a touch sensitive area on the rear which can be used to perform various actions, and a wireless Bluetooth accessory called ‘O-Touch’ which can act as trigger for the camera among others. More info can be found on the OPPO India site.
At Rs. 39,999, we do feel the device is a little overpriced considering the developing nature of the Indian market. What do you think?
40 k is indeed too rich for Most Indians..what with Opportunities ASS still a question mark..Gionee 7 is a better bet..especially now Gionee have ASS Even my small town, Shimla.
Yes. I’m sure Gionee is at ease now after looking at this price! 😛
Honestly I was expecting to see a 27k INR price tag. But it will be E7 hands down for most now, I think
Yash you can afford one. Aren’t you related to Nawab of Pataudi? lol
Sounds about right, it is a $600 phone. We’ve had issue with that price since day one but hey.
Indians asking for oppo non stop, now its here they only cry.. what did you expect? The phone is $600 over the world. Anyone with a stable mind unserstand they wont sell it way cheaper in india.
And if you all think its to expensife for indians then oppo indeed made a mistake, they should never release it there! They could better go check a more stable country to gain more money out of it.
No one will buy it anyway.
Thats no big deal to me though! I just cant stand the cry babys who cry about brands to go local in india and when its there, they cry about it being expensife.
And about making easy money? If you know.a.country were you can make easy money then tell me plz.. here in the west ita damm hard to get a job. They been forcing the youth to go to school and lone more money from the goverments. The youth just end up with problems since there aint even enough jobs.
We maybe earn more money, but our lifes are way more expensife.. and the rich ppl In my and even in your country dont give a flying duck.about it.
Life aint fair..
This is not true,people buy iPhones for much more,for less innovative features. Besides,the price of this one is correct,not inflated like iPhones.
Price may not be inflated but price is certainly not correct if they actually want people to BUY it!
PS3s were sold at loss for a LOOOONNNNG time.
Yeah,and it took forever to get a ps4 because of it,as PC gamers got direct X 11 awesomeness years in advance. The term is smartphone COMPANY,not charity. Why on earth would i diversify my business to somewhere I’m going to make a loss when somewhere else I can make a profit?Also who are these “people” you are talking about. People sure are buying Note 3’s for 45k rupees so really there’s a market for the phablet.
That’s my point! If you see my initial comment. Oppo ain’t Samsung to demand SUCH high price regardless of the quality of their product! Simply not gonna sell!
HTC One Max 52k,Xperia Z Ultra 40k,Lumia 1520 45k,that should just about cover the high end phablets including Note 3 at 45k. now assuming prices settle for the OPPO [the others have been around a while] you’re looking at 35-37K for it. Tell me again how it won’t sell with the same build quality as the most expensive on that list,HTC One Max?
You’re just not getting it! It’s not about the features, build quality or even the stars that endorse it! It is the BRAND!
Non every rich person crawls the tech blogs and forums!
Heck, even the specs aren’t that stellar for the price!
It’s not like they are coming there without a marketing budget.
Marketing can only take you so far. It will mostly be bought by some rich geeks. MAJORITY will go straight for HTC, Iphone or Galxy at that price point! Hrithiks ad might only get a few rich chicks to buy it but it will be too big for them!
And you are speaking based on the smartphone sales experience you have,or personal opinion? Because you are just one person,and sometimes your opinion doesn’t count. Mine doesn’t lots of times
I am speaking on the basis of experience and observations I’ve been doing over past few years. I am a phonaholik, Changing phone every 6 months. 3 months since last year!
Yeah,that doesn’t count sorry. I’m the same,but really people will still buy the weirdest stuff,out of sheer ignorance. Just giving a blanket “it won’t sell” isn’t always correct.
Why so serious mate? Do you work for Oppo?? I don’t care if it counts or not. I am just expressing my opinion. I agree people will buy weird stuff and sheer ignorance but there is a ceiling to that behaviour, and in case of a mobile phone. 40k exceeds it.
For e.g. The target audience for this phone is middle class These people will either buy the most VFM phone or once in a while break the bank and buy an expensive phone. And when they break the bank they will ANY DAY buy an HTC or SAMSUNG or SONY or even NOKIA but NEVER OPPO!
Again,the target of this phone is not the middle class. You have to hold the thing you’ll know. They absolutely intend to compete with the best,not Micromax and Alcatel. I don’t work for them but i follow their products,and I can tell you they won’t make a cheap phone,EVER. Even their budget phones are not cheap because the just aren’t built that way. It gets annoying sometimes really. But saying it won’t sell is wrong.
In India, anything that’s advertised in a commercial the way this phone is, It’s certainly aimed at middle class! I know Oppo products and their quality. No doubt their phones are top class but they certainly can’t demand 40k NO BODY knows Oppo in India!! I repeat it won’t sell. Not unless big price cuts..
You might be getting easy money but we Indians not. We work hard 12hrs per day to feed our family,if not we will starve. Yes I agree that, Oppo should not ve entered India if they wanted to extract the juice of Indians.
Oppo needs to understand, that unless you are SAMSUNG or Apple you can’t expect rich Indians to buy your brand. NO BODY knows Oppo in India! Get real with those prices! Snapdragon 600?? for 40k?
Bullshit pricing 🙁 No one will buy a Chineese phone for Rs 40,000.00 in India for a outdated hardware. Gionee E7 is much better in hardware with very less pricing. I doubt if any stable mind person will buy a Oppo N1 in India. Rubbish.