The Smart NaMo Saffron Wave is another OPPO N1 knock-off!

It’s been rotating cameras galore for folks in India. First the Gionee Elife E7 Mini, then the OPPO N1, and now, the Smart NaMo Saffron Wave!

As you can quite clearly make out from the pictures posted, the Saffron Wave idolizes the OPPO N1 in as many manners as possible. Being a little more frank, the device is basically a complete OPPO N1 knock-off. Much like the T908 smartphone we discussed two days back, the Saffron Wave is a device with the same OPPO N1 design but in a smaller avatar.


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As you would expect, the device doesn’t nearly match the OPPO N1 on the specs sheet. Instead of the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600, the Saffron Wave comes with the quad-core MT6582 clocked @1.3GHz. Also, the screen on this one measures only 5 inches, with a 720p HD resolution unlike the 5.9-inch full HD on the N1. Like other MT6582 phones going around, the Saffron Wave boots Android v4.2 out of the box. Quite obviously, highlight of the Saffron Wave is the rotating camera. However, there’s only an 8 mega-pixel unit here which we think would be a far cry from the 13 mega-pixel on the N1.


Details on battery, pricing and availability are yet to surface, but we aren’t too excited about this one.

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  1. prabu
    February 1, 2014

    Hi Yash,
    Have been following your articles, you are doing great articles,
    But as far as smartnamo, this guys only exist in facebook and another umi india like people, we tend to follow gizchina blindly.. so dont give this guys free advt.

    • February 1, 2014

      Thanks for the input Prabu. We’ll look into this. 🙂

  2. Vivek Natrajan
    February 1, 2014

    Hey prabu, i am staunch Narendra Modi supporter in India and i purchased Smart Namo Saffron One 16 GB Edition from Snapdeal for a price of 11,990 INR , just see the specs , MT6589 1.5 Ghz Turbo Chipset with 16 GB ROM at this price !!!! comparing to karbonn or micromax, which sells at 14,999 INR…so you do the maths !!! Just check they sold out in 24 hours… i welcome this move ,,,either a knock-off NaMo people are counter checking chinese in their own game…so chill 🙂

    • prabu
      February 2, 2014

      Hi vivek,
      Good to hear from you, have you received the mobile? its a 7 month old firm promised more than 15 models(incl smartwatch, ubuntu edge like phone), but nothing in retail store, no service centres, oly few received phone,it all sounded familiar,, Last nothing Personal about NaMo sir here

  3. CocaColaManager
    February 2, 2014

    LOL The chinese are being copied from?! Again! hahaha Give or take 10 years China will be a new Japan