The Motorola Moto G made waves in the Indian market when it was launched, about 5 months back. The device was a quad-core Snapdragon phone, not from a local maker but one that’s recognized all over the world. As expected, the device sold like hot cakes in a country then deprived of quality hardware at accessible prices.
Fast forward to August, and a relatively new Chinese maker, OPPO releases the OPPO N1 mini. As the name suggests, the N1 mini is the knocked down version of the full-sized N1 that launched in India back in January. What’s funny is that the N1 mini, with the Snapdragon 400 (albeit a higher-clocked one), comes at a massive 26,990 INR ($441) whereas the Motorola Moto G with a slightly lower-clocked variant of the same CPU goes for less than half the price.
OPPO N1 mini specifications
- 5-inch 1280 x 720p display
- 1.6GHz quad-core CPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB ROM
- 13 mega-pixel swivel camera
- 2140mAh battery
- ColorOS (based on Android v4.3)
Having talked about the price factor, it is important to note that the OPPO N1 mini does come with a few interesting tricks up its sleeve, including the 13 mega-pixel swivel camera and the Ultra-HD features that it inherits from its elder sibling.
It would be interesting to see how the Indian market reacts to the device. Would you ever spend a sum as large as $440 on a Snapdragon 400 powered phone in this day and age?