Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo got the attention of many Android users when it introduced the Oppo N1 with its rotating 13 megapixel camera. Oppo may not be first to have a swivel camera on a phone but it started a trend. It does make sense to just rotate the camera for your selfies rather than having two cameras.
But the Oppo N1 was found to be too big for many. So Oppo decided to release the Oppo N1 Mini in August 2014. When Oppo Philippines was officially born in April 2014, it initially offered the Oppo Find 7a and the N1 Mini. In the coming months Oppo decided to bring its mid-tier and low end smartphones locally which boosted its sales. When the Oppo N1 Mini was released in the Philippines in September 2014, Filipino smartphone buyers have doubts of buying one because the rotating camera’s questionable build quality. A lot of our readers have been asking if how well built the phone is so we decided to buy one for review. So here’s our unboxing.
Oppo N1 Mini:
- 1.6GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- Adreno 305 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory, no memory expansion
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294ppi
- 13 megapixel rotating camera with autofocus and LED flash
- LTE, HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,140 mAh battery
- Android 4.3 Jellybean with Color OS (upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat)
What’s inside the box?
- unit itself
- sim ejector
- USB cable
We saw the Oppo N1 before and it was really huge. Comparing it with the N1 Mini, we can’t consider it as a “mini” because despite having a 5-inch display, it is significantly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S5. This is because of its bigger chin and the rotating camera at the top. Button placements include the power/lock button on the left, volume rockers on the right, speakers, 3.5mm headset jack, USB charging port at the bottom.
We’ve got up close and personal at the ColorOS, Oppo’s custom UI on top of Android on the Oppo Find 7a. It is generally smooth and very fluid. We normally review phones with custom UI over Android to be laggy even if they are powered by a powerful quad core processor. It is nice to see a custom UI so fluid despite its so many features.
We will be using the Oppo N1 Mini for a week to test everything including its swivel camera. If you own this smartphone please do share your experience with us.