Oppo today has finally made an entry to the smartphone market in India with the launch of its N1 phablet, which was touted as the first to feature a swivel camera. The phablet has been launched at Rs 39,999 for 16GB variant in India, which is slightly on the higher side considering India is still a price conscious market and most players play here in the mid-range segment.
The USP of the phablet is its 13-megapixel camera which can be rotated by up to 206 degrees to use it as a front or rear shooter. The USP of a swiveling camera is that users get a better camera with flash to take selfies. So far, Gionee has offered a similar camera module on its recently launched Elife E7 mini smartphone in India, which is relatively smaller in size but sports a swivel camera. You can read more about it here.
The Oppo N1 comes with a massive 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display which puts it up against the likes of the phablet offerings from the local contenders like Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 and Xolo Q2000 as well as from top players like Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Nokia Lumia 1520.
Talking about the hardware, the Oppo N1 is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can not be expanded further. The company is not launching the 32GB variant in India. This is the same processor that is used on HTC One Max as well.
To keep this massive phablet running, the Oppo N1 houses a 3,650mAh battery.
Other features in the phablet include standard connectivity features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity. It also features a trackpad on the rear, which can be used to scroll without having a finger block the display. Motorola had first introduced something similar in the Moto Backflip.
We feel that the Oppo N1 is an expensive offering at Rs 39,999, especially considering that it is a relatively unknown brand in India. However, we will reserve our judgement till we review the device. In the meanwhile, watch out for our hands-on and first impressions.