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Oppo launches the N1 in Europe and the US

Already popular in China, the N1 phablet features a choice of OS and an usual camera

While not widely known for phones in Europe or North America, Oppo Electronics Corp is one of China's top smartphone makers. With its new N1 flagship, the Chinese company is looking to make a big impact on western markets.

The new handset features a 5.9-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display, a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, a rotating 13 MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n wifi, 3G, NFC, a 3610mAh battery, and the choice of Color (Oppo's take on Android) or CyanogenMod operating systems.

The gadget is missing flagship staples such as LTE and a faster Snapdragon 800 processor, but the N1 has a few tricks up its sleeve - the rotating camera, a rear touchpad, and the "O click Control". The innovative camera set up means there is no need for a secondary (lesser) shooter. The main camera can be rotated to allow for top-quality video chats and selfies as well as standard pics. The touchpad on the back provides an option for scrolling through a document that doesn't involve getting finger prints on the screen. And finally, the O click Control is a keychaine that allows for remote photo taking and an alarm to locate the handset.

The Oppo N1 will be available in Europe and the United States on December 10th. Prices start at 449 euros and US$599.


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Craig Munro, 2013-12- 3 (Update: 2013-12- 3)