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Oppo N1 rotating-camera smartphone

Android fans looking for a different smartphone experience will be be able to get their hands on Oppo’s latest phone, the N1, from December 10, the company said today. The phone will retail at €449 ($599). The 5.9 inch phablet has Oppo’s Android 4.2-based ColorOS and runs on a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad core processor with 2GB RAM. The device ships in 16GB or 32GB variants with a display at 1080p HD resolution, while the battery has a 3610 mAh capacity. From there, the device includes more unusual features, such as its camera: instead of a  main and front-facing cameras, the N1 has one which rotates 206 degrees. It’s also got O-Touch, the N1’s rear touch panel for scrolling, tapping or taking photos. Like Oppo’s previous devices, one potential drawback as a high end alternative is the N1’s lack of LTE support, which instead relies on four band GSM and five band WCDMA support for connectivity. Normal N1 devices will ship with with CyanogenMod pre-loaded and the OS can be installed from the device’s stock recovery without the need root the device, according to Oppo. CyagenMod’s support for O-Touch made it the first time the OS had been modified for a vendor’s hardware and followed CyagenMod’s move from a hobbyist tool to a business after receiving $7m of series A funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The N1 joins Oppo’s previously released five-inch display Find 5, which is selling on its European website at a discounted €349 for the 32GB model.

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