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Oppo's new smartphone features 13MP rotating camera

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The Oppo N1 smartphone features a rotating camera so users can take 13MP front-facing photos.

The selfie just got a whole lot more high-resolution with the Oppo N1. The Chinese manufacturer's latest smartphone features one camera that can be rotated to face either the front or back of the device.

With a 13MP sensor, f/2 lens and dual-LED flash, the Oppo N1's camera far surpasses the front-facing camera capabilities of even the top phones on the market. The best selling phones in from HTC, Samsung, Apple, LG and Nokia all have front-facing cameras that hover around VGA quality for video calls and the occasional self portrait.

Aside from the obvious benefits of 13MP selfies, if the camera functions in its transitional up-facing position, the Oppo N1 could be used similarly to the HiLO accessory and eliminate the need for a tripod for slow exposures as long as you have a flat surface.

For now the 5.9-inch Oppo N1 is only available in China, but it has been turning heads around the globe. We can't help but wonder if globally-distributed brands will follow Oppo's lead and release smartphones with better front-facing camera capabilities or even a competing, flippable camera. In fact, rumors indicate Vivo might try to incorporate similar tech in its next flagship phone.

Read Oppo's full press release here.

Comments

Total comments: 8
chris96326

Wow, after 13 years a "Sony Clie" camera rival makes the news!

Palm vs Android = Win
.3mp vs. 13mp = Win

If you stay in this game long enough, there is a cycle...

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bigley Ling

GSM Arena has done a descent review on this handset, some of the features are really quite novel. Eg the dual LED flash, one is designed for short range and has a diffuser for skin tones built in, the other is for longer range standard LED flash.

Also the ability to use 3 finger pinch anyway on the unit to activate the camera is a nice addon.

The Low light samples for the handset looks remarkably crisp and have good constant grain.

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LiSkynden

Cool.
The idea Reminds me of Nokia N93i :D

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bigley Ling

I think it reminds me of the Nokia N90!

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jcmarfilph

Much better implementation than those worthless spycam accessories for iPhone.

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Impulses

It's a pretty clever idea, almost makes you wonder why no one thought of it earlier, except some old school feature phones pulled off the same trick (with admittedly inferior cameras and versatility). Whatever cost the swivel mechanism adds is probably offset by the savings earned off one less camera module, same for the internal space.

Some would argue it'll be a lot more fragile if dropped (depending on angle) but I think it could be worth it, even seems useful for shooting video.

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joe6pack

I like the practical design. I don't think people want use both front and rear camera at the same time. The hinge will make the best of both world and also make switching between front and rear much faster.

I wish the phone is smaller though.

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brdeveloper

Nice! Hopefully it will perform as good as Galaxy S4.

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