New Oppo N1 smartphone has a crazy, rotating camera

Thought the LG G2’s back button placement was an interesting departure from regular handset designs? How about the Oppo N1 with its rotating camera? After giving us some ordinary-looking devices, the company has come out with the N1 which should send pleasant shivers up your spine; that’s if you’re into photographing stuff through your phone’s camera.

Ooh selfies!

The N1 has a 13MP camera with a dedicated image signal processor and dual mode LED flash. The lens normally sits on the rear panel, though it can be rotated up to 206° to act as a front facing sensor too. Do note that selfies may not look as great as you expect them to turn out, according to the hints Oppo’s been dropping.

Oppo N1

The camera boasts of f/2.0 aperture, which means it may technically be able to let in more light than the iPhone 5S’ lens can. What’s more, the N1’s lens snaps into attention from the sleep screen as soon as you’ve rotated it by 120°. And there’s no need to worry about the swiveling hinges ruining those shots since the mechanism locks into place at any angle.

Quick look at the key specs

– The front sports a 5.9-inch, 1920 x 1080p IPS touchscreen
– Navigating through the display is supported by a rear O-Touch panel too
– The phone runs a forked version of Android Jelly Bean, called the Color OS
– A 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor with Adreno 320 graphics powers it
– There’s 2GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage
– An O-Click add-on lets users remotely operate the handset

Front View

The Oppo N1 is scheduled to be launched in December. It doesn’t look like the company will be promising it in any other color besides white.

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