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Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been making a few waves in the Android world as of late, and their latest flagship is now available to hungry consumers in the US. The N1 superphone launches today on Oppo's official web store: $599 American greenbacks lands you one with 16GB of storage, while the 32GB version goes for $649. Standard shipping is free, and the package includes both a flip cover and Oppo's O-Click remote shutter.

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The N1 is a beast of a phone, thanks in no small part to its pocket-straining 5.9-inch 1080p screen. Unique features include a 13-megapixel camera on a rotating hinge, so it functions as both the front and rear camera, and a touch-sensitive back panel that's integrated with Oppo's Color software based on Android 4.2. Underneath the chassis it's got a slightly dated Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a huge 3610mAh battery. Unfortunately, the unlocked GSM phone is seriously lacking in LTE capability.

But what of the much-anticipated Oppo N1 "CyanogenMod Edition," the first phone to be pre-loaded with the popular custom ROM? According to Oppo's promotional page, it's still coming soon. Oppo's original press release for the N1 said that the standard version of the phone will be able to flash the N1 CyanogenMod ROM directly from the stock recovery, so if you order one now, the only thing you're missing out on is a little cachet and some logos. Oppo has previously stated that the CyanogenMod Edition will be available sometime in December.

At the moment the Oppo store is the only place to buy the Oppo N1 in the US, though I imagine it will expand to Amazon and other online retailers soon. I don't think the N1 is ever likely to show up in carrier lineups. Any takers?

Source: OppoStyle

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • PhoenixPath

    "Oppo has previously stated that the CyanogenMod Edition will be available sometime in December."

    ...and CM joins the "when am I getting my update" party. Was wondering how long it would take after they became "OEM" for them to fall victim to the very update delays they originally set out to address. The answer, apparently, is "not long at all"...

    • grizzlyjon83

      What are you talking about? Oppo is the OEM releasing the phones, not CM.

      • PhoenixPath

        "Oppo is the OEM releasing the phones, not CM."

        Did you miss the quotes around "OEM" in my post? Bonus points for stating the obvious, but you missed the point in your rush to point out that someone on the interwebz was wrong.

        They *are* the "OEM" OS in this case. (Or would be...if it ever released...)

        • http://gplus.to/bmt626 -Brandon

          the limited edition version that comes with cm pre-installed is coming later but the versions that are on sale now come with oppo's skinned android but can be unlocked and have cm installed just like a nexus could

          • PhoenixPath

            Not the point; and you people sure are getting defensive....

            :sheesh:

            It's still December, guys. According to the quote I pasted into my OP they still have some time left. Not much...but they can still pull it off.

    • duse

      CM actually has this issue regardless of any OEM partnerships. Because of their extensive customizations, when a new version of Android ships, they are in the nightly stages for MONTHS before something stable like an RC comes about. Assuming you don't want to run alpha or worse quality software on your phone, you are not getting an update to the new version much if any sooner than many OEMs are shipping updates. I want fast updates and stable software. To get both of these but with also some customizations, the only options seem to be things like Xposed or stock-based ROMs that become stable more quickly.

      • PhoenixPath

        I agree completely, but it would have been nice to see CM beat at least the heavily skinned OEM's to the punch. When I'm running OEM stock 4.4 on a skinned HTC before CM can get a stable build out the door it's a bit ... concerning (They do have an 'M' build last I checked...which is good news).

        Admittedly, Google keeps moving the damned bar with the constant 4.4.1, 4.4.2, nonsense. Hopefully they've got it nailed down now and CM can get to work.

        • duse

          That is the issue with a phone like this, and CM in general. If you only take stable OTAs, and Google releases Android 4.5, you might see it on the Oppo CM edition 6 months later.

  • troph

    I like the direction Oppo is going. With their decision to release CyanogenMod version of N1, they've shown their commitment to GOOD software. Some other OEM's might want to take notice *cough* Samsung *cough*

    Also the most "different" phone in terms of phone design. Props to Oppo on keeping the market competitive and innovating.

    • Phil Oakley

      I really hope Oppo either use on-screen buttons on their next phone, or you can turn on-screen buttons on in CM, or you can modify what the hardware buttons do in CM on the N1. I really don't want a menu button and no multitasking.

      • duse

        Agreed.

    • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

      Good here is really subjective since there are much better aosp ROMs out there.

      • duse

        Define "better." Endless unnecessary features does not equal better. Do you mean better as in more stable or reliable?

        • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

          More stable with the correct amount of customization that actually adds to the custom rom experience, if you want a barebones AOSP rom with no added features then stick to baby's first custom rom but others have already moved on.

          • duse

            I agree that CM is too different from AOSP nowadays for me to be interested. Lighter options are more appealing. Others have already moved on from what? I thought we were comparing CM to other lighter AOSP ROMs.

  • Cuvis

    $600, dated processor, and no LTE? Ouch.

    • thartist

      Another missed chance to gain brand recognition. Ahhh... I see so many of those.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    $600 for an oversized phone with dated hardware and no real appeal outside of the camera, I think I'll rather get a note 3.

    • Brad

      Even the camera doesn't appeal to me... rotating cameras are just another thing to bust in 6 months

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

        I rather have no moving parts in my phones since the chances are so much higher for them to break.

  • tyguy829

    I just want to buy the o-click to use as a trusted bluetooth device with my moto x. can i not do that?

  • Brad

    as much as i'm not into the hardware, i really like what they're doing softwarewise... CM is a great bit of software

  • SxperiaS

    A little bit of topic but how can it make a request for a feature for the mobile version of the play store?

    Thanks

  • http://www.trendsetternews.com/ Emp Martinez

    Three things I like in Oppo N1 are 13MP rotating camera so your selfie photo was clear, the O-touch back touch pane, and O-Click features which you can take a photo remotely or find you misplace Oppo N1. But for the price of $600 I rather buy LG G2 Pro.

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