The Oppo N1 was the first device that was officially launched in India by the Chinese manufacturers, Oppo. The N1 brought with it an interesting concept of a swiveling camera that allows you to swivel your camera in several positions on the x-axis to take interesting shots. The Gionee Elife E7 Mini was launched late last year with a similar swivelling camera though, neither of the two devices really hit the mainstream market with sales numbers that would be of much significance.
Oppo will attempt to have a go at it once again as it gets set to announce the Oppo N1 Mini on May 30th in China. The Oppo N1 Mini will obviously be a stripped down version of the N1 and we hope Oppo will price it better if/ when it does come to India as compared to the astronomically poor pricing of the N1 which pretty much doomed the device right at the moment its price of 40K was announced. The N1 Mini will feature a single LED on its 13 MP swivelling camera unit. The device will pack an HD 720 P, 5 inch display and will ship in several color options such as pink, blue and yellow. Oppo confirmed about the launch plans on its official Weibo page here.
In the other specifications, the device will pack either a Mediatek or an Exynos Octa Core processor, though there is no clear indication on what the final SoC will be. We expect at least 16 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM to keep our hunger for apps satisfied. Obviously, there will be several cost cuttings in the Oppo N1 Mini and we do not expect the touchpad at the back of the device that can be used to switch from one desktop screen to the other to be present either. A much lower capacity battery, something in the region of 2,100 to 2,300 mAh would not be a surprise either.
It is indeed a strange day and age where we consider a 5 inch model of a phone ‘Mini’, but guess that is what it has come to. It is not clear yet though whether the N1 Mini will have LTE or even if it will be a global release or just a China exclusive. However, with just one day between the report and the launch, we hope to have our answers very soon.