Oppo N1 16gb Review

The Oppo N1 impresses with its performance and innovative features, but is unfortunately a bit overpriced. In addition, with its 5.9-inch screen, it is large enough for everyday use. If you like large devices and you want to spend, the Oppo N1 will not disappoint you at all.


Oppo is another Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has entered the Indian market to expand its operations. The company has launched its flagship smartphone N1, which has a fairly innovative design and impressive hardware. It technically falls into the phablet category, but surprisingly it comes with the Snapdragon 600 processor instead of the 800. And with a price of almost, it certainly seems like an overpriced phone.


Before we start our review, let’s take a look at the specifications of The Oppo N1.

Screen: 5.9-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 (373ppi)
Battery: 3610mah (not removable)
Storage: 16GB, no expandable storage
Camera: 13MP rotating camera with dual LED flash
System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Processor: 1.7 GHz dual core
Graphics processor: Adreno 320
Operating system: Android 4.2.2 with color OS user interface
Connectivity: 3G, WI-Fi, BLUETOOTH, NFC
Weight: 213 grams

Build and design

The Oppo N1 is all about design and we liked it. It has a completely plastic body, and the design is actually well made, which gives a first-class feeling. It is very large, and working with one hand becomes simply difficult. It has a large 5.9-inch screen with Full HD resolution, and the viewing angles on the phablet are pretty decent. The colors fade a bit at some corners, but that’s not a big deal. The brightness levels were impressive because the screen was visible even in direct sunlight. Below the screen are the three capacitive Android navigation buttons. Above the screen, the headphones and the light and proximity sensors are located in the small rotating part, which we will talk about after.

The right side has the Power / Lock button and the volume buttons, which are slightly in an unfavorable lowered position. On the right side there is only the microSIM slot, which can be opened with an ejection tool. The top is empty, so the speaker grille, microUSB port and 3.5 mm headphone jack fit at the bottom. It wasn’t really a good idea, because if you keep the handset in landscape mode to watch videos or play games, your hand will cover the speaker directly.

The back is sealed and has the shiny Oppo logo, under which sits a small square section that is touch-sensitive and you can drag into your menus, gallery, and more. The function is called O-Touch, which can be activated or deactivated via the notification bar.

So, let’s return to the rotating upper part of the phablet, the rear part of which has the 13MP camera module with dual LED flash, and the front part, as mentioned above, the handset and the usual sensors. This small section can be rotated and you can use the same camera as a front camera to take selfies or just make video calls. It is a fairly innovative design that works well.
Overall, we liked the way Oppo treated the design philosophy of the N1 very thoroughly, although we were put off by the huge size of the handset.

The handset comes with a nice wireless remote control called o-Click. With the O-Click you can control the camera of the N1 remotely via Bluetooth. And if you move the N1 (which is very unlikely due to its gigantic size), you can locate it with the O-click, as it can trigger an alarm that goes off on your Smartphone.

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