Oppo N1 now available for $599

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Oppo promised the N1 would be available for purchase unlocked in the US today, and that promise was fulfilled. The Oppo N1 is now available for sale for $599. You can get the device in white in the 16GB configuration for that price, or opt for the 32GB model for $50 more.

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The N1 is a rather interesting phone, with the Chinese OEM electing to go with one 13 megapixel camera that can be rotated 206 degrees. This gives you a great camera both for front and rear shots, and any other angle you might need (get your mind out of the gutter, folks).

Of course, the camera is only one part of this story. Here’s how the rest of the device reads on paper:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core 1.7GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.9-inch 1080p HD display
  • 16GB / 32GB of internal storage
  • WiFi N
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • GPS
  • 3610 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

This thing doesn’t have LTE radios, but you can use it with various HSPA+ radios available from the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T. Here’s the full list of supported radios:

UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/HSPA+42 (WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz)

Not lost on us is the fact that Oppo will officially support the ability to flash CyanogenMod, which makes this one very interesting phone for those who like to tinker. Whether that is enough to garner enough attention from US customers f0r this thing to sell well remains to be seen. Our Oppo N1 review will get you on the right path if you need to know if this phone is worth paying attention to, so check that out before submitting your order. If you’re sold, be sure to express your excitement over at AndroidForums.com’s Oppo N1 section!

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  • Guest

    Really interested in this phone, if it came to the UK for around £400 I’d probably take it.

  • Daniel

    Came very close to ordering it just now, if it was an upgrade on the S4 I would, but it’s more of a sidegrade.

    • Covert_Death

      downgrade

  • chicagoGuy33

    Too much money for a phone without LTE and a older snapdragon processor.

  • blest

    To hell with this. No lte, old processor, not even compatible with Verizon. Hell yeah I’m salty lol.

  • Modman

    To expensive. Id rather keep my sgs2 I bought for 180 because it has 4G LTE. Oppo isnt a good enough brand to be charging 600 dollars.
    Have to wonder how much it costed to make the phone.

    • Lalo Ponce

      And how exactly are they not a good enough brand if the make better phones than most of the other manufactures?? You’ll know this as soon as you touch and Oppo product..

      • Covert_Death

        sorry you keep defending that the US knows Oppo but the fact is we just don’t…. you are what is considered an outlier. Oppo is NOT a name over here in the US, no one knows of them except for you apparently and maybe 3 friends of yours… the fact is penetrating the US market with specs like that from a no name company is not really going to happen… everyone in the US knows Samsung, LG, Motorola… they are household names. if you tell someone you have an Oppo they will probably think its a disease and not think twice.

        • Lalo Ponce

          No it’s not a name yet, but from last year to this year I see alot more people (tech sites and tech reviewers) talking about Oppo. When I show people my Oppo phone they really like it and ask where can they get one. So yeah Oppo is kinda new to this but I’d they keep up they’re good build quality and nice designs I’m sure they’ll be recognized very soon everywhere. Oppo is going to spread soon because people like what they do and how they do it. They build better phones that most companies and I’m sure that won’t go unnoticed for long..

        • lolwut

          Oppo has been making ultra high-end video equipment for YEARS. If their phones are half as good as their A/V stuff (I own some), they’ll be the best smartphone manufacturer

    • WadeDogg

      $600 is the cheapest introductory off contract price you’ll see from any phone with the exception of a nexus device.

      • John Wentworth

        That’s just plain wrong, Maybe if your only talking flagship devices. but by no means any phone, the lack of LTE makes this a mid range phone imho you can get the Moto G for $200 or the Sony Xperia Z for 479
        Or the LG Optimus G which has LTE. for less than $500 Their’s actually quite a few 5 inch phones with similiar ram and specs and LTE that you can get for less than $600

        • WadeDogg

          if you’re gonna put that much stock in having LTE than sure, but thats just plain your opinion.

          and yes, we are talking flagship devices.

  • JBrowne1012

    What rate of HSPA+?

    • WadeDogg

      42

  • JBrowne1012

    The Snapdragon 600 isn’t all that bad its just not as good as the 800 both of which are less than 1 year old.

  • SocalTeknique

    $499 and maybe I’ll bite. Dat camera though

  • shooter50

    Let’s see. Last years processor, check. Not LTE, check. Off brand phone, check. Premium phone price, check. Who the heck would buy this thing?

    • xanok

      Off brand? Are you kidding me? Just because they don’t have a market in the states doesn’t make them off brand lol. I agree with your other statements though. LTE and a Snapdragon 800 would make this phone quite a bit more appealing.

      • Jay

        Nobody knows who Oppo is in the States and this thread is about penetrating the US market, I thought they made toasters or something like that.

        • a) youth.in.asia

          I like penetrating

        • Lalo Ponce

          I’m from the States and I know Oppo.. The Oppo Find 5 is one of the best phones I’ve owned. And the N1 looks to be even better. I’m sure after this phone and after the Find 7 is out, Oppo will be way more recognized. And they deserver it because they do make HIGH END phones. Top of the line specs isn’t innovating or revolutionary. Oppo is on the right track.. I still wish they’d made the phone at about a 5″ screen though..

        • xanok

          No, YOU don’t know who Oppo is. Some people do. And even if they did make toasters(which they don’t) who cares? LG makes washers and driers.

          • shooter50

            Don’t care who OPPO is either. Unless they make a phone with top of the line specs they shouldnt be charging top of the line prices they make

          • mcl630

            See the article about from a couple days ago about the Find 7, that has “top of the line” specs.

          • Jay

            Okay so a few people know oppo. What like 5 or 10? I’m being facetious if you don’t already know but my point is, you can’t jump in the game without paying your dues in advertising. You can’t just expect people to shell out money for a low end device with high end price when they don’t even know you, that’s just ridiculous

          • dawankler

            LG and Samsung both make pretty sweet home appliances

      • shooter50

        I didnt buy samsung or toyota products when they first came to the US either. I need to see a track record. So why doesnt everyone here buy their Oppo and lets see how it works out. I’ll stick with brands that have an established record of quality and customer service while you experiment with Oppo

        • mcl630

          I agree with the you about establishing a track record. Oppo’s track record, while short, is very good. See the reviews of the Find 5. Also note that their phones have unlocked bootloaders, they are developer-friendly, and the N5 is getting an official CM build.

    • Chris

      You do realize the Galaxy S4 and HTC One have the Snapdragon 600, and they were released THIS YEAR??

      • shooter50

        ok, so its an older generation processor. If you dont know the difference between a snapdragon 800 and 600, then you havent tried a G2 or any of the other phones with the 800. The point is, why pay a premium price for a phone made by a company with no real track record in the US that uses an older processor and doesnt have LTE? Maybe you see some redeeming value in this phone, but I dont

        • Lalo Ponce

          So to you a phone (company) that isn’t known well in the USA (yet) means it’s no good? Because specs and nothing else makes a phone? You’ve obviously never used an Oppo made phone, so until you do, you should hold off on your opinion. Besides, the US is small compared to the REST of the world that doesn’t use LTE yet. You need to think outside the box some..

          • shooter50

            The US may be small, but we DO have LTE. So for that reason alone I wouldn’t buy this phone. And if I DID know anything about OPPO, I wouldn’t pay 600.00 for a phone without LTE, micro sd slot, removable battery, snapdragon 800. Quality wise they may build the greatest phone in the world, but this model is missing too much to be of value at 600.00

          • Lalo Ponce

            It’s probably missing those specs because I mustn’t feel it needs them. They want to distinguish themselves with more than top of the line specs. I actually think that their “top of the line specs”, go into the “Find” series. The Find 5 was the first to have a 1080p screen And it had top of the line specs for its time and was $550 at release (much less most other phones with the same specs). The N1 Had more “innovative” features, that’s why it’s been named the most innovative phone of 2013.

          • Chris Eager

            You did ask ” Who the heck would buy this thing?”…I wouldn’t buy it either, but it does look like there’s a market for it.

          • David Gray

            Agreed.

        • Chris

          Well I definitely know the difference, I was mainly just correcting you for saying it was last years processor. Also, the lack of LTE makes me not want it, but overall it seems very great. I love the rotating camera, and I hear great things from Oppo from the Find 5. I know they aren’t really in the US much before, but I think we’ll see some good stuff from them.

  • StacyD

    Guys, I own the S4 and the Nexus 5.

    This looks to be one of the most innovative and well built devices to come out in a long time. You will find no slouch in the Snapdragon 600, especially given the quality of the software that Oppo distributes. They are also forward thinking with the CyanogenMod support!

    Its cheaper than many unlocked phones on the market to boot.

    You have to encourage the INNOVATION and stick to quality that they have had on this device. The Find5 was Excellent. Most people do not need LTE or if on an MVNO, you don’t have it anyway.

    Otouch looks really cool too.

    • Napster87

      LTE is twice as fast as HSPA+ in my area. Also, I’m willing to bet that there is a lack of a 60fps video recorder due to the processor. Those are two features that i feel should be included in any high end phone that comes out.

      • StacyD

        An in order to support all of the Bands of LTE that the Nexus 5 does, it does need the Snapdragon 805 or better because Qualcomm does that all in one silicon for the most part now…. Oppo is huge in China and China has highly limited areas of LTE (pretty much Shenzen, Hong Kong) . Having that LTE radio potentially on with no networks would do more harm than good.

        Many parts of Asia do not have LTE. Only Japan and South Korea even have decent coverage. Aussies are not much better, but getting there.

  • WadeDogg

    i would seriously consider buying this phone if i didnt know the oppo find 7 would be coming out soon. while HSPA+ doesnt have the speed potential of LTE, they’re basically the same as far as real world use unless you plan on turning your phone into a torrent server(which most smartphones users aren’t doing) in which that extra 20mbps over the 20mbps you already get will indeed make a difference. you wont, however, see that difference while streaming youtube, surfing the web, or downloading a majority of apps.

    on the last years processor issue, again, you arent going to see the difference unless you do high-tech graphic design or video editing(two things the majority of smartphones users don’t do) on your phone and in that case the 800 probably won’t be enough either. the majority of apps that are currently out run just fine on the dual-core GS3 from last year. hardly any apps are pushing the hardware that is being put in these phones today. real world performance will depend on how the hardware components are put together.

    on name recognition, that’s a concern for the manufacturer, not so much for the consumer. if the phone is bad it wont be because it lacks a brand name but rather because its poorly built and you’re not going to know that until you actually use the phone. it’s true though, oppo isn’t well known in the market they’re trying to get into but you gotta start somewhere and they’re off to a terrific start.

    i’m not so much here to defend the oppo N1 but more to say that the reasons people want to throw dirt on it are misguided.

    • John Wentworth

      HSPA+ and LTE aren’t the same, while total download speed may be the same latency is considerably faster for LTE, which makes things like web browsing more responsive. I can definately tell the difference between web browsing on LTE and HSPA on T-mobile, even though the speeds I get on both networks is fairly close

      HSPA+ isn’t bad, and for many prepaid users on T-mobile mvnos for instance that’s all they have access too, AT&T mvno’s do in some cases have LTE like straight talk, but for those who have LTE access on their plan skipping LTE is a definate downgrade.

      • WadeDogg

        you’re right, they’re not the same.

        the point is, however, that they’re not that different.

  • John Wentworth

    At $599 not having LTE is a definate deal breaker for me at much cheaper price points it can sometimes be forgiven like the Moto G but not at $600, cyanogenmod can be installed on most devices, and people who like or even know what cyanogenmod is are likely to know how to install it on other better devices that have LTE