Oppo N1 rotating-camera smartphone goes on sale from 10 December

Consumers in the US and Europe can buy Oppo's phablet pre-loaded with CyagenMod beginning next week.

Android fans looking for a different smartphone experience will be be able to get their hands on Oppo's latest phone, the N1, from December 10, the company said today. The phone will retail at €449 ($599).

The company announced its higher-end device in September, bringing together a number of innovative takes on smartphone hardware design and a different approach to software.

Available only in white, the 5.9-inch phablet has Oppo's Android 4.2-based ColorOS and runs on a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad core processor with 2GB RAM. The device ships in 16GB or 32GB variants with a display at 1080p HD resolution, while the battery has a 3610 mAh capacity.

From there, the device includes more unusual features, such as its camera: instead of a  main and front-facing cameras, the N1 has one which rotates 206 degrees. It's also got O-Touch, the N1's rear touch panel for scrolling, tapping or taking photos.

Like Oppo's previous devices, one potential drawback as a high end alternative is the N1's lack of LTE support, which instead relies on four band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and five band WCDMA support ( 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) for connectivity.

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Oppo's N1 phablet. Image credit: Oppo

As part of the N1 release, Oppo last month announced it would sell a limited number of devices that shipped with CyanogenMod. Normal N1 devices will also ship with with CyanogenMod pre-loaded and the OS can be installed from the device's stock recovery without the need root the device, according to Oppo.

CyagenMod's support for O-Touch made it the first time the OS had been modified for a vendor's hardware and followed CyagenMod's move from a hobbyist tool to a business after receiving $7m of series A funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures.

The N1 joins Oppo's previously released five-inch display Find 5, which is selling on its European website at a discounted €349 for the 32GB model. 

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