The Oppo N1 rear touch panel is teased in a new ad promoting the camera-oriented smartphone. The teaser shows a photo of the bare back of a woman. In the middle, the double entendre “Don’t just touch the front, the back is also interesting…” appears.
Apart from the Oppo N1, the PlayStation Vita comes with a rear touch panel. No other mobile device, however, offers the feature. Nevertheless, Google has filed a patent application for the use of a rear touch panel on devices, so more handsets or tablets may come with the feature eventually.
Oppo has not said much about what the rear touch panel’s uses are, despite having officially confirmed the camera-oriented device with several teaser images earlier this week through their Weibo account. Android Authority surmises that it could free up some display real estate. It may also help in capturing better images.
Oppo N1 specifications
Apart from the rear touch panel, the device will offer a camera with a 12 MP or 16 MP image sensor. This camera boasts of Owl technology that will supposedly help users take clear images even in low lighting conditions. Likewise, the camera will pack a Xenon flash. It will also likely have a 5-inch 1080p display. Oppo will announce the device sometime this coming September. As for its price, it is estimated that the Oppo N1 will be sold for around $480. The other key specifications, such as what processor or battery it will have, are still unknown at this point.
The Oppo N1 will have to compete against the other camera-oriented smartphones that are available, or are coming to the market. Some of these are the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Nokia Lumia 1020, and the Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami). The Oppo N1’s camera will also have to contend against the HTC’s Ultrapixel and the Motorola Clearpixel cameras, both of which claim to have the capability of taking high-quality images even in less-than-optimal conditions.