A new video teasing the upcoming Oppo N1 smartphone could be hinting at an Oppo-CyanogenMod partnership. The video, which lasts for only 20 seconds, surprisingly features CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik. Kondik, wearing Google Glass, says that he is looking forward to attending the Oppo launch in Beiijing China. He also says that some exciting news will be revealed during the event on September 23. The video ends with a promise that “possibilities unfold” on said date.
What is still unclear at this point is whether the Oppo N1 would have a build of CyanogenMod that Oppo approved, or whether there would be special variants of the device with CyanogenMod.
The video teaser follows CyanogenMod’s announcement earlier this week that it was incorporated into Cyanogen, Inc.. Supposedly, to get CyanogenMod on as many devices as possible, it would be needing a hardware partner. HTC was earlier rumored to be CyanogenMod’s official hardware partner, as Valerie detailed in this post. However, Oppo’s teaser may be suggesting otherwise.
Prior to this video, Oppo has released a number of teasers promoting the N1, but it appears that none of them hinted about an Oppo-CyanogenMod partnership.
Based on the leaks and teasers, the Oppo N1 is expected to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 3,500 mAh battery, a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display panel, a 12 or 16 MP camera, a rear touch panel, and an almost bezel-less exterior. Pricing is estimated to be around $650.
We won’t have to wait too long to know what Oppo and Kondik’s big revelation is, as September 23 is only a couple of days away. In the meantime, let us know what your take is on the rumored Oppo-CyanogenMod partnership. Would you have preferred HTC to have been the hardware partner? Or do you think Oppo is more suited for it?