Oppo N1 Pioneer Program Inviting Applicants – Giving the Phone for $99

Oppo is one of the fastest upcoming Chinese companies coming up with very innovative and high quality devices, the latest being a 5.9 inch Oppo N1 Android smartphone (or phablet) with a unique rotating 13 megapixels camera made official three weeks ago.  Shoertly before the Oppo N1 was made official, a video teasing the partnership of Oppo and CyanogenMod was posted online and soon after we learnt that the Oppo N1 would be the first device to come with a custom Android ROM – definitely by CM.  This was leaked in a conversation posted online.

Oppo N1

The Program

Today, Oppo announced a pioneer program where 10 users can apply and get an Oppo N1 device at a low price of $99 but they will have to do some work once they get the device.  A limited number of applicants will be accepted into the program with OPPO saying that they are looking for ‘enthusiastic and creative people to get a first look’, possibly of a dual-boot Oppo N1 variant with stock Android and CyanogenMod operating systems on board.  After their ‘experience’, users will then be required to share their experiences and views weekly including a few images and ‘an opinion’ of the device.  This is simply a way for the company to get tongues wagging about the dual-boot feature and a few other unique features and designs of the Oppo N1.

You cannot just send an email to be considered for the program, you will have to sign up using an application form that OPPO has made available on their website’s sign up page https://en.oppo.com/n1pioneers/.  With 10 slots only available and information on how the applicants will be selected not public, the chances are slim but then, we cannot know just how many people will apply for the program and what qualities could make you a better candidate than the hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands who will apply.  Anyway, it costs nothing but your time and effort, if you think you may have what it takes, go to the application page https://en.oppo.com/n1pioneers/ and fill the application.

The Phone

Oppo N1 Dual Boot

OPPO is partnerting with CyanogenMod to bring some unique features of an Android device.  First off, the N1 is one of a kind fabulously designed piece of hardware if you ask me, and you will agree when you see it too, and iots hardware specs are comparable to those of high end Android devices currently market leaders like HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1, LG G2 and soon to come LG Nexus 5.  It features a 13 megapixels that can rotate 206 degrees, making it both the front and rear camera depending on where it is facing.  Does this significantly cut down the price of making the device?  Definitely!

Core specs

The core specs of Oppo N1 are:

Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

Display: 5.9” Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS (~377 PPI density)

Operating System: Dual OS – Android 4.2 stock and CM OS based on Android 4.2

Memory: 2 GB RAM, Choice of 16 and 32 GB onboard memory

Camera: 13 megapixels 206° rotating camera with dual flash

Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz; WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC

Battery: 3,610mAh

Build: 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm, 213 g

Color: White

 Special Features

O-Touch: This is a touch back panel on the back of OPPO N1 where a user swipes a finer to scroll though content displayed on the screen, thereby providing a comfortable and convenient one-handed operation of the device without blocking the display with the finger while scrolling every now and then.

OPPO N1 O-Touch

O-Click Control: This is a feature that allows the user to remotely locate the device or even operate the device’s camera using the ‘O-Click’ device that connects to the device via Bluetooth and can communicate with the device from as far as 50 meters away.

CyanogenMod: This is an operating system based on Android.  It is customized to increase reliability and performance and bring new features and enhancements to the stock Android OS.

Sources: OPPO via Android Community and Android Headlines