Oppo R1 teased for mid-December launch, promises to reinvent low-light photography


The Oppo N1 won’t be launching in the US and Europe before December 10, but the Chinese manufacturer is already teasing its next smartphone, dubbed the R1, for a launch in its home country in mid-December. In a post on its official Sina Weibo account page, Oppo has posted an image showing off the device, and the translated text indicates that the R1 will be able to take high-quality nighttime photos, with colors for images taken in low-light conditions to be “stunning.”

After the N1, which sports a unique camera that can be rotated by 206 degrees, it seems the company is now aiming for great low-light photography like industry stalwarts such as Nokia and HTC – commendable, though we’ll have to wait for actual pictures taken by the device to know whether it’s an endeavor Oppo is successful in. The specs of the device aren’t mentioned, though network certification site TENAA lists the R1 as having a 960×540 screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera – these are mid-range specs that are similar to the Oppo R819’s, so it’s possible it will be its successor instead of a high-end flagship, unless these are just placeholder specs (quite probable, as re-inventing photography would be better suited on a premium device rather than a mid-range one.)

There’s no telling when we’ll see the Oppo R1 make its way to the US, though like the N1, it will likely be a few months before we’re able to get our hands on one stateside through official means. Oppo has proven that its one of the more innovative smartphone companies in China, so it will be interesting to see what the R1 brings to the table.

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