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Oppo N1 rear touch panel teaser arrives

Oppo N1 rear touch panel

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 N1 rear touch panel
Oppo N1 rear touch panel

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.

Cameraphone competition

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.

via androidauthority

Sony i1 Honami cameraphone photo and specs leak

The Sony i1 Honami appears to be a cameraphone that will aim for the same kind of consumers as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Nokia EOS.


The Sony i1 Honami is expected to be the first device in the One Sony line. Such product line is the brainchild of CEO Kaz Hirai, who promises to aggregate Sony’s strengths in producing its new mobile devices.

A blurry photo as well a list of specifications of the allegedly upcoming device have leaked, giving consumers what might be a first look at the Sony product. The list of specifications that have just been revealed are slightly different from the one that was published last April.

According to the leak, the Sony i1 Honami will offer a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Such display will feature Triluminos, OptiContrast, X-Reality Engine, and a 2000:1 + Contrast Ratio. Powering the device under the hood is a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon MSM8974 processor working with an Adreno 330 GPU. There will also be 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory that is expandable through the use of a microSD card. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is its operating system with the new Sony Xperia UI as an overlay.

As for its camera, the Sony i1 Honami boasts of a 2/3″ 20/13 MP Exmor RS camera with Sony G lens, which comes with the Cybershot Camera UI. A camera shutter key allows for easy picture-taking while interchangeable lenses provide users with more creative options and control over images. Also onboard are Xenon + Dual LED Flash as well as Mobile BIONZ Image processing. This main camera is complemented by a 2.2 MP 1080p Exmor R front snapper.

Meanwhile, in terms of connectivity, the cameraphone will support NFC, One Touch Sharing, WIFI Miracast and Bluetooth 4.0. It also supports 4G LTE.

In the entertainment department, there is an S-Master MX Mobile Audio Amplifier and Dual Stereo speakers.

It also comes with a 3000mAh battery with the improved STAMINA mode for enhanced battery performance.

A shatterproof glass front which is supposedly more durable than the Xperia Z Dragontrail glass protects the display, whereas the entire cameraphone is covered by a glass, metal and carbon-fiber body.

IP 55/58 dust, water resistance, and shock resistance complete the list of leaked specifications.

It bears mentioning that this list is by no means final, and as the last leak showed, could be subject to more adjustments.

Last month, it was rumored that the Sony i1 Honami cameraphone as well as the Sony Togari phablet would be coming to the United States this fall. Both devices would supposedly arrive unlocked.

via phonearena

Nokia EOS Gets Detailed After Alleged Face-to-Face Encounter, Sadly No Photo Evidence Shown

Following Nokia’s recent unveilings of the Lumia 928 and 925, the tech world is essentially torn as to the company’s future in the mobile décor. There are some that say there is no such thing as a future for Nokia in an Android-iOS dominated world, whereas others claim that the company should still be given the benefit of the doubt and some extra time to prove itself.

One thing is clear nevertheless, and that is there’s no way the 925/928 duo can drastically turn things around for Nokia and Windows Phone. But what about the oft-rumored and not yet official EOS? Could that be the ace in the hole to significantly boost WP sales?


Maybe, although the recent EOS-centric report that emerged on the web is not that encouraging. Apparently, an anonymous WMPoweruser reader managed to get some one-on-one time with a pre-release prototype of the thing.

The guy (or gal) was unable to snap any photos with the device, but was kind enough to describe it for the whole world to hear. In lack of any kind of solid proof as to this “extraterrestrial” kind of encounter, the report is definitely shady and not to be taken very seriously, but we’ve seen crazier stories gain credence before, so who knows, maybe the whole thing is true.

In any case, it appears the EOS is made of “polycarbonate” (read: plastic), “and is about as thick as the Nokia Lumia 920 in the middle, but is highly tapered at both ends, giving the impression of a much slimmer device”.

Okay, that sounds fairly innovative and original, but it’s definitely not ideal. Remember, the Lumia 920 is 10.7 mm thick, and, while “giving the impression of a much slimmer device” sounds nice and all, I can’t help but wonder where is that going to leave the device’s weight. And if it’s closer to 920’s 185 grams than 925’s 139, I’m sorry to inform you, Nokia, but you’re doomed.

Moving on, the shady source reports the camera’s lens housing “does not protrude much” (huzzah!) and, while the flash is Xenon, both it and the lens are smaller than on the 808 Pureview (double huzzah!).

Unfortunately, the number of the sensor’s megapixels was apparently masked on this alleged prototype, although chances are the MP count will be around 41. As for other specs, the screen size and resolution are claimed to be the same as on the 920 – 4.5 inches and 1,280 x 720 pixels.

And that, my friends, is the way the cookie crumbles once again for Nokia. Yeah, I know, you don’t need Full HD resolution to make a display awesome, but having to choose between a phone with a 720p panel and one with 1,080p, do you have any idea how many regular tech users will go for the former? I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with hero. Especially when rumor has it the EOS could also come with a fairly modest (by today’s standards) dual-core CPU.

Via [WMPowerUser]

Sony i1 (AKA Honami) Cameraphone and 6.44-Inch Togari Landing In The US This Fall?

Though they’re yet to become mainstream commercial hits in North America, Sony’s latest flagship phones, the Xperia Z and ZL, are an obvious step up for a company that didn’t seem to have a very clear (and wise) high-end marketing strategy before 2013.

But the future could be even brighter for Sony, as the company is apparently planning to intro two far more impressive beasts of phones in the fall. These are codenamed Honami and Togari and have been making the rumor rounds for a while now.

Only a concept for now…

However, the air is only today starting to clear up on the duo’s specs, courtesy of a number of suspicious, but (sort of) believable sources on the Esato forums.

It therefore appears both phones have gotten vague ETAs, with global launches slated for “sometime in the fall”. Global meaning the two have good chances of making their way to the States before the first leaves will fall, but unfortunately Sony will again likely focus on selling the phones in unlocked, SIM-free flavors.

That’s not necessarily bad news for people that can afford to cough up $700 or $800 for a slab of silicon, but for the rest of us earthlings it would be nice if Sony would once and for all strike solid partnership(s) with one or several American carriers.

Oh, well, let’s try and stay positive by taking a look at Honami’s newest rumored spec sheet. The phone that will reportedly be marketed as either the Sony i1 or simply Sony One will have its biggest selling point in the whopping Cybershot camera said to pack a 16.2 MP sensor.

However, the i1 is not to be a cameraphone in the way Samsung seems to understand the term, but rather a purebred top of the line device with all the first-rate specs, from a 5-inch Full HD panel with a front Sapphire cover and rear Corning Gorilla Glass to a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Other features could include 2 or more gigs of RAM, a massive 3,000 mAh battery, Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean, IP58 certification for water protection, microSD support and dual stereo speakers. Definitely not a one-trick pony, eh?

As for the Togari, that’s a much more mysterious device, with no likely market name known at this time. The spec sheet is said to include a ginormous 6.44-inch Full HD screen, 3 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13 MP camera and 3,500 mAh battery, but you should probably take all this with an even bigger grain of salt than Honami’s alleged list of features.

If the rumors do prove to be legit, do you think Sony has a chance to dethrone Samsung as Android king? Will the Japanese at least become a close second in terms of sales?

Via [Phone Arena]