New teaser reveals the Oppo N1 will feature a rear touchpanel

by: Andrew GrushAugust 21, 2013

Oppo N1 Lense Close up Press Render

Earlier this week Oppo officially unveiled its Oppo N1 cameraphone, though few actual details are known about the phone’s hardware or design. Luckily, Oppo seems more than willing to tell us more.

Since they outed the handset, Oppo has been regularly updating its Weibo and Twitter accounts with minor teasers in order to build up hype for the upcoming device. While most of these teasers haven’t given us too much to get excited about, today’s latest N1-related tweet certainly has us intrigued. Apparently, the Oppo N1 will feature a rear touch panel!

As you can see in the ad below, Oppo is using a little bit of sex appeal to promote the N1, with the teaser showing the bare back of woman with the tag-line “Don’t just touch the front, the back is also interesting…” At the bottom of the teaser, are the words “N1 Rear Touch Panel. A brand new user experience.”


The idea of a rear touch panel isn’t technically anything new. Not only does the Playstation Vita utilize a panel on the back, but we’ve even seen a Google patent related to the idea of using rear touch on mobile devices. Still, this is the very first time we’ve heard about a handset actually utilizing such tech.

Why would you need a touch panel on the back? The most obvious reason is to give extra room to the front of the display without your hands getting in the way. It could also have something to do with the way the phone is used when going in for the perfect shot. Or perhaps Oppo could have some other entirely new reason for using a touch panel on the back of a phone. We really don’t know at this point, but Oppo clearly has our attention.

What do you think of the idea of a touch panel on the back of a handset, a good idea or merely a gimmick?

  • billnozick

    The picture suggests that one would be able to do front facing camera shots w/ the back facing camera, via pivot to the front? Anyone else see that?

    • Bone

      The picture suggests don’t just grab the boobs, slap the back and she’ll hold it tighter.

  • billnozick

    And @Andrew who is Oppo? or am I just out of the loop?

    • Victor Meira

      Google(search) for Oppo Find 5. A great smartphone, one of the first with a FullHD screen to be launched.
      A Chinese company, I believe.

  • Joshua

    NOOOOOO! Not another sex appeal set of advertisements. Motorola’s for the MOTO X was just plain stupid, luckly they fixed it. Not all smartphone users watch porn every day :/

  • ptz

    Fingerprint reader?

    • Cao Meo

      Touch can’t be finger print reader, a scanner must be used for the purpose.

  • Cao Meo

    I think the touch panel can be used for zooming and focus.

  • David Hill

    “Still, this is the very first time we’ve heard about a handset actually utilizing such tech.” Really?!? You never had the misfortune of using a Motorola Backflip?

  • peter

    sexy back

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  • deepak raghav

    awesome device of the year and grabbed a lot of user’s attention. We have found positive review here.