New teaser reveals the Oppo N1 will feature a rear touchpanel

August 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.”

    oppo-reartouchpanel

    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?

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    • 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.

        • http://yash3339.wordpress.com/ yash3339

          XD

    • 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 :/

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        At least it’s sex appel, not sexist… They could do a version with a man too, though, just to be sure.

    • 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

    • Bjajjull

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