Oppo N3 announced: one of the most interesting phones you can get

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 29, 2014
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The Oppo N3 and the Oppo R5 have just been unveiled in Singapore, and our Joshua Vergara got a sneak peek at these intriguing devices. His N3 hands-on impressions (with video) are here, but in this post we’ll take a look at what you need to know about the Oppo N3’s specs, features, and design. For a look at the 4.8 millimeter thin Oppo R5, check our hands-on post.

In 2013, Oppo came up with the powerful, albeit quirky N1, a beast of a phone whose main claim to fame was it swiveling camera. For the second generation, the N3, Oppo took the concept and refined it, turning the often unwieldy N1 into a device that is easier to handle, but every bit as interesting and powerful as its predecessor.

Design and build

Oppo seems to have taken to heart the criticism about the N1 being a bit too large, as the N3 has been shrunken down significantly. That’s at the cost of a slightly smaller display of 5.5-inch, compared to 5.9-inch on the N1. The N3 is shorter, narrower, and about 20 grams lighter than the first-gen, albeit a millimeter thicker.

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Around the device, you’ll see a lustrous steel frame, while the swiveling camera features a design touch that we’re less impressed by – faux leather and faux stitching, just like on the white Note 3 from last year. Some users will surely like it, but we can see why it could be a turn off as well. On the back, the marquee feature is the touch-based fingerprint scanner, which is surrounded by a metallic frame.

At the bottom, the unique Skyline notification light has been made visible from both sides of the phone, so you won’t miss any notifications even when the phone is lying on its screen.

Oppo N3 specs and features

Display5.5-inch AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 403 ppi
Processor2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core (MSM8974AA)
CameraRear/front: 16MP, f 2.2, OV16825 sensor, 4K video @ 30 fps, 120fps.
Front: 5MP, 80 degree wide angle
Battery3,000 mAh, VOOC fast charging
Storage32GB, expandable
FDD-LTE B1/3/4/7/8/17/20/28-a/28-b
ConnectivityGPS, microUSB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, 5GHz, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 Kitkat, Color OS 2
Dimensions161.2×77×9.9mm, 192 grams

The Oppo N3 doesn’t feature the current cutting-edge processing package, but the Snapdragon 801 chip and 2GB of RAM should still be more than enough to ensure a smooth user experience.

The 5.5-inch screen is a Full HD LCD of 403 ppi, again, not best-in-class, but probably still good enough for most users. The device comes with 32GB of storage, which is something we appreciate given how easy it is to fill out 16GB these days, and a microSD card slot for expansion.

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The battery is a great 3,000 mAh, and Oppo’s VOOC fast charging technology makes a return, but in an easier to use form, as the special charger has been shrunken down.

The fingerprint scanner on the back lets you skip the lockscreen with a simple touch, and it works quite well. Unlike the Galaxy S5 or Note 4, you don’t need to swipe your finger over the sensor, which makes it much easier to use.

The Oppo N3 comes with its own O-Click remote, which has been souped up and given the ability to control music playback and the swiveling camera. From finding your phone, to snapping a shot, to changing tunes from a distance, we see this little gizmo becoming very useful to N3 users.

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While the exterior of the N3’s swiveling camera doesn’t give it away, there’s actually a tiny motor embedded in the phone that lets you control the rotation with a simple tap on the screen. You won’t have to worry about having both hands free to manually swivel the camera (though you can still do that). The O-Click comes in very handy here – pressing the left/right buttons instantly rotates the camera, while the up/down buttons let you move the camera in small increments.

The camera itself is a 16MP unit, with an f 2.2 lens and a variety of software features, including HDR, GIF Mode, HD Picture, Double Exposure and more.

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On the software side, you get Color OS 2.0 (based on Android 4.4 KitKat), which doesn’t bring many visual changes compared to the previous version, but does refine and adds some new features. Things like on-screen gesture shortcuts make a return – more about it in our hands-on.

Oppo N3 price and availability

Oppo announced that the Oppo N3 will be available from $649 in the following months. We will update this post when we learn details about the N3’s availability by country – from past launches, we think the N3 will be available in China and other East Asian markets, as well as in the West, through Oppo’s online store.

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Oppo R5

Head over here for a hands-on look and details about the Oppo R5, the 4.8 millimeter mid-ranger that Oppo unveiled aside the N3!

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Sound off

Are you impressed with the Oppo N3? Why? why not?

  • venorme

    Rotating camera has way less value then small bezels and smaller phone itself. Why phone with 5.5 inch screen should be as big as 5.9 inch?

  • Umar Ali

    you have really dry hands, high time you start moisturizing.

  • Daniel DS

    That stitching thingy is sooo ugly

  • Anonymousfella

    Skyline notification LED is the coolest thing about Oppo phones.

  • Jeez,am I the only one who hates Oppo and all these chinese upstarts?

    • Ali Faisel

      yes you are the only one…….their prices are high but the quality is still better than samsung’s most phones

  • MasterMuffin

    Definitely the most unique phone, all it needs is a curved screen :D

  • Protoss

    Snapdragon 801 again… Cant understand why there is still phones who came out without the latest SoC

    • price. It’s like buying the galaxy s4 after the galaxy s5 comes out, so it’s a bit cheaper but still sort of high end. And no, I am not a galaxy owner for the record.

  • hitham adel

    am not saying this is a bad phone in fact it really nice but the thing is NEXUS 6

  • Pablo Bicca

    Is it Amoled ou LCD after all?

  • Oli Sierra

    It’s Multicolor Noticationled or one Color ?

  • chanman

    If my phone is facedown, the reason was probably NOT to get distracted by notifications. That was probably the exact opposite of a thoughtful design feature…

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    Not interesting at all. Nexus 6, Moto X, Motorola Turbo is intersting, not this crap!

  • Itamar Baum

    Looks good but launched a day after the droid turbo, that seems to be better in every single way AND still manages to be 50$ cheaper off contract.

  • crutchcorn

    I was looking forward to this phone largly… However with the current phones on the market, this one was a disappointment… Not nearly enough added to make me consider. Sorry Oppo, better luck next time

  • czaplin

    Ok specs for not ok price. My wallet votes for droid turbo.

  • I can’t believe OPPO has decided to keep the obsolete design of the predecessor. Old look with capacitive buttons, the same shape and poor screen to frame ratio make the device a questionable choice. Not to even mention the lack of support for Oppo N1, which is stuck on outdated firmware. The 650 dollar pricepoint is just ridiculous when compared to the likes of OnePlus One or the fact that you can but a better smartphone with prompt updates for the same money.

  • Viswanathan P

    disappointing at the top

  • Jayfeather787

    Tad too much. Lower the price to 450 at most, and I would take that in a heartbeat. Thing is, it has the same specs as the Oppo Find 7a, which costs 500 bucks. You can get a nexus 6 for that price, and it is superior.

  • Nick Dwalin Diesel

    649 dollars for outdated tech with 360 cam…. yeap sure why not….

  • leenwen

    I think it may be a little expensive ,but its functions is very awesome.http://www.minimalandroid.com/fingerprint-identification-and-16-mp-motorized-swivel-camera-oppo-n3/

  • Kevin James

    After the huge success of Finger Slash, here comes another challenging game to test your reflexes but it a delicious way.
    Finger crush

  • Neil

    Where’s the video? I’m in I.T. I don’t do the reading thingy! That’s the Business Analysts job. LOL

  • ziggi

    OPPO just launched a N3 giveaway competition. Details here: http://www.tech-order.com/index.php/win-oppo-n3-smartphone/

  • Fadi

    Man, thank you so much for your full explanation, but your hands look like you are construction worker, use hand cream :)

  • Rana Wasif Munir

    One of the best innovative cell phone on planet by bye to Samsung & I phone