Oppo R1

Chinese phone maker Oppo is teasing the upcoming Oppo R1, a potentially mid-range phone with a camera that specializes in low-light photos, with a potential release sometime in late December.

Oppo posted photos of the new R1 smartphone on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, showing off the phone in both black and white. The company was careful to not detail any of the specs of the phone, but did talk about the camera in the phone. The 8MP rear-facing sensor of the Oppo R1 will be able to take accurate photos even in low-light scenarios.

Oppo R1 2

The Oppo R1 will likely have a 5-inch display with a resolution of 960×540, which makes it significantly less pixel dense than the vast majority of high-end smartphones, and even aggressively priced offerings like the Moto G. The phone will likely use a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and have 1GB of RAM. It’s possible that it will find its way to China Mobile when it comes out later this month in China.

With its mid-range specs the Oppo R1 will likely compete with inexpensive smartphone from companies like Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei in China. Oppo has set itself apart from those other companies with its camera technology, but most of its phones still never make it outside of China.

The one recent Oppo phone that will make it outside of China is the Oppo N1 which features a unique 13MP camera the swivels to act as both the rear-facing and front-facing camera. The Oppo N1 is also noteworthy because users have the option to buy the phone with CyanogenMod preinstalled on the device. It is the first phone that will ship with CM installed, and it will go on sale in the U.S. on Dec. 10 for $699.

There is no announced price for the Oppo R1.

Are you excited about a probable mid-range phone with a good low-light camera? Or are you more interested in the Oppo N1?

  • MadCowOnAStick

    960×540 is just no.

    • RanRu

      On a five in screen that equates to a whole lotta nope.

    • Fred Chiang

      its a midrange phone… calm down

      • MasterMuffin

        How was he not calm? :|

  • Nexususer123

    It’s $599 not $699 for the Oppo N1.

  • Tuấn Ankh

    $199.99 for the 16gb version and I’ll be interested, or 8gb would be fine if it has a microSD slot.
    That resolution definitely sucks, but that design and the good camera may make up for that.

    • Luka Mlinar

      People shouldn’t get too comfortable with what Motorola did with the Moto G. There isn’t going to be a whole lot of that from other manufacturers.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        The Moto G has its edges cut in order to be sold at that price. The Snap 400, no LTE, no NFC, blah blah. I’m not saying it’s bad, but it’s not worth much more than $200. The Nexus 4 also got down to that price range.
        So even though I don’t expect to see Samsung or LG to follow Moto anytime soon, I think other companies should. As for the Oppo R1, if it’s over $250 that would be too much. :D

        • Luka Mlinar

          Man people got spoiled. There is no better deal at the moment then the G. I dare you to find one. Not counting black friday or the Google getting rid of it’s stock pile of N4 in preparation for the upcoming N5. Desire 500, Motorola M, L, HTC One mini, S4. All phone that are more expensive and even double the price of the G yet they are weaker phone. Motorola tweaked it’s Android build so much that the phone benchmarks over the N4 yes the N4 has 30% better specs.

          • Tuấn Ankh

            Agree that you can’t find a better deal than the Moto G at this time. I never said otherwise.
            Besides, I don’t care about benchmarks. My gf’s Nexus 4 totally sucks in Quadrant (20fps, can you believe it?) yet it plays everything smoothly, even Thor TDW.

            And it’s okay to be spoiled anyway. If no other company follows the step of the Moto G, I will just be spoiled and get the Moto G. XD

  • Luka Mlinar

    OPPO is a bit slow to release the Find 5 successor. :/

  • Brendon Brown

    Who slapped an Oppo logo onto an Xperia Z ?

  • Jesus

    Nexus 4 and Xperia Z’s child?