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.

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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?