Oppo sets N1 swivel-cam Android phone price at $599

The Chinese phone maker is ready to start selling its distinctive flagship smartphone -- the camera is on a pivot. The N1 also has a 5.9-inch screen, but no LTE support.

The Oppo N1 has a large 5.9-inch display.
The Oppo N1 has a large 5.9-inch display. Oppo

The Oppo N1 , an Android phone with an unusual swiveling camera design, now has a price: $599.

The Chinese phone maker announced the price on Google+ on Sunday, along with a precise date, December 10, when it'll start taking orders. In Europe, the phone will cost 449 euros.

The phone is notable for its use of a camera module that can be rotated to point in different directions compared to the screen. It's also got a touch-sensitive patch on the back that people can use for scrolling without touching the front of the screen. And it's capable of running the CyanogenMod version of Android, but it ships with Oppo's own Color OS, which is a based on Android 4.2, aka Jelly Bean. However, it can't use the newer LTE high-speed networking technology.

The camera can be operated with a remote control and can take 8-second long-exposure photos, too.

The N1 has a 5.9-inch 1080p display, 16GB of storage, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a 13-megapixel camera with a six-element lens, and a 3610mAh battery. It can use 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM frequencies and 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz WCDMA frequencies. Oppo didn't disclose a price for a planned 32GB model.

Via The Verge

The Oppo N1 has an unusual swiveling camera with a 13.6-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 lens.
The Oppo N1 has an unusual swiveling camera with a 13.6-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 lens. Oppo
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