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Oppo launches smartphone range in Australia

The Chinese manufacturer has brought four of its phones to market locally, with "more products on the way".

The N1 Mini. Nic Healey/CNET

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has launched a select range of its smartphones in Australia. This is Oppo's first official move into a Western market with its phones.

Four models are now available: the Find 7, The N1 Mini, the Find 7a, and the Neo 5. Michael Tran, head of marketing for Oppo in Australia and NZ said that the phones would be available from today at the Oppo Mobile website, although at the time of writing the site was still "coming soon".

The four models arrive at very different price points, with all being sold outright. The nominal flagship is the Find 7 , a 5.5-inch phone sporting a Quad HD 2K (2,560x1,440) IPS screen with 558 PPI. It's running on a quad core Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor with LTE, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3000mAh battery.

The Find 7 also has fast charge capabilities -- Tran said that the phone will go from a completely flat battery to 75 percent charge in 30 minutes. The unit will sell for AU$719.

The Find 7a is broadly similar, but with a 5-inch lower-res screen (Full HD), smaller battery and a AU$629 price tag.

The N1 Mini is the "selfie model" -- its key feature is a rotating camera on the top. The 13-megapixel Sony-made camera can take 4K video and stills, as well as rotating through 195 degrees to face forward or to the rear.

The N1 Mini with rotating camera. Nic Healey/CNET

The 5-inch screen has a 1,280x720 resolution, while the N1 runs a Snapdragon TM400 processor and costs AU$539.

Finally, the budget-model is the Neo 5, a 4G-enabled quad-core phone with a 4.5-inch screen (854x480). At AU$219, it's joining models from Kogan, Microsoft Devices, and Motorola as the low-cost entry point for people looking for 4G on a pre-paid account.

All of the Oppo models run Android 4.3 as the base OS, with Oppo's own ColorOS 1.4 on top.

Tran called today a "soft launch" with Oppo bringing more products to market over the next 12 months, as well as launching a customer care hotline in the near future.