Oppo has announced the N3, the successor to the N1, and this time it comes with a motorised swivel camera. Along with the new camera unit, the touchpad on the back has been replaced with a fingerprint scanner and scrolling pad in one so, much like Apple’s Touch ID, you can unlock your phone just by touching the sensor.
As noted in the product video the O-Click has been updated. It now has controls to manually swivel the camera on the Oppo N3, take photos, control your music, and locate your phone. This time the display is 5.5 inches instead of the 5.9 inches of the N1, and of course is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It comes with a quad core Snapdragon SoC clocked at 2.3Ghz, along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage with a Micro SD slot. As you’d expect it comes with 4G LTE and something which is a little more of a surprise – it’s dual-sim this time around, with both micro sim and nano sim capability.
The N3 comes with the usual smartphone sensors and connectivity, 4G LTE as previously mentioned, NFC, bluetooth and so on, but it also has 5G WiFi. The star feature of the Oppo N3 however is the camera.
Like the previous model, the Oppo N3 comes with a swivel camera. This time however it’s motorised so you can switch between the camera facing forwards or backwards with a swipe on the camera app.
The sensor this time isn’t made by Sony, it’s made by a company called OmniVision. The lens has an aperture of f2.2, and can also support 4K video at 60 frames per second, though you’ll really need to use the SD card expansion to record 4K video. As for stills, it has a bunch of interesting modes such as super macro, after focus, and auto panorama. Auto panorama uses the motorised swivel camera to take the panorama – all you need do is hold the phone still. Something photography enthusiasts will be happy about is it that it shoots in RAW for uncompressed sensor data that can be post-processed later in Lightroom, which is ideal for night shots.
Other notable features include VOOC charging which is similar to turbo charging allowing you to go from 0-75% of charge in 30 minutes, and the all new Skyline 2.0 notification light which is visible from both sides of the phone.