The Oppo N1 was one of the coolest smartphones of 2013, but that's old news now. The company on Wednesday launched the much-hyped successor to the N1 smartphone in a Singapore-based event.
The last year's Oppo N1 was an effortless handset in terms of design and (yes) camera. Despite critics praised its unique rotating camera, the handset somehow left under noticed due to the dated processor under the hood.
With the N3, Oppo has been successful addressing core basic issues that matters to us. The phone now has a 16-megapixel motorized swivel camera that doubles as a front and rear shooter. Plus, it packs in a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a 3,000mAh battery and 4G LTE connectivity.
You might be thinking to replace the old N1 handset in favor of the latest-gen N3 flagship. What's the real difference between the two handsets, and should you be bother upgrading?
We look at the two Oppo-made handsets and see what the difference is between last year's flagship and this year's flagship really is.
Oppo N3 Vs Oppo N1: Design
The N3 doesn't look, too, different from the original N1. Though, tweaks have been incorporated. The most notable changes would be the faux-leather material used in the swivel camera mount. Otherwise, the N3 is still made out of plastic body.
The Oppo N3 measures 161.2 x 77 x 9.9 mm and weighs 192g, while the Oppo N1 measures 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm and weighs 213g.
Oppo N3 Vs Oppo N1: Display
The display on the Oppo N1 was large and beautiful. It featured a 5.9-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel. However, the N3 now comes with a 5.5-inch FHD screen (1920 x 1080)
Oppo N3 Vs Oppo N1: Processor, Storage and Connectivity
The N3 is faster in terms of processing power, but offers a smaller battery compared to its predecessor.
The original N1 included a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and a 3,610 mAh battery with 2GB of RAM. Although the RAM stays the same for the Oppo N3, you get a bump in processor power - now a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 and a slightly smaller battery (3,000mAh).
The new N3 handset houses 32GB of native storage which further can be expanded via a microSD card. The original N1 doesn't have an expandable storage.
The Oppo N3 is just as well connected as the Oppo N1 offering the usual connectivity options including Bluetooth, 3G/2G, 4G LTE, NFC and Wi-Fi.
Oppo N3 Vs Oppo N1: Camera
Notably, the N3 smartphone has a 16-megapixel 206-degree rotating camera, 1/2.3-inch sensor with dual-LED Flash and f/2.2 aperture. It also has motorized rotating camera that can rotate to 0.012 degrees accurately to capture selfies. The camera uses Schneider Kreuznach-certified lens.
The swivel camera on the N3 has been massively improved with a motor, and it will automatically swivel around when you tap on the front camera button in the camera app.
Other highlighted features of N3's terrific camera includes: slow shutter, ultra macro mode, after focus, manual control and shooting in RAW.
The N3 is a better performer: it's faster and performs noticeably better, according to early reviews.
Oppo N3 Vs Oppo N1: Software
The Oppo N3 comes with Color OS 2.0, running over Android 4.4 KitKat. The OS has been improved a lot. There have been a couple of changes made to make the UI simple yet intuitive. The N1, on the other hand, now runs on Color OS 2.0 layered on top of Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Oppo N3 Vs Oppo N1: Price and Verdict
Oppo N3 is rumored to get launched in India later next month. Globally, the device is going to be made available for $649 or Rs. 39,589. You will be pleased to know that the N1 handset is now available for Rs. 30,000 in India.
The Oppo N3 is, of course, much improved over its predecessor. It has a much powerful camera, a super fast quad-core processor, expandable storage and more.
All that said the N1 is still a fantastic Android-based smartphone that shouldn't be overlooked. Its retail price is still very attractive.
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