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The Indian handset market is filled with a host of smartphone makers hailing from different parts of the globe. However, keeping all others out of the context for the moment, a thing or two needs to be said about the rise of the Chinese handset makers.
If you follow the market well, you will know that names such as Gionee, Xiaomi and Asus are already in the market with more and more such names (like IUNI also coming up shortly) coming up. And Oppo is one among them.
Going ahead with the tradition of the great Chinese advancement, Oppo has today successfully outed the new N1 Mini handset for the Indian handset market. The device, as you may expect, is a more compact version of the previously released Oppo N1.
According to Mr.Tom Lu, CEO, Oppo India, speaking at the launch: "Customer orientation is deeply rooted in the culture at Oppo. We strive to give users what they really look for. Oppo N1 mini stems from this philosophy of ours. It brings to users the unique design and technology for which the Oppo N1 won a lot of accolades, but in a sleeker and more compact body.
"For Oppo, a fusion of technology and affection has always been the essence of our product design and development. We believe that today's youth will find Oppo N1 Mini as a device that is mini in size and max in fun."
Going through the specs of the device, the N1 Mini sports a 5-inch IPS display offering an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU. Since it has a 2GB RAM, multi-tasking should be pretty swift and smooth. It runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Color OS 1.4 ROM slapped on top of it.
The latest offering from Oppo comes with a 13MP rotating camera. The camera module features a Sony IMX214 stacked sensor, f/2.0 aperture and is accompanied by a LED Flash. The same camera works as a front facing shooter as well. The smartphone houses 16GB internal memory, but sadly, it lacks a microSD card slot.
The Oppo N1 mini, which measures 9.2 mm thick and weighs 150 grams features regular connectivity options like 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and is powered by a 2140 mAh battery.
But while all that constitutes the numbers and stats that make up the handset, there's more than it meets the eye actually. So here's a closer look at the top 5 features of this new Oppo handset.
The new Oppo N1 Mini might come as the compact avatar of the previously released Oppo N1, but that doesn't mean it has a less in terms of screen and display size. In fact, the handset offers a 5-inch display that brings it at par with most others in the industry.
The N1 Mini is an example of Oppo wanting to offer more while keeping everything else less. Take for instance the device camera which is a 13MP sensor. That makes it at par with the latest crop of Sony Xperia handsets in the market. However, these are rotating lenses and hence the treat is bigger.
The Oppo N1 Mini comes with a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU. And although most will argue that devices anyway arrive with such processor these days (in fact, better), there's no denying the fact that the built-in power and speed will be at maximum.
The N1 Mini comes with 2140mAh battery unit inside it. That means, by our guess, the device should last you more than a day while the device is credited with mixed usage.
The Oppo N1 Mini comes along with 16GB of on-board storage, hence Oppo has decided against opting for an added microSD slot. However, the 16GB of internal space should be enough to store all your image and music data on your phone.