Taking cue from companies like Samsung and Gionee etc., Oppo of China has launched today compact version of its premium smartphone Oppo N1, known as Oppo N1 Mini at exhorbitant price of Rs. 26,990. This smartphone is expected to be available by the end of this week. The N1 comes in light blue, white and lemon yellow colors.
The Oppo N1 Mini has the unique feature of a 13 MP rotating Sony sensor with a 6-piece lens arrangement with an f/2.0 aperture camera that can be used as a front or rear camera. The N1 Mini offers different shooting modes – Beauty, Panorama, Ultra-HD, HDR, Slow shutter, and Normal, with a 32-seconds long exposure. This camera is capable of shooting 24MP photos in the Ultra HD mode.
The NI Mini sport a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage with no expandable storage support. The N1 Mini runs Oppo’s proprietary Color OS 1.4, which is based on Android Jelly Bean OS 4.3. The connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and 3G. This smartphone is fuelled by a 2140mAh battery. It has thickness of 9.2mm and weighs 151 grams.
We had written in our earlier article that inorder to be successful, Oppo will have to be very careful about the pricing of NI Mini keeping in view of the fact of onslaught of other Chinese comapnies with high-powered featured smartphones at very attractive prices. The NI Mini will face stiff compettion from Xiaomi’s Mi3, which is priced at Rs. 13,999. The only advantage N1 Mini has over Mi3 is its rotating camera. But the question is wheter the consumer would be ready to pay double the price for this particular feature. We doubt it very much.
Oppo had also introduced their falgship N1 at very high prices and subsequently reduced its price. There is no fun in launching the product at very high price and then slashing its price subsequently. Probably, NI Mini will also get price cut very shortly.