Oppo is quite a a developer friendly OEM, and the Oppo N1 is quite the confirmation of this. The previous Oppo device, the Find 5 is also very successful. Good technical specification and great support from Oppo were paramount to its success. However, Oppo didn’t avoid making some weird decisions, such as granting only 2 GB of space for user data.
Allocating 2 GB to /userdata is rather strange, as the device came with up to 32 GB of internal storage. Rather, almost all new devices ship with /userdata and /sdcard on the same parent partition to share the available space. Using ART on such limited storage space can be quite a hassle as well.
Luckily, the Oppo 5 developer scene is pretty active, and a number of developers lead by XDA Recognized Developer cyansmoker found a solution to make a data partition bigger. The whole process can be executed on Windows, Linux, and Mac because it uses ADB. To enlarge the data partition to 4 GB, you should carefully follow the instructions and be prepared to lose all data on your phone, so a backup is more than recommended. The developer was kind enough to provide an unbricking tutorial, but caution is required.
If you own an Oppo Find 5 and want to expand your data partition, make your way to the hack thread to get started.
[Big thanks to my fellow news writer Samantha for the tip]