It seems that a lot of Android manufacturing companies right now are jumping into the mini bandwagon. These are smaller, slightly underpowered versions of a company’s existing high-end device. Companies such as Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony have mini model out in the market and it looks like Chinese company Oppo will soon be joining them with its upcoming Oppo N1 Mini smartphone.
We’ve previously heard rumors of an upcoming mini device from Oppo however this time an official announcement has been made by the company confirming its existence. Over at Chinese social media Weibo, the company confirmed that the Oppo N1 Mini will be announced this coming May 30. That’s only a few days away from today.
So what do we know about this upcoming mini device so far? For starters, it’s going to have the same swivel type camera as its larger brother as indicated by a photo rendering released by the company. This is a unique feature present in the Oppo N1 which allowed its 13MP camera to be rotated at 206 degrees and can lock securely into any angle. This not only saves the company from placing two cameras on one device but also allows the consumer to take front facing shots as good as rear shots.
The mini version will also have the same physical design as the original device. What it differs though is in its technical specs. Instead of a 5.9-inch display that is used by the N1 the mini version will have a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The display is pretty large for a mini device and can easily pass for a full-fledged model.
The other specs of the device are only rumors so far. It’s reportedly going to use an octa-core processor, possibly made by MediaTek or it could also be Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chip. There’s going to be two versions that will hit the market, a 3G and an LTE version. It’s also going to come with Bluetooth 4.0 features and will be using a 2140 mAh battery. The battery itself is said to provide 13 hours of talk time or 210 hours of standby time.
While little information about this device has surfaced what we do know is that it will be revealed in just a couple of days. For comparison purposes we have listed the specs of the Oppo N1 below which can be used to compare against its mini version.
Oppo N1 Technical Specifications
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; penta-band 3G with HSPA
5.9″ 16M-color 1080p Super IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 373ppi
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with CyanogenMod 10.2 upgraedable to Android 4.4 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU
Adreno 320 GPU
2 GB RAM
13 MP autofocus camera, dual-LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode
Touchpad on the back
Dual-band Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV-out (Miracast)