The selfie has become an important part of our everyday lexicon, and companies have tried addressing this by releasing devices with better front-facing cameras. HTC’s recent Desire Eye is a good example of this trend. Oppo apparently doesn’t feel compelled to follow trends. Rather than a phone with high megapixel cameras on the front and back, the company’s newest N3 comes with a swiveling 16-megapixel shooter. That means you’ll have the same quality no matter if you’re shooting a landscape photo or quickly taking a selfie while at the dentist.
The swiveling mechanism (which is also motorized, by the way) is simple, and is easy to adjust depending on what you plan on taking a picture of; it’s actually really cool, and works a lot better than you’d expect. When you want to take a selfie, you can quickly flip the camera with the press of an onscreen button or a simple gesture—it flips right over to the exact position it needs to be. It’s smooth, fast and works well, and so far we haven’t noticed any hiccups. Of course, you could just flip the camera yourself, but where’s the fun in that?
The rotating camera also has a few cool tricks up its sleeve if you download the right software. Auto Panorama, for example, will automatically take a panorama while you simply hold the phone still. There’s also an Ultra HD mode, Expert Mode, Beautify and many more. You can add apps, too, which means you’ll have no shortage of powerful shooting modes to choose from. There’s even a RAW plug-in in cause you plan on doing a lot of post-processing.
Of course, one of the big disadvantages to having a swiveling camera is that the top bezel is huge—iPhone 6 Plus-level huge. That’s probably not a major issue for most people, but it’s certainly worth mentioning; with capacitive buttons on the bottom, the bottom bezel isn’t much smaller. Which is to say: the phone, which has a 5.5-inch Full HD display, is pretty tall—about as tall as Apple’s largest iPhone.
On the inside, the Oppo N3 comes with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, 4K video at 30 fps, 3000mAh battery, and Android 4.4 with Oppo’s Color OS 2.0. There’s also a fingerprint reader on the back, which has been acceptable so far, but not amazing. It works in the same manner as Apple’s Touch ID, requiring you to place your finger down on the sensor, rather than using a swipe.
Check out the unboxing to check out the N3 in action, and stay tuned for more N3 coverage.
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