Oppo N1 Mini Review

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Oppo, a mobile company known for its premium smartphones entered the Indian market couple of months ago with the launch of their flagship device N1. N1 smartphone featured a rotating camera which can be used both as back and front facing camera. After N1, company launched the N1 mini in India which is a trimmed down version of N1. It is meant for the users who don’t want a huge display but are willing to buy a device with a rotatable camera. So, is N1 mini worth buying? And is it better than other smartphones in the same price segment? Read on to find out.

Unboxing

You get the following items in the Oppo N1 Mini Indian Retail Package:

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Retail Box Contents:

  • Oppo N1 Mini
  • Micro USB Cable
  • USB Charging Adapter
  • Earphones
  • O-Click
  • SIM Ejector Pin
  • Quick Guide

Design & Build Quality

Just like Oppo N1, N1 Mini is a well built device and it looks and feel like a premium smartphone. In terms of size, it is smaller than the Oppo N1 but it is by no means a mini device, as suggested by the name. Mini Here just refers to the trimmed down version. It looks very similar to the N1 and weighs around 150 grams. The front of the device is dominated by a 5 inch HD IPS LCD display which has a pixel density of 294 ppi. Since it is a 720p display it is not very sharp but has decent viewing angles and good sunlight/outdoor visibility.

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Above the display you have an earpiece, proximity and ambient light sensors. It comes with a swivel camera earpiece so that users can rotate it and use the 13 MP back camera as a front facing camera.

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Below the display you have three usual Android touch buttons – Menu, Home and Back. The buttons have decent haptic feedback when pressed.

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You have a volume rocker and SIM card slot on the right edge of the device. You can open the SIM card slot using the Pin provided in the box. The power/lock key is present on the left edge. The phone comes with a Aluminium Alloy frame which is visible in the form of chrome rings running on the edges.

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On the bottom of the phone you have a 3.5 mm audio jack, micro USB port, primary mic and a speaker outlet.

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On the back of the phone you have a 13 megapixel rotatable camera which can rotate upto 206 degrees and become a front facing camera just like Oppo N1. You can also notice a secondary mic along with Oppo branding on the back. Unlike N1 you won’t find the O-touch area in this smartphone. The back of the device is slightly curved and has a matte finish.

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Overall, Oppo N1 Mini has a good design and it is clearly one of the best smartphones in the market if we just talk about the build quality. The only minor issue with the device is that it can get scratched if kept on a rough surface.

Hardware & Performance

Oppo N1 Mini is powered by a 1.6 Ghz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. It comes with 16 GB internal storage and does not support micro SD card which is bit disappointing for users who need more storage. The device supports USB OTG so you can use a pen drive to store data but you need to carry it with you whenever you need to access that data.

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Snapdragon 400 processor is quite powerful and we did not face any lag or slowness while navigating through the home screens or while launching or switching between apps. The device was able to run all apps and even the high end games with ease. We ran some synthetic benchmarks on the device and it scored 11,288 is quadrant standard test and 22,004 in Antutu Benchmark which is a pretty good score for a mid range device. Talking about the connectivity features, it supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG, GPS

Just like N1, N1 mini comes with O-Click which is a pretty useful accessory. It connects to the phone over bluetooth and can be used as a remote shutter key to capture images, locate device or for triggering the alarm whenever the phone is moved away. It runs on a battery cell which is easy to place/replace.

Software

The Oppo N1 mini runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS with Color OS v1.4 UI on top. OS is bit outdated at the point and company is planning to release an update soon. The interface is similar to Oppo N1 interface and it is a highly customized OS. Even with so many customizations the interface is smooth and does not lag.

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The phone support themes and users can download and install themes depending on their preferences. It supports screen gestures which can be used to quickly launch certain applications like camera or turn on the flash. Users can also create custom gestures by visiting Gesture & motion option in settings. If you want to more about the software features you can read our Oppo N1 Review where we have covered the software part in detail.

Camera

The main feature of N1 Mini is the camera, it comes with a 13 megapixel swivel camera with LED flash. It can be rotated up to 206 degrees and features a Sony EXMOR RS sensor with 6 element lens. It has 6 different camera modes- Landscape, Sunset, Portrait, Night, Auto and Sports and supports Audio Photo, Panorama, HDR, Ultra HD, beauty, Colourful Night and Slow shutter.

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The camera interface is similar to N1 but company has added a new Shooting Mode – Ultra HD, which lets you capture 24 megapixel images. In Ultra HD mode it shoots 6 images and then combine them to form a 24 MP image. Here are some sample images taken using the 13 megapixel camera :

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The camera can also be used to record full HD 1080p videos at 30fps and slow motion 480p videos at 120fps Overall, N1 mini has a good camera which is able to capture good quality images & videos with great details.

Battery Life

Oppo N1 Mini comes with a 2410 mAh non removable battery which gives it decent battery life. With moderate usage the phone can easily last for an entire day. It comes with a power saving mode which gives a reminder in case battery charge drops below 40% and it can turn off the Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and 3G to save battery.

Conclusion

Oppo N1 Mini is great phone with good build quality and design. It comes with decent hardware and a unique rotatable camera which makes it a good option for selfie lovers. The phone is available in India for Rs 26,990 which is bit on the higher side as compared to other smartphones with similar specifications. So if you are looking for a rotatable camera smartphone you can definitely opt for this device.

Pros:

  • Great Build Quality & design
  • Good Performance
  • Rotatable Camera

Cons:

  • Bit Pricey
  • No MicroSD support

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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