Nowadays, every smartphone comes with similar features, powerful chips, longish rectangular body, a camera on the back and front and big display. Looks like Oppo had the courage to come with something new on the market. Last year the Chinese company has unveiled N1, a smartphone with a camera mounted on swivel. This year, Oppo’s device, the N3, has the same gimmick, but with some improvements. The Oppo’s N3 camera comes with a nifty auto-panorama feature and a motor.
Such improvements come usually with drawback. The camera is separated from the chassis, making N3 thicker. This is a disadvantage because most devices on the market are slime and lightweight. N3 feels heavy and thick. The new device will be available on Oppo’s online shop, at the price of 649 dollars, unlocked and without a contract. The US version of N3 will work with GSM carries, like T-Mobil and AT&T for calls and texts. LTE support will depend on the country you live in, so it is recommended, before you buy the phone, to check if it matches your carrier’s network.
The Oppo’s N3 name is a little weird, because it suggests that is the third version of the company’s N series, but in reality it’s the second. Probably the reason for the skipping numbers is due to how most Chinese companies avoid the number four. In Mandarin, the pronunciation of “four” sound like “death”. As for design, N3 looks very similar with the N1. However, there are a few changes, such as the faux-leather material used in the swivel camera mount. The camera automatically turns around when the user taps on the camera button in the camera app.
Oppo N3 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat as an operating system. Under the hood it features a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and an onboard storage of 32GB. The benchmark scores compare favorably with high-end phones, such as HTC One M8 and Xiaomi MI Note. N3 has a 3,000mAh battery, lasting 12 hours and 25 minutes on a full day of use.