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Oppo N-Lens N1 emerges to battle the Nokia Lumia 1020

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Oppo, best known for its high-end Blu-ray players, is reportedly working on a new camera-centric Android(s goog) phone. Weibo user ICTech recently uncovered pictures of the Oppo N-Lens N1, which is believed to have a 12-megapixel camera and a Xenon flash.

Now, 12 megapixels doesn’t sound too impressive stacked up against camera phones like the Nokia Lumia 1020, which boasts a whopping 41-megapixel sensor. But the N-Lens N1 is reportedly using an “Owl” image chip, which promises strong low-light performance. That, combined with the Xenon flash, could make it a strong contender, at least if you like to take pictures in the dark.

But low-light performance aside, it isn’t clear how the N1 will outshine its higher-megapixel competition. Keep in mind that more megapixels do not necessarily equal a better picture, though. Yes, the Lumia 1020(s nok) is one of the better camera phones out there right now, but I’ve seen plenty of 8-megapixel shooters outperform their 13-megapixel counterparts.

Smartphones aren’t entirely new to Oppo. The Chinese manufacturer put out the lovely Oppo Find 5 earlier this year. Judging by that phone’s strong 13-megapixel camera performance, Oppo may very well be onto something with this new Owl chip.

There are no additional details about screen size, processor or Android version. The only other thing we know is that the phone may retail for $480, which would be a good price for an unlocked device as long as the rest of the specs fall on the higher end of the spectrum.

6 Responses to “Oppo N-Lens N1 emerges to battle the Nokia Lumia 1020”

  1. Boogieman

    Did I read that right?

    “Yes, the Lumia 1020 is one of the better camera phones out there right now”

    One of the better?
    More like
    “Lumia 1020 is HANDS DOWN THE BEST camera phones out there right now”

    Read up before messing up ;-)

    • Yep, HANDS DOWN!! Nokia uses 1 to 8 of the 1.1 microns pixels to conform a single pixel in the 5mpxls resulting picture that you can share. making a total of 8.8 microns area in un-zoomed pictures. Comparing that to a 2.0 microns sensor in the HTC ONE with Ultrapixel tech(witch comes from their sensor area for pixel is 2.0 in contrast with sansung 1.2 and other phones regular pixel) is big difference. Great job Nokia!! To bad they select to restrict their device exposure to ATT customers with contracts close to end and willing to switch to a windows phone, and paying $300 with a 2 years contract. Unless ATT give new customers a great promotion, i think this was a really bad business decision from Nokia, who needs to get more windows phones in the hands of customers. Getting ppl to get used to windows phone is what will make nokia sell more devices, they will get nothing to go after Apple’s users who are very emotionally invested in Apple products. Their decision to go after windows phones market rather than Android’s market, makes them susceptible to windows phone OS adoption, and so far even though microsoft is trying, ppl are not wellcoming windows 8. SO, the big point sell is the hardware, so they need to try to get the device to as many ppl as they can.

  2. cyclobob

    Alex, I don’t believe it’s the number of megapixels you should be worrying about, it’s what the camera does with them to produce the final image that’s important and that’s where the Nokia is supposed to shine. It might only produce a 5 megapixel image after processing, but the resulting image would be better than a 13 for clarity and quality.