Oppo N3 packs a motorised camera for super selfies

Oppo ducks out of the screen size arms race – this smartphone is (shock, horror) smaller than its predecessor
Oppo N3 packs a motorised camera for super selfies

Oppo has taken the wraps off its highly anticipated smartphone, the Oppo N3; and it's the ultimate selfie snapper.

The N3 packs a motorised 16MP camera that can rotate by itself; the smart snapper can manage up to 206 degrees of rotation. According to Oppo, it is the first phone to pack motorised camera technology; you’ll be able to control the rotating camera using on-screen gestures, Touch Access or Oppo’s O-Click technology (which works like a remote control).

READ MORE: Oppo N3 hands-on preview

Smaller is better?

Take a good look, this is how the Oppo N3 looks like
Take a good look, this is how the Oppo N3 looks like

That's not the only surprise the N3 packs. Where everyone from Apple to Samsung seems to be making their phones bigger with each successive generation, the N3 takes a different tack. It's noticeably smaller than its predecessor the N1 – measuring 5.5in as compared to 5.9in – and it weighs just 192g. According to Oppo Singapore CEO and managing director, Sean Deng, its size was reduced to facilitate one-handed use.

As for its build, the N3 features an industrial grade aluminium alloy micro-arc frame with a hollowed out design at the bottom. Its 5.5in full HD display delivers 402ppi, and is tucked away behind Gorilla Glass 3.  

Rounding out the spec sheet are 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (which can be expanded using microSD by up to 128GB), a 3,000mAh Li-Po battery with Oppo’s VOOC mini rapid charge technology, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, as well as NFC and LTE functionality. It will run on Android 4.4 KitKat, skinned with Oppo's Colour OS 2.0.

The Oppo N3 will only come in a white colour for now. Pricing has been fixed at US$650 (approximately £400).

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