Along with the world's slimmest smartphone Oppo has today announced the Oppo N3, the successor to the N1. As is often the case with devices from the Chinese manufacturer the N3 comes with an unusual and interesting camera specification. The camera module is located in a motorized element at the top of the phone that rotates up to 206 degrees. There is no need for a front camera as the main camera including the LED-flash can simply flip around to snap a selfie or start a video-chat. The device also comes with the O-Click 2.0 Bluetooth remote control that lets you operate the phone from a distance, including the camera and music player.

Inside the camera there is a 1/2.3-inch OmniVision OV16825 CMOS sensor with a 1.34 micrometer pixel-pitch. It's combined with an F2.2 aperture and Schneider-certified lens. Unfortunately there is no optical image stabilization but the camera is capable of recording Raw-format images and 4K video. There is also a 120 fps slow-motion mode and a range of special shooting modes, including Tracking Focus, Double Exposure, GIF Camera and a panorama mode that uses the swiveling camera and captures images that are up to 64MP large. A fingerprint sensor at the back allows you to protect images immediately after capture with a swipe.

The rest of the specification is decent but not quite cutting edge in 2014. A Snapdragon 801 system chip with a quad-core 2.5GHz processor is combined with 2GB of RAM. There are 32GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via a microSD-slot and the 5.5-inch TFT display comes with a 1080p resolution. The 3,000mAh Li-Po battery supports Oppo's VOOC rapid charging technology and the company claims it can charge from 0 to 75% in 30 minutes, or gain 2 hours of talking time in only 5 minutes of charging.

The Oppo N3 will be available for $649 without a contract but no release schedule has been provided yet. The N3's camera specification certainly sounds intriguing and we hope to get a test unit in our hands at some point. In the meantime you can watch the promotional video below to see the swiveling camera module in action. 

Key Specifications:

  • 16MP 1/2.3-inch OmniVision OV16825 CMOS sensor
  • Motorized camera module with 206-degree rotation and Bluetooth remote control
  • F2.2 aperture
  • 4K video
  • 120 fps slow-motion mode at 720p
  • Raw-support
  • 5.5-inch 1080p TFT display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • MicroSD support
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with ColorOS 2.0
  • 3,000mAh battery with rapid charging
  • Fingerprint scanner