News by Luke Jones on Monday October 27, 2014.
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Oppo has discussed its upcoming N3 smartphone plenty, while a bunch of leaks have given away a lot of details about the device, such as its unique camera. We are finally set to get our hands on the N3 as the Chinese company has pencilled in a launch date for the handset, with a scheduled event for October 29th, which is this Wednesday.The company issued the above teaser image with the invite for the event, and behind that slightly drawn curtain is the N3 on the right with its swivelling camera. However, on the left there is something else, a new handset that Chinese outlets are saying is something new, and true to Oppo form something unique. The ever changing accolade of world's thinnest smartphone is about to get a new occupier, although this new Oppo smartphone could hold the title for some time. According to reports the new device will be a staggering 4mm thick, which seem unfathomable to us, but not entirely impossible from a technical standpoint. Looking at the image, the new device is slightly shorter than the N3, although it is still probably massive as the 5.9-inch screen N3 is a properly huge smartphone. The new 4mm device would have to be sizeable in terms of footprint if it is going house decent specs, but even so I expect this will be a handset that targets the mid-range. As for the N3, which will be the star of the show, that handset is getting a 5.9-inch screen with a Full HD 1080p resolution (373ppi). If this is anything like the N7, with the camera housing this will be a gargantuan smartphone that dwarfs just about anything else out there. Elsewhere there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processer under the hood that has been coupled with 3GB of RAM. Oppo is giving customers a choice of which material they want their N3 to be made from. The company is offering the device in either good old plastic, stainless steel, or an Aluminum Lithium alloy that the Chinese brand says is the strongest and lightest in the world. I imagine that there will be different price tiers for each material, otherwise we would all just choose the metal one. The major talking point is definitely the camera, which is a single lens that sits on a swivelling piece that is separate from the overall body of the device. This means you can use the sizeable 13 megapixel sensor to take traditional rear facing shots, or you can flip it over 206 degrees to turn it into the ultimate selfie front facing snapper. We'll be on hand during Wednesday as Oppo launches the N3 and the new mystery thin device in China.
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