News by Luke Jones on Tuesday November 25, 2014.
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The selfie trend is certainly growing with more and more devices finding their way to the market proclaiming to offer a superior front facing camera experience. Whether you are down with this movement or not (I am not sold) there are plenty of device to choose from, but let's be honest these are just mid-range handsets with slightly better shooters on the front.Nevertheless, there is a new addition to the selfie crowd in the shape of the Doov Nike V1, a Chinese handset that uses an unusual camera setup. Of course, unusual does not mean unique and we have certainly seen this swivelling camera module on the Oppo N3 before, although the V1 does it in a very different way. Like the Oppo handset, the Doov Nike V1 features a system that turns 190 degrees allowing the user to take front and rear camera shots with the same lens, but unlike the N3 the lens sits on some kind of protruding stand. Of course, for this to be worth a second look the rear lens would have to be decent to start with, and luckily with the V1 it is a solid if unspectacular effort. The 13 megapixel lens gets an F/2.0 second-gen Sony sensor and a dual-tone Phillips LED flash. There is also sapphire coated glass, a myriad of editing software's, and of course optical image stabilization. As a rear lens that is some good stuff, although pretty standard these days at the higher end of the market. Of course, flipping the snapper over gives you a selfie front facing lens that trumps most available at the moment. As for the rest of the smartphone, the Doov Nike V1 boasts a MediaTek quad-core MT6732 clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. There is a 5-inch 720p panel and a 2,480mAh juicer, while the whole show is powered by a customized version of Android 4.4 KitKat with the proprietary Super UI baked on top. All in all that's a decent bag of mid-range specs, and with a price of $325 is its well-priced too. However, as is usually the case with Chinese devices you should not expect to see it being sold outside of the country.
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