Oppo N3, Dragon’s Breath!

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The Chinese from Oppo mean real business when it comes to innovation and this was made clear last year, when they’ve released the Oppo N1, which has, among other powerful and tempting features, a rotating camera. This year, through their latest Oppo N3, that camera sees itself improved and can rotate by itself, besides having an improved sensor and pixel size. And that’s not it: the Oppo N3 also holds a new chipset (a Snapdragon 801), a smaller, but better display, a fingerprint scanner and more. Want to know more? Follow the next review, where I’ll try my best to point out its most important features and capabilities.

In its retail package, the Oppo N3 holds a VOOC fast charger, a microUSB cable for charging your handset and making data transfers, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds, a little tool for ejecting the SIM card and the O-Click Bluetooth remote 2.0. The latter is a wonderful accessory which links with your phone via Bluetooth and can serve various purposes. For example, it can ring your phone if you have it misplaced, or you can make your phone ring it otherwise. It can also control your camera and act as a shutter, you can set it to ring if you go beyond its connection range and it will also flash when you receive calls or messages and your phone is on the silent mode.

In terms of appearance, the Oppo N3 stands at 161.2 x 77 x 9.9 mm and has a weight of 192 grams, being quite big and heavy even for a device that holds a 5.5 inches screen on board. Anyway, that won’t bother you if you’re used to handling phablets. The build quality is truly impressive and when holding the device, you can really tell that you’re dealing with a solid, premium handset. The rear-side is made from polycarbonate and has a matte finish, which rejects fingerprints and offers a good hand grip. The sturdy body is surrounded by an aluminum frame, which adds elegance and style to the phone’s appearance, which is nothing short of wonderful.

The Oppo N3 holds on its frontal side a 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 403 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It offers a great image quality, with vibrant colors, good contrast, very wide viewing angles and an excellent brightness. Its sunlight legibility won’t disappoint you either, as the screen also delivers a satisfying image quality under direct sunlight.

In terms of software, the Oppo N3 comes loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which was heavily customized by Oppo with their own Color OS 2.0. Have no worries, as these tweaks are actually pretty cool and all of the Google applications and services are available. You have support for themes, homescreens, widgets, folders, the notification area displays your current notifications, some toggles, a brightness bar, settings button and a button for closing all the running applications.
The Oppo N3 is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner which allows you to protect and unlock your phone (or open apps) with your fingerprint.
The handset also offers some very handy features through the Gesture & Motion menu, enabling you to mute your phone when it’s ringing by flipping it, take a screenshot by swiping three fingers on the display, answer your phone only by raising the phone towards your ear and more.

When it comes to connectivity, the Oppo N3 features support for quad-band GSM, penta-band 3G, septa-band LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

At the hardware section, the Oppo N3 holds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, having a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. These specs aren’t the best around anymore, but that doesn’t really matter, as the handset delivers a flawless user experience and won’t be bothering you with issues of any kind.

Now, let’s get to one of the most important features offered by the Oppo N3: its camera. The device comes packed with a 16MP snapper that has a 1/2.3” OmniVision sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The camera stands on a motorized element that rotates 206 degrees and serves as both a primary camera and a front facing one. Technology really kicks butt, don’t ya think? Anyways, the camera application offers a whole bunch of settings and features, such as HDR, Panorama, RAW, Macro, Normal or Expert. The latter enables you to manually adjust the ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, shutter speed or manual focus.
In terms of image quality, the Oppo N3 is a great performer and will please your eyes with some gorgeous looking pictures, with beautiful and accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The handset also produces some great 1080p videos @30 fps and will soon receive support for 4K video recording.

Some other goodies brought by the Oppo N3 are two excellent media players (for video and audio playback), Google Chrome for surfing the web, which provides an excellent browsing experience, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, the Kingsoft office suite for viewing and editing document files, Google Now as a personal assistant and much more.

The Oppo N3 holds inside a 3,000 mAh battery and will stay alive for two days under a moderate usage.

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