Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod launching on December 24

CyanogenMod powered Oppo N1 will be launching on December 24 along with built-in access to the Play Store owing to official certification from Google.

Chinese smartphone maker, Oppo, launched the N1 smartphone worldwide on December 10 with much fanfare from loyal users. The unique smartphone with a 13 megapixel swivel camera was also promised to get a CyanogenMod powered version at launch. Now, the plans are about to turn into reality with the imminent launch of the variant on December 24.

Oppo N1 will come with CyanogenMod 10.2 pre-installed which is based on Android 4.3 with future updates delivered over the air. CyanogenMod Inc has announced that the smartphone has been granted official status by Google and will be able to access Google Play Store out of the box which is not the case with CyanogenMod ROMs available for other smartphones where users need to manually install Google Play Store and related packages.

It is good to see Google officially supporting the smartphone although it isn't in favour of easy access to the CyanogenMod software through the Play Store.

Oppo N1 comes with a 5.9" 1080p IPS LCD display, quad-core Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz Krait processor, 2GB RAM, 16/32 GB of storage and a 13 megapixel swivel (rotating) camera. The pricing for the smartphone is not yet known but can be expected to be around $599 as the regular version.

Source: Pocket-Lint | Image via Oppo

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I have great faith in Oppo, not only have they supported the developer community but they welcomed it with open arms, their Find 5 and N1 are both covered by warranty even if a custom ROM is flashed. They actively encourage users to install other ROMs too.

Build quality is fantastic too, I had a water damaged Find 5 in my shop, no corrosion anywhere, and all gold plated parts. Plenty of usefully labelled test points as well. Becuase it's not a known brand after market parts are a pain but man I have some serious faith in Oppo!