Oppo Unveils N3 Super-Thin Smartphone With Motorized Rotating Camera For Selfie Supremacy

For whatever reason, smartphone makers have a tendency to neglect the front-facing camera in favor of a much superior rear-facing lens even though there exists an obsession with taking selfies. Heck, not even the threat of being mauled by a bear (literally) is enough to deter the selfie craze. However, there's one company that gets it, and that company is Oppo, which has gone and motorized the rotating camera on its new N3 handset.

The company's previous N1 smartphone had a rotating camera as well -- turn the rear-lens around and take a selfie using a high quality camera -- but this time around it sports a motor for the swivel action. It rotates vertically up to 206 degrees when you swipe your finger on the display (or use the included O-Click 2.0 Bluetooth remote), and you can also have it stop mid-swivel for an angled picture.

Outside of just taking selfies, photography and video capture are major focuses of the N3. You can stitch videos together, take panoramas, insert photo effects, add captions, lock on to a moving target so that it tracks and stays in focus, and more.

Oppo N3

The N3 measures 161.2mm by 77mm by 8.7mm and weighs 192g. It has a spacious 5.5-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution and 403ppi, Gorilla Glass 3, 2.3GHz Qualcommm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot, 16-megapixel camera with dual-mode LED and f/2.2 aperture, 4G LTE connectivity, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3,000mAh battery, and ColorOS 2.0 (based on Android 4.4 KitKat).

Oppo will offer the N3 this December for $649 sans contract.