Oppo N1 review: Head spin

GSMArena team, 27 November 2013.
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Tags: Oppo, Android

Google Now

Google Now was first introduced back in Jelly Bean 4.1 and is definitely one of the most interesting aspects of the Android OS. Simply put, it's Google's version of a personal assistant. Google Now is in the same neck of the woods as Apple's Siri, but it learns constantly from your daily routines.

It's accessed by holding the home button or through the Google Search app. Google Now gives you short overview of information it believes is relevant to you right now in the form of cards. Going to work in the morning? Google Now knows this and lets you know there's a big traffic jam on your usual way to the office, so it offers you a re-route.

It can interpret a lot of things from your search history as well. If you've been searching for, let's say, your favorite football team, Google Now will prepare a card showing you the next match the team is playing and will provide you score updates once the game begins.

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Google Now

Google Now, if you allow it, can scan your email for upcoming flights, deliveries or restaurant reservations and let you know when they are due. There are also numerous kinds of cards like birthdays (yours and those of your contacts) and what distance you've walked in a particular month. The last one could definitely feel creepy for some users, but it's easily turned off from the Google Now settings menu.

Google has also integrated Voice Actions into Now. They can handle stuff like sending messages (SMS or email), initiating a voice call, asking for directions, taking a note or opening a site. Google Now can also launch apps, check and manage your calendar and look for nearby places of interest and stuff like movie openings in theaters. All you need to do in order to initiate Google Now's voice actions is, once you've opened the app, say OK Google and start commanding.

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Google Now

One big advantage of Google Now is that the voice typing functionality doesn't require an internet connection to work. You can enter text by speaking anywhere you can use the on-screen keyboard - be it the Messaging app or a note taking app - without the need for a data connection as long as you have pre-downloaded the needed language packs (and those only take about 20-25MB of your storage per pack).

Making voice typing available offline also made it faster as it's not dependent on your connection. What's even more impressive is that the transition hasn't cost it anything in terms of accuracy.

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Voice

You can now set reminders straight from Google Now's UI. Just hit the bottom left icon (the palm with a stretched index finger). There you can add reminders or just check all the past, ongoing or upcoming reminders.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Oppo N1 comes with a Snapdragon 600 chipset, which is not exactly top of the range any more. The Snapdragon 800 is already powering a dozen flagships, while its Snapdragon 805 successor is just around the corner.

Not that four Krait 300 cores is something to frown at, but they don't allow for the same instantaneous loading times or stuff like 4K video recording.

Oppo N1
Chipset Snapdragon 600
CPU 4x Krait 300 @ 1.7Ghz
RAM 2GB
GPU Adreno 320

So let's dig right into it. Starting off with BenchmarkPi and Linpack. Both focus on the processing skills - BenchmarkPi evaluates the performance of individual cores while Linpack stresses multi-threaded performance. In both cases the Oppo N1 performed as expected - matching its Snapdragon 600 peers and falling somewhat short of the Snapdragon 800 monsters.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    99
  • LG G2
    99
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    115
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    115
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    130
  • HTC One Max
    131
  • Oppo N1
    131
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    132
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    132
  • HTC Butterfly S
    135
  • LG Nexus 5
    146
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    147
  • HTC One
    151
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    166
  • Sony Xperia Z
    264
  • HTC Butterfly
    266
  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • HTC One mini
    293
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • Meizu MX3
    307
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    330
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    350
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    359
  • Nexus 4
    431

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    1081
  • LG G2
    1054
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    1034
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    1004
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    818
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    791
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    788
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One Max
    723
  • Oppo N1
    688
  • HTC Butterfly S
    669
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    413
  • LG Nexus 5
    393
  • HTC One mini
    320
  • Meizu MX3
    289
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • HTC One X+
    177.7
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175.5
  • HTC One X
    160.9
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141.5

Geekbench 3 is about the CPU and memory performance. Here the Oppo N1 posted a surprisingly low result, barely beating the mid-range R819 and coming behind several Snapdragon S4 smartphones.

Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    2937
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2670
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2638
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    2561
  • LG Nexus 5
    2453
  • LG G2
    2243
  • HTC One
    1972
  • HTC One Max
    1899
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1869
  • LG Optimus G
    1623
  • Meizu MX3
    1579
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1315
  • LG Nexus 4
    1288
  • HTC Butterfly
    1257
  • Oppo N1
    1207
  • Oppo R819
    1047
  • HTC One mini
    887

AnTuTu 4 and Quadrant are both compound benchmarks. AnTuTu places the Oppo N1 neck and neck with the Snapdragon 600-yellding Galaxy S4 while Quadrant has a place for the Oppo N1 in the bottom half of the table.

AnTuTu 4

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    31109
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    30850
  • LG G2
    30243
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    29185
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    27613
  • Oppo N1
    26598
  • HTC One
    26389
  • HTC One Max
    26348
  • LG Nexus 5
    25097
  • Meizu MX3
    24391
  • LG Nexus 4
    17006

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z1
    20388
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    20052
  • LG G2
    19815
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    18177
  • HTC Butterfly S
    13130
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    12446
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    12376
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    12105
  • HTC One Max
    11914
  • HTC One
    11746
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    11346
  • LG Nexus 5
    8844
  • Oppo N1
    8099
  • Sony Xperia Z
    8075
  • HTC One X+
    7632
  • LG Optimus G
    7439
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    7153
  • Oppo Find 5
    7111
  • Meizu MX3
    6116
  • HTC One mini
    6048
  • HTC One X
    5952
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    5916
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    5450
  • Nexus 4
    4567

GLBenchmark is a GPU benchmark. The off-screen 2.7 and 2.5 tests show the maximum output the Adreno 320 inside the Oppo N1. Here the smartphone got 16 fps and 42 fps respectively, putting the Oppo N1 about on par with the Meizu MX3 and its Exynos 5 chipset. The GLBenchmark's 2.5 test gave the Oppo N1 a very promising result placing it above contenders like the Nexus 5 and well into Adreno 330 territory.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    68
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    60
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    60
  • Oppo N1
    58.8
  • LG Nexus 5
    57
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    56
  • LG G2
    54
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    43
  • HTC Butterfly S
    42
  • Meizu MX3
    42
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    41
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    41
  • HTC One Max
    41
  • HTC One
    37
  • Oppo Find 5
    32
  • Google Nexus 4
    32
  • Sony Xperia Z
    31
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    31
  • Sony Xperia SP
    31
  • Apple iPhone 5
    30
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    30
  • LG Optimus G
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • HTC One mini
    15
  • HTC One X
    11

GLBenchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    26
  • LG Nexus 5
    23
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    23
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    23
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    23
  • LG G2
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    17.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    17.1
  • Apple iPad 4
    16.8
  • HTC Butterfly S
    16
  • Oppo N1
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    16
  • HTC One Max
    14
  • Google Nexus 10
    13.9
  • LG Optimus G
    13.9
  • Sony Xperia Z
    13.5
  • Meizu MX3
    13
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    12.8
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    6.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    6.3
  • HTC One mini
    5.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    4.9

Epic Citadel, an onscreen graphics test which accounts for the differences in screen resolution, also points to a fairly highly clocked Adreno 320 inside the Oppo N1, which matched its regional competitor Meizu MX3 exactly.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX3
    58.8
  • Oppo N1
    58.8
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    54.9
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    54.9
  • LG G2
    51
  • LG Nexus 5
    49.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    47.7
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    37.2
  • HTC One
    35.6
  • HTC One Max
    34.9
  • HTC Butterfly
    29.6

Moving on to browsing performance, where SunSpider and BrowserMark 2 should give us an idea of the JavaScript and HMTL 5 performance of the Oppo N1. The phablet did reasonably well in both tests, suggesting that Oppo has done pretty well with the browser optimizations.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    403
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    587
  • Apple iPhone 5
    694
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    704
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    750
  • LG Nexus 5
    827
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    845
  • LG G2
    908
  • Oppo N1
    1012
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1046
  • Meizu MX3
    1085
  • HTC One
    1174
  • HTC One Max
    1295
  • LG Optimus G
    1293
  • HTC One mini
    1375
  • LG Nexus 4
    1379
  • HTC Butterfly
    1397
  • Oppo R819
    1423

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    3549
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3041
  • Apple iPhone 5
    2825
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    2799
  • Oppo N1
    2769
  • LG Nexus 5
    2745
  • LG G2
    2718
  • LG Optimus G
    2555
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2438
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2419
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2398
  • HTC Butterfly S
    2378
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    2338
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One
    2262
  • HTC One Max
    2243
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2170
  • HTC One mini
    2164
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2107
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • Meizu MX3
    1832
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1801
  • Oppo Find 5
    1797
  • Nexus 4
    1794
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    1774
  • Google Nexus 10
    1773
  • HTC Butterfly
    1475
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247

To sum up the Oppo N1 does is a pretty decent performer, even if it won't win any benchmark titles. The good news is that in real world scenarios the Oppo N1 is fast and fluid there are no traces of lag when using it. The app loading times may be a tad better on the Snapdragon 800 handsets, but that's only noticeable if you do side-by-side test. Future proofing is an entirely different subject of course.

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