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OPPO N3 Hands-on

by Frank Tu 11

Here, we go hands on with OPPO’s latest device, the OPPO N3. This 3999 RMB (654.21 USD) phone has an interesting design featuring a motorized camera and fingerprint scanner.



       In terms of appearance, the OPPO N3 actually looks pretty similar to its predecessor, the N1. Not only did the N1 have such a big screen, the rotating camera also took a lot of space, making it easier for users to hold the phone with one hand. To fix this, the screen size for the N3 was lowered from 5.9 inches to 5.5 inches.


The OPPO N3 also has a notification light bar at the bottom similar to the Sony LT26, although it has been hollowed out, replacing the LED notification light bar commonly used by Android phones.


Is a motorized rotating camera practical?


One of the benefits to having a motorized camera is that it allows the user to hold the phone more easily. Small-handed users of the OPPO N1 and N1 Mini would have to use their other hand to adjust the camera angle. OPPO N3       Another advantage to having a motorized camera is that after you place a camera in a stable position, it can automatically scan the entire landscape. This allows you to take great photos of places such as tall skyscrapers.


As you can see, having a motorized camera can be very helpful. You can also expand the field of view of the camera as well as track down objects. This camera, in particular, is a 16mp camera and has a 1/2.3 sensor. However, users can take 64mp panoramic shots with a camera like this.

How does the fingerprint sensor work? 

The OPPO N3’s fingerprint scanner is not the kind that you have to swipe your finger on to use. You can just press your finger on it like a button.OPPO N3

FPC provide sensor chip, algorithm provided by swedish company Precise Biometrics. Module(scanner), packing solution and related software service provided by Crucial Tech of Korea. I am equity investor.


Users can lock certain apps using the fingerprint scanner so that when you lend your phone to someone, access to certain apps is limited.

Overall, it’s a pretty interesting phone and is worth a look, especially if you are into photography.



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  • aSwedishguy

    “”This scanner was provided by AuthenTec and has similar hardware to the iPhone 5S.””

    You are wrong, this scanner are from Fingerprint Cards AB, Sweden and not AuthenTec(Apple) and are the same as in Huawei Mate 7

    • Frank Tu

      I tried to contact oppo, they gave me vague answers…

      • aSwedishguy

        Are you a joke or what?

        So were did you get “provided by AuthenTec” from? AuthenTec are Apple now and they do not supply ANY sensors ouside the brand Apple!

        If you want to be a serius wrighter do your DD

  • 7

    The provider of the fingerprint scanner is the swedish company Fingerprint Cards, not Authentec that only delivers to Apple. Fingerprint Cards also delivers the sensor for Huawei Mate 7.

    • Frank Tu

      I tried to contact oppo, they gave me vague answers….

  • nemesis

    FPC provide sensor chip only, algorithm provided by swedish company Precise Biometrics. Module(scanner), packing solution and related software service provided by Crucial Tech of Korea. I am equity investor.

    • Frank Tu

      I tried to contact oppo, they gave me vague answers..

  • mario

    OPPO N3 is a creative phone, but the price is higher than expectation.

  • Ivan Jensen

    Frank Tu does not bother to change…..

    • Frank Tu

      I tried to contact oppo, they gave me vague answers.

      • aSwedishguy

        Fingerprint cards are the #1 supplier in touch and swipe for android

        Fingerprint Cards confirm sensor used on Oppo smartphone


        Swedish sensor maker Fingerprint Cards has
        confirmed that its FPC1021 touch fingerprint reader has been used in
        Chinese smartphone maker Oppo’s new flagship mobile, the N3.

        Fingerprint Cards has said that the FPC1021 is 33% smaller than its
        predecessor, but that it still supports the same level of performance,
        including 360-degree finger rotation capability, fast response time and
        low power consumption.

        “We are very happy that Oppo
        decided to integrate a touch fingerprint sensor in the phone and that
        they selected FPC’s sensor. Oppo is bringing forward a highly appealing
        phone and we are proud to have contributed to the launch of the Oppo N3” Jörgen Lantto, acting president and chief executive officer of FPC, told Planet Biometrics.

        The Oppo N3 has a motorised 16mp swivel camera that can adjust the
        angle for “selfies”. The phone is expected to be available by the end of
        2014 at a price of $649.

        “Thanks to the strong interest in launching smartphones with
        fingerprint sensors we are increasing our presence across Asia”, said
        Lantto.”There is a strong interest in mobile payments in particular, and
        fingerprint sensors are helping our customers to improve security and
        convenience for mobile payments”.

        Fellow Swedish firm Precise Biometrics has also confirmed that it
        delivered the fingerprint algorithm, Precise BioMatch Mobile, that is
        used with FPC1021 on the N3.

        “The demand for fingerprint algorithms for small sensors in mobile
        devices continues to increase. The fact that a leading Chinese
        smartphone vendor has chosen a solution with our technology is yet
        another proof that we are world leading within this area,” says Håkan
        Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics.

        Precise BioMatch Mobile provides integration of fingerprint matching
        functionality into smartphones or tablets, and is optimized for small
        sensors in mobile environments through a unique hybrid algorithm.

        Earlier this month, Norwegian smart-card firm Zwipe told Planet Biometrics that a card it was working on with Mastercard uses off-the-shelf fingerprint technology from Fingerprint Cards.

        Meanwhile, earlier this week, Fujitsu in Japan also announced that
        two new smartphone models would feature FPC1080 sensors, while In
        September, Fingerprint Cards revealed that its sensors were being used
        on Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 “phablet”.