There is no denial that India has now become a hot-spot for every Smartphone device manufacturer all over. Now, many international brands from across the world are venturing into the Indian markets every second day and trying to get their share of the pies in one of the world’s biggest Smartphone markets. Some of the big names worth mentioning are Gionee, Jolla and Oppo. Oppo entered the Indian market in January with Oppo N1. The brand has still not been able win hearts of many Indians, but it seems to be trying really hard. The Chinese phone manufacturer has now brought Oppo N1 mini to the Indian market.


The Oppo N1 Mini looks strikingly similar to its predecessor Oppo N1 in every aspect—height, weight, width and even style. It has a slightly smaller screen at 5.0 inches, as the predecessor had a 5.9-inch one. A difference of 0.9 inches in screen size doesn’t qualify for the ‘mini’ tag. Overall, the design of the phone is lovable. Oppo has given it a touch of understated glam without going overboard. You get a swivel selfie-camera with a wide, metallic U-shaped frame running on the top panel. But then there is no need to care about the name, when you have a device in hand that looks pristine in its ivory-white body with two slim metallic lines running across the edges. The metallic frame merges seamlessly with the overall design, and the matte finish of the front and the back panels gives it a premium look. The buttons and ports have been intelligently placed on the edges for quick and intuitive access: the power button is on left, the volume button and the micro SIM slot on the right, and mini-USB and headphone port at the bottom. Well, N1 Mini is an exact replica of N1. However, there are few tradeoffs—some that you’d even fail to notice like the size of the screen unless you hold this device really close and some that you’d have wished to see on the mini version like the track pad on the back panel.

First off, besides reducing the size of the screen, Oppo has also brought down the display resolution to HD (1280 x 720 pixels) against the Full HD resolution. The image contrast, clarity and colors were just ideal for the same. But if you don’t mind paying a premium for the swivel camera tag then go ahead and buy it. The phone wouldn’t disappoint you as far as performance is concerned. And if you want value for money options, then there is multitude of options to choose from. For example, you can consider Motorola Moto X, HTC Desire 820, Gionee Elife E7 and even Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo among others. The hardware response is decent. Its Antutu benchmark score is 19751; 3D Mark ice Storm score is 4793 and Nenamark 2 best score is 57.7 fps. Overall, these scores suggest that phone is good to watch movies, play games, listen to music and take calls.