The first phone to ship with CyanogenMod software pre-loaded is now available for purchase. The Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition is a phone with a 5.9 inch display, a 13MP camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, and CyanogenMod’s custom version of Google Android.
It’s available from the Oppo Style store for $599.
The phone has an unusual camera which can rotate to face the front or back of the device, eliminating the need for dual cameras, and letting you snap better selfies. It also comes with an O-Click wireless remote that you can use to trigger the camera or other apps without touching the phone.
Other specs include a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and a 3610 mAh battery. The CyanogenMod edition of the phone also comes with a limited edition case.
But the real draw here is the operating system. CyanogenMod is based on the Android Open Source Project, so it looks a lot like the stock Android software that comes with a Google Nexus device. But it features a number of tweaks that let you do things like customizing the quick settings panel, adjust DSP settings to control audio playback, tweak the minimum and maximum CPU speeds, a theme engine, and much more.
The developers have also released factory images and source code for the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition.
CyanogenMod has been around for a few years as a custom ROM that users could download and install on their own devices, but the Oppo N1 is the first device to ship with the software. It’s also noteworthy since it comes with the Google Play Store pre-installed, but in order to gain Google certification the CyanogenMod team left out root access. You’ll have to root your phone manually if you want to run apps like Titanium Backup or Root Explorer.
Oppo also offers a model of the phone with its own Color OS version of Android for the same $599 starting price, or for $649 if you want a 32GB model. For some reason there’s no 32GB option with the CyanogenMod edition.