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Will we see Oppo in court, suing over the rotating camera on the Polaroid Selfie?

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Will we see Oppo in court, suing over the rotating camera on the Polaroid Selfie?
Polaroid introduced a new smartphone at CES and the device might end up being displayed in a courtroom before it gets to retail channels. Here's why. The Polaroid Selfie uses a rotating 13MP camera that looks remarkably similar to the rotating 13MP camera on the Oppo N1. The problem for Polaroid lies in the fact that Oppo has a patent on the design and has not licensed it to Polaroid or any manufacturer. We don't have a law degree, and we don't portray an attorney on television, but it would seem that Polaroid has stepped on some legal toes here.

The Polaroid Selfie features a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280. An octa-core CPU (most like from MediaTek) powers the device. 2GB of RAM is on board with 16GB of native storage included. Unfortunately, if you need more storage, you're out of luck since there is no micro SD slot on board.

Besides the Selfie, Polaroid also revealed some other smartphone models ranging from 3.5-inch to 5.5-inch models. Unlike the Selfie, these are all powered by quad-core processors and feature Android 4.4 on board. Polaroid did not release much information about these phones

The Polaroid Selfie is expected to launch in the U.S. and Canada this Spring. That is, unless a court order prevents this from happening. Oppo's statement on the matter says that it "reserves the right to take further legal action." Check out the entire statement from Oppo, printed below.

"It was recently reported that the Polaroid Selfie smartphone released at the CES 2015 has a remarkably similar design to the patented rotating camera phone OPPO N1. However, OPPO has not licensed the design of the rotating camera to any third parties, nor has us done that in any OEM way. We will continue to keep track of the event and reserves the right to take further legal action.

OPPO is committed to delivering our customers with the most delightful electronic experience that is full of surprises through meticulous designs and smart technology. OPPO holds strong respect to intellectual properties and any innovation of technology and design. Sustainable innovation sits at the core of our business, and has made OPPO being a mostly talked new brand in the mobile industry.

OPPO does not stop here with the rotating camera on N1. An upgraded model, the N3, was launched in late 2014 featuring a motorised rotating ‘selfie’ camera, which could rotate for 206 degrees and makes new shooting modes like auto panaroma possible. Perfect for hands free selfies!"-Oppo


source: AndroidCommunity

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posted on 10 Jan 2015, 11:17

1. AlikMalix (Posts: 4819; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Is Oppo a chinese company?

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 14:28

11. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Was Polaroid expecting nobody to notice their phone is identical to the Oppo N1?

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 11:20

2. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


So, chinese companies are shameless in their aping of other companies design, but look what we've got here, a chinese company upset that the same thing happened to them.

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 11:35 12

3. Takeharu (Posts: 196; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The difference is though that Oppo has very well self designed phones and doesn't ripp-off from other companies. They have the right to sue them over this.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 06:04 3

18. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


HEY OPPO,,, maybe you should sue Motorola too, they copied you and released the A830 in 2003. LOllllllll

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 16:59

22. Takeharu (Posts: 196; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You don't get it do you? This Polaroid is a blatant copy of the Oppo N1.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 17:55 1

23. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


See post #20

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 11:40 9

4. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Oppo is actually one of the more reputable Chinese companies. They're absolutely not running around copying whatever they can get their hands on. And in this case, look at the two devices, the Poloroid Selfie is nearly 100% IDENTICAL to the Oppo N1. If Oppo sued for just a rotating camera I'd disagree with them, but copying THIS blatantly obvious is hard for me to let go. And I'm generally against patent lawsuits in general.

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 11:41

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 951; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


well said. +1

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 06:05 3

19. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Motorola A830 year 2003

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 11:40 3

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 951; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


would you please care to elaborate when did OPPO copied other company`s design ?
listen to yourself how stupid you sound.

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 13:59 1

10. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 520; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


The stupid logic in this one is strong

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 11:52

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 5236; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Hope they get zero cent and get struck with a massive legal fee.

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 12:32 1

8. Cyberchum (Posts: 658; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Now this is a real blatant copy. They should have at least changed the size and position of the motorised rotating camera pfft

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 13:59

9. BobWellington (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Really, Polaroid? How the heck did they think they'd get away with that?

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 14:40

12. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Lol, what a blatant rip-off...

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 15:08

13. GeekMovement (Posts: 2135; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Wow, what was polaroid thinking?

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 15:13

14. anubis13k (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Having a rotating camera is not a new thing, I remember having a rotating camera on a Samsung sch flip phone back in 2004/5

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 16:24

15. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


They're suing because the two phones look almost exactly alike.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 07:25 2

20. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


So if you discard the camera on both phones, they look like every other square touchscreen. Moto should sue all of them, A830 year 2003

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 20:56

24. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Dude, stfu, they look nothing alike.

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 20:19

16. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


So no one in their office thought this looks exactly like the Oppo N1, or bothered to change even part of the design?

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 20:48

17. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Should we call Polaroid a "cheap American copycat" from now on? I think we should. Go, Oppo!

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 10:01

21. afzalzainal (Posts: 49; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Finally chinese maker eat their own medicine.. :-)

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