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
Polaroid Selfie's rotating 13MP camera seems to copy the patented rotating 13MP snapper on the Oppo N1