We were wondering how long it would take Oppo to notice that Polaroid had made a N3 clone and passed it off as their own, and now we know: approximately 2 days. In a statement released today, Oppo have hit back against Polaroid, stating that it hasn’t licensed its rotating camera tech and that it’s going to ‘keep track of the event’, which sounds suspiciously like they aren’t confident of their chances in a court. Either way, here’s the statement/advert for the Oppo N3, followed by a picture of Polaroid’s ‘Selfie’, courtesy of Android Headlines.

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!

Polaroid Selfie

As an aside, does anyone love the irony of Chinese phone manufacturers complaining that people are stealing their designs?


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