An enterprising spy has leaked photos of Polaroid's upcoming Android tablet and ereader, due to launch at CES 2012 next week. And, surprise surprise, the tablet has a prominent camera lens on its back.
The leaked photos of Polaroid's CES 2012 booth may not tell us the specs of the company's upcoming Android tablet and colour ereader, but their existence alone is worth noting. Is this a sensible spreading-out for the photography brand, or diversification out of desperation?
The Polaroid Android tablet appears to be sub-iPad in its screen size, its standard portrait orientation suggesting it's likely to be around the 7in mark - like the BlackBerry PlayBook and HTC Flyer. And, more importantly, the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire.
It appears to run a modified version of Android 2.x, rather than Ice Cream Sandwich or Honeycomb, and the leaked photo shows no sign of the Android Market on the device. Plenty of devices that aren't entirely Android-certified drop the official app store, to the detriment of the experience they offer. We'll look into whether the Polaroid tablet will have to do without once it's launched.
The image of the colour ereader is trickier to pry information from, although it is definitely a different product - as you can see, the uneven bezel is different from the Android tablet. If this device uses screen tech other than a standard LCD or IPS screen, such as a colour E-ink display or a more traditional non-glare panel that's happy to be used outside, it could turn out to be far more interesting than its tablet counterpart. If, more likely, it does use an LCD panel, it may be met with a sigh and shrug of the shoulders. Physical page navigation buttons alone do not a good ereader make.
We'll be back with full details once we get to check out Polaroid's wares first-hand at CES 2012.