IGB Electronica SA, a Brazilian Electronics Company, applied for a patent back in the year 2000, in Brazil. That patent was for the trademark name IPHONE. And now, all of a sudden, they have announced that they are launching an Android smartphone called the IPHONE. The last few years have told us that Apple are unlikely to take this lying down. They are not averse to taking anyone to court if they think they are infringing on Apple products in any way, shape or form and the fact that the name was registered to IGB before earlier than Apple will mean very little to them.
Image : Android iPhone
It is thought that the IPHONE patent will only apply within the confines of Brazil itself but this could be why the smartphone is making an appearance. The Apple iPhone is available but due to unforgiving tax levels in Brazil it is unaffordable to all but the richest. Take the iPhone 4S for example. When that was released, it cost around $830 in USA; in Brazil it was being sold for the equivalent of $1830 USD.
It is largely unknown why IGB have chosen this moment in time to make their announcement but one does wonder if they know what is in store for them. For anyone that is interested here are the specs of the Gradiente iPhone NEO One :
- 3.7” screen with a display of 320 x 480 pixels
- Single core 700MHz processor
- 3G maximum
- 5 megapixel rear and 0.3 megapixel front cameras
- 2GB storage space, no mention of RAM
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Dual Sim
Source : Reuters