Have you ever wondered what it would be like if an iPhone were running on Android? Well if you live in Brazil you might get a chance to see one. It seems that a Brazilian company called Gradiente applied for the trademark on the IPHONE brand back in the year 2000 and was granted to use it. The company was then restructured and now has decided to use their trademark.
Gradiente has announced that they will be releasing a new line of Android smartphones under the IPHONE brand. In fact they have already one model released in the market under their IPHONE line called the Gradiente iPhone neo one which costs only $285 without a contract. That’s a huge saving compared to an iPhone that costs $600 outright.
Neo One specifications
- OS: Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
- Display: 3.7 inches 320×480
- Processor: 700 Mhz
- Internal Storage: 2 GB
- Camera: 5 MP rear, 0.3 MP front
- Features: Dual Sim capability, FM Tuner, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Dimensions: 4.72 inches(h), 2.36 inches(w), 0.43 inches(d)
Based on the specifications we can see that it caters to the lower end of the smartphone market yet it is priced like a mid-level smartphone. You will get a better smartphone from other brands at a similar price.
What’s interesting about this device though is the trademark conflict that it brings. We are not sure how Apple will react to this. The company has not made any official statement regarding this matter as of the moment. They might be willing to settle on this like what it did with the iPad trademark issue in China. They ended up paying close to $60 million to gain the iPad trademark in that country.
Apple has previously announced that Brazil is an important country for them. They have already hired people for their Apple Stores in the country, their first for South America. The company in partnership with Foxconn has also started production of the iPad and iPhone here.