Just in time for Christmas, Brazilian electronics manufacturer Gradiente announced the availability of the IPHONE Neo One cellphone, an Android-powered mobile with slots for two SIM cards, Wi-Fi, a 5 megapixel camera and 2GB of storage.
The device runs Android version 2.3.4 on a 320×480 display and a 700 MHz CPU.
According to IGB Eletrônica, holder of the Gradiente brand, the company applied for the IPHONE trademark in 2000. INPI, the Brazilian equivalent to the USPTO, granted the trademark in 2008, a year after the release of the first Apple iPhone.
The company explained that no phones were released until now because it was busy trying to reorganize Gradiente’s operations so it could be in business again. The company went through a major crisis in 2007 due to debts of over US$ 250 million. To pay off the debt, the Gradiente brand was leased to Companhia Brasileira de Tecnologia Digital (CBTD) for around US$ 190 million.
The IPHONE Neo One, the first to use the “IPHONE” trademark, is being sold for R$ 600 (US$ 300) in the local market. The Apple iPhone 5 is sold unlocked in Brazil for around R$ 2,400.
The Brazilian press is still waiting for a comment from Apple on the issue.