Brazilian Company Launches 'IPHONE' Android Smartphone

Brazilian electronics company IGB Eletronica has announced a slate of devices that feature the moniker "IPHONE."

The first device in the lineup is the Neo One, which is a low-powered smartphone running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has a single core 700MHz processor and a low-resolution 320 x 480, 3.7-inch display.

As well as dual-SIM capabilities, a rear 5-megapixel camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera is included, as is 3G connectivity and 2 GB of storage. Its retail price, meanwhile, is $287.

The Brazilian firm won exclusive rights to the word 'IPHONE' in 2008, a year after Apple launched the original iPhone handset in 2007. The former claims to hold the rights to use the name through till 2018.

During the opening stages of 2007, Apple was taken to court by Cisco Systems over the naming rights of "iPhone" in the United States. Cisco had sued the firm for trademark infringement after the iPhone itself was unveiled at the annual Macworld conference. However, the two companies ultimately settled during the February of 2007.

 

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  • house70
    I don't care about the name. If they got the rights, fine.
    But it's a very expensive phone for the specs. Even for their first device, it's a very outdated one.
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  • Cazalan
    I smell more lawsuits.
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  • guru_urug
    So is the IPHONE a phone or a line-up of phones? There are no details on this so-called 'IPHONE' in the article only the Neo One.
    This small Brazilian company better have its legal fronts covered, cause Apple with be coming for them if they get popular. They better have thought this through. Nice troll though :D I still wonder how they managed to get the rights to the name after the iPhone was launched. Seems like Apple didnt care much abt patents until they were threatened and lost popularity to Android and Samsung :P
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  • house70
    I don't care about the name. If they got the rights, fine.
    But it's a very expensive phone for the specs. Even for their first device, it's a very outdated one.
    11