280 iphone launches in Brazil and it runs Android

first_imgWant an iPhone, but wish it was powered by Android instead of iOS and that it didn’t cost $600 to buy outright? Head down to Brazil, where the brand-new iphone is now on sale for around $280. Not only is this iphone much cheaper, but it’s also running Android and features dual SIM card support. And as you can see from the press shots, the phone looks more like it was inspired by an HTC design rather than one of Apple’s.It’s the latest member of Gradiente’s mobile family, part of the Smartphone G line-up. Fortunately for Gradiente, they’ve owned a trademark on the iphone name since the year 2000, roughly 7 years before Apple started selling its first iPhone in Brazil. Now that Gradiente has decided to market a device using its trademark, Apple may have to resort to a big payout to secure the right to use the iPhone name on Gradiente’s home turf. That’s what ultimately happened in the battle between Apple and Proview — the Chinese company ended up receiving a $60 million payout.The trademark conflict surrounding this phone is much more interesting than the phone itself. It’s a low-end affair, with a 700MHz processor, just 2GB of internal storage (expandable via micro SD), and a 3.7-inch 320 x 480 display. There’s a serviceable 5MP camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front. It’s also running Android 2.3.4, which is well over a year old.Phone like this are all over sites like PandaWill, and they generally sell for around $80. None of them, however, come bearing the iphone name. That’s got to be worth an extra $200 to Gradiente’s Brazilian consumers, right?More at CNET and Gradientelast_img

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