Samsung redesigns Galaxy Tab 10.1 to avoid further launch delays

Samsung redesigns Galaxy Tab 10.1 to avoid further launch delays

Samsung has redesigned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 following court bans on sales in Germany and Australia.

Apple obtained legal injunctions against sales of the original tablet (pictured) because it looked too much like the EU-registered design of its iPad tablet.

A German court granted and upheld Apple's bid to impose a temporary injunction to block Samsung Galaxy Tab shipments across the EU. The case is now the subject of a full lawsuit.

Samsung is now bringing out the device under a new name, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, and it will go on sale later this month.

The new tab comes with a change in the design of the metal frame and the device's speakers have also moved.

The device, which Samsung say is world’s thinnest mobile tablet of its screen size, hit UK stores on 4 August and came with a range of accessories including a keyboard, desk dock and in-car charger. It featured the Android Honeycomb 3.1 version as well as a 1GHz dual-core application processor.

‘Samsung decided to introduce this new version in order to meet consumer demand for our innovative and distinctive products,’ a spokeswoman told the BBC.

Apple and Samsung are also embroiled in a series of patent disputes in the United States, Japan, Italy, South Korea and Australia.

Apple has accused Samsung of infringing its touch-screen and gesture intellectual rights. Samsung claims Apple failed to license its 3G wireless technologies.

The two tech companies are also meeting in a Paris court today where a judge will consider Samsung's request that the iPhone 4S be blocked from sale in France.

Joe Fernandez

Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today

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