News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday November 16, 2011.
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Thanks to the ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung over the design of Samsung's smartphones and tablets, Samsung has not been able to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, the biggest market in Europe. To get around this, Samsung has modified the appearance of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to comply with the lawsuit and has made it available for purchase in Germany.
The new Galaxy Tab 10.1N has the same hardware specs as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 seen in other parts of the world, but Samsung has tweaked the design to differentiate it more from the iPad 2. The most significant change is a metal band around the tablet that is visible when the tablet is viewed from the front. It is unclear from the photos provided if Samsung made other changes to the tablet's design.
Samsung has been unable to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany since September, when Apple was granted an injunction blocking it from sale by the court. Samsung had made offers to Apple in the past to modify the tablet so that it could be on shelves in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season in Australia, but Apple reportedly declined to agree to those changes. These particular design changes that Samsung has made may or may not have been reviewed by Apple before release to the public. The ball is in Apple's court now, as it could seek another injunction against the revised tablet if it still finds it too similar to the design of the iPad 2. [MobiFlip via FOSS Patents]
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