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Samsung withdraws 7.7in tablet from Germany

No German showing for small tablet
Mon Sep 05 2011, 09:48

KOREAN ELECTRONICS FIRM Samsung has pulled its just launched 7.7in Galaxy Tab tablet out of the IFA trade show.

The firm removed the device from display on Friday after it was banned in Germany following pressure from Apple.

The two companies are indulging their lawyers in a patent war over the designs and shapes of their tablets and Apple seems to be winning.

Although Samsung is fighting claims of copying, Apple says that it has "slavishly" ripped off its designs. Samsung threw out an argument that in fact they had both used a design first seen in Stanley Kubrick's film production of Arthur C. Clarke's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, but this was perhaps more diverting than legally convincing.

This latest move, the banning of the new Samsung 7.7in tablet device in Germany, during a German trade show with all of the consumer electronics press in attendance, was a bit disruptive.

Samsung's decision to remove it from display, just as the idea of it being in stores was being ushered out of a courtroom, should make for a few sour faces at the company.

"The product is not on sale yet but we've decided to respect the court order," Samsung spokesman James Chung told Reuters.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7in tablet was announced at IFA along with a smaller tablet smartphone hybrid called the Galaxy Note. µ


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