Samsung caves in, altered Galaxy 10.1 coming to Germany

Remember that tablet everyone got confused with the iPad 2? No? Okay, remember that tablet that got banned for looking a bit too much like an iPad 2? Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 hasn't been without its fair share of controversy, but it looks like all that might be coming to an end as Samsung prepares a modified Galaxy Tab that the company hopes will solve all those problems.

How did they do it? Samsung went to the drawing board and moved a few things around to make comparisons harder. According to PCWorld, the speakers will now be on the front rather than the side. The bezel also looks more silver now, compared to the iPad's uniform black/white styling.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1N, as it will be known, is so far only going to be offered in Germany. Retailers have started putting up shop listings that point towards a release date of next week. The company is keen to stress that the new model is a response to the German ban, not the Apple patent lawsuit.

This isn't the first time a company has had to release a modified version of its product. A few years back, Microsoft found itself in hot water with the European Union, who requested that Microsoft release a version of Windows XP without Windows Media Player. Windows XP N, however, cost the exact same price as normal Windows XP, and sales only reached around a thousand units. In Samsung's case, the company will likely see more of a benefit considering the outright ban on its standard Galaxy Tab 10.1 model.

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How come Australia is out of the picture? The device is banned as well here, just like Germany.

But honestly, even the packaging of Samsung Galaxy SII and iPhone 4/4S are EXACTLY the same. Need to be sued as well

The company is keen to stress that the new model is a response to the German ban, not the Apple patent lawsuit.

That makes no sense, since the ban was in response to the lawsuit.

roadwarrior said,

That makes no sense, since the ban was in response to the lawsuit.

Yeah, you're absolutely right. I'm confused what Mike Brown is trying to say here.

roadwarrior said,

That makes no sense, since the ban was in response to the lawsuit.

I think Samsung is making the point that the changes made are merely a way to circumvent the ban, and not an admission that Apple's patent claims hold any real value.

Joey S said,

I think Samsung is making the point that the changes made are merely a way to circumvent the ban, and not an admission that Apple's patent claims hold any real value.

Which in itself is still a "response" to the lawsuit.

roadwarrior said,

Which in itself is still a "response" to the lawsuit.

They're just trying to get the last word in.

They're saying, "Okay.. we'll change it, but only because the Court has ordered us to do so, not because Apple's claims actually have any merit."

Hardcore Til I Die said,

They're just trying to get the last word in.

They're saying, "Okay.. we'll change it, but only because the Court has ordered us to do so, not because Apple's claims actually have any merit."

Exactly. They are doing it also to slap Apple in the face. "This is why this device is banned? Okay, we'll make those design changes and still sell it". Which kinda sucks because I like the German model. It has the speakers in the front which actually makes sense.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Which proves that they did copied iPad' design. More or less

The only thing this proves is that they complied with the court's decision. Courts can be wrong, you know.

rheostat said,

The only thing this proves is that they complied with the court's decision. Courts can be wrong, you know.

But if court was wrong, they should've counter-appealed. Shouldnt they?

Muhammad Farrukh said,

But if court was wrong, they should've counter-appealed. Shouldnt they?


They are less after being "in the right" than after making sales!
Every day costs them money, you know.

Now, with a minimal change in design they can start selling quick again AND counter-appeal.

GS:mac

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Which proves that they did copied iPad' design. More or less

Correction, the German Court was wrong. Why didn't they redesign it in US, UK, France, etc...?

WhatWarning said,

Correction, the German Court was wrong. Why didn't they redesign it in US, UK, France, etc...?


I don't know all these laws by heart, but I guess it could be that in Germany similarity etc is just voted more strictly, hence complying with our, but maybe not other countries' legislations...

Not trying to make this a definite point to defeat your's, it's just a thought I had...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

I don't know all these laws by heart, but I guess it could be that in Germany similarity etc is just voted more strictly, hence complying with our, but maybe not other countries' legislations...

Not trying to make this a definite point to defeat your's, it's just a thought I had...

GS:mac

I understand, but what I am saying is Germany != World. It doesn't serve as a definitive answer that Samsung copied code. However if more countries agreed with Germany and those tablets were changed everywhere to comply, then Muhammad Farrukh would be spot on. As of now only Germany forced this; no other country agreed with Apple.

WhatWarning said,

Correction, the German Court was wrong. Why didn't they redesign it in US, UK, France, etc...?

Is it banned in the US, UK, France, etc...? No...
There's your answer...

Astra.Xtreme said,

Is it banned in the US, UK, France, etc...? No...
There's your answer...

Exactly, none of those courts banned it. Do you see what I am saying? Only Germany banned it. Germany is not the definitive ruling in the matter. What I am saying is if more countries banned it, then I would say more than likely Samsung copied code.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Which proves that they did copied iPad' design. More or less

Not according to a judge in the Netherlands.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Which proves that they did copied iPad' design. More or less

Just proves they are tired of Apple's **** and tired of all the court BS. Doesnt admit guilt. They just want as much money hence altering the design. Further court battles is more money lost to Samsung. So this is probably the cheapest option for them.

morphen said,
wtf? why isn't this on frontpage news?

Agreed, this is the sort of news that needs to be on the front page.