Samsung offers deal to Apple in Australia dispute

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been barred from being sold in Australia as part of the company's patent lawsuit fight with Apple. Now it looks like Samsung is willing to offer Apple some kind of concession to get its Android-powered tablet on store shelves in that country. News.com reports that Samsung told a Federal Court in Sydney today that it has offered a deal to Apple that would allow the Galaxy Tab 10.1 be sold in Australia as early as next week if Apple accepts the deal. No details of that agreement were revealed.

This is just the latest chapter in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, with Apple claiming that devices like the Galaxy Tab have violated Apple's patents in terms of Samsung's user interfaces and design for some of its smartphones and tablets. The two companies have waged this legal war over several fronts around the world over the past several months. In August, Apple convinced a judge in Australia to ban the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in that country as part of its legal fight.

While Samsung may be dealing with all of these court battles with Apple, it is still releasing new versions of its Galaxy Tab family of tablets. Today, Samsung announced plans to release the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. This 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution touch screen tablet has a 1.2 Ghz processor inside running Android 3.2. It also has 1 GB of RAM, a three megapixel rear camera, a two megapixel front facing camera, support for WiFi and 3G wireless options and more. The tablet will go on sale in Indonesia and Austria by the end of October but there's no word on when it might show up in the US. Pricing was not announced.

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