Samsung removes Galaxy Tab 7.7 from IFA booth

On Thursday, Samsung proudly revealed the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. It was just one of many new products from the company that debuted at the event, and the tablet was shown off prominently at Samsung's IFA booth for attendees to check out for themselves. Today, the third day of the IFA trade show, is another story. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has now mysteriously vanished from Samsung's booth. ThisismyNext.com confirms that not only have all of the sample versions of the product been removed from the show floor, but the posters and anything else that had the Galaxy Tab 7.7 image or logo displayed have either been taken down or covered up.

Samsung would not comment on the reasons for this unusual move but speculation on the Internet has a finger pointed at Apple as the instigator. Apple is currently suing Samsung for allegedly infringing on its design and user interface patents for a number of previously released products. Earlier this summer Apple was granted a preliminary injunction in a German court that bans the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in that country. While Samsung did have a label at its IFA booth before today, clearly stating that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 would not be placed for sale in Germany, it's more than possible that Apple didn't feel that label was enough to satisfy the requirements of the court injunction.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will have Android 3.2 as its operating system along with a 1.4 Ghz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, up to 64 GB of storage and more. Samsung has not yet announced when the product will be released nor any price points.

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Maybe now Samsung can take the time to design a tablet that doesn't look awfully similar to the iPad.

Sony did it, why can't they?

lunarworks said,
Maybe now Samsung can take the time to design a tablet that doesn't look awfully similar to the iPad.

Sony did it, why can't they?


Because the rectangular design is "unique", "magical" and "innovative" ? Gotta love the sheep, they will buy into any BS Apple throws at them.

hey07 said,
Sammy suck at design. Most of its popular products design borrowed (stole) from others.

Yeah ,apple invented the circle and rectangle, everyone that use them are stealing design from them.

tester.br said,
Android is fragmented ****, so who cares ..

It's also alot more open, runs faster, has more support from the community, and is for enthusiasts, not trolls like you.

Android > IOS

SirEvan said,

It's also alot more open, runs faster, has more support from the community, and is for enthusiasts, not trolls like you.

Android > IOS


From pretty much every experience I had with Android is that it actually requires more processing power and runs slower than iOS because of all the additional services third-parties throw on top of it to make it appear half-decent. A vanilla Android copy runs faster but looks like ass compared to both iOS and WP7. The vast majority of people could't care less about it being open-source or its supporting community.

Jack@l said,

I will never buy any apple product any more, its ridicoluos...

It's truly ridiculous. I too will never ever buy an Apple product. I have never bought one anyway. So what SamFirmware has stated on twitter must be correct then based on the second link you posted below. I don't understand this competition by litigation principle.

rwx said,
It's truly ridiculous. I too will never ever buy an Apple product. I have never bought one anyway.

So in effect your statement is empty and meaningless to begin with.

Something I noticed about Samsung is that their products are freakishly huge. Even the note. Its a great phone but the size is the main issue.

thnok said,
Something I noticed about Samsung is that their products are freakishly huge. Even the note. Its a great phone but the size is the main issue.

My Captivate is thinner than the iPhone 4.

thnok said,
Something I noticed about Samsung is that their products are freakishly huge. Even the note. Its a great phone but the size is the main issue.

have you seen their new 4.7" phones? way too big imo.

Open Minded said,

My Captivate is thinner than the iPhone 4.


Thinner yeah but I am talking about the screen size.

smooth3006 said,

have you seen their new 4.7" phones? way too big imo.


I know. Thats why I dont like samsung much. Their phones are feature packed but the size is jut unbearable.

Merson316 said,
Can someone explain to me why Samsung are getting sued by Apple yet Samsung still create parts for Apple's devices? According to reports Samsung provides 25% of the value of parts for the iPhone 4 alone. Source: http://www.economist.com/blogs...ungs-symbiotic-relationship

Because Samsung has several divisions. Samsung won't pull out for 2 reasons,

1. Apple is their biggest customer, you dont pull out of that kind of money for petty reasons
2. Samsung is probably locked into some contract to supply Apple, if they pulled out, Apple would sue them.

I know it all purely economics, but it's just stupidity by both parties.

Merson316 said,
Can someone explain to me why Samsung are getting sued by Apple yet Samsung still create parts for Apple's devices? According to reports Samsung provides 25% of the value of parts for the iPhone 4 alone. Source: http://www.economist.com/blogs...ungs-symbiotic-relationship

I know it all purely economics, but it's just stupidity by both parties.

Several reasons.
One is its business, when this court is over, they still will be doing business

two, contracts

three, Samsung is split inot seperate businesses, Apple might have a contract with the samsung part that produces chips, but might be suing the mobile side, all these parts operate independently, samsung mobile has to pay for there chips from samsung just like other companys do, Apple might even have priority over them.

Merson316 said,
Can someone explain to me why Samsung are getting sued by Apple

Apple knows that a Windows-based Samsung Tablet is the only real, viable threat to their iToy.

excalpius said,

Apple knows that a Windows-based Samsung Tablet is the only real, viable threat to their iToy.


it is? ive seen several android based ones that blow the ipad away.

evo_spook said,


One is its business, when this court is over, they still will be doing business

and you know this how? maybe when it's over sammy will tell apple to shove it!

smooth3006 said,


it is? ive seen several android based ones that blow the ipad away.


So far I've been heavily unimpressed by Android 3.0, not to mention the apps that have to run on it. Overall the experience is rough and unpolished. While some other tablets might have certain pros over the iPad (extendibility, weight or size) there doesn't seem to be a complete package that truly matches Apple's.

smooth3006 said,


it is? ive seen several android based ones that blow the ipad away.

I'd love to see these. I've only seen one that actually only holds up to the iPad (not blows it away) and it was just as expensive.

This is the only current tablet from Samsung I'm interested in, so if they remove it from market, or decrease it specifications, I don't care any more of samsung's tablets.

Maybe they are going back to the drawing table to make this more competitive with the recently announced 7 inch tablet from lenovo and amazon. obviously, this is going to compete directly with them in the size form and amazon and lenovo have both priced their tablets really low.

d4diesel said,
Maybe they are going back to the drawing table to make this more competitive with the recently announced 7 inch tablet from lenovo and amazon. obviously, this is going to compete directly with them in the size form and amazon and lenovo have both priced their tablets really low.

Agreed. I don't think this is an Apple move, as Apple has yet to announce a 7" tablet. If this IS an Apple move...well, hello 7" iPad.

joep1984 said,

Agreed. I don't think this is an Apple move, as Apple has yet to announce a 7" tablet. If this IS an Apple move...well, hello 7" iPad.

Yeah...but apple invented the tablet so like...7", 10", 5"....doesn't matter they'll still sue.... <sarcmark>

SirEvan said,

Yeah...but apple invented the tablet so like...7", 10", 5"....doesn't matter they'll still sue.... <sarcmark>


Well if it is the design and user interfaces stuff again (likely as the design and user interface is pretty much the same as the larger tablets) the size is irrelevant...
We don't know if it's Apple, but to be honest, when Samsung announced this I was rather surprised, why go ahead and make yet another device using a design you've been getting a lot of trouble for? It was a great opportunity for them to come with a design of their own, something unique but nope...