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Samsung Pull New Tablet From IFA Fair in Berlin

Despite plans to promote their new Tablet at the IFA Electronics Fair, Samsung have been forced to pull the device from the show following a block on German sales.

The tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, was meant to be unveiled in the IFA Electronics Fair, hosted in Berlin. However, after Apple won a case banning Samsung’s product from being sold in Germany, the manufacturer have removed the item from the showcase.

Both Samsung and Apple are involved in a global patent war over the design of their Smartphone and Tablet products, with a number of other competitors also being dragged in to the action.

This recent ban follows a previous, but temporary, ban implemented in Germany concerning Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. This ban was granted during August, meaning that the past few months have been anything but easy for manufacturer Samsung.

Despite the fact that they are missing out on a key promotional opportunity, Samsung have reported that they have removed the Tablet from the showcase in order to “respect the court’s decision”.

However, they were quick to state that they would use “all available measures, including legal options” to ensure that their devices continue to be available across the European market.

A company spokesman was quoted as claiming that the ban on the Tablet would cause German consumer choice to be limited, a decision they would obviously challenge.

In terms of specifications, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was seen to be a potentially strong competitor in the Tablet market. With a thickness of just 0.31 millimetres and using the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, the Tablet was shaping up to be an impressive piece of kit.

Also utilising a 1.4GHz processor and with expandable memory via an SD card slot, the Tablet could still prove popular in other areas.

Whether the ban in Germany will be a permanent one remains to be seen.

Whilst Apple square up to Samsung with allegations of patent infringement on the design of their Smartphones and Tablets, Samsung have retaliated with claims that Apple has infringed patents relating to their wireless technologies.


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