A couple of months ago, there was this whole kerfuffle regarding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and some patent infringement claims from Apple in the EU. One of the countries where Samsung was hit the hardest was Germany, where an injunction was upheld in September and effectively banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from sale over there. The culprit was apparently a design right infringement on Samsung’s part.
That said, Samsung isn’t your average mom and pop store. So it went back to the drawing board and designed a new Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Germany. This new tablet is probably designed around the issues that have prevented the original model from going on sale, so in theory the new Galaxy Tab 10.1N should have no trouble arriving in German stores.
In fact, it’s already available in one. Cyberport is taking orders for a white version with 16 GB of built-in storage. The price being asked is €549, and the tablet is expected to be in stock in the next few days.
Pictured above are both the new Galaxy Tab 10.1N (seen on top), as well as the ‘old’, patent-infringing model at the bottom. As you can see, Samsung has altered the bezel, using more and more visible metal, supposedly to help differentiate the tablet’s look from that of the iPad.
Of course, Apple may sue Samsung once again, but until the courts have their say on that, this product may start shipping and arriving in customers’ hands. And so Samsung and Apple seem to be playing a (probably quite expensive) cat and mouse game. We’re interested to see what will happen in the future. Perhaps Samsung’s next year lineup will be designed to be just a little less similar to Apple’s products, in which case this whole patent madness may slow down. We can hope.