Apple Rains on Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7’s Parade at IFA 2011

September 6, 2011
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 lost its chance to be on the shelf with other latest gadgets in one of the world’s largest electronics shows after Apple won another injunction impeding Samsung Galaxy Tab sales in Germany. The device was pulled out of Samsung’s booth at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011), an international consumer electronics expo in Berlin.

The Dusseldorf Regional Court granted Apple’s request to temporarily ban Samsung sales and marketing of their products last September 2, 2011. The grant allowed Apple, Samsung’s closest rival, to remove the newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the display area at IFA 2011.

Apple is one of the South Korean company’s biggest customers for chips and displays. Samsung was claimed to have copied Apple’s iPhone and iPad. However, the two companies are in conflict.

The Dusseldorf Regional Court has also granted Apple earlier a temporary sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The ban is in effect in 26 out of 27 European Union countries.

James Chung, Samsung’s spokesperson said that they respect what the court has decided. However, he also says that the company will do everything within its power to defend its legal rights and its intellectual property rights.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the latest Android-based tablet in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line. It has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels and runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb. It also comes with a 3-megapixel rear camera with flash and a 2-megapixel front camera.

The tablet was supposed to be shown along with other mobile products in this year’s IFA to attract European consumers to other choices besides the iPhone and the iPad, both manufactured by Apple. However, because Apple has been granted the ban request, Samsung lost its time to show off.

Samsung is not the only Android handset manufacturer that Apple is at odds with. Apple has also filed legal action against HTC and Motorola.

Samsung’s shares have declined by at most 4.9% (731,000 won or $680.35) since August 18 when they closed in Seoul trading, reaching a drop of up to 23% this year.

With this predicament, what would happen to Samsung? Would Samsung be able to recover from its loss? That we would still have to see.

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