Wednesday, 03 August 2011 15:45

Samsung says only media launch delayed, Tab still coming

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Samsung has issued an official statement answering some of the many questions raised over media reports that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been prevented from launching in Australia as planned.

Given all the noise, rumours, court cases and reports between Samsung and Apple, and reports that Samsung was set to delay launching its 10.1 Tab in Australia, we decided to give Samsung's PR people a call to find out the truth, especially following our earlier story that Samsung is saying the iPad 2 is slow in UK advertisements.

In return, we received an 'Official Statement from Samsung Electronics Australia' which states the following:

'Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia involving a Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung Electronics had no plans of selling in Australia.  No injunction was issued by the court and the parties in the case reached a mutual agreement which stipulates that the variant in question will not be sold in Australia.

'A Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future. 

'This undertaking does not affect any other Samsung smartphone or tablet available in the Australian market or other countries.

'Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.'

Samsung also sent an additional series of questions and answers, while also providing a link to the official Australian court documents which you can find here.

The additional Q&A's from Samsung are as follows:

Q: How long does Samsung expect the Galaxy Tab launch to be delayed for?


A: The GALAXY Tab 10.1 has not been delayed. We are delaying our original planned media launch that was on the 11th August in order to be able to showcase to media the final Australian retail product. The product itself is still on track to launch in the coming months.

Plenty more questions answered by Samsung on page two, please read on!


Q: What specifically are the differences between the US and Australian Galaxy Tab models? Your lawyers say the Australian model will be different. How?

A: At this stage we cannot comment as the Australian variant is still in production. These details will be announced at a future media launch event.

Q: How many units of the Galaxy Tab are in Australia ahead of the launch?


A: None. The device has not launched here yet.

Q: Any comments on the merits of Apple's case?


A: Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business. We are confident that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will not violate any of the plaintiff's patents.

Q: Does Samsung have any response to Apple's statement: ''It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,' an Apple Australia spokeswoman said. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.'


A: Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business. We are confident that the Galaxy Tab 10.1  does not violate any of the plaintiff's patents. 

Q: Are any models in stores in Australia? Are even stocks in Australia now?


A: No GALAXY Tab 10.1 devices are available in Australia from Samsung.

Q: Is Australia the first country where the tablet has been withdrawn?


A: The GALAXY Tab 10.1 has not been withdrawn from sale as it has not even launched here yet. Samsung has made an undertaking to the Court that the variant of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 presented by Apple will not launch in Australia. A Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future.

Q: Is the 10.1 tab on sale in the US now? In other countries too?

A: Yes the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is already on sale in other markets.

Q: Is there any suggestion that Samsung hand over tablets to Apple - apart from three allegedly mentioned in the court order?


A: As per the mutual undertaking, Samsung has agreed to provide Apple with three Australian GALAXY Tab 10.1 units to review for one week before they are launched in Australia. No other devices are being handed over.

Q: Can we provide clarification around next court hearing on 29th August, and what this entails?


A: This date has been set in order to update the court on the status of the matter and to make decisions on timetables and so on for future conduct of the matter.

 

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