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Apple denied Australian appeal, Galaxy Tab on sale next week

updated 08:40 pm EST, Thu December 8, 2011

Samsung gets preliminary Australian ban denied

Apple on Friday Sydney time was denied its appeal on the Galaxy Tab ban reversal. Samsung will be cleared to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia late next week at prices of $579 AUD ($589) for a 16GB Wi-Fi version and $729 ($741) for a 3G edition. Pre-orders would start today, Samsung Australia's telecom VP Tyler McGee said.

High Court judges had claimed that Apple only just barely won the original ban, and that Samsung had been punished for not agreeing to a earlier timing. Apple was being asked to pay Samsung's court costs for the trouble defending against the ban.

As anticipated, Samsung saw the denied appeal as "fantastic." Apple, in the meantime, asserted that the reversal of the preliminary ban was "replete with error."

The return to sale doesn't exonerate Samsung, but it does shift the view to one where Samsung's existence on the market wasn't so grievous that it would permanently damage Apple's iPad business. It may ultimately hand a win to Samsung simply through timing. With a third-generation Galaxy Tab possibly coming early in 2012, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 could already be off the market by the time Australia's Federal Court reaches a decision.

Samsung's win is its second in recent memory. Earlier, it was allowed to keep selling in the US. Most of its experiences, however, have seen it lose. It just Thursday lost an iPhone 4S ban attempt in France. A ban in Germany also persists, and many believe an Italian decision next week on the iPhone 4S will clear Apple as well. [via Sydney Morning Herald]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969



    _plenty_ of consumers will beat the door down to buy one of those.

  1. chas_m



    Same price as iPad

    I actually feel bad for the suckers who get conned into buying this, as a) it's not as good as the iPad in every major respect and b) it will be replaced by a better model very shortly.

    I predict Samsung will have spent a lot of time and money in court only to see this particular entry flop.

  1. facebook_Francis

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    Joined: Dec 2011


    I'm happy about this

    It will add more competition to the Australian tablet market. For all of the people who complain about patent trolls trolling Apple, they seemed to be ignoring how Apple was being the troll in this case.

    Good luck, Samsung!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One thing is for sure,

    If the iPad realy IS the better product,

    A free market will decide.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pardon me...

    Wasn't this supposed to be more than was Samsung "hurting" Apple sales? Wasn't there something in there about Samsung ripping off Apple's style (looks and function) too? Trade dress it is called. Unworthy competition shouldn't be allowed ANY breaks if they are stealing and then complaining as Samsung seems wont to do.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969




    You just can't keep the Little Green One down :-)


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