With testimony finally being finished for both sides just a couple of days ago, jurors for the Samsung vs Apple patent case have now begun deliberation, thus this lengthy clash between the two titans is now starting to come to an end. This federal trial has lasted over 3 weeks (seems longer, doesn’t it?), and now this multi-billion dollar patent infringing case rests in the hands of 9 people (7 men and 2 women). Remember, Apple is trying to prove that Samsung ripped off the designs of the iPhone and iPad with their successful Android devices such as the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 10.1.
With so much money at stake, not to mention the implications this has in the mobile industry market, we should not expect a quick decision from these jurors anytime soon. According to Professor Mark P. McKenna of the University of Notre Dame Law, “This case has huge implications, it could result in injunctions against both companies.”
I know most of you are probably wondering how these jurors will make such a huge decision that could massively affect Samsung. First off, the judge has to read a 109 page set of instructions intended for the jury, as as they make their decision, jurors must fill out a 20 page form that includes dozens of “check-off” boxes. According to experts, this 20 page form that the jurors must fill out are “crazy” and “incredibly complicated.” Needless to say, these jurors have a lot of work ahead of them. Secondly, the jurors have several smartphones and tablets at their disposal in the jury room to further help them from determining whether certain patents were indeed infringed upon or not.
Update: Looks like Amazon jumped the gun on this one and posted the pre-order page before Samsung was ready. We’re just going to have to wait this one out a little bit longer. We will keep you up to date as soon as we hear anything more.
Ever since Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, I’ve been very excited about it and thought that it might actually be the first tablet I’d buy. With the Galaxy Note being so popular and successful, I have no doubts that the Note 10.1 will be just as great especially with the S-pen functionality. Well, if you’d like to be one of the first consumers to get your hands on it then Amazon has you covered…. Kind of. The Note 10.1 was up for pre-orders on Amazon and said shipping would be about 3-5 weeks, but due to a high volume of pre-orders the page has been temporarily taken down until Amazon replenishes their inventory. I’ll post the link via the source so just keep your eye on it from time to time. Hopefully Amazon put it back on shortly.
If you’re not familiar with the Note 10.1, it will feature Androids latest firmware, Ice Cream Sandwich, and will feature Samsung’s innovative S-pen technology. It will be a WiFi-only 10.1″ tablet with 32GB of on-board storage. The tablet will don the 1.4 quad-core Exynos processor, similar to the one inside the international Galaxy SIII. This is definitely the tablet to keep an eye on if you’re a Samsung fan.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has recently passed through the FCC sporting radios capable of utilizing Verizon’s LTE network. Nothing really new to be gained from this filing and you can expect the device to be similar to the one we recently reviewed. Except of course for the addition of LTE radios. The slate will run Ice Cream Sandwich and should play nicely with consumers who want a smaller sized tablet. Needless to say, Verizon customers should be expecting this to hit store shelves sometime in the near future.
Earlier today Sharp debuted another 7-inch tablet similar to the one debuted a few months back. While killing off both the 10.8 and 5.5 inch models, Sharp showed continued support for its 7 inch line. Masami Obatake, a general manager for one of Sharp’s consumer product divisions informed reporters that they will continue bringing out new products. With that said, the Galapagos EB-A71GJ-B sports some decent features.
The tablet has a 7-inch screen with a 1024×600 resolution. Running Honeycomb 3.2, it will feature a Tergra-2 dual-core processor. There is a chance that it may see Ice Cream Sandwich but there is no official word on it. It will have 8GB of internal storage with a micro SD slot for additional storage. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be intergrated and it will feature WiMax support. This will allow the Galapagos to act much like a Wi-Fi router with the ability to tether up to seven other devices. The device will also have a rear 5MP and a 2MP frontside camera. There will also be an HDMI out port for TV viewing.
While there is no say as to when this tablet will be seen in the United States it appears that this tablet will go on sale in Japan on December 17th. As there are no details on pricing, it will be hard to determine if it will even make a debut here in the US. Given that it was rumored that Sharp would debut a 7-inch tablet in August, a lot of questions still need to be answered. A source says that this will be released on September 12th however, as it is Mid-November this may be a typo as it is also hard to believe that a tablet with these specs will arrive in September of 2012.
[via AV Watch by Slash Gear]
For those of you wondering where in the world your T-Mobile Springboard tablet is, we regret to inform you that it’s been quietly delayed. The device will now be available on November 16th with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus instead of yesterday’s set date. The tablet is still listed as “coming soon” on T-Mo’s site and you can check out the Springboard’s landing page (source link) for more information. The device is going for $179.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Sounds like a more than reasonable price considering the device will be in a league with Amazon’s new Kindle Fire. I personally favor the 7-inch form factor, as it’s extremely easy to carry around and can still fit in your pocket if need be. This device will be a welcomed and affordable addition to T-Mobile’s lineup and a great companion to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The holidays are going to be promising if you’re in the market for a new affordable tablet. Choices will certainly be abundant.
For all of you wanting to get your hands on a honeycomb device but not wanting an 8.9-inch or 10.1-inch device, you’re in luck. Well, if you’re on T-Mobile you are anyway. T-Mobile has announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with a release date of Nov 16th and a price tag of $249.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2yr contract. The device sports Android 3.2 Honeycomb with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 3 meg camera (come on!), 2 meg front facing cam and of course Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. As the name implies, the device will sport a 7-inch capacitive touch display with a 1024 x 600 res which should render beautifully on a small device like this. And though the original device was WiFi only, this baby comes with T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ technology (broadband data plan required). For more information check out T-Mo’s page where you can sign up for updates on the device and don’t forget to check out the full press release after the break.
Those with a fond attachment to their original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab take heart. Sammy has announced that they’ll be bringing the next iteration of the venerable tablet in a gradual roll-out across the world, starting with Indonesia and Austria in late October. So what kind of updates can we expect with the new Tab? Software-wise, we’ll be looking at Android version 3.2, a welcome Honeycomb update from the 2.2 Froyo that the original Tab is currently running. Samsung didn’t skimp with the hardware either: 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 Gig of RAM, 2MP front camera and 3MP rear camera, and two internal memory flavors at 16 and 32 Gigs. It’s also a mere 345 grams (.75 pounds) and 9.96 mm (.39 inches) thin. Still no word on pricing and nothing regarding date of availability here in the States, but given the Kindle Fire’s recent announcement, we’ll hope for “soon” and “cheap,” respectively. Full presser after the break.
Amazon has recently announced that the company will be holding an invite only press event on Sept 28th (Wed) in New York. No other details have been revealed beyond that. However, in light of all of the tablet talk we’ve been hearing about, it’s safe to say we may see the introduction of one that night. Feel free to check out our previous coverage of rumors of the arrival of the Amazon Tab below. And as always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments. We’re assuming Amazon is going to undercut the competition with this one like we’ve never seen before. No doubt the device will also come with the Amazon App Store, Amazon MP3 App and the Amazon’s Cloud Player pre-installed.
Acer subsidiary Gateway started shipping a rebranded Acer Iconia Tab A500 as the Gateway TP Series A60. It’s priced at 399 CAD ($404) and is available at Future Shop now.
The specs are essentially the same: Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera.
For the short term, the Acer Iconia is probably the better alternative since it’s scheduled to receive the Android 3.2 update on September 10th, and it probably won’t include this look-a-like.
[via future shop]
Ah, international PR – you never fail to amuse us. There have been rumors going through the mill that we stateside folk will never see the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or the Galaxy note. The products were officially released on the European side, but not here in the U.S. of A… so does that mean we’re doomed to never enjoy the yummy goodness? Really, folks, let’s go over this.
When something is announced in a European venue, i.e. – IFA, MWC, etc., the big players from Europe are there. Sony Ericsson, ASUS… you get the idea. That’s not to say these companies aren’t big players here in the US, but they’re far bigger across the lake. You’ll usually hear things from these companies along the lines of “no set date”, or something similar for the US releases. In American venues, however, we hear “in the coming months” or “by the ‘whatever-th’ quarter of 20-something”. Does this mean we won’t see these European goodies here? Absolutely not.
So hold the faith, my friends, and I can almost promise you we’ll see what we want.