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Samsung to sell slightly modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

A thin metal frame could be all Samsung needs in order to slip by lawsuits and copyrights from Apple

While Samsung lost the legal battle against Apple in the German courtroom, that hasn’t stopped the South Korean manufacturer from sliding past lawsuits by ever so slightly modifying some hardware.

The new Galaxy Tab 10.1N does exactly that and is currently undergoing legal review in Germany. If successful, the tablet can legally be sold on store shelves without getting pulled or recalled. The 10.1N reportedly includes all the same innards as its Galaxy Tab 10.1 twin, but has a new metal frame bezel. The source describes it as a wrap that goes “all around the edge to the extent that a part of it covers the margins of the front side.” The actual design may have been the product of a direct partnership between Samsung and German lawyers when a new build was required. Otherwise, we imagine that the thickness and general size of the revised tablet could be practically similar to the 10.1.

If the 10.1N passes German lawsuits and copyrights, then it is entirely possible that Samsung could attempt to bring the tablet to Australia. Although a farfetched prediction, we wouldn’t be surprised if such an idea had already gone through Samsung lawyers.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-11-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)