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Samsung willing to abandon Galaxy Tab launch in Australia

If Samsung is unable to legally launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in time for Christmas, then the manufacturer may decide to not launch at all

Samsung has announced that it is prepared to move its Galaxy Tab 10.1 out of the Australian market if the court decides in favor of Apple in the ongoing and frustrating legal battle between the South Korean manufacturer and Apple.

Still, Samsung is hoping for a win within the next couple of weeks. According to Bloomberg, it is imperative to Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not miss the Holiday shopping season, otherwise a launch in the country may not be worth it at all.

We’re willing to pull out all the stops to get it out by mid-October,” said Samsung lawyer Neil Young. “We’re absolutely desperate.

Samsung recently attempted to settle the dispute with Apple out of court with an undisclosed solution, but the Cupertino company was headstrong and quickly rejected the proposal, Young claimed.

As of this writing, the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is on hold until at least the end of the trial. Apple has been pointing fingers at Samsung in courtrooms all around the world claiming that the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab is too similar to the iPad and violates a number of Apple patents. While the Australian case is nearing its end, Germany recently ruled in favor of Apple while a trial in Japan is expected to begin soon.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10- 5 (Update: 2012-05-26)