Mixed Galaxy Tab 7.7 rulings confuse even Samsung (but it may not matter anyway)

Jul 24, 2012
Mixed Galaxy Tab 7.7 rulings confuse even Samsung (but it may not matter anyway)

Apple's Europe-wide sales ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has prompted confusion this morning, with uncertainty - including from Samsung itself - as to what impact it will have on store shelves. The sales injunction, awarded by a Dusseldorf appeals court earlier today, seemingly conflicts with a UK court ruling earlier in July which ruled that the 7.7-inch tablet had not, in fact, copied the iPad's aesthetic.

"We will take all available measures to minimise the ruling’s impact on our business operations" Samsung UK told SlashGear in a statement today, though could give no further indication as to what might happen to in-store availability.

Meanwhile, Samsung's flagship London, UK store only had stock of a single model - the 16GB WiFi-only Tab 7.7 - on hand and, while insisting that the tablet was not discontinued, said it did not expect to receive more stock. Staff blamed the high price of the tablet, which uses a high-resolution Super AMOLED Plus display and slick metal chassis, for low consumer demand.

Instead, it was suggested, Samsung was promoting the Galaxy Tab 2, which offers a 7-inch screen at a lower price. Online retailers are still offering the Galaxy Tab 7.7, though the £379 ($589) price tag for the 16GB version is considerably higher than what, say, Google is charging for a Nexus 7

What, then, the impact of the Apple ban will be is unclear. We'll be checking back with Samsung for more information when it has it.

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