If at first you don’t succeed, just tweak the edge a little? Samsung has redesigned its Galaxy Tab device in hopes of getting around an injunction on sales of that device in Germany due to rulings that it infringed on the design for Apple’s iPad.
German blog MobiFlip.de spotted the Galaxy Tab 10.1N on sale in Germany today at CyberPort, an online consumer electronics retailer. A Google (NSDQ: GOOG) translation of the product page for the 10.1N says “Galaxy Tab is back! The new 10.1-inch tablet from Samsung.”
The 10.1N appears to have a slightly different screen design in which the metal edges of the tablet cover a bit more of the front-facing side, but it’s not a particularly obvious change. As you’ll recall, Samsung is currently prevented from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany stemming from its legal battles with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) over design patents for the iPad.
Could this change be enough to bypass those patents? Samsung might have at the very least bought itself a little time to sell the “new” tablet while a court rules on that issue, but unless the company is willing to confirm further changes to the 10.1N it’s hard to know for sure.
Samsung representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment or clarification.
Check the tablets out for yourself: the new Galaxy Tab 10.1N is immediately below:
And here’s a stock image of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from when it launched earlier this year.