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Samsung to release modified tablet in Germany
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Seoul (AFP) Nov 17, 2011

Samsung Electronics said Thursday it had modified the design of its newest tablet PC to bypass a sales ban in Germany and would start selling it there as early as this week.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1N, based on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, has a different metal frame and the location of the speakers has been changed, a spokesman for the South Korean company told AFP.

Samsung was dealt a blow in September when a German court ruled that it infringed upon Apple's design patents for its iPad. The court banned sales and marketing for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

In a spate of lawsuits, Samsung and Apple accuse each other of copying designs or technology for their smartphones and tablet computers.

Apart from Germany, they have also launched patent claims against each another in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Apple last month won a victory against Samsung in Australia, when a judge upheld a temporary injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Later in October Samsung announced it was trying to block the sale of Apple's newest product, the iPhone 4S, in Japan and Australia.

The decision to release a modified Galaxy reflects Samsung's eagerness to begin selling its tablet in Germany before the year-end shopping season.

But Apple's response to the new version would be crucial, said HI Investment and Securities analyst Song Myung-Sup.

It was not yet possible to say whether the modified tablet "will be free of any legal disputes with Apple", Song said.

-- Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this report --

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Amazon may be planning smartphone: Citi analysts
New York (AFP) Nov 17, 2011 - Amazon, which began shipping a tablet computer this week, may be eyeing the smartphone market.

Citigroup said in a research note published on Thursday that it believes the Seattle-based online retail giant plans to launch a smartphone next year.

"Based on our supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi's Taipei-based hardware research analyst, we believe an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12," Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney said.

"We believe (Foxconn) is now jointly developing the phone with Amazon," Mahaney said, and it will be manufactured by Hon Hai's TMS business group, which makes Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader and Kindle Fire tablet.

The Citigroup analysts said they believe the Amazon smartphone will use an OMAP 4 processor from Texas Instruments and would cost Amazon around $150 to $170 to make.

"With the clear success of the Kindle e-reader over the past three years, and Kindle Fire possibly succeeding in the low-priced tablet market, we view this as the next logical step for Amazon," Mahaney said.

The Kindle Fire sells for $199, less than half the cost of the cheapest iPad from Apple. According to Amazon, the Fire is already the "bestselling item across all of Amazon.com."


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Hewlett-Packard unveils its first "ultrabook" laptop
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 16, 2011
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