Release of Samsung Galaxy Tab could persuade consumers to sell mobiles

Gadget lovers could be tempted to sell mobile phones and buy the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the manufacturer won its court case with Apple.

The High Court has dismissed Apple's application for special leave to appeal – part of the iPhone-maker's latest attempt to prevent the tablet being released in Australia.

According to Samsung, the decision means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will hit the market in the run-up to Christmas, bringing to an end a ban that had been in place since October.

The ban was originally overturned at the end of November, but the High Court had granted a one-week stay to further consider Apple's claim that the tablet infringes a touchscreen patent from its own iPad 2 device.

This development is likely to be welcomed given that research from GfK published in October showed Samsung is the most popular mobile phone manufacturer down under.

Australians are particularly keen on the Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone, the study found.

Posted by Claire Marshall

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