Samsung and Apple are embroiled in legal battle with Apple accusing its supplier of “brazenly” copying its product design in the Galaxy S lineup and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The infringement lawsuit didn’t shake Samsung any as it counterattacked Apple, challenging the Cupertino giant to prove its claims by giving Samsung early access to iPad 3 and iPhone 5 designs before release. That move was denied in short order. As the case rages on, Samsung seems quite at ease. So much so that it has released smart “cases” for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Korea, similar to iPad 2′s accessories and in similar shades. That’s something even Samsung loyalists will find hard to swallow.
And that’s not all. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE that will launch on Verizon’s LTE network will come with a microSIM card unlike other Verizon LTE devices that feature the traditional 4G SIM. Now, what other device has a microSIM too? Oh yes, the iPad 2. Weird coincidence.
Anyway, we’ll leave it to the industry giants to fight it out. What does a microSIM mean for the end user? A microSIM cannot be used on a traditional SIM device so you can’t just switch it from device to device. This news comes from a Verizon internal doc and has been confirmed from Samsung. We still don’t know when the LTE device will hit US, though it has been available for preorder from June 8 when Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi made its first appearance in US.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE can be preordered from Verizon. The 16GB model will cost you $529 and the 32GB model will cost you $629.
If you’re keen on the smart cases available for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, they probably won’t make it out of Korea. Samsung shops and stores across Samsung’s homeland are selling the covers. The smart case is being manufactured by Anymode, a “key accessories supplier” with a “strong affiliation” with Samsung.
Samsung is really pushing the limit here. Is that confidence or arrogance?
[via android central]