Samsung Won’t Delay Galaxy SIII U.S. Launch, Despite Apple’s Attempt to Ban

Samsung said on Thursday its smartphone Galaxy S3 will go on sale in the U.S. market as planned, despite a sales injunction request filed by Apple to a U.S. court.

Samsung says it still expects to launch the Galaxy S3 in the US on 21 June. Photo: Paul Jacobson/Flickr

Apple has reportedly planned to ban the U.S. launch of Samsung Galaxy S3, by asking a court to temporarily ban the sale of the latest smartphone, writes Yahoo! News.

Apple claims that the Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone breaches two of its patents and says the handset is “not more than colorably different from the Galaxy Nexus”, which has been the target of past disputes.

According to The Telegraph, the iPhone-maker filed its motion earlier this week. “The Galaxy S3 will… irreparably harm Apple for the same reasons as the Galaxy Nexus, but on a much greater scale,” wrote Apple’s lawyer, Mark Lyon.

He went on: “The central premise of Samsung’s opposition to Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction was that the Galaxy Nexus had not sold sufficiently well to cause severe enough harm to Apple.”

“While that argument is legally and factually untenable, it is entire inapplicable with respect to the Galaxy S3, which reportedly will sell phenomenally well immediately upon launch,” Mark Lyon added.

However, Samsung denied the accusation and said the launch would proceed as planned.

“Samsung believes Apple’s request is without merit. We will vigorously oppose the request,” the South Korean firm said in a statement.

“We would also like to assure consumers that the U.S. launch and sales of the Galaxy SIII will proceed as planned.”

BBC reports the Galaxy S3 went on sale in Europe last month. Though the sales numbers have not yes been released, Vodafone has said that the handset broke its UK record for pre-orders of an Android device.

The Galaxy S3 is due to launch in the U.S. on June 21. The dispute is the latest in a long round of lawsuits and counter-lawsuits between the two tech giants.

It comes just a few weeks after Apple CEO Tim Cook met in the USA with the head of Samsing in a court session aimed at settling their smartphone patent war, which was initiated by Apple in April last year, according to the Channel News.

Apple and Samsung have been entangled in about 30 patent litigation suits in 10 different countries so far.

Last year, Samsung had to release a tweaked version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer following legal action from Apple.

“We modified the model to reflect Apple’s claims,” a Samsung spokesman said at the time.

Among the most distinctive features of the new Galaxy S3 are huge 4.8-Inch Super AMOLED Display which makes it one of the largest displays on a flagship phone; Motion Detection which is a feature that allows automatically calling to the person you are texting once you raise the phone to your ear.

The Huff Post also mentions ‘S Voice’ that is first introduced on the Galaxy S3. Using your voice, you can launch the camera and take a photo, turn the volume up and down.

The Galaxy S3 also comes with an NFC chip that allows its users to “bump” information, for example, photos or video, to other Galaxy S3 owners by touching phones together, with the use of a combination of the NFC technology and Wi-Fi Direct.

In addition, the Galaxy S3’s 8 megapixel camera comes with burst photography and smart facial recognition.

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