Here we go again.
The general consensus is that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been one of the stars of the IFA technology show in Berlin this year, with Samsung continuing to be the biggest Android hitter in town.
But if you actually want to see one, you've missed your chance, as Samsung has removed the Galaxy Tab 7.7 – and all mention of its existence – as a result of... you guessed it, Sammy's ongoing legal spat with Apple.
To be fair to Apple, Samsung says it has removed the tablet from the public eye voluntarily, but it won't have taken such drastic action unless it was pretty sure it was a choice between jumping or being pushed.
Apple is engaged in a multi-frontiered legal battle with Samsung over claims that the Korean tech firm's Galaxy smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets infringe on Apple copyrights on a number of levels. So far the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been the device Apple has taken most offence to, but now it seems to be after its newly announced little brother too, despite it being significantly smaller than the iPad.
“Samsung has removed the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from our stand at IFA,” a Samsung Europe spokesperson is quoted as saying. “We cannot make any further comment as we have not received an official statement from the court.”
It's not clear what the end game is here, though Samsung will know that Apple wouldn't be pushing the issue so hard unless it saw its rival as a major threat.
But we can't help but thinking Apple is losing sight of the fact that some degree of similarity is unavoidable in rival devices simply because of the nature of the devices themselves. It's like a car maker suing one of its rivals for producing a vehicle with four wheels. Of course it has four wheels. It's a car.