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Galaxy Tab Case Looks A Lot Like Smart Cover

David Gilbert


Galaxy Tab 10.1 Smart Case

Samsung and Apple have been battling in court with claim and counter-claim of patent infringement regarding their tablets and smartphones in recent times, but now another issue has arisen of copycat behaviour - this time related to tablet cases.

When Apple launched the iPad 2 last March, a lot of attention was given to the Smart Cover which clipped onto the new iPad via magnets. It was a clever and sleek solution to protecting your tablet.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Smart Case

And it seems as if it wasn’t only Apple who thought the idea was a clever one. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Smart Case by Anymode is nothing more than an exact copy of the Smart Cover design though with a full wrap around case to hold it in place instead of the magnets used in Apple’s design.

However, before Steve Jobs could get on the Apple Phone to his lawyers, Samsung moved to quickly distance themselves from the copycat design. On its official blog, Samsung said:

“As a general practice, Samsung Electronics reviews and approves all accessories produced by partners before they are given the ‘Designed for Samsung Mobile’ mark. In this case, approval was not given to Anymode for the accessory to feature this official designation. We are working with Anymode to address this oversight and the product has already been removed from the Anymode sales website. The product has not been sold.”

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Smart Case

The four-sectioned case itself resembles the Smart Cover in more than looks. There is also a micro-fibre lining on the inside, presumably to keep the screen clean. The case allows the user to prop the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in landscape or portrait mode. Even the colours available are almost identical.

With the item now removed from the company website we may never see it again, and if we do Apple will no doubt be keeping a close eye on its design.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Smart Case

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Luan Bach

July 19, 2011, 8:27 pm

My guess is that it will be available on eBay in the near future.


July 19, 2011, 10:06 pm

Won't be available anywhere in the near future. As the mighty S have declared it never had their official approval and it has been pulled from their site. As Apple are currently trying to patent the whole universe this was probably a bit of neeedling on Samsung's part.


July 19, 2011, 11:17 pm

What the article doesn't mention is that Anymode - the company manufacturing this - is THE official Samsung accessory supplier and run by a nephew of Samsung's CEO.

I'm a bit incredulous that Samsung hadn't given this official approval before the media brought it to light.

On the other hand, Samsung copying something? I'm shocked. :-)


July 20, 2011, 3:02 am

For this to work wouldn't Samsung have had to build the Tab with magnets built in for the case to attach to? In which case they must have had the cover in mind all along.

Looks like a total rip off. Just like notification centre.

Greg Shewan

July 20, 2011, 4:25 am

This whole smartphone and tablet patent/design fiasco is really just exacerbated by the tech media. Samsung does not make this case officially, so how is it exactly infringing on design patents??? This is a bit misleading from TR... come on guys.

I find it hard to believe companies can sue each other over design patents for such devices (i.e. touch driven devices)... its a slab of glass with an appropriate backing material and the necessary hardware controls, how exactly does one be creative???

@rav - totally right about the rip off, but come on its a foldaway plastic cover with a soft back, where was the originality in that??? It was just hype on Cupertinos part. And notification centre (as well as Bada) is a shameful rip on Android's UI.

It just shows some things work, you don't/and shouldn't need to reinvent the wheel if a solution exists and Apple has lately been behaving like a petulant child with a bruised ego... my 2 cents.

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