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Samsung to Begin Australia Tablet Sales This Week After Ruling

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, will begin selling tablet computers in Australia this week after the country’s highest court cleared it of legal hurdles blocking the product.

The company has completed shipping its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to Australia, Nam Ki Yung, a spokesman in Seoul for Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung, said by telephone today. Sales are set to start Dec. 16, he said.

The High Court last week rejected Apple Inc.’s request to ban sales of the Galaxy tablet, allowing Samsung to lure Christmas shoppers in Australia in time. Apple sought to keep the iPad rival out of the country on claims it infringed patents related to touch-screen technology, as part of a global legal dispute that began in April.

Samsung plans to sell a 16GB, Wi-Fi model for A$579 ($580) and a 16GB, 3G model for A$729. Apple offers its 16GB, Wi-Fi iPad 2 for A$579, according to its website.

The South Korean company was Apple’s closest competitor in global tablet-computer sales in the third quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, a research company.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jun Yang in Seoul at jyang180@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net

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