Apple Incorporated received a $1 billion jury judgment after Korean-based smartphone manufacturer Samsung Electronics was judged in patent and copyright violation, having allegedly copied Apple iPad designs and features for one of their tablets. That judgment came a couple of weeks ago, and Apple recently sought a ban of eight different smartphone models manufactured by Samsung as an extension of the tablet ban. Several members of the best-selling flagship line of Galaxy handsets were named, including the Galaxy S II Skyrocket Android handset.
A jury on August 24 found Samsung in patent infringement on six of seven patents Apple claimed Samsung violated. The litigation happy Apple then followed up with their list of eight smartphones they say also infringe on their patented designs. Bloomberg was one of the first news outlets to report the Samsung “smartphone ban list” that helped vault the company to the number one spot in global sales in the mobile handset marketplace ahead of Apple earlier this year. However, the damage to the Android powered Samsung smartphone lineup may be minimal, according to industry insiders.
The South Korean company recently released a statement disagreeing with the jury’s findings, while also stating that the ruling would not have a significant impact on their business. The list of devices Apple wants banned includes the globally popular Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G and seven other devices, and a Sanford C. Bernstein industry analyst who used to work for Samsung says sales from the eight named handsets would account for less than 1.4% of Samsung’s profits next year. Having said that, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket has been a flagship device for the AT&T wireless 4G LTE network in the US ever since it arrived on November 6 of last year.
The Galaxy S II Skyrocket Android smartphone was successful by improving the processing power of the previous generation Galaxy S II smartphones by a full 25%. The handset is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core CPU, and a separate Adreno 220 microchip handles all graphics processing. 16 GB of data storage are built-in, as well as 1.0 GB of RAM system. The Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen renders visuals in 16 million colors, and at 4.5 inches that display delivers an overall screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Integrated into the back of the handset is an 8.0 megapixel camcorder that provides high resolution video recording at 1,080P HD, and a front facing chat cam provides video call support.