Samsung has said it will not settle or reach an agreement on outstanding patent cases with Apple.
The companies have been fighting over design and software patents in four continents since early last year.
“It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don’t intend to (negotiate) at all,” said Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung’s mobile and IT division boss.
HTC recently settled with Apple over their existing patent arguments, agreeing to a 10-year licensing deal which will pay Apple around $8 per HTC handset sold.
Samsung currently has a large 35.2 percent market share in the global smartphone market, beating out Apple at 16.6 percent stake and well ahead of all other rivals.
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HTC has reported another horrible quarter, as the company struggles to stay relevant in the smartphone market that is quickly becoming a two-horse race.
The company, which is the fifth-largest smartphone maker in the world, reported that Q3 profit fell 79 percent year-over-year, missing even their own downgraded forecasts.
Net profit came in at $133 million, down from $640 million during the same quarter last year.
By comparison, Apple posted a net profit of $8.8 billion last quarter and Samsung more recently posted a net profit of $7.3 billion for the quarter.
HTC will took to turn its fortunes around with the new Windows Phone 8-based HTC 8X and Android-based One X+.
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Last month, Samsung showed off the Galaxy Note II to high praise.
While the company had a set release time table for Asia and Europe (October), all they would say for the U.S. is “later in 2012.”
The latest rumor from multiple sources has AT&T getting the smartphone on October 21st, although the carrier has not confirmed.
Samsung’s new device runs on Android 4.1, has a 5.5-inch screen and a new 16:9 aspect ratio meaning 1280×720 resolution. Additionally, despite having a larger screen, the Note II is actually thinner than its predecessor, at 9.4mm. The new S Pen is longer, and also thicker than last year’s, but with a more ergonomic grip.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor and 2GB RAM. The device has an 8MP LED rear camera and a 1.9MP front-side camera, a microSD slot, MHL, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Glonass, Wi-Fi Direct, 21 Mbps HSPA+ or 4G LTE support.
The real kicker is a massive 3100 mAh battery.