SEOUL (AFP) - South Koreas Samsung Electronics launched a new version of its Galaxy Tab in its home market Wednesdaysin a bid to lure consumers away from Apples iPad. The release comes as the South Korean firm is in embroiled in a patent dispute with US giant Apple, which has seen both sides file infringement claims against the other. Samsung, the worlds second-largest mobile phone maker, also said it would in August launch an updated version of its Galaxy S smartphone in the US market, which is dominated by Apples iPhone. The company has already released its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in five overseas countries including the United States. The tab, powered by Androids Honeycomb 3.1 developed for tablet PCs, features a 10.1-inch (25.6 cm) touchscreen display rather than the seven-inch display for the previous model. It is the worlds thinnest tablet, measuring 8.6 millimetres, Samsung said. The price will start at 671,000 won ($634) in the home market. Samsung said the seven-inch tab was optimised for portability, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was best suited for multimedia consumption and web browsing.