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Samsung granted design patent for a "phone" with a 21:9 aspect ratio screen

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The USPTO recently granted Samsung a patent for the design of a device that looks quite unusual. The patent filing describes the device as being a “mobile phone”, and yet this looks more like an elongated tablet. Or is it a smartphone with a weird aspect ratio?

We took the new design and combined it with an image that has an aspect ratio of 21:9. As we suspected, the image matched the screen area perfectly. We first tried a 16:9 image, but we knew that it would not match. So it looks like this is indeed the design of a phone sporting a 21:9 aspect ratio display.

The 21:9 aspect ratio is usually used on (some) widescreen TVs. Is it any good on a modern smartphone? We can’t really tell for now. But you can take a look at Samsung’s new design in the gallery below and let us know what you think.

As always, patenting a design doesn’t necessarily mean that the respective design will see the light of day as a real device. In this case, Samsung probably just wants to make sure that if it ever launches such a phone / tablet with a 21:9 display it will be able to legally protect its design.

Update: LG launched a feature phone with a 21:9 screen way back in 2009 - the LG BL40 New Chocolate.


source: USPTO

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posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:01 4

1. livyatan (Posts: 701; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Really, Samsung??

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_bl40_new_chocolate-2916.php

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:05 1

3. livyatan (Posts: 701; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Actually this is better..still one of the most beautiful phones ever, from LG's best days..

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_bl40_new_chocolate-pictures-2916.php

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:06 1

4. livyatan (Posts: 701; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Actually this is better..still one of the most beautiful phones ever, from LG's best days..

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_bl40_new_chocolate-pictures-2916.php

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:06 1

5. livyatan (Posts: 701; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Actually this is better..still one of the most beautiful phones ever, from LG's best days..

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_bl40_new_chocolate-pictures-2916.php

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:14 2

8. livyatan (Posts: 701; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Oops..This was some kind of a glitch. I got a server maintenance notification

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:02 2

2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


And i thought people holding the Mega to their heads looked funny.... This is just rediculous.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:12 1

6. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Hope its not the g note 4

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:14 12

7. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Too bad the iPhone 6 will feature this ratio.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:38 7

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I had to laugh haha.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 03:08 1

12. kryme (Posts: 141; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


yea just incase they want to add 2 more rows

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 02:16 1

10. mmmanuuu (Posts: 215; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


This one is called GALAXY BEZEL !

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 02:18 1

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 748; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


16:9 is already elongated enough

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 03:43 1

13. darkskoliro (Posts: 990; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Why in the world would you be allowed to patent ratio sizes...stupid beyond belief. Anyway
http://www.gsmarena.com/acer_iconia_smart_has_219_screen_liquid_swaps_the_metal_for_mt-news-2326.php
This isnt innovation. I seriously considered this phone back then

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 05:41 2

14. Florin.T (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


But no one said they're patenting a "ratio size". They're patenting the exact design shown in the article - which happens to be for a phone that has a 21:9 display. Big difference.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 19:05

19. darkskoliro (Posts: 990; Member since: 07 May 2012)


This is what happens when you read articles at midnight :p I understand now. Design seems more of a tablet to me though.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 05:53

15. hotty (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


the speaker grill on the back seems interesting !

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 06:02

16. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 407; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Jeez, I hate this aspect ratio sooo much, it boggles my mind that movies are filmed this way.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 12:04

17. Neo_Huang (Posts: 453; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


The only purpose of this is to watch movies.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 16:22 1

18. Professor (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Which matches with the second most used reason of my phone (to watch movies and videos)...

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:40

20. TuanGugu (Posts: 45; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


On-screen buttons here we come! Haha

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