Samsung patents the design of a tablet with... a hole in it?
There’s no way of telling how this hole is supposed to help the tablet offer a better experience. If our readers have suggestions, they shouldn’t hesitate to use the comments section and share them.
Apart from the unusual hole, the new tablet designed by Samsung seems to be pretty normal, having speakers on the sides, and a camera on the back. There might even be a place for an S Pen stylus on one of the sides - which would make this device a Galaxy Note. You can see Samsung’s drawings depicting the tablet, as published by the USPTO, in the slideshow below.
1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1586; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
OMG..this changes everything! Samsung Galaxy BlackHole.
6. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Only until Apple patents TWO holes in a rounded rectangle with a screen on it. Then he'll lose his mind from an overload of innovation.
11. HildyJ (Posts: 121; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
You've got it wrong. Based on a reliable leak from an Azerbaijani heavy equipment manufacturer, Apple is going to patent a Square hole and a round iPeg to go in it.
21. xfire99 (Posts: 505; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
2 isnt enought, make it 4 and suits the name itself ipad air. New innovation, not only just thin and light as air now!
3. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I see commercial and personal use written all over this. The hole, combined with some sort of knob that has a lock built into it could allow this tablet to be easily locked into place on a surface and then removed later with ease, provided you have the key. Could be a wall or any type of flat surface really. The other side of the tablet would be secured in place by some sort of molded piece in the wall that is made to fit this particular tablet. You could replace the molded piece with a different size in the future if you upgraded or downgraded to a different size Samsung Galaxy tablet.
5. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Kiosk function you say?
I could see that.
12. HildyJ (Posts: 121; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
It might be even simpler - the hole could be used with a cable lock (since I suspect the chassis is too small/weak to support a Kensington lock slot. A good BYOD or Enterprise feature.
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Interchangeable camera lens, you heard it here first.
7. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I know people claim that samsung copy's, but this is silly. The hole is the Nook's thing.
15. StanleyG88 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
So others now can use a triangular or pentagon or octogon, etc shaped hole and they are OK for use?
8. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)
A mount to hold and secure a larger stylus for ordering items in a food outlet or signing doccuments.
10. qxavierus (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
In my opinion the hole could be a bit larger, as to put your thumb finger through it. Just like a painter's palette. It seems to me it would be more comfortable to hold a tablet this way.
13. StanleyG88 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
Ahhh.. my Nook Tablet that I bought over 2 years ago has the same type hole in it... prior use anyone???
16. StanleyG88 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
So does B&N have to pay SS royalties for all the millions of Nook Tablets they have sold over the last 2 1/2 years that had a hole in it?
17. gigaraga (Posts: 924; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Could it be for a like a seperate accessory that Samsung may release to take advantage of this hole?????
19. rns122112 (Posts: 45; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)
Actually before nook and Samsung... Does anybody remember the Nokia 7705? That had a hole in it.
20. Stuntman (Posts: 715; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
There's only one tablet with a hole in the side. Tweet tweet. Twiddle twiddle. :)