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Samsung receives a patent for a phone that docks to power a tablet

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Samsung receives a patent for a phone that docks to power a tablet
Based on a patent received by Samsung, it looks like the Korean manufacturer is ready to take on ASUS in the niche market for phones that dock to power a tablet. One difference between the ASUS Padfone and the device in the Samsung patent filing is in the shape of the product. The ASUS Padfone is a standalone smartphone that connects to a dock on a screen to turn that screen into a tablet. Samsung's device doesn't resemble a smartphone as much as the sides broaden out toward the top of the device to form the letter "T".

With this design, Samsung is able to allow its smartphone to be more easily dockable with the receptacle on the back of its tablet/screen. The design makes it look like the slate is a stand-alone tablet and only the user will know that it is actually being powered by a smartphone.

Originally filled in the first quarter of 2012 in Korea and the following quarter in the U.S., Samsung was awarded patent D685,774 for "Terminal for wireless communication".  Will Samsung challenge ASUS with a smartphone that can dock to a screen to power a tablet? It certainly seems that way. Considering the recent speculation that Samsung, like Apple, has lost its mojo, it could be that Samsung is hoping that something like this will boost sales.

Samsung has received a patent for a dockable smartphone that will power a tablet

Samsung has received a patent for a dockable smartphone that will power a tablet


source: ZDNetKorea (translated), PatentBolt via SlashGear

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posted on 14 Jul 2013, 02:25 16

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Samsung the "Copy King", at it again... The way this patent looks, Asus is definitely next in line to sue when Apple is done, with Samsung.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 02:50 12

8. vincelongman (Posts: 4734; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I think the Galaxy S is the only phone from their Galaxy S series that is a copy of the iPhone. The rest of the Galaxy S series look nothing like iPhones except being a rectangle with rounded corners and having a touchscreen.
But I don't think there should be a patent on this. Its like a car company making a van first, then other companies not being able to make vans.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 03:09 2

10. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Now this is really too much, they might not be trying to sue Asus for their existing products, but prevent them from making future products with such concepts. Samsung is becoming like Apple.

And many companies, not just Apple, have already accused Samsung of stealing.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:02 10

13. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


yes your right, it should have been HTC, Sony or LG that did this because its only copying if samsung does it right?

Haven't you noticed that ever since Samsung made phablets, every other company is doing it to? Samsung also made samsung minis of their flagship phones, and now other companies are doing it to?

Also why would you care if a company copies another company? Dont you want the best features on your phone? If a company adds all the best features from all other companies and put it on 1 phone, id buy it in a heartbeat, i couldn't care less if it was copied or not unless I work for those companies.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:39 5

14. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Well said jason2k13.....recently there has been a influx in Samsung haters and I fail to see why? Someone explain to me with a VALID reason why people hate Samsung!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 05:36 5

18. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Lol I think these are getting paid for it... Or just stupid ignorance so what if they copied it.. Hey why r u where the same clothes the next person why are you coping him you wear different clothes... Don't we all not have 2 eyes 2 arms a pair of lips a mouth a tongue a pair of legs.... Like I said stupid ignorance

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 06:20 4

21. kaira (Posts: 26; Member since: 12 May 2013)


Too true my brother... Some are just commenting for the sake of it! Samsung copying or not, we (consumers) are winning at the end of the day!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:18

24. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


What bout apple sue Samsung? And why they deserve NFC patent when it's been out in the market for 2 yrs?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:20 1

25. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Then their shouldn't be a patent for rectangulars either.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:20 1

26. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Then their shouldn't be a patent for rectangles either.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:39 2

28. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


yet I bet if this was apple you would way its "innoative" like there orginal iphone design and ipads which were copies of samsung and other devices..

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 08:03 3

30. zekes (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


dell was 1st sorry

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 08:14 4

31. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Hey jason let me tell you something, so maybe you and other galaxies army can open their mind and stop being a closed minded fanboys.
long time ago before the android became very popular, there is a device called a “PDA” (the mother of all phablets) that has a touch screen and stylus input. samsung may have popularized android phablet, but they are not the one who invented or the first to make a device for productivty.

And lets talk about “mini”
the first Galaxy mini is announced january 2011 VS Xperia X10 mini february 2010

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 08:23 4

33. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


And if i’m not wrong Dell Streak 5 is the first android phablet

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:16 1

35. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


it's not like a car
company making a van
first, then other
companies not being
able to make vans.

it's like a car
company making a van
first, then other
companies like "copysung" copies it and says, look this is my innovation and i have patent for this...

first phablet by dell
no wonder fansung says copysung introduced it ...

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:24 3

36. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


it's not big deal if copysung copy's other.because they don't have anything original to offer... but seeking patent on others idea is ridiculus...

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:25

38. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Copy's **

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:47 3

39. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 818; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Neither phonearena nor Androidauthority nor Gsmarena nor anyone can interpret or Knows what similarities and differences this patent in connection with Asus..if this really punch a very the same approach as what Asus is doing then all of you can continue talking BS abt "copysung"

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:02 6

43. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


You mad? you always praise nokia/m$ and hate samsung for no reason im starting to think that you are getting paid to do this

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:13 5

44. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


so are you saying we should start talking about who invented what now? Because we might aswell talk about motorola and talk about history again and that every phone should not be made because they are all copy cats which is boring, now lets talk about who popularized 'what' first shall well?

Wasn't my point in the first place was for people to not worry who copies who because its the costumer who wins it all.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:19 4

45. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


9/10 Apple patents fall in same category ... copy from others modify a bit and call it their own.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:19

46. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


How about cursing Apple first?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:05 2

51. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


maybe you should check what you said in comment # 13, especially this sentence.

"Haven't you noticed that ever since Samsung made phablets, every other company is doing it to? Samsung also made samsung minis of their flagship phones, and now other companies are doing it to?"

because what you say in that sentence, is a mistake and a big lie.

What actually happened was ....
since Dell made ​​the first android phablet, samsung and other companies trying to make a better phablet.
as well as with the "mini".
"if I'm not mistaken" since Sony (SE) ​​made ​​the first mini android flagship, samsung and other companies trying to do the same.

I'm sure if you were not closed minded and mindless fanboy you will be able to admit your mistakes, and stop saying nonsense.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:15 4

52. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Only some people are mad at Samsung. look at apple they copy n steal too but still got away with it.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:15

53. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Samsung was a blatant copycat of Apple (Modern smartphone), then Dell ("phablet"), now ASUS ("pad/phone" hybrid). Those aren't the only categories, but they are most relevant here. Stop defending them as if they aren't blatant ripoff artists.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:29

55. stealthd (unregistered)


1/1 of your number is made up.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:32

57. willard12 (Posts: 1820; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Ummm, if Samsung has the patent how can Asus sue? This is out of the Apple playbook of COPYING things like slide to unlock and pinch to zoom. The only difference is Samsung has yet to sue over it. Maybe since Apple iOS 7 has COPIED toggles, notifications, you simply refer to them as a great artist.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 00:29 1

60. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4618; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Well then I guess everyone is copying Motorola (first cell phone) then. And in case you didn't remember, the Dell streak was a major flop, it sold about as well as the BB Playbook. So why wouldn't another company try and take a concept that was poorly executed and see if they can't make it work, which judging by their sales they have done.

Lastly, calling out companies for copying is ridiculous, unless their product is an exact clone of the original. The whole point of competition is to offer a similar device that improves upon the original. If you're going to call out Samsung for copying, then you'd have to call all but the first company to offer: cars, computers, TVs, cola drinks, stereos, microwaves, and the list goes on and on. Basically any product made by more than one company.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 05:00

61. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


You must be very stupid, please read jason and all my comment!
corectly after that stop saying some BS!

it’s seems the heat from exynos har damage your brain or you just mindless and closed minded fanboy

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 09:03

63. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4618; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Don't have an exynos and am not really loyal to any company. What I said however was true. Motorola was the first in cell phones, and the Dell Streak was a flop, sorry.

When all of you people wail about "copying" you sound like a 5 year old on the playground complaining to the teacher. Copying to an extent is a fact of business. Let's take the auto industry for example. Components like air conditioning, anti lock brakes, power locks and windows, and power steering all work essentially the same. So that means that one company put them in their cars, and others copied them.

What I'd like to know is why are you people so angry about it? Do you work for someone that Samsung copied from? What stake do you have in this? The thing is we know none of what's happeining except what we read in the news. Perhaps they did copy Dell, maybe they were planning something like the Note that far back and halted it when the Streak tanked. You don't know, and I don't know. Why get so worked up about this?

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