The future is here: Samsung awarded a patent for a foldable tablet
As if that wasn't impressive enough on its own, Sammy has actually already managed to top that with an all-new design patent that was officially awarded to it at the very end of 2013 – December 31st. What's so special about this one to warrant a post all of its own? Well, while it's obviously still too early to bring up sci-fi references, it does appear that the future may be closer than we initially thought. Patent US D696,693 S shows a visual rendering of what is, without a doubt, a foldable Samsung device. That's right, the (likely) tablet snaps in two and can be closed much alike to a book, a concept that's mighty impressive and could easily change our understanding of portable. As this is nothing more than a design patent, further details are scarce for now, though we're instantly reminded of that super futuristic-looking video courtesy of Samsung Display.
In any case, we do hope that once (and if) such tech becomes more than a feverish dream of Samsung's display department, it'll go through rounds of miniaturization that will see to it that smartphones don't have to miss out on all the foldable fun.
Samsung wins patent for a foldable tablet
2. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 111; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)
Wouldn't it be cool if it could fold directly in half and they put a keyboard on one half... oh wait... that sounds familiar.
6. mturby (unregistered)
cool. i like it, but i wonder about the price: us$1800? us$3000? f****u sammsung. LG's flexible will kick ur a*s.!
12. pwnarena (Posts: 979; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
that product already exists. one is from NEC and the other is the sony tablet p. they can be used with the other half fully devoted as the keyboard but both have not addressed the gap in between the two half displays. what samsung seems to try to achieve is the elimination of the gap between the two halves.
i don't really like that they had it patented. that's supposed to be a common sense design. they're going apple's way of claiming exclusivity over a rectangle with smooth edges.
3. midi1996 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
It would have two separate screens and become one when unfolded, maybe they'll make a stand in the back of each screen: Laptop-Like Mode :D
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Samsung pushing the envelope as always. :)
11. nctx77 (Posts: 578; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Just like you robots say with Apple, "it's just a patent. Until we see a real product, this means nothing!"
16. tedkord (Posts: 5308; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
The difference is Samsung has been working on bendable screens for years, where as Apple patented a bendable AMOLED device without ever developing anything of the sort.
18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12727; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yo Smurf, I got a sweet offer on the table for an AT&T branded note 3. Please give me your pros and cons thus far, I know you'll keep it real and intelligent. I haven't played around with one that much, so I need some advice. Please and thank u...
5. darkkjedii (Posts: 12727; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I created the foldable tablet last month. I'm suing Samsung.
9. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Sell the patent to Apple, they'll do a better job suing..
20. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Unfortunately... the US has switched to a first-to-file system. R.I.P. prior art.
(Really hope that gets rescinded if ever/whenever this patent reform that gets bandied about goes through. It's basically saying the biggest legal department wins.)
8. Arthurhkt (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I hope this will came to my country(Malaysia), looking forward for it
10. HildyJ (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Shades of the Microsoft Courier (see gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet).
I want one. If it's under $1000, I'll preorder it today.
That said, please Sammy, give us an option for more power than Android - Linux or Windows - and make sure it supports S-Pen.
14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Sweet at least Apple didn't get a chance to patent something that already exist.
17. SonyPS4 (Posts: 262; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Sony Tablet P is a good idea but the problem is screen is not flexible.
19. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
where exactly is the innovation??? This will fail even harder than the dual-screen foldable smartphones.
22. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
hopefully they release this as a hybrid phone/tablet as per samsung concept commercial