Samsung awarded a design patent for a vertically flexed smartphone à la LG G Flex, dockable tablets and a number of others

Samsung awarded a design patent for a vertically flexed smartphone à la LG G Flex, dockable tablets and a number of others
With 2013 on path to run its course, we're getting into that special period of the year when Samsung is working overtime to introduce a number of new devices. In fact, if initial intelligence proves reliable, this year could just mark the biggest expansion of Sammy's portfolio, with some four tablets already being suggested. Luckily for us, Santa, or the US Patent & Trademark Office in this case, has left us techies a fitting present, as it has awarded the South Korean company a dozen of patents.Those range from new flexible smartphone designs, through dockable and somewhat nontraditional tablet designs, down to, get this, an electronics door lock. Unfortunately, since these are design patents, no relevant information about specs can be found within the filings themselves, though that doesn't mean we can't take a peek through Samsung's peephole. Anyway...

We're obviously going to start with the most intriguing one – the vertically flexed smartphone design patent that Samsung got awarded. Unlike its Galaxy Round, the new device will be vertically flexed, instead of horizontally, much alike to the LG G Flex, and that's a good thing – people didn't quite care for the Round, and LG arguably won this round (pun intended). Regardless, there's no denying that the design is interesting, especially as the back that seems to have gone through a round (last one, promise) of ornamentation. Of course, whether these serve a purely decorative purpose, or are on some kind of reinforcing duty remains to be seen.

Next up, we have a total of four different tablet designs, though they do look much alike to each other, but with some notable differences. For starters, it would appear that reports of Samsung's plans of going after the accessories market may pan out, after all, for all four tablets will have feature compatibility with an external keyboard dock (probably with an embedded battery, too), that they can snap to, both in portrait and landscape orientations. Moreover, two of the tablets, appear near identical, save for dimensions, which leads us to believe that they're just different sizes of the same design, an approach not unlike Sammy. The other two, however, have a notably different design -- one with what appears to be a home button placed at the very edge of the tablet, and another with a protruding camera strip and what appears to be a quad speaker configuration. Very interesting, so do make sure to take a look.

Lastly, another trio of smartphone design patents may be offering us a glimpse into the future, as Samsung moves to reinforce its phone line with new entrants. Design is a subjective matter, of course, yet three of those sure look good. From the looks of it, the third and final one appears to be yet another Galaxy S2 refresh, as it's looking pretty similar to the many variants of the dated ex-flagship.

source: UPSTO



35. JaqaveousLewis

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Wow I would love to beta test a phone like this man Samsung phones are getting better and better

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They better not pull an Apple and sue LG for the g flex that came out first. Too bad Apple and the retarded us jurors set a precedent where it doesn't matter if your device came out first and it just matters who patented first and how big your company is in the US. Great job itards! Now LG might get sued just because Samsung can....

32. mianhae445

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

3rd Set, Photos 10-14: Isn't that LG's Optimus GK? :O

27. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I guess it's called fighting fire with fire. :D

24. kryme

Posts: 470; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

its funny person talk about samsung design wen apple havent change there design since iphone 4.... atlease if u look at the s3 and the s4 u can see a change screen got bigger screen phone is smaller and thinner..... tell me the changes in design between the iphone 5 and 5s????? am waiting

26. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

another LED in the back? LOL

29. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Galaxy S = little bar of soap. Galaxy S2 = bigger bar of soap, thinner and much more squared than predecessor Galaxy S3 = started to get larger and curvier, less squared Galaxy S4 = larger, way thinner and seemingly setting the curvy design as a trend for its line I just hope the S5 will look as different as the S2 did when it got introduced. Anyway, I don't mind the Notes getting thinner and getting larger screens while maintaining their current size, though. :D

34. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Eh the GS3 was easily the biggest departure any company has ever made in design. In fact it was so different fanboys laughed at it at first for not being symmetrical at the top and bottom but it passed simply because it was very ergonomical and improved in hand feel. I wasn't a huge fan of the design myself but you can't say it wasn't different.

30. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

It's called not fixing something that ain't broke.... I very much like the 5s design... It's the same with the beautiful Nokia design... Why change what works well?

21. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

what is that?! a telescope?! or a boner-camera?! :D

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The first few pictures for the phone design parents look identical to the Galaxy S Blaze 4G that came out early 2012 for T-Mobile. This phone is basically a Nokia 3310 in terms of durability.

8. Mian.Shahzad

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

2nd design for bsmartphone looks good, and samsung is the one who making some design changes Apple is just putting their phones in bigger cases :P

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

5S is the best looking device on the market imo.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Merry Xmas Smurf. How was the holiday

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Likewise Mr. Jedii. It was great. Hennessy and Coca Cola is a no no though haha. What about you?

16. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

so was the iP4, iP4s, is iP5S

36. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

well the Z1 compact is sexier for me. Specially allowing color options in high class materials

6. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Why the hell didn't Asus get patents for docking tablets (and phones)??? Ever since the first Asus Android Tablet they have been making Transformers... I do not get the logic of all this...

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

there is no improvment on samsung's design department , look at htc,sony and nokia for good desing

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2427; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You're just saying this because you have the mentality that Samsung is the big, bad evil Apple of Android and the rest of these vendors are underdogs. Tell me what is so great about the alternative's design language?

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nobody in the Android world are underdogs.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Are you kidding me? Samsung accounts for how many devices on the Android front? Thank you.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

All I can say is many. But that doesn't mean that other manufacturers in the Android world are underdogs, they can get strong if they have the chance.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You just gave the definition of underdog -.-

17. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

when I look other phones I see good little details... yes there is one shape: bar, but others managed to design good looking devices...are there people who bougth galaxies for design ?

20. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Seriously.. i never seen any bad design on galaxies phones.. actually galaxy series is one of the most comfortable phone to be hold and they really have good ergonomic.. the problem is people never really like the material that samsung use ( thin shinny polycarbonate back cover that looks cheap ) other than that i see zero flaw in their design..

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

THIS. +1

25. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The shiny polycarbonate 920 was lauded for its' design and durability, it's the phone's choice of texture design. Also, Samsung has the same design language from the Rex 60 to the Note 3 which is horrible because there is no differentiation in that regard. If you notice all of the other flagships look and feel 10x better than their subordinates because that's where the OEM wants you to look.

31. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Feels 10x better but i have to lose the abilty to swap my battery and couldn't expand my memory like i do with my htc one right now.. sorry but no more next time..

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

*design. Samsung has improved their designs on their Galaxies, just look at the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. The next round will be the Galaxy S5, hope it can flex it's muscles to let those Samsung haters drop their jaws.

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