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

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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20 Comments

1. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

3. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

4. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

5. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

8. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

6. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Hope its not the g note 4

7. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Too bad the iPhone 6 will feature this ratio.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I had to laugh haha.

12. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

yea just incase they want to add 2 more rows

10. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

This one is called GALAXY BEZEL !

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

16:9 is already elongated enough

13. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Why in the world would you be allowed to patent ratio sizes...stupid beyond belief. Anywayhttp://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

14. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

19. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

15. hotty

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

the speaker grill on the back seems interesting !

16. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

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

17. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The only purpose of this is to watch movies.

18. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

20. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

On-screen buttons here we come! Haha

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