Samsung granted new design patent for a buttonless smartphone. Could it be related to the Galaxy S5?

Samsung granted new design patent for a buttonless smartphone. Could it be related to the Galaxy S5?
The USPTO today granted Samsung a design patent (No. US D697,886 S) that shows a large Galaxy-like smartphone which does not have hardware buttons on the front. First filed on July 20, 2012, this new design patent appeared not long after another patent filed by Samsung revealed a different (yet similar in some aspects) buttonless handset. The earlier patent may have hinted at the design of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and/or Note 4, and the new one could also be related to the S5.

The sketches included in patent No. D697,886 S expose a mysterious rectangle on the upper right back side of the device. This could be a good spot to place a fingerprint scanner - since we’re hearing that this feature will most likely be included in Samsung’s next-gen flagship Android smartphone. The rear of the device also shows a camera with flash, and what may be a speaker at the bottom. There is also an interesting sensor (we assume it’s a sensor, but who knows?) that’s visible at the top of the handset’s front, sitting next to what should be the power button, and above the front-facing camera (update: actually, that sensor might be just a 3.5mm headset jack). All in all, the device does have an unmistakable Samsung Galaxy feeling.

Current rumors have it that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be announced before MWC 2014 next month, or in March, with a launch scheduled for April. Specs-wise, we should expect a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display, new Exynos processor (likely 64-bit capable), a 16MP or 20MP rear camera, and lots of RAM (probably at least 3GB). Would you like it if the S5 looked like in the sketches seen below? This is not innovative, that's for sure, but it would probably allow the S5 to look better than the current S4 flagship. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

source: USPTO via Sammy Today

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



29. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i like this. i may decide to get a S5.

27. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Am I the only one who likes this design? Probably. :D

26. Cicero

Posts: 1166; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It looks like my GS4 in Spigen case. I like it!

24. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

it looks like Galaxy S3 .. all rounded from sides, and also to the edges .. Samsung, you really need to look for a good design this time ..

22. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

s**tty design ! Why would they need a patent for such a s**tty design ? I thought they will launch an all new design with the s5 along with the new touch wiz. The concept designs which leaked on the internet are all really good with the thin bezels and all. I think Samsung should invite designs from the public if they can't do the job.

23. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

they went "back to the basics"

21. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

well its just not Galaxy anymore,they had their famous its time for LG,Sony or HTC.

28. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

If design was everything, only HTC One & iPhone would sell the maximum and samsung would have less than 20% share.. but its the otherway round.. Samsung has maximum share & iphone + HTC One share is less than 20%...

20. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

looks very bad, hope this not s5

19. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Looks Exactly like S4. Without the home button.

16. horriblesilence

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 20, 2014

I don't know about you guys, but I'd love to see thinner bezels on the S5. Just saying.

15. amirxd

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

In my opinion a good Android phone should have metal budy and stock android. It seems S5 may come with metal budy but I'm not sure if there will be any Google Play Edition version (like S4 GPE)! If they make a metal GPE S5, it would be PERFECT! But overall the S5 seems to be a beast in specs!

13. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It looks like Sammy's stock prices are going to drop some more

17. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

If that's the final design made of plastic. ( I hope it's wood or metal )

11. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Finally LG G2 stands on its own way. Yeah, finally Samsung's next flagships would be inspired by LG's G2 design. Proud to be G2 owner.

6. Teja171 unregistered

What a rubbish design. My Note ii looks much better.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're judging a design based off a generic design for a patent. Clever.

30. Teja171 unregistered

I think you have no work, rather than posting some stupid posts all the time.

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh the irony. Full time college student with a job. You were saying?

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This has already been done. It still has a button at the top to turn the phone on/off. It just got rid of the home button. It also has a volumn rocker lol!

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Volume* If the front looks like the G2 but upscaled, I swear I'll get it the day it comes out.

4. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

wouldn't placing the fingerprint scanner on a certain side bias the phone towards right or left handed people?

7. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

It would. But about 90% of people are right-handed. Samsung Galaxy S5 - designed for humans... just the right-handed ones.

10. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

90%? Really?

25. loveHEAVYMETAL unregistered

i 'm left-handed :( nvm i never liked any samsung phone,atleast till now and i believe samsung will not "shock" me in this few year :P something like lg g2 would the best,good for both left and right handed people samsung become the new bezel king? on the picture,the bezel is really big

32. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Fingerprint scanner is on front, behind the screen and that rectangle is just too small for fingerprint scanner. Dont u think Sammy already considering that peoples dont want to sweep theirs finger through such small scanner. On top "sensor" is mostly the IR blaster. Right handed ones is just a biased comment and wont even bother to explain to a iDevice user.

12. thedeltaway

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

I'm left handed and I doubt I would really care which side it's on. I've gotten used to little things like that meant for right handed people

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

"This is not innovative, that's for sure..." Hmmm...

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Looks like it's made of wood.

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Moto x

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