Samsung patents an interesting phablet-notebook dual OS system

A new discovery in the USPTO database shows that Samsung was recently awarded a patent for a phablet dock that doubles as a Windows-powered notebook. 

The system invented by Samsung consists out of two components. First, there's a phablet, which could run Android, as most of Samsung's handsets. The second component is a phablet dock that is equipped with a display and a keyboard and looks very much like a notebook.

At a first glance, we're looking at a phablet dock that can be used as an Android notebook. However, since Android is not very popular among notebook users, Samsung's documents say that the phablet could switch to running a version of the Windows OS (Windows 10, perhaps) when connected in notebook mode.

The documents mention that the phablet runs Android when used as a handset, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. When connected to the keyboard dock, the phablet switches to Windows in order to provide a more familiar (and useful) notebook experience. 

Interestingly, the documents mention that other operating systems can be used, which could be a hint at Tizen, the operating system that Samsung has adopted for most of its smartwatches, as well as for the budget Samsung Z1 smartphone.

Note that the keyboard dock described by Samsung in its patent application doesn't come with a processor, it doesn't have a hard drive, and it also lacks RAM memory. All the hard work is done by the phablet, which will come with the files (probably on a separate partition) required to run Windows. Furthermore, the phablet will be able to share its mobile internet connection with the dock, a very useful feature for when Wi-Fi isn't available.

The documents also read that the display of the phablet can be used as a touchpad for the notebook. While the patent application says nothing about a potential battery finding a home inside the dock, the documents do say that the dock will be able to charge the phablet.

This is quite an interesting hybrid device concept, although we currently can't tell if Samsung has any intention of actually building such a product. As with all patents, there's just a slim chance that the system described here will turn out to be implemented in a real product.



1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Windows 10 and Android dual boot? Say no more

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I don't think that it could run full Windows 10 with an ARM SoC Could run Windows 10 Mobile though

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well some are talking about shifting to intels chips, so maybe that's what they are considering with this? it could have a full windows 10 pro and would switch according to what is connected? Intels chips as I understand it are getting to a point where they can take on arm and win?

18. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's not only about chips Windows phone with Android can eat most of your memory let alone Windows pro and i don't understand why you want to run a full Windows on a phablet it's just too small!!!

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Windows phone supports both ARM and x86 chips from intel and amd. All intel and AMD need are Modem support nothing more. And if AMD can shove their new 6th gen 3D memory supported APU chips into a phone, good by qualcomm

19. FluffyBled unregistered

They already have an ATIV tablet running full windows (7 i think) presented along with the galaxy S5 ... with the new Exynos I think it can run full Windows 10

4. carlemillward unregistered

Wouldn't it make more sense if the docking area is swapped with the keyboard like normal laptops are arranged??? So you can like rest your palms while you type...

7. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

And use the phone's screen as a touchpad, perfect!

5. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This was what I dreamed about when I got the Atrix... Too bad the tech just wasn't there to do it properly. Asus is the one that has been closest to this so far...

6. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

How many laptops does Sammy sell? As far as I know Sammy completely abandoned the European laptop market. Just another gimmick patent for patent purpose. Typical for Sammy.

8. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Mate your no diffrent than " CAMBODIANPATRIOT " . Stop Bashing.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013 The internet is your friend.

12. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

13. Nemsis

Posts: 15; Member since: May 21, 2015

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14. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

LOL You understand that they pulled out of Europe. But did you not read this was filled in the US patent office...where does Samsung still sell Laptops again? Oh yeah the US But I applaud you, you hate Android/Samsung so much that you even keep up with news over 7 months ago.

15. gaming64 unregistered

Dude, how many patents from Apple came to life? None.

16. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

How low IQ does u have? As I can guess, u have been completely abandon by all u friends and feels lonely in this World Now u try online on purpose to be a dick, so peoples would notice u. Typical a lonely person with a miserable life.

11. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wouldn't it make more sense if it were to be docked at the bottom part so that it can be used as a touchpad? Whatever happened to the dual-boot Samsung Ativ S??

17. obedchuni

Posts: 339; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

it will be a fail, their tizen OS is a fail, hope it better works for samsung fans but i know that even fans don't buy it, playing casual games, surfing net and watching youtubes can be done efficiently on phablets and tablets.

20. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

Seems pretty gimmicky, who remembers the Motorola Atrix that linked with a notebook? Hint- it didn't sell well

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