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Samsung patents different concepts for future smartphone cameras

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Samsung patents different concepts for future smartphone cameras
Three different concepts related to the rear camera on a smartphone have been patented by Samsung in South Korea, giving us an idea of what the future might hold for the company's smartphones. The patents were discovered on KIPRIS, which is a patent search service connected to the KIPO regulatory agency. The latter is equivalent to the USPTO in the country.

The three different concepts feature different sketches. One shows a phone, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ in design, with a curved screen and a glass back and front. There is no home button. On the rear of this device is a camera, flanked on both sides by a Xenon flash. Out of the three concepts, this is probably the one that could be implemented right now. Samsung would have to stuff a large enough battery inside the phone to help power up dual Xenon light sources.

The second patent focuses on a modular type system that allows the user to snap in different cameras. The sketches that accompany the patent include one camera/flash combination that looks similar to what we would expect on a phone today. Another has an over-sized lens that might offer optical zoom, and a third apparently comes with interchangeable lenses.

The last concept is a thin camera phone with a large circular component on back that houses the camera lens and flash. There is a physical shutter button, a thicker camera-like grip, and another button that could be used as a dial.

Of course, there is no way of knowing whether Samsung plans on actually employing any of these ideas for future handsets. But the ideas are now published, and more importantly for Samsung, protected by the patent laws of South Korea.

source: KIPRIS (1), (2), (3) via GalaxyClub.nl (translated), GSMArena

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posted on 10 Dec 2015, 11:13 17

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

The last design looks like a futuristic lumia 1020. I like it

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 12:04

4. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3359; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

IKR I Liked It To.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 11:30

2. Martineverest (Posts: 478; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Cluelessness of the highest order

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 11:35 1

3. talon95 (Posts: 730; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

I like the idea of modular design, as well as all the curved back covers.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 12:19

5. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

A confused with attaching a point and shoot concept: So i hold the phone in portrait mode and take a landscape picture?

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 13:27 1

6. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 999; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

interchange able camera is not a new concept. Modular phone concept already imply that you can change different components of the phone

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 14:00 5

7. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)

That last concept is essentially a thinner Lumia 1020. All phones with great cameras should have a camera button, imo. All high end lumias do.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 14:56

8. Xperia14 (Posts: 912; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)

The last concept looks promising! I wonder what tech they have in mind to make it so thin.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 15:34 1

9. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14041; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Am curious to the writer, how much power you think is needed for Xenon Flash? How often do people use flash on a phone? I keep my flash on auto and I can't even remember the last time it needed it, even in low light.

While @ Disney over summer for 2 weeks, we took over 1300 pictures with maybe 20% of them done during dusk/dark hours, but there was street lighting. Yet I recall less than 5 shots where I remember it actually needed to use the flash.

With the latest Galaxy cameras, even in low light; you just don't need the flash unless it is really really dark where you are. Also with quick charge 2.0, I just dont think battery rundown is an issue on these phones.

I give Samsung a huge thumbs up because I really got to take the S6 Edge on a huge spin with photos and videos. I recorded every video in 4K and had the camera at full 16MP for every shot while at Disney, which was my fams first time going and my 5th and the device still managed to last 12 hours s we arrive when parks open and left only after they closed with Disney staying open until 1AM and my phone still was kicking even when we got to the resort.

Any upgrade to the camera can only mean positive results from Samsung/Sony.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 20:49

10. willywanta (Posts: 416; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

the third concept is beautiful.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 07:06

11. kkmkk (Posts: 543; Member since: 06 May 2013)

and they say samsung copy i-s**t !!!

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 11:47 1

12. gregzeng (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

This patent is a development of the Sony DSC-QX100.
Sony does not have the vertical integration to develop it further.
Korean management systems are more understanding of creativity than both Japanese, USA,Canadian or my Australian team management skills.

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