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Samsung receives a patent for a phone that docks to power a tablet

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Jul 2013, 02:18

Based on Samsung's patent application, it looks like the Korean manufacturer is ready to take on ASUS in the niche market for phones that become tablets; the difference between the ASUS Padfone and the device in the Samsung patent filing is in the shape of the product. The ASUS Padfone is a standalone smartphone that connects to a dock on a screen to turn that screen into a tablet...

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posted on 14 Jul 2013, 06:49 3

23. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

The way I see it, Asus's phone/tablet connector hasn't really kicked off too well. If a top player can pull this off then it will maybe become a more popular concept, with HTC/Sony and LG all following Samsung's lead (once again) and although Asus came up with the concept and put it to market first, there's nothing to say that Samsung didn't already think about this concept way back in 2008 and filed for the patent much later. Asus have recently announced a 6 inch phablet with a stylus running intel, I'm surprised people already forgot about that one.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 12:31

50. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

Agreed, thank you for a logical comment. If we used the reasoning of most of the people that frequent this site we would all sit on the same chair because in their minds anyone who makes a chair after the original is just a copy regardless of how much R&D went into making it better or less expensive. Every time they say the word copy I'd like to seat them on a block of wood as a time out until they can come up with a reason why improving from the original is a good thing and part of the process.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 08:14 1

32. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

I mean its clearly obvious that Samsung is copying Asus here, but to patent what you copy is just plain cheeky :)

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:25 1

37. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

Samsung is a success because at first they copy, and they fail. They copy again, then they get traction, but still fail. They copy again, learn from their failures, still they fail again and again. They keep on copying, improving as they copy, tweaking, modifying, expanding, until they succeed.

Kudos to Samsung. You are just imitating what Apple, Microsoft and most of the successful tech companies were doing and are still doing.

Now copy Symbian Belle FP2, Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone and combine it with Android plus Android app compatibility to create your own software to beat your competitors at their own game!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:48 4

40. -Hellfire- (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)

With all this talk of copying and yada yada yada, do any of you actually know how patents work?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:41 2

47. joey_sfb (Posts: 6613; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Every one is talking when nobody is listening.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 12:23 1

49. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

Has anyone who is commenting read the claims of the patent? It seems no one has a clue how patents work.
First let me agree we need patent reform for the digital age. And second I disagree with any patent that is so broad as to try to corner a whole market segment and kill all competition.
I think what you'll find is that Samsung (like any auto manufacturer) is trying to do is patent a particular method of docking that they think is easier or better. And enough with all your talk about copying, I'd like to never see a comment like that again unless it's in reference to a direct knockoff. Do you expect there to never be another padfone ever again? Of course others are going to build off the original idea and improve it with new tech and new ideas and of course patents.
Please use just a little gray matter or refrain from commenting if you know nothing about the topic. Until we've read the full patent all this speculation is worthless.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:19 1

56. -Hellfire- (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)

This is a design patent. There are no method claims in design patents.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 22:09

59. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

Really looking forward to samsung getting involved in this, I hope it becomes a new market. It would be great for the big hardware companies to start making better quality phone-tablets. It means they will get cheaper, better, and we won't have to pay for two data plans. Don't argue over companies competition, let the companies do it. And we reap the benefits of competition :)

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