Samsung's latest design patent could be showing us the Galaxy Note III

Samsung's latest design patent could be showing us the Galaxy Note III

If you've been trailing Samsung'sGalaxy Note III in the weeks leading to today, you've probably seenfirst hand the noticeable increase in snippets of informationbecoming available. With just weeks left until the highly anticipatedunveiling on September4 in Berlin, less and less remains unknown to us – we've got arespectful chunk of the puzzle figured out. And while specsarguably make half the decision for would-be Galaxy Note III buyers,a certain galling omission can hardly go unnoticed – we simplydon't know how the phablet will end up looking like.

Of course, a number of allegedprototypedevices and renders have leaked out, but those are hardlyhelpful since Samsung has been known to use dummy externals to coverup the exact look of upcoming devices. This may have very wellchanged today, for Samsung has just been awarded a suspiciouslylooking design patent, to say the least. The patent application hasbeen filed on June 20, 2012, and although it may very well turn outthat this is not the SamsungGalaxy Note III after all, a heads up, at the very least, is inorder.

Regularsamong you may remember that just two weeks ago, Samsunggot awarded another two design patents, one of which a definitedeparture from the current Galaxy design language. While that one washighly interesting, it is theone we just got our hands on that seems like as good a Note IIIcandidate as we can imagine – it appears to feature S Pen supportand Samsung's proprietary FlipCover. Of course, thisremains in the sphere of purespeculations, but on a scale of one to ten – how likely do youthink it is that this is the real deal? Check out the images below and let usknow.

source: USPTO viaSamMobile

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1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

One x!

29. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

so looks like one phone with stylus will have slightly curved display and other phone with display around the corner of the phone. if samsung pulls this off this year then i might hate samsung less than usual

31. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

The screen is taller than 16/9 that means the home button is on the screen

2. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Took me a bit....but to me that looks like the Sanyo Zio that was on sprint....minus the disgusting track ball of course

4. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

There appears to be a stylus though. Could be for a new not tablet.

3. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Looks promising. But I wonder if Samsung would wait for the patent to be approved before starting production.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

People patent things all the time before they hit the market. Heck, Edison Labs patented a whole slew of inventions that didn't even work, much less sell!

5. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

No side keys (volume rocker) also, there's no front physical buttons, kinda weird if you ask me.

6. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I think yes it is, as in the 3rd pic thr is the curve of stylus left side down.. Design looks good to me..

7. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Bezels. Competing with Sony? :D

16. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

no wrong they are competing with lumia 920 and lumia 1020 in bezels so in short with Nokia

27. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Agree; side, angle, top/bottom view would have me guessing this was a Nokia if I didn't know otherwise.

8. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Looks real. The shape of the screen looks weird though. The left corners are sharp but the right ones are rounded. New tech, perhaps?

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This then supports whats in my mind, flexible display, the one shown in mwc? Nice observation! +1

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

do I see no buttons? :O

11. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

The top and bottom looks like Lumia

24. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

More specifically the 900 or the 1020.

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

A new design wow i am excited i like Samsung's design they just lack premium feel and glossy finish makes it looks cheap all they have to do is just make it look premium like htc one,iPhone,Lumia 928 etc

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm diggin on the nice curve from top too bottom

14. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

It's kind of weird that Samsung puts some quite big bezels on the phone/phablet.

15. supraguy88

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

It looks like the screen actually curves around the side of phone somewhat. Flexible AMOLED? Also, the S-Cover has a cutout which might be for a notification area on the side of the screen. Interesting!

17. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

with metal housing this design would blow every phone in the market.

18. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

right curves?? flexible display confirmed for Note 3

19. BooBooooooo

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

I wish inside of flip cover would be flexible display

20. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A design patent doesn't mean its the next upcoming device. Could be a year or more down the line.

22. ItsMyChoice

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

samsung and design ?????? Bwaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa.

25. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Giant One S

26. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Oh this the 2012 flagship of htc?htc one x?

28. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Nokia Lumia ?

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks like the old HTC designs. Evo 3G, sensation, and amaze come to mind.

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