Samsung's newest smartphone patent offers a glimpse into the not so distant future

Samsung's newest smartphone patent offers a glimpse into the not so distant future
One of Samsung's upcoming smartphones may feature a true bezel-less display, one that won't have any frames around it. The sides of the phone are used as additional displays that feature touch controls, some that Samsung introduced with the launch of the Galaxy edge flagships.

Pictures of such a device have been recently spotted at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) by the folks over at LetsGoDigital, which is quite unusual. Companies usually add pictures of a product when they file a design patent, but not in a utility patent like in this case.

The documents filed at WIPO mention that phone's display is flexible, however, there are no details regarding the sides of the device besides the icons that we're seeing in the schematics. One other interesting thing that's suggested by the patent and the images is the fact that the phone will feature the speaker, sensors and front-facing camera under the display.

3D renders based on the patent's schematics

3D renders based on the patent's schematics


Also, the phone does not appear to include an audio jack port nor a USB Type-C port, which probably means that it can only be charged wirelessly. Of course, since this is just a patent, some of these components may have been removed on purpose because they are not important in this case.

Moreover, Samsung's documents reveal that the phone's display can have different form factors like rectangular and polygon. Now, some of the technologies available today make such a device possible, although we're quite sure that Samsung isn't ready for mass-production. Still, 3-4 years from now, such a device has a big chance of becoming the norm for the smartphone industry.

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22 Comments

1. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

Interesting!

2. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Thats sexy

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That patent is dating back to the Galaxy SIII era. Looks like it’s in the form of an early Note Edge prototype

15. Usernameisnotsowitty

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 08, 2018

My thoughts exactly...

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

We are craftsmen! We are Samsung! Always trying to come up with real ideas. We know where Samsung money goes. You can see it in their products being very versatile. A real toolbox. I would love to hold a totally baseless phone. Too bad owning one, means a totally fragile expensive device you can't put a case on. Phones are gonna look like Star Trek communicators very soon.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Too bad it was designed as if people aren’t using their hands to use it. Wtf is Samsung’s obsession with the edge of the screen? I guess they have to appear innovative to their fans until Apple makes the next innovation.

11. Poptart2828

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

The only innovation I've seen recently is convincing their fans to pay a lot more for less.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

It’s because you got “I hate Apple” taped across your eyes.

20. Poptart2828

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Come again? Hating companies is a bit childish. Just mentioning things I have noticed for the last few years

5. Foxgabanna

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Samsung for the win! Nobody wants to admit the Note 9 is better than the Pixel 3 but the realest know.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Has your fingerprint scanner start chipping paint yet?

21. Poptart2828

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

My finger print scanner is under the display. Won't be chipping. Sorry.

6. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Looks beautiful but it looks like a case will obstruct using the phone

7. Fred3

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I wish it would look like this

9. Zomer

Posts: 360; Member since: May 31, 2013

This is just some old patent for the first generation Edge devices, just look at the interface.

10. umaru-chan

Posts: 326; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

This actually looks awesome.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1119; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

+1 sure does!

12. rsiders

Posts: 1811; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Slim bezels for life baby!lol. A little bezel is reasonable.

13. Seanetta

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Phones with less and less bezels, less frame and worse durability. No thanks

14. Elvis358

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Reading Samsung fanboy comments makes me vomit !

17. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If a phone like that falls on the ground. How much is the repair cost gonna be?

22. dmdzordilla

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

I see the NOKIA GEM copied here

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