The future is here: Samsung awarded a patent for a foldable tablet

The future is here: Samsung awarded a patent for a foldable tablet
Samsung has been on a row lately, at least as far as the United States Patent and Trademark office is concerned. Just a week back, the Seoul-based electronics giant received a large number of design patents, among which one describing a phone with a horizontally flexed display.

As if that wasn't impressive enough on its own, Sammy has actually already managed to top that with an all-new design patent that was officially awarded to it at the very end of 2013 – December 31st. What's so special about this one to warrant a post all of its own? Well, while it's obviously still too early to bring up sci-fi references, it does appear that the future may be closer than we initially thought. Patent US D696,693 S shows a visual rendering of what is, without a doubt, a foldable Samsung device. That's right, the (likely) tablet snaps in two and can be closed much alike to a book, a concept that's mighty impressive and could easily change our understanding of portable. As this is nothing more than a design patent, further details are scarce for now, though we're instantly reminded of that super futuristic-looking video courtesy of Samsung Display.

In any case, we do hope that once (and if) such tech becomes more than a feverish dream of Samsung's display department, it'll go through rounds of miniaturization that will see to it that smartphones don't have to miss out on all the foldable fun.


source: USPTO

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22 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hurray! Let's celebrate. lol

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

CELEBRATION TIME COM ON!!

2. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Wouldn't it be cool if it could fold directly in half and they put a keyboard on one half... oh wait... that sounds familiar.

6. mturby unregistered

cool. i like it, but i wonder about the price: us$1800? us$3000? f****u sammsung. LG's flexible will kick ur a*s.!

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

that product already exists. one is from NEC and the other is the sony tablet p. they can be used with the other half fully devoted as the keyboard but both have not addressed the gap in between the two half displays. what samsung seems to try to achieve is the elimination of the gap between the two halves. i don't really like that they had it patented. that's supposed to be a common sense design. they're going apple's way of claiming exclusivity over a rectangle with smooth edges.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If they don't patent it, Apple will.

3. midi1996

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

It would have two separate screens and become one when unfolded, maybe they'll make a stand in the back of each screen: Laptop-Like Mode :D

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung pushing the envelope as always. :)

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Just like you robots say with Apple, "it's just a patent. Until we see a real product, this means nothing!"

16. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The difference is Samsung has been working on bendable screens for years, where as Apple patented a bendable AMOLED device without ever developing anything of the sort.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yo Smurf, I got a sweet offer on the table for an AT&T branded note 3. Please give me your pros and cons thus far, I know you'll keep it real and intelligent. I haven't played around with one that much, so I need some advice. Please and thank u...

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I created the foldable tablet last month. I'm suing Samsung.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

DENIED.

9. SleepingOz unregistered

Sell the patent to Apple, they'll do a better job suing..

13. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Lmfao, that was epic.

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Unfortunately... the US has switched to a first-to-file system. R.I.P. prior art. (Really hope that gets rescinded if ever/whenever this patent reform that gets bandied about goes through. It's basically saying the biggest legal department wins.)

8. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I hope this will came to my country(Malaysia), looking forward for it

10. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Shades of the Microsoft Courier (see gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-micro​softs-secret-tablet). I want one. If it's under $1000, I'll preorder it today. That said, please Sammy, give us an option for more power than Android - Linux or Windows - and make sure it supports S-Pen.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sweet at least Apple didn't get a chance to patent something that already exist.

17. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Sony Tablet P is a good idea but the problem is screen is not flexible.

19. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

where exactly is the innovation??? This will fail even harder than the dual-screen foldable smartphones.

22. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

hopefully they release this as a hybrid phone/tablet as per samsung concept commercial

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