Samsung was granted three design patents today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for tablets with integrated kickstands. There are two very distinct designs and perhaps one of them will eventually make it to market.
Unlike "patent applications," design patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office don't reveal pertinent information about a particular design. We can look at the design and appreciate it for what it projects, but we'll never discover which materials may be used to construct the design. We'll never know what unique internal components may be hidden within the device or learn about any unique features that we could look forward to. All we get is the simple visual of what could be coming down the pipeline.
In the case of these tablets, the top two images are from one design patent described as a tablet computer. There's a thin kickstand along with a pull-out handle on the top of the backside.
An Alternative Kickstand Design
Two other design patents were granted to Samsung based on what they call an "All-in-One Computer." This design has a fold-down style kickstand instead of a pull-out style as the first design. Why one is described as an all-in-one computer is a little baffling and without access to any specifications whatsoever, we can't figure it out. Is it that one will carry a faster CPU meant for the workplace? We can't tell due to the limited information that is associated with design patents.
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