Earlier this month LG was granted a design patent for a possible future smartphone that will offer consumers a two sided wraparound display with rounded edges. The market is definitely looking for a smartphone design that finally breaks away from the pack and LG's design just might fit the bill. Of course they'll need to have their software intelligently use the sides and backside of the display so as to make it compelling for consumers. Whether LG has the savviness to pull this off and make it a market winner is unknown at this time.
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.
Today's design patent is a classic case where we're left in the dark as to the features that are likely to be associated with LG's newly granted design patent for a next-gen smartphone. All we have are patent figures as noted below showing us how the front and back are in fact a continuous wraparound display. The design being presented on the face of the display is purposely continued unto the backside to establish that the display in fact is a wraparound display.
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It should be noted that the only known LG competitor to have a granted patent regarding a smartphone with a wraparound display is in fact Apple. They were granted a full utility patent back in September 2015.