Last week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a possible future smartphone with a dual display twist. In their 2012 dual display smartphone design they tried to make the seam between the units almost negligible as noted below.
In Samsung's latest dual display smartphone design, as noted below, the two displays aren't designed to present the appearance of a single seamless display when opened that would benefit users watching of videos, TV or movies. Instead, it's more like a professional notebook aimed at executives, sales pros and students for note taking with a Samsung Pen. They designed the smartphone to be light and by doing that, they gave up on adding a heavy mechanical hinge as presented in previous designs.
The latest Samsung design comprises of two displays, with the second display #112 doubling as a functional unit. The functional unit is the one that will also contain input devices, sound devices, wireless charging pads, power devices, sensor devices, and antenna devices, according to Samsung's filing.
In Samsung's smartphone design overview illustrated below we're able to see that this will be a premium device with many advances including pen and ultrasonic input over and above multitouch along with a projector and a wide range of sensors including biometric, grip, gesture, UV and more including a TV module not shown below.
In one of the latter points found in the patent filing, Samsung notes that "Although not illustrated, a processing device (e.g., a GPU) for supporting a mobile TV may be included in the electronic device 401. The processing device for supporting a mobile TV may process media data according to the standards of digital media broadcasting (DMB), digital video broadcasting (DVB), MediaFlo, and the like."
One of the key points to this design is Samsung noting that in this particular design that they've removed any kind of traditional hinge, like the ones that they illustrated in their previous designs like here and here so as to be able to reduce the device's thickness and weight.
And lastly, Samsung notes that this invention "may include at least one of medical devices (e.g., various portable medical measurement devices (e.g., a blood glucose monitoring device, a heartbeat measuring device, a blood pressure measuring device, a body temperature measuring device, and the like.
Samsung filed their US patent application back in November 2015 and one year earlier in Korea. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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