Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a slick foldable smartphone that exposes one end of the display to act as a menu or app dock or an area for notifications.
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.
A case in point is today's foldable smartphone that has an interesting under-fold so that it doesn't fold exactly in half. This allows for a portion of the display to be exposed so that a user will be able to access key apps quickly and/or see notifications at a glance. Below you'll find Samsung's new design from a wide range of views so that you're able to get a better overall view of the device. When opened, the display will provide users with a massive display for watching movies or multitask by having multiple apps open at one time.
Samsung Granted Design Patent: Foldable Smartphone
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