Another week, another Samsung foldable smartphone design or utility patent comes to light. It's like a lottery. Every week you think, this time this is the winner – and, it usually isn't. But if Samsung wants to start off tippy-toeing into the foldable smartphone market in 2017, then this could be the way to go.
It's a new twist on the old flip phone design except this time users could have a much larger single foldable display to work with. It sure beats the flip phones of the past that had a numeric keypad occupying the bottom half of the phone and a tiny screen at the top for viewing and navigating through endless menus that the dinosaur operating systems of the past were famous for before Apple's iOS came to market.
The new Samsung design also provides a clear glass or plastic top cover that allows for a peek window at the bottom so as to allow a user to view a digital clock or a notification's area or even an icon dock for the user's favorite apps.
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 and even speculate. But we're not privy to materials that may be used to construct the smartphone or any special features hardware or software wise. All we get is the simple visual of what could be coming down the pipeline as noted below.
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