Patently Mobile posted a report in late 2013 (under 'Patent Bolt' our previous site name) titled "Samsung Reveals a Bendable Display Patent for Smartphones." It was the patent that first introduced the Galaxy Edge design concept. In 2016 Samsung updated their invention to include the return of the removable battery as noted in our patent figures below. That design also provided an alternative design to the Edge with a back side display as noted in patent figure 2 below. While the Galaxy Edge and Dual Edge won out in the market, it's possible that this concept could end up in another Samsung smartphone model in the future. This way the back side could be dedicated to a phone UI or other app that a user wants open all the time while surfing the net on its main display. Samsung was granted a patent for this on Tuesday.
Aspects of Samsung's granted patent are to provide a smartphone capable of extending a display region to the sides and/or back side as noted in the patent figures in this report. The auxiliary display act independent of the main display. Samsung fans have given Samsung's Edge concept a hardy two thumbs up.
Samsung's Patent FIG. 6 illustrates a back side battery cover suggesting that they were or are considering bringing this feature back. If they would have had this in place for the Note7, it could have avoided the disaster that Samsung describe earlier this week in a brief video.
Samsung Smartphone Design Patent
On a weekly basis Samsung has a number of new smartphone design patents and the one that stood out this week appears to provide a different backside set up. For the record, beyond patent figures, no details are ever supplied with design patents.
What we can see in the Samsung smartphone design patent figure above is that it carries a single 'Edge-Styled' display and that the backside camera and flash are in a new left side position.
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