Another round of design patents for future Samsung smartphones has come to light. One is for a foldable smartphone that is going to be the next-wave category for smartphones over the next two years. The other design is a mystery to be sure. There's nothing normal about it and appears to be a light-bulb style design. There's no port that's recognizable at the bottom, so it may be designed to fit some kind of socket that's part of a dock not covered in this design patent. If you have any ideas about the design, send in your comments below.
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.
This latest design patent for Samsung is a classic case where the patent office fails the public. Samsung calls this a "display device." We see when the display is off the display is blank. When the devices is on, the display lights up and displays a series of icons just like a smartphone. In fact, the icon at the top right shows the classic phone icon, confirming that it's in fact some kind of phone. Perhaps it's for an office desk. Though in the end, there's no way around it, it's the oddest design for a smart device that I've seen to date.
Design Win for a 'Display Device'
The bottom of the device is a mystery because it's not a standard connector. Is it like a light bulb that will have a unique base as a dock (not shown)?
Design Win for a Foldable Smartphone
Another recent design win for Samsung covers a next-gen foldable smartphone. This category is going to become the next wave of smartphones that may begin to emerge sometime between late 2018 and 2019. Samsung has many designs and more surfacing every week. Which of the designs will be the winner is anyone's guess for now.
You could check out our archives on Samsung's flexible, bendable and foldable devices here from time to time so as to catch up with their evolution.
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