Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 concepts bring new Samsung design patents to life

by: Chris SmithJanuary 5, 2014

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After a couple of new design patents have been awarded to Samsung on the last day of the previous year, a couple of new smartphone concepts have emerged imagining what the future Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 would look like in case Samsung would actually use the design shown in those patents.

U.S. patents No. D696,654 and D696,654 describe “ornamental designs” for a handheld terminal and an electronic device, respectively, and have been both awarded to Samsung in the U.S. on December 31, 2013. Just like with other design patents, the fact that Samsung has been awarded these patents doesn’t mean the company will indeed make mobile products that will look like the devices described in them.

However, in case the company did pursue these designs this year, this is how the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 could look like, according to two designers.

Ivo Maric came up with the following Galaxy S5 concept that proposes a smartphone with a curved display on the sides (or at least on the right side, which is what a patent suggests), which would let users place handy shortcuts on the side of the display – check out the gallery below.

Jermain Smit came up with a similar concept, although the patents inspired him to create a Galaxy Note 4 model based on Samsung’s design ideas. The Galaxy Note 4 imagined by Smit also features a curved display, just like the Galaxy S5 model above.

In the following gallery, you can check out relevant images from the two patent applications mentioned above, in order to compare them with these Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 renders:

We’ll remind you that these concepts have nothing to do with actual Samsung products that will be unveiled later this year. The Galaxy S5 is expected to be announced at some point around MWC 2014, according to a Samsung exec, while the Galaxy Note 4 will probably be unveiled around IFA 2014 in September.

  • They actually look pretty cool :)
    Kind of like a smoothed out metal version of the HTC One S :)

  • Jayfeather787

    Cool designs. But more importantly, I want touchwiz to either go bye bye, or tune it down a little. These actually look closer to stock, so I am ok with this.

    • MasterMuffin

      Major redesign is needed also!

      • Bakirsaad200

        Redesign is more importantf for me!

    • Riki Sutton

      I’m going to play devil’s advocate and completely disagree with this. TouchWiz may not be to everyone’s taste, but it does add many features not found in stock Android and it does look good.

      If you don’t like TouchWiz, then you you can always purchase the Google Play Edition

      • hoggleboggle

        I fully agree. Touchwiz could certainly do with some serious optimisation but I would never choose a Google edition of the s4 over the stock one as it lacks all the additional features.

  • Justin Hardigree

    looks way too similar to the HTC one VX

    • leo98918

      My exact thoughts. Not the One X like someone else mentioned, the One VX for sure.

  • AndroidBoss

    Samsung HTC looking phones.

  • n11

    Damn, looks pretty sweet. I am still fully convinced they need to get rid of touchwiz, which probably won’t happen, but at least make it more practical with its features, and give the UI and icons a design revamp, I want to puke everytime I see that setting gear icon -_-

    • A googler

      Sadly I must admit I find Touchwiz fine and in many cases better than stock especially the dialer which i find is far better than stock along with the camera

      • jeff

        I agree!!

    • txgs

      Not just “practical” but efficient. You know whats a joke? the fact that the touchwiz framework is well above 1 gigabyte in size debloated and around 2 gigabytes in size with all the samsung proprietary apps. That makes it into the list of one of the most inefficient pieces of software to ever exist.
      Then you take the google play edition of the S4, and its system is as light as 500 megabytes. Its sad really.

  • Andrew

    1. where did the buttons go?
    2. where the hell did the bezels go?
    LOL otherwise they look really cool

    • SContrerasMer

      Maybe is a design for a Nexus, google….?

      • Krzysztof Bryk


        2014/1/6 Disqus

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  • KillEmAllx

    HTC One X? All these new samsung concepts are HTC based, lol…

    • Paul Picaso Sterling

      Thats how I feel too lol.

    • ♜Donzzy™

      I don’t think so. HTC One X’s camera looks hideous compared to this.

    • ecaps24

      Don’t you know anything about Samsung Wave 3 years back?

  • Culicagado

    First design looks cool but the back side could use some work. Not that appealing looking. The second one is meh. Can’t really complain though since I don’t have the skills to create these concept designs.

    • jeff

      They nost likely will be put in some kinda protective case anyhow so who cares what they look like on the outside as long as perform more fluid and have better battery life !!

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  • kevin junior

    Wow i would love those designs,but the touch wiz will improve tremedously

  • Doctor Wong

    Anyone feeling butt-hurt now? You probably have been infected by the “Samsung Hater Butt-Hurt” virus. Early symptoms: You feel butt-hurt every time Samsung launched/announced a new phone/device or you see some pictures with a Samsung name/logo on it. Go see a doctor fast ;)

  • Herolies

    What’s with every one thinking touch wiz is the problem? I mean it is but if it wasn’t bad optimized will you still want it to go?

  • Henry

    I have heard that note 4 will not come with AMOLED display. Is it true?

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    looks like the S4 Active…but no buttons…nice

  • Poopik Shmill

    don’t need a curved screen.
    instant camera and gallery launch is a must

  • Silva, Marcos

    Concepts are so mutch better than reality. Hope they really kill their hard buttons this time.

    • Bill

      Ah no, we like the hard button. No Thanks. Keep it please.

  • Sebastian Bartlett

    Those look horrible, I agree that a redesign would be good but only if the phones look better not like an htc brick

    • Bill

      HTC is a brick? Are you nuts? I hate to say it you guys and I am Samsung Note2 user, HTC has it over Samsung in build quality 10 times over. Besides you “brick” how much thinner is it supposed to get ???. These phones are too thin enough already. Where are the real men here? Sound like pansies! Go chop some wood with a brick axe!

      • Sebastian Bartlett

        What I meant was it resembles one of the older HTC models which by todays standards would be described more as a brick maybe note necessarily by thickness but just by being outdated. Really I should have said it looked like an outdated htc phone

        • Bill

          Great answer Sebastian! You are right as rain. My whole thing is make the basics excellent before manufacturing concerns themselves with gimmicky functions. We want:
          1. Prideful build quality materials
          2. Great battery life 3300+
          3. Front facing speakers
          4. state of the art speed
          5. 3 gig RAM
          From here we can talk!

          • Sebastian Bartlett

            Yeah definitely but 4gb ram with 64bit

  • kyeongwoo nam

    Honestly, its ugly.

  • Flip Jumpman

    I like the Note series but concepts usually look much better than the real thing with maybe the exception for cars.
    Hope they lighten Touchwiz and give it a cleaner look. Simple things as even smaller icons…

  • Sahil Arora

    Well, all the above designs seems to be good and slightly different from the previous Note devices. This type of design and back of the Galaxy Note 4 will make it much handier than the Note 3 or other Phablets!!

  • siddarthdua2

    check upcoming smartphone list –

  • Renu Bisht

    I think Note 4 will be really an awesome phone but still we have to wait a long for it.

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  • Adim

    Samsung must hire some new designers or pay well to the existing ones.

  • Sanjay kumar negi

    Users are waiting for note 4 eagerly.

  • I like the Note series but concepts usually look much better than the real thing.