Samsung’s weird, new patent

by: Nate SwannerJuly 11, 2013
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Did you check out the ASUS Padfone, and think the phone-in-a-tablet was a pretty cool design? A phone that slides into the back of a tablet could be the best of both worlds, or a complicated mess.

Samsung seems to agree with Padfone fans, as they’ve recently acquired a patent for a similar product. The device, which you’ll see below (courtesy of Patent Bolt), is oddly shaped and seems to have minimal aesthetics. No front-facing hardware button, or any hardware buttons to speak of. The curious part is the gullwing top, which looks to be used to hold the phone to the tablet.

It’s hard to think Samsung would consider these commercially attractive, so this could be an enterprise device. We’d also like to think Samsung could come up with a sleeker device, especially for an all-in-one. Perhaps geared toward those in the field who need a tablet and phone, this kind of device could help satisfy a number of needs.

A phone that distinct will be polarizing, even if it has a tablet accompanying it. We should also consider that we don’t have any indicators as to size, so this could be a bluetooth device or something similar for a larger phone. It will be interesting to see if this one ever sees the light of day.

Thanks, Kevin!

Samsung patent

New Samsung patent

  • Vallhalen

    Fantastic idea IMO! Nexus 6 should be tablet+phone hybrid :P

    • Luka Mlinar


      • erion

        some people can’t get the joke :D

  • Dimitri Sevastis

    This will only be successful if the phone/tablet hybrid system is universal meaning any phone would be able to work with any compatible ”tablet”. Otherwise this would be a waist since only one person with the phone would be able to use it and nobody else. (for example you wouldn’t be able to share it as a family)

  • Drem

    Oh dear God, no. I can’t believe that but Samsung finally becomes Apple…

    • Vadeya

      If Apple can get patents on rounded edges then why not Samsung do something similar?

      • Drem

        Render unto Caesar…

    • IncCo

      they’re not crapple until they start suing everyone. Plenty of companies have patents..

  • Jose Martin Lopez Neri

    We do have size references contrary to what the srticle states.. It is the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the microusb port, since the size of those is a known number, to come up with the rest of the messurements is rather easy

  • nishantsirohi123

    Devil horns … i like

  • Ruz

    This is where the phone should actually target to become slimmer

  • Amsakanna

    Asus padfone

  • Blowntoaster

    Samsung Patents it to protect other manufacturers from Apple. If Apple patents it, everyone gets sued. if Samsung patents it, companies come to an agreement and everyone is happy. you haven;t seen Samsung sue LG yet over outright design copying, have you?

  • sandstorm

    Samsung’s galaxy series and android has revolutionized the smart phone.

  • Mai

    God bless Samsung !!!

  • Mai

    God bless Samsung !!!

  • GTL42

    They just patented the Asus Padphone!

  • Kettzy

    This may be something with a curved flexible screen… an by the looks of micro usb port, the design looks rather old since samsung has started using usb 3 port on new devices. :)