Samsung may be working on its own Padfone-like device that could be used as either a smartphone or a tablet, a new trademark application seems to indicate.
The Galaxy Hit may be Samsung’s first tablet/smartphone combo, as Samsung is apparently interested in this particular trademark, according to data available from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (see image below).
In the description of the filling, it’s clearly stated that the Galaxy Hit trademark is needed for a device that could be placed in multiple categories, including digital cameras, smartphones and tablet computers.
The fact that Samsung is registering another Galaxy-related trademark should not surprise us, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the company will actually release a Galaxy Hit in the near future. However, we’ll remind you that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch trademark was discovered long before the device was actually launched.
We’ll also point out that Samsung on Christmas day received good news from the Commissioner for Trademarks (see following image) who sent the company a “notice of publication” for the Galaxy Hit trademark, noting that the name “appears to be entitled to registration.”
Interestingly, this is not the first time we hear that Samsung may be looking into developing Padfone-like devices. The company has been awarded one design patent on July 9, 2013 that describes a “Terminal for wireless communication.” When browsing through the first images in the patent application, we see a strangely shaped smartphone that looks nothing like what you’d expect from a phone.
However, the ninth image (see above) makes everything clear: the strangely shaped smartphone may be docked into a tablet. In fact, even Samsung provides a clear description for the image that says so:
FIG. 9 is a rear view of the terminal for wireless communication of FIG. 1 illustrating an example of how the terminal for wireless communication of FIG. 1 may be docked to a tablet PC.
From the looks of it, Samsung may be getting ready to unveil some kind of a Padfone-like smartphone-tablet combo next year, but is that really so? We’ll remind you that products described in patents do not always become reality.
That said, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the Galaxy Hit, which may be the next interesting thing coming from the South Korean Android device manufacturer. After all, Samsung is rumored to released a variety of new smartphones and tablets in the coming months.