On May 07, 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office published more than 20 newly granted design patents for Samsung. Amongst this group of boring smartphone designs came one that showed a little panache. One aspect of this next generation smartphone design is illustrated in our cover graphic. It clearly has a slight curve to the design that may in fact support a flex display. The other unique feature is presented in our report. A second design that stood out from the crowd appears to that of a possible upgraded Samsung Galaxy Camera with a twist to it that may appeal to many consumers.
Samsung Granted Design Patent for Next-Gen Galaxy Camera?
Although the design is very close to the current Galaxy Camera that runs the Android Jelly Bean OS, the new design is clearly combining a Galaxy S series Smartphone.
When combined, what is it? – A Galaxy Smartphone camera accessory? I don't know but that's what it is literally. The design patent clearly shows two separate parts to this design as noted above unlike today's Galaxy Camera.
Once again, it should be noted that this is a design patent and all you basically get are the drawing or patent figures. There's no description other than "digital camera." Although the graphics tell a different story, it's definitely open to interpretation to a certain degree. Update: Does this have anything to do with the upcoming Galaxy S4 Zoom?
Samsung Granted Design Patent for a Next-Gen Smartphone
The next granted design patent is clearly noted as a "mobile terminal" as the official patent title and at the bottom of the patent it's noted as a "mobile phone." We'll just call it a next generation smartphone that appears to have a slightly curved display.
Another unique aspect to this design is the illustrated backside camera. The design patent doesn't explain the flip-out feature. Is it a shade for the camera when shooting outside in the bright sun or is it a 007 feature that only agents are privy to? As long as it's not plastic, this design could be interesting.
The Samsung Galaxy camera (+Phone) design can be found under D681,712 while Samsung's slightly curved smartphone design can be found under D681,582.
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