Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a series of 18 design patents covering smartphones, mobile terminals, cameras and more. In our opinion, the design patents that stood out the most today were definitely three new smartphone designs. Although all three are interesting in their own way, one particular design stands out from the pack; one that holds some real potential.
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The Smartphone Design with the Most Potential
In our humble opinion, Samsung's first granted design patent noted below holds the most consumer appeal of the three new designs. Then again that means very little being that Samsung's design team churns out new smartphone design patents on a weekly basis as they seek to find that one design that will be able to finally distinguish a Samsung flagship phone from the pack. Today's Galaxy S4 design is as boring as they come.
The first notable feature illustrated below is the phone's front speaker grill which highly resembles the design introduced by the HTC One.
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. We'll never know what unique internal components may be hidden within the device or learn about any unique features that we could look forward to. All we get is the simple visual of what could be coming down the pipeline.
A good example of that would be the Samsung design patent '223 S noted above and below which appears to have an opening at the top like a handle. Without any detailing, we're unable to know if that slot is really a translucent mini display or not. On the other hand, could it simply be an opening for a lanyard accessory? That's the point. Design patents lack design feature clarity. We're left to speculate. Then again, it does add a little mystery to the design. What do you think Samsung has in mind with this new top design feature? Send in your comments below.
Here are Two Additional Samsung Smartphone Designs