On November 26, 2013 the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a series of tablet related design patents. One design appears to either be an Ultrabook-like solution for a hybrid notebook-tablet or simply a hard case for a Galaxy Tablet that will come with a built-in keyboard. The other tablet designs illustrate new front apertures. Whether the apertures are for motion control or simply new speakers is unknown at this time. With Samsung's market share gains in tablets quickly rising in 2013, every possible future tablet design becomes important.
It should be noted that 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 a product that may be coming to market down the road.
Samsung Wins a Design Patent for a Portable Tablet Case with Handle
Samsung Wins Two New Tablet Design Patents
The new Samsung tablet designs noted below with new highlighted apertures could represent either motion control or new speakers.
Currently Apple, Intel and Google have all been aggressively expanding their presence in the motion control industry through acquisitions of related players. Apple's acquisition of Israel-based 3D sensor developer PrimeSense has recently been confirmed, while Google acquired gesture control developer Flutter in October. Samsung would benefit from Google's support in bringing motion sensing to Android for future tablets.
Samsung Wins Design Patent for Portable Device Icon
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