Today a report from the International Times in India quoted a Korean source stating that Samsung is highly unlikely to adopt a curved display panel, for the Galaxy S5 smartphone due to its insufficient capacity. Kim Jong-hyun, an analyst at Seoul-based Eugene Investment & Securities added to the report by stating that "Curved ones will be unveiled late next year as a Galaxy variant rather than as a flagship model." Yet if truth be told, the first-round of curved smartphone designs weren't received well in the marketplace. Next generation flexible display smartphones will be out in 2015-2016 in multi-fold designs as confirms Samsung. Yet that doesn't mean that different curved displays won't try to make their way to market once supply can be met. Today, Samsung was granted a series of new design patents covering a few tablet ideas, a differently curved smartphone and a few oddities along the way. In total, our report covers eight new designs.
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 a design will be constructed with. 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 in the future.
Samsung Granted a Design Patent for a Differently Curved Smartphone
Contrary to the original Samsung "Round" smartphone design, we see that Samsung is also thinking of one that curved vertically as noted in Samsung's patent figures noted below.
Samsung Granted a Design Patent for a New Tablet with a Corner Home Button
Samsung Granted a Design Patent for a Tablet that's dockable with a Keyboard Base
Samsung is Granted 3 UI Design Patents for Syncing Appliances to Galaxy Phones
Samsung Granted a Design Patent for an Electronic Door Lock
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