Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Samsung gains design patent for docking smartphone into tablet

updated 08:56 pm EDT, Sun July 14, 2013

Patent shows similar system used in Asus PadFone

Samsung has been granted a new patent that allows for a smartphone to be docked into a larger screen and effectively turned into a tablet. The patent appears to be similar to the system used by Asus in newer versions of itsPadFone range of devices, though the actual way that the smartphone slots into the tablet dock is slightly different.

The filing spotted by Patent Bolt shows a T-shaped space for a smartphone, rather than the straight-line fitting scheme used in the PadFone. This would in theory allow for the smartphone to be easily slotted into where it needs to be, making the docking procedure simpler to users. Rather than just having extra space to work as a simpler docking guide, drawings appear to show that the smartphone element will have an extra lipped section at the top, forming the T and using up all available space in the docking slot.

While the filings in the US and Korea date back to early 2012, there has yet to be any rumors of a similarly-designed device coming from Samsung.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Cat B100

Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be ...

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it wa ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News