On June 30, 2016 the USPTO published a new patent from Samsung Electronics, directed to a hinge-free dual display smartphone, as Patently Mobile recently reported.
The US patent application, which bears the unhelpful title “ELECTRONIC DEVICES,” has application number 20160187938. It claims priority to Korean patent application 10-2014-0188629, likewise titled “전자장치” (“Electronic device(s)”).
The invention, which has a curiously book-like appearance in some embodiments (see Fig. 1 at left), clearly plays into Samsung’s broader search for new hingeless and foldable display aesthetics.
The Korean and US abstracts are as follows:
|Korean abstract||US abstract|
|본 발명의 다양한 실시예에 따른 전자장치는 제1디스플레이부와 상기 제1디스플레이부와 이격되어 배치되고 전자 부품이 장착된 기능부를 포함하는 디스플레이부와, 상기 제1디스플레이부가 장착되는 제1커버부와 상기 기능부가 장착되는 제2커버부를 포함하는 커버부 및, 상기 제1디스플레이부와 상기 기능부가 설정된 각도를 유지하도록, 상기 제1커버부와 상기 제2커버부를 외력에 의해 굽혀진 형상이 유지되는 형상유지부재로 연결하는 연결부를 포 함할 수 있다.||An electronic device capable of maintaining an angle between two display units at a certain angle, without any hinge structure is provided. The electronic device includes a display unit including a first display unit and a functional unit spaced apart from each other, the functional unit being equipped with an electronic component, a cover unit including a first cover part and a second cover part, to which the first display unit and the functional unit are respectively attached, and a connection unit including a shape-preserving member, which is configured to allow the display unit and the functional unit to be maintained at a certain angle, when an angle between the first cover part and the second cover part is changed by an external force.|
(Patent translators will recognize the familiar tension here between “part” and “unit” as translations for the Korean bound morpheme 부.)
The application is classified under IPC subclass G06F (electronics).
In my capacity as a terminology nerd, I ran a comparison of the Korean patent application against an ad-hoc corpus of about 100 other Korean patent applications in subclass G06F. Using TF-IDF, the most distinctive single words were: 전자장치 (“electronic device”), 연결부 (“connecting part”), 어플리케이션 (“application”), and 매니저 (“manager”).