Recently surfaced Samsung patents offer clues about the company’s smartphone design plans, including ideas like curved displays and rear-mounted fingerprint scanners.
Several new patent designs ditch physical home, back, and menu buttons in favor of on-screen keys. They also employ slimmer, more ergonomic bezels compared to current Galaxy devices.
While not fully bendable, some concepts showcase screens with a subtle curve for comfort and aesthetics. And a few patents replace rear-panel speakers with a speaker located on the bottom back cover.
But one particularly interesting sketch shows an oblong sensor on the back right side. This could allow convenient fingerprint scanning using your left index finger while holding the phone in your right hand.
Of course, patents don’t always translate into commercial products. But they offer an early glimpse at the industrial design ideas Samsung is exploring.
Features like rear fingerprint readers and curved displays could potentially appear in future Galaxy phones or tablets. For now, the patents give mobile enthusiasts plenty to speculate on as Samsung pushes smartphone design into new territory.