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Samsung Patents Retractable Foldable Smartphone, Also Usable as Car Navigation System, Watch

By James A.

Another day, another Samsung patent pops up, of course related to the foldable smartphone. This time it seems to be a more complex and multifunctional machine. It converts to both a car GPS and a smartwatch to wear on the wrist. Let’s check it out.

This multifunctional electronic device can be used as a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, alarm clock radio and car nav system. The patent has been spotted at USPTO and WIPO, so Samsung really means business. It’s a flexible machine according to documents, dating as far back as October 2016 and coming from Korea. The housing includes 3 parts, like two narrow segments on both ends and a center piece.

The two side ends can be folded backwards or left as they are. The middle part is slimmer than the other two parts, which helps with flexibility. One could even make that part a transparent display or even an E-Ink panel. The two ends are a bit stiffer, so they’ll most likely hold within them the processor, battery, camera and the likes. Once you fold the device, the large middle section can be used as the main smartphone.

 

This handset can function as a dual display phone, with a front display and a back one. When unfolded, it all becomes a very narrow and wide device. We see the device placed above the steering wheel, plus a flexible watch on the wrist. This is one of the few patents that doesn’t detail a hinge mechanism, so we’re left in the dark here a bit.

Sources talk about the device opening up like a 7 inch tablet, while when closed it’s a 5.8 inch smartphone. For those wondering, the product is placed on top of the car dashboard to serve as GPS via magnetic holder. Don’t hold your breath for this happening anytime soon.

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Samsung Gets Patent for Multi Folding Tablet With Physical Keyboard

By Radu Iorga

Samsung received a fresh patent this week, one that involves the usual folding tablet, but this time with a twist: a physical keyboard. We’ve seen multiple foldable devices patented by Samsung, some linked to the Samsung Galaxy X project, others not. But the keyboard is a new approach….

Sammy already has a multi fold patent under its belt ever since September 2016. This time it gets a patent for a next gen device, that folds its keyboard below the screen part, at the back side of one of the folding panels. Samsung has yet to launch a proper foldable device, even though they’ve been exploring the segment ever since the Youm prototype at CES, more than 4 years ago.

To me this looks more like a MID, a small Vaio, or something like that, not exactly a futuristic machine. You could get more use out of a tablet keyboard dock or a case with a keyboard integrated. Having a physical keyboard on a tablet, even if foldable doesn’t make much sense anymore, for ergonomical reasons, battery reasons and also for the sake of a pretty looking design.

It’s true that convertibles and detachables do have keyboards, but they aren’t the pinnacle or ergonomics or aesthetics. A touch keyboard makes more sense for foldables. Also, word through the grapevine says that Samsung is going to adopt a Snapdragon CPU on a future Windows on ARM device.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro Updated With Backlit Keyboard

By Radu Iorga

Samsung just released a new version of its Chromebook Pro laptop, that has a backlit keyboard. The Chromebook Pro was one of the best Chromebooks launched in 2017 and thus Samsung felt the need to upgrade it.

The 12.3 inch 2400 x 1600 pixel display was much appreciated by buyers and reviewers, but the Core m3 wasn’t exactly top of the line processing gear. At least it was superior to an ARM solution from a Chromebook Plus. One drawback of the device was poor travel of the keys and lack of backlighting. Samsung fixed that on the new model.

Unveiled over the past weekend, the 2018 Samsung Chromebook Pro has simply been listed on the Samsung website, as the “Samsung Chromebook Pro with Backlit Keyboard”. The specs are identical compared to the 2017 model, minus the keyboard of course. We would have expected a newer CPU, maybe more than 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The price stays $599 though…

The appeal here is that you also get a pretty capable stylus, which is stowable on the device. By the way the device has a rotatable screen (360 degrees), microSD card slot and a 39 Wh battery, which promises 9 hours of functioning.

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7 inch Samsung Tablet Gets Certified by WiFi Alliance, Has Android 8.0 Oreo on Board

By James A.

It’s been a while since we last covered a smaller tablet, but here we are again, this time with a 7 inch Samsung device, that just got certified by the WiFi Alliance. It’s codenamed Samsung SM-T230NZ and it showed up in the official registry, with Android 8.0 Oreo in tow.

This is a 7 inch Android slate, which is pretty mysterious, since its model number doesn’t seem to point to any series. Samsung has a 7 inch tablet on the market already with the codename Samsung SM-T230, which is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0, that debuted in March 2016. The “NZ” particle is a bit small to signify a totally new device. The predecessor Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 also had the same model number, so things are tricky.

It could end up being the same Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0, but one that has received Oreo and has been tested to see if it works. It’s weird to see it certified by the WiFi Alliance and FCC, feeling a bit overkill for an already existing device. The sketches of the unit show a differently designed machine though, compared to the current Galaxy Tab A 7.0. The design features of the newer Sammy tablets are here, including LED flash for the back camera and replaced speaker.

There’s no specs to comment on, but the previous Galaxy Tab A 7.0 had a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, a 1.5 GHz quad core CPU and 1.5 GB of RAM, as well as a 2 MP front camera and 5 MP back shooter. The battery life was excellent, rated at 10 hours.

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The Galaxy S9’s Dex Pad launches May 13 for $99.99

By Ron Amadeo

Hot off the launch of the Galaxy S9 last month, Samsung is about to release one of the device’s main accessories, the Samsung Dex Pad. Plug your flagship Samsung smartphone into this little dock, then plug in a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and you’ll have a full-blown desktop OS interface powered just by your phone. Preorders are open today on Samsung.com, and the device ships May 13. Starting today, Samsung is also offering a free Dex Pad to anyone who buys a Galaxy S9 or S9+ from Samsung.com.

Samsung Dex runs the Android OS you know and love but reworked into a desktop form factor with a windowed multitasking interface. The Dex Pad requires a USB-C equipped Samsung device (so a Galaxy S8, Note 8, or S9) with Android 8.0. The dock has two USB A ports (typically for a mouse and keyboard), HDMI for the monitor, and USB-C for power. Running a desktop interface can be tough on a phone’s processor, so the Dex Pad also has a fan to help everything run a bit cooler and faster.

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