Samsung’s latest patent, granted this week, illustrates a more adaptable folding design for a tablet and potentially a smartphone. This is similar to some of the cases they currently manufacture. This folds much like a standard leather folder when traveling and could be used in one of three ways in day-to-day use. Firstly, the device could be used as a wide tablet, a mobile desktop similar to the iPad Pro, or as a notebook whereby a ‘backside keyboard’ folds to the front of the device to create a Surface Pro-type laptop setup.
One of the images provided with the patent also shows a fold-out kickstand integrated into the design, which should add even more flexibility to how the tablet can be used. This could also be applied to the accessories for large screen smartphones, such as a replacement for the Note line or the Mega.