Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a number of design patents, but the one that stood out is the extension of their foldable tablet design that could fold like a leather folder when traveling, but could be used by the user in one of three ways. It could be a wide tablet, a mobile desktop to compete with Apple's iPad Pro and finally be folded so that it becomes a notebook as illustrated below. With Samsung having to kill off their Note7 yesterday due to a battery or electrical problem that they couldn't resolve, Samsung needs a new home run in the market to win back their mojo. Not that the foldable tablet will be ready to help them this year, but it could be something over the next two or three years that could set a new trend like their phablet once did.
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