Samsung Galaxy Tab With Dual Screen Soon?
Samsung is not done with its screen innovation. Having introduced the world to Android devices with a colorful variety of screen sizes – 4-inch (Stratosphere), 4.65″ (Nexus), 5.3″ (Note), 7″, 8.9″ & 10.1″ (Tab), Samsung may soon unveil its latest creation, a dual screen smart device.
Early this week, the leading Android device maker has received a patent for a dual screen design for a terminal for portable mobile communication. The Patent No. D658,173 was filed on April 7 2011 with Kim Dong-Hun named as the inventor.
The patented design looks like a souped-up variant of Galaxy Tab, featuring two 7-inch screens, clamshell style, and a remote controller. The controller comes in handy for, say, a business presentation. If Samsung actually produced this product, it will possibly target business users. A possible usage scenario: one screen for virtual keyboard, the other for a word processing app.
A Dual Screen Samsung Galaxy Tab?
Sony is already selling Tablet P, which is a foldable dual-screen Android tablet (see below). However, Tablet P is designed for gaming, entertainment, and casual web browsing, rather than a mobile productivity workhorse. For one, its curved outer body would make it hard for users to put it on flat surface and type on the (virtual) keyboard.
Sony Tablet P
Of course, a dual screen design is not new. Think Nintendo DS, the highly popular portable gaming console.
Samsung is losing ground in the Android tablet market. According to a report by Flurry, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab dominated 63% of application session usage in November 2011. By January 2012, it dipped to 36% whereas Kindle Fire surged from 3% to 36% during the period (see chart in next page.)
In the latest ComScore report, Kindle Fire now has 54% of total Android tablet sales, increased from 41% in January 2012. This should be enough motivation for Samsung to fight back, hard!