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Samsung granted design patent for smartphone. Could it be Galaxy S5?

Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy S5 could be launched as early as next month. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the South Korean company a design patent (No. US D697,886 S) that depicts a large Galaxy-like smartphone.

It is worth mentioning here that the phone will not feature hardware buttons on the front.

Samsung originally filed its design patent on July 20, 2012. The new patent appears hot on the heels of another patent filed by the consumer electronics giant, revealing a different buttonless smartphone. The earlier patent could be related to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and/or Note 4, and the new one could hint at the design of the Galaxy S5.

Going by the designs in the patent, No. D697,886 S, a mysterious rectangle on the right side of the device can be seen. It could be a fingerprint scanner as this feature is likely to be included in the company’s forthcoming Android smartphone.

The back of the device shows a camera with flash, with a possible speaker located at the bottom.

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The sketches also expose an interesting sensor at the top of the handset’s front. Or it might be just a 3.5mm headset jack. Rumour has it that the device may also include a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display, a new Exynos processor, and at least 3GB of RAM.

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