US20150335114A1 - Housing for electronic device - Google Patents

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US20150335114A1
US20150335114A1 US14/282,561 US201414282561A US2015335114A1 US 20150335114 A1 US20150335114 A1 US 20150335114A1 US 201414282561 A US201414282561 A US 201414282561A US 2015335114 A1 US2015335114 A1 US 2015335114A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45CPURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS
    • A45C11/00Receptacles for purposes not provided for in groups A45C1/00 - A45C9/00
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45CPURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS
    • A45C13/00Details; Accessories
    • A45C13/008Details; Accessories for making water- or air-tight
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04BTRANSMISSION
    • H04B1/00Details of transmission systems, not covered by a single one of groups H04B3/00 - H04B13/00; Details of transmission systems not characterised by the medium used for transmission
    • H04B1/38Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving
    • H04B1/3827Portable transceivers
    • H04B1/3888Arrangements for carrying or protecting transceivers
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45CPURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS
    • A45C11/00Receptacles for purposes not provided for in groups A45C1/00 - A45C9/00
    • A45C2011/002Receptacles for purposes not provided for in groups A45C1/00 - A45C9/00 for portable handheld communication devices, e.g. mobile phone, pager, beeper, PDA, smart phone
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45CPURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS
    • A45C11/00Receptacles for purposes not provided for in groups A45C1/00 - A45C9/00
    • A45C2011/003Receptacles for purposes not provided for in groups A45C1/00 - A45C9/00 for portable computing devices, e.g. laptop, tablet, netbook, game boy, navigation system, calculator
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04BTRANSMISSION
    • H04B1/00Details of transmission systems, not covered by a single one of groups H04B3/00 - H04B13/00; Details of transmission systems not characterised by the medium used for transmission
    • H04B1/38Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving
    • H04B2001/3894Waterproofing of transmission device
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M1/00Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
    • H04M1/02Constructional features of telephone sets
    • H04M1/18Telephone sets modified for use in ships, mines, or other places exposed to adverse environment

Abstract

The present application discloses a housing for an electronic device (1), belongs to the technical field of electronic device. Said housing for an electronic device (1) comprising: a main casing assembly (6) for accommodating an electronic device (1) and an end cover assembly (7) working with the main casing assembly (6) to seal the main casing assembly (6); wherein the main casing assembly (6) comprises a main casing frame (8), a backplate (9), and a screen (10); the end cover assembly (7) comprises an end cover (12) and a sealing component (13) fixedly connected to the end cover (12). The end cover assembly and the main casing assembly are capable of being sealingly connected to each other, so as to fully achieve waterproof and dust-proof performance.

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    BACKGROUND
  • 1. Technical Field
  • The present application relates to a housing for an electronic device, and more particularly to a protective housing capable of protecting an electronic device inside and not affecting the use of the electronic device.
  • 2. Related Art
  • Electronic devices, especially handheld portable electronic devices such as a communication device, a music or video player, a camera and so on, have become faithful companions of people that cannot be separated from in everyday life. However, use of the devices may face inconvenience. For example, humid environment or water, usage during exercise, or similar situations, might limit the usage of the device. Currently, although some electronic devices, such as a touch screen mobile phone, has a protective cover, usually the protective cover only has simple functions such as scratch-resistance, may severely affect operation and use of the mobile phone, and may bring much inconvenience during exercise, especially during mountain biking.
  • In view of the gradual popularization of such devices and the increasing requirements of users on experience such as convenience, it is necessary to design a housing product which can better satisfy the user's needs.
  • SUMMARY
  • In order to eliminate defects as listed above, the present application provides a housing for an electronic device, which does not reduce functions of a device, allows a user to fully use the device as if without the protective housing, and is dust-proof, antifouling, waterproof, protected against snow, shockproof, drop resistant, and protected against other environmental damage. The housing includes a main casing assembly for accommodating an electronic device and an end cover assembly working with the main casing assembly to seal the main casing assembly. The main casing assembly includes a main casing frame, a backplate, and a screen. The screen and the backplate are sealingly mounted on two opposite surfaces of the main casing frame respectively. A position, corresponding to a speaker or a microphone of the electronic device, on the main casing frame is provided with a hole, and a membrane capable of waterproof and sound transmission covers and is mounted on the hole. The end cover assembly includes an end cover and a sealing component fixedly connected to the end cover. A position, corresponding to the microphone or the speaker of the electronic device, of the sealing component is provided with a hole, and a membrane capable of waterproof and sound transmission covers and is mounted on the hole. When the main casing assembly and the end cover assembly are engaged with each other, a contact surface there between is further provided with a sealing ring.
  • According to embodiments, the following preferred technical solutions may be adopted.
  • The screen (10) is provided with geometry, the geometry is at least on the side which is facing the electronic device (1), to ensure a gap between the screen of the electronic device (1) and the screen (10). The geometry may be a arrangement of small bumps or lines, may also be realized as a frosted surface.
  • The membrane capable of sound transmission is made of a plastic membrane or GORE-TEX membrane (material provided by U.S. Gore & Associates. Inc.), and is provided with a slim groove for improving the quality of sound transmission.
  • Positions, corresponding to function buttons of the electronic device, on the main casing frame are sealingly provided with corresponding function buttons respectively, and the function buttons include at least one of a home button, an on/off button, a volume button, and a mute switch button.
  • The backplate is provided with a backplate over mold, the backplate includes a transparent PC material layer and a TPE rubber material layer acting as an optical reflection barrier, and positions, corresponding to a camera and a flash of the electronic device, on the TPE rubber material layer are provided with a camera lens and a flash lens capable of light transmission respectively.
  • The end cover assembly further includes a foam sealing component for echo cancellation, and the foam sealing component is disposed on the sealing component.
  • The end cover is further provided with a sound channel for guiding sound out of the housing, and the sound channel extends from a position, close to the sealing component, on the end cover to at least one end surface of the end cover.
  • An embedded plug and an embedded jack connected to each other are disposed in the end cover, the embedded plug extends into the end cover and is connected to the electronic device in the end cover, and a jack of the embedded jack is exposed at a surface of the end cover.
  • The end cover assembly further includes a locking/unlocking slide block, the main casing frame is correspondingly provided with a hook-shaped locking structure matching the locking/unlocking slide block, and the locking/unlocking slide block is disposed between the end cover and the sealing component and able to slide back and forth.
  • The end cover is further provided with removable Plugs for sealing function interfaces on the end cover.
  • The housing further includes an earphone extension cable capable of being removed and connected, a plug of the earphone extension cable is inserted in the end cover, a jack at the other end of the earphone extension cable extends out of the end cover.
  • The locking/unlocking slide block holds the plug of the earphone extension cable for locking in a locked state, and releases the plug of the earphone extension cable for removal in an unlocked state.
  • A nose is mounted on the earphone extension cable 4 and corresponding to the bump.
  • The main casing assembly and a corresponding end portion of the end cover assembly are pivotal connected by a pivoting shaft and locked by a Strap, or a locking/unlocking slide block to lock the end cover assembly.
  • Two sides of the main casing assembly 6 are provided with side rails respectively, and the main casing assembly 6 is further provided with a lanyard hole.
  • Beneficial effects of the present embodiments are as follows.
  • The end cover assembly and the main casing assembly are capable of being sealingly connected to each other, so as to fully achieve waterproof and dust-proof performance. The screen, the hole provided in the position corresponding to the speaker or the microphone of the electronic device, and the membrane covering the hole may at least ensure that basic operations and listening and speaking functions of the device are not affected.
  • The plastic membrane or GORE-TEX membrane is not only waterproof, but also affects sound transmission as hardly as possible. The slim groove disposed on the membrane further optimizes or improves the effect of sound transmission.
  • The function buttons and the camera lens and flash lens prevent the electronic device from being limited with respect to use, and all functions of the electronic device can be normally used.
  • The foam sealing component for echo cancellation prevents echoes from occurring in the internal space of the housing, thereby ensuring the sound effect.
  • The removable Plugs further improve the sealing effect, and are applicable to the regular harsh operating environment.
  • The sound channel improves the sound effect of the product, thereby improving the using performance of the product.
  • The embedded plug and the embedded jack connected to each other are disposed in the end cover, thereby making the use of an external earphone convenient.
  • The locking/unlocking slide block prevents unexpected falling of the end cover from the main casing, and makes it convenient to remove the end cover when needed.
  • The earphone extension cable makes it convenient to use an external earphone.
  • The main casing assembly and a corresponding end portion of the end cover assembly are pivotal connected by a pivoting shaft, so that even if opened, the end cover assembly does not depart from the main casing assembly, thereby avoiding inconvenience caused by loss of the end cover assembly.
  • The structural design of the side rails makes it convenient to fix the product to a specific accessory, thereby further facilitating usage. The lanyard may be tied to a hand or clothes through the lanyard hole on the main casing assembly 6, thereby avoiding unexpected falling.
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  • The present application will become more fully understood from the detailed description given herein below for illustration only, and thus are not limitative of the present application, and wherein:
  • FIG. 1 is a schematic exploded view of an embodiment (including an electronic device, a protective housing, an earphone extension cable, and an auxiliary fixing accessory);
  • FIG. 2 is a schematic exploded view of the protective housing 2 in FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 is a schematic exploded view of a main casing assembly;
  • FIG. 4 is a schematic exploded view of an end cover assembly;
  • FIG. 5 is a schematic enlarged view of a main casing frame 8;
  • FIG. 6 is a schematic partially enlarged view (a front view) of one end of a main casing frame 8;
  • FIG. 7 is a schematic view of a complete protective housing according to an embodiment;
  • FIG. 8 is a schematic partially enlarged structural view of a backplate on which a backplate over mold is formed;
  • FIG. 9 is a schematic structural view of another side surface of the backplate different from that in FIG. 8;
  • FIG. 10 is a schematic exploded view (a partial view) of assembly of an electronic device 1 and a protective housing 2;
  • FIG. 11 is a schematic sectional view of an end cover assembly (secured with a Locking/unlocking slide block 14);
  • FIG. 12 is a schematic structural view of a locking/unlocking slide block 14;
  • FIG. 13 is a schematic structural view of an end cover provided with an embedded jack plug and an embedded jack;
  • FIG. 14 is a schematic sectional view of FIG. 13;
  • FIG. 15 is a schematic structural view of a housing in which an end cover assembly and a main casing assembly are pivotal connected to each other by a pivoting shaft (the end cover assembly is opened at a certain angle); and secured with a Locking/unlocking slide block 14;
  • FIG. 16 is a schematic sectional view of a partial structure when an earphone extension cable is inserted in a protective housing 2.
  • FIG. 17 is a schematic structural view of a housing in which an end cover assembly and a main casing assembly are pivotal connected to each other by a pivoting shaft (the end cover assembly is opened at a certain angle); and secured with a strap (38).
  • FIG. 18 is a schematic view of screen 10 of an embodiment, displaying the setting of the pattern feature.
  • FIG. 19 is a schematic partially enlarged view of FIG. 18.
  • FIG. 20 is another schematic view of screen 10 of an embodiment, displaying another setting of the pattern feature.
  • FIG. 21 is a schematic partially enlarged view of FIG. 20.
  • List of Reference Numerals: 1 Electronic device 41 Nose 2 Complete protective housing 5 Accessory 4 Earphone extension cable 6 Main casing assembly 7 End cover assembly 21 Home button 8 Main casing frame 22 On/off button 9 Backplate 23 Volume button 10 Screen 24 Mute switch button 11 Speaker membrane 25 Side rail 12 End cover 26 Side rail locking feature 13 Sealing component 27 Lanyard hole 131 Sealing Component Groove 28 Backplate over mold 14 Locking/unlocking slide block 29 Backplate camera lens 141 Locking/unlocking button 30 Backplate flash lens 142 bump 31 Noise-cancelling hole 143 Locking Pin 32 Sound channel 144 Retaining Hook 34 Embedded jack plug 15 Plug 35 Embedded jack 16 Sealing ring 36 Wire 17 Microphone membrane 37 Pivoting shaft 18 Foam sealing component 38 Strap 19 Hook-shaped locking structure 101 samll bumps 20 Sealing surface 102 lines
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  • The present application is further illustrated below in detail with reference to embodiments and the accompanying drawings.
  • As shown in FIG. 1 to FIG. 4 and FIG. 15, a protective housing 2 for a electronic device 1 (for example, a touch screen mobile phone iPhone 5) includes a main casing assembly 6 for accommodating an iPhone 5 and an end cover assembly 7 working with the main casing assembly 6 to achieve sealed connection. The main casing assembly 6 includes a main casing frame 8, a backplate 9, and a screen 10. The screen 10 and the backplate 9 are sealingly mounted on two opposite surfaces of the main casing frame 8 respectively. A position, corresponding to a speaker (or a microphone) of the electronic device, on the main casing frame 8 is provided with a hole. A speaker membrane 11 capable of waterproof and sound transmission covers and is mounted on the hole. The end cover assembly 7 includes an end cover 12 and a sealing component 13 fixedly connected to the end cover 12. A position, corresponding to the microphone (or the speaker) of the electronic device, on the sealing component 13 is provided with a hole. A microphone membrane 17 capable of waterproof and sound transmission covers and is mounted on the hole. When the main casing assembly 6 and the end cover assembly 7 are engaged with each other, a contact surface therebetween is further provided with a sealing ring 16 for sealing. Further, an earphone extension cable 4 and a rail system facilitating fixing of the product on a fixing frame are included.
  • The complete main casing assembly 6 includes the main casing frame 8, which is integrally assembled with the backplate 9, the screen 10 and the speaker membrane 11 in advance, and the neighboring components are mutually sealed, as shown in FIG. 3. The backplate 9 and the screen 10 may be assembled and fixed permanently by gluing, ultrasonic welding, laser welding or any other means, and are not to departed or removed from the main casing frame 8 by normal usage. The speaker membrane 11 may be assembled by using a double-sided adhesive, gluing, or ultrasonic welding. The complete main casing assembly 6 is provided with a step for assembling the screen 10. The screen 10 is a transparent foil which is made of any proper material, such as PC, PET or PMMA for example, but not limited. The speaker membrane 11 may be made of a thin plastic membrane or other materials such as a Gore-Tex membrane or other membrane capable of venting and being waterproof, which allows sound transmission and ensures sealing performance in water. Further, the speaker membrane 11 may be in a special shape, such as a slim groove or other geometric shapes, so as to improve the sound quality. Geometric shapes such as the slim groove may be fabricated by compressing, deep drawing, or other methods.
  • As shown in FIG. 5, the main casing frame 8 is formed in a mold with a slide block opening/closing manner at the top or the bottom (depending on that the housing is closed through the top or the bottom), so as to ensure that a sealing surface 20 of the main casing frame 8 from which the mold is stripped does not have any parting line. In this embodiment, the main casing frame 8 includes plastics of different hardness levels, for example, includes a layer of TPE (soft rubber) over mold and another layer of) hard plastic (for example PC), or two kinds of plastics formed through double component injection. The main casing frame 8 integrates functional buttons, such as a home button 21, an on/off button 22, a volume button 23, and a mute switch button 24, as shown in FIG. 7. When the iPhone 5 or electronic device is put in the complete protective housing 2, a user is allowed to use all functional buttons of the electronic device 1. The functional buttons are formed in the over mold material of the main casing frame 8, so as to achieve flexibility and sealing performance. The mute switch button 24 enables the user to mute the electronic device 1 when the protective housing 2 is used.
  • As shown in FIG. 8, FIG. 9, and FIG. 10, the backplate over mold 28 of the backplate 9 ensures the integration of a camera lens 29 and a flash lens 30. The camera lens 29 and the flash lens 30 may be integrally formed with the backplate 9 (over molding or dual-component injection), or may be independent members sealingly inserted into the backplate 9. In this embodiment, the backplate 9 includes a transparent PC housing material layer and a TPE rubber material layer, backplate over mold 28, so as to be able to act as an optical reflection barrier between a flash and a camera, so that when the flash is used, pictures taken are ensured to be clear. Further, the backplate over mold 28 has an integrated noise-cancelling feature 31, which enables a noise-cancelling hole of the electronic device 1 to be sealed off against any sound, noise or water ingress. The noise-cancelling hole is located in the electronic device 1, can reduce ambient noise during conversation, the backplate 9 and has three possible configuration manners: 1) The noise-cancelling hole is sealed opposite to the protective housing 2, and no membrane for sound transmission exists therebetween, so as to achieve the optimal sound quality. 2) The noise-cancelling hole 31 is completely sealed opposite to the protective housing 2, and no internal membrane exists. 3) No sealing is performed between the electronic device and the protective housing 2, which results in poor sound quality. Specifically, in this embodiment the second configuration manner is adopted. The camera lens 29 and the flash lens 30 are sealingly inserted into the backplate 9 as independent members will not affect the photo-taking, even the backplate 9 is made out of colorful material.
  • The screen 10 is a touch screen membrane, for example a thin transparent plastic membrane, which may be assembled by insert molding, over molding, gluing, ultrasonic welding, laser welding, or adhesive connecting. The touch screen membrane may have a special coating, so as to have improved performance on scratch-resistance, fog-resistance and glare reduction or other special functions.
  • As shown in FIG. 4, the complete end cover assembly 7 mainly includes the end cover 12 and the sealing component 13. The end cover 12 and the sealing component 13 may be assembled by gluing, ultrasonic welding, laser welding, or any other means capable of fixing the end cover 12 and the sealing component 13. As shown in FIG. 11, a sound channel 32 for guiding sound out of the protective housing is further disposed between the end cover 12 and the sealing component 13. The sound channel 32 is formed by the end cover 12 and the sealing component 13, and extends from a position, close to the sealing component 13, on the end cover 12 to at least one end surface of the end cover.
  • The microphone membrane 17 disposed in the end cover 12 may be assembled by using a double-sided adhesive, gluing, and ultrasonic welding, and may be made of a thin plastic membrane or other materials such as a Gore-Tex membrane, which allows sound transmission and ensures sealing performance in water. Further, the microphone membrane 17 may be in a special shape, such as a slim groove or other geometric shapes, so as to improve the sound quality. Geometric shapes such as the slim groove may be fabricated by compressing, deep drawing, or other methods.
  • The end cover assembly 7 includes a foam sealing component 18 for echo cancellation, which is disposed on the sealing component 13, as shown in FIG. 4. The foam sealing component 18 may be assembled with the sealing component 13 in any manners, so as to ensure soundproofing between the electronic device 1 and the complete end cover assembly 7. That is to say, the foam sealing component 18 ensures that sound from the electronic device is not transmitted into the microphone, so as to eliminate or minimize any echo effect.
  • One end of the Plug 15 is fixed permanently by mounting it on the end cover 12 and the sealing component 13, so that the other end of the plug 15 may be removed from the end cover 12, so as to allow the earphone extension cable 4 with an extension plug to enter the housing to be connected to the electronic device 1 when needed, as shown in FIG. 4 and FIG. 16.
  • The sealing ring 16 between the main casing assembly 6 and the end cover assembly 7 may be an O-ring, which is on the sealing surface 20 of the complete main casing assembly 6, so as to prevent water and dirt from entering the protective housing 2. The sealing ring 16 is compressed in a radial direction by the end cover assembly 7, so as to prevent any unexpected failing during use. The O-ring is preferably made of a material which is durable, environmentally friendly, and chemically stable, and the waterproof level shall be, at least IP68 or higher with a specified depth and time of immersion needed, so that underwater use and severe environment use is allowed.
  • The end cover assembly 7 may be a completely independent component, or may be pivotal connected to the main casing frame 8 by using a rotary shaft 37 and a strap 38 or a locking/unlocking slide block 14, to lock the end cover assembly to the main casing frame 8. As shown in FIG. 15, in this embodiment, the rotary shaft 37 is used for pivot-connection, and the end cover assembly 7 may be opened at a certain angle. the lanyard hole should be on the main casing assembly 6. As shown in FIG. 7, in this embodiment, the end cover assembly 7 has a locking/unlocking slide block 14, which interacts with a hook-shaped locking structure 19 of the main casing frame 8, so as to realize locking and unlocking therebetween, as shown in FIG. 6. Specifically, as shown in FIG. 12, by using the locking/unlocking button 141 the locking/unlocking slide block 14 can be moved in two directions for locking and unlocking. In a locked state, that is, when a two locking pins 143 are interlocked with the corresponding hook-shaped locking structure 19 of the main casing frame 8, the end cover assembly 7 cannot be separated from the main casing assembly 6, and meanwhile the earphone extension cable 4 cannot be pulled out, because the bump 142 disposed at the end of the locking/unlocking slide block 14 is pushed against the earphone extension cable And interlocks with the nose 41 of the extension cable. In an unlocked state, that is, when the locking pins 143 are disengaged from the hook-shaped locking structure 19 of the main casing frame 8 and the bump 142 is separated from the earphone extension cable 4, the end cover assembly 7 may be removed from the main casing assembly 6, and/or that the earphone extension cable 4 can be pulled out. According to the design, after the end cover 12 and the sealing component 13 are assembled, the locking/unlocking slide block 14 cannot be removed, and meanwhile the locking/unlocking slide block 14 locks the earphone extension cable 4, so as to prevent any unexpected separation of the earphone extension cable 4 during use. Two retaining hooks 144 on the locking/unlocking slide block 14 which are interacting with two sealing component grooves 131 on the sealing component 13, make sure that the locking/unlocking slide block 14 stays in the locked or unlocked position. As shown in FIG. 1, FIG. 12 and FIG. 15, preferred, a nose 41 is mounted on the earphone extension cable 4 and corresponding to the bump 142, so as to improve the reliability assurance of locking the earphone extension cable 4.
  • As shown in FIG. 13 and FIG. 14, the end cover assembly 7 of this embodiment may further be provided with a built-in earphone plug adapter, and the direction of the adapter may be straight or may face any side and be at any angle. The adapter includes an embedded jack plug 34 and an embedded jack 35 connected by a wire 36. When the end cover assembly 7 is assembled to the main casing assembly 6, the embedded jack plug 34 is reliably connected to the electronic device 1 in the protective housing.
  • As shown in FIG. 1, The rail system mainly includes an auxiliary fixing component, e.g. accessory 5, and the component has an integrated locking mechanism on the bottom, which is applicable to an extra fixing system, such as bicycle fixing, helmet fixing, screw fixing, a tripod, or any other support device. Meanwhile, two side rails 25 are disposed on two sides of the main casing frame 8, and the side rails 25 may be engaged with two snapper rails on the inside of the accessory 5 to connect the complete protective housing 2 with the accessory 5 when needed. Two side rail locking feature 26 ensure a secure position in the accessory due to snapping interaction between accessory 5 and main casing frame 8.
  • As shown in FIG. 17, is a schematic structural view of another embodiment. In Comparison with FIG. 15, the locking/unlocking slide block 14 is replaced by the strap 38.
  • For a better user experience, the screen 10 can feature some sort of pattern such as small bumps, lines, or other geometries, such as crosses or any other shape. The pattern is at least on one side, where it touches the screen of the electronic device 1. The distance between each of the single elevated features in the pattern can be of different length. The pattern may also be realized as a frosted surface, and therefore by irregular. The following is the detailed description.
  • As shown in FIGS. 18 and 19, the screen 10 is provided with small bumps 101 on the side which is facing the the electronic device 1. The small bumps 101 are uniform distribution (can also be nonuniform distribution) and touch the the screen of the electronic device 1, be used for: A. To ensure a minimal gap between the screen of the electronic device and the screen 10. The gap prevents the two surfaces (the screen of the electronic device 1 and the screen 10) to stick together through capillary force. B. Helps to release the device 1 out of the case 2, when disassembling the main case and the electronic device 1. Act as an extra protection to the screen of the electronic device by providing a small gap acting as an air cushion.
  • The pattern may be made by embossing, stamping, UV printing or other printing method.
  • As shown in FIGS. 20 and 21, the screen 10 is provided with geometries 102 which is featured by hot processing and uniform distribution. On the side which is facing the electronic device 1, each geometry presents as convex surface, on the other side presents as concave surface. The foregoing several technical effects can surely be reached by this way.
  • The foregoing content is detailed description of the present application with reference to the specific preferred embodiments, but it cannot be considered that the specific implementation of the present application is limited to the description. Several equal replacements or obvious variations with the same performance and usage made by persons of ordinary skill in the art without departing from the idea of the present application all should be construed as falling within the protection scope of the present application.

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1. A housing for an electronic device (1), comprising a main casing assembly (6) for accommodating an electronic device (1) and an end cover assembly (7) working with the main casing assembly (6) to seal the main casing assembly (6); wherein
the main casing assembly (6) comprises a main casing frame (8), a backplate (9), and a screen (10); the screen (10) and the backplate (9) are sealingly mounted on two opposite surfaces of the main casing frame (8) respectively; a position, corresponding to a speaker or a microphone of the electronic device (1), on the main casing frame (8) is provided with a hole, with a membrane capable of waterproof and sound transmission being mounted on the hole by either glue, double sided tape or US welding;
the end cover assembly (7) comprises an end cover (12) and a sealing component (13) fixedly connected to the end cover (12); a position, corresponding to the microphone or the speaker of the electronic device (1), of the sealing component (13) is provided with a hole, with a membrane capable of waterproof and sound transmission being mounted on the hole by either glue, double sided tape or US welding; and
when the main casing assembly (6) and the end cover assembly (7) are engaged with each other, a contact surface therebetween is further provided with a sealing ring (16).
2. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein the screen (10) is provided with geometry, the geometry is at least on the side which is facing the electronic device (1), to ensure a gap between the screen of the electronic device (1) and the screen (10); the geometry may be a arrangement of small bumps or lines, may also be realized as a frosted surface.
3. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein the membrane capable of sound transmission is made of a plastic membrane or gore tex membrane with venting and waterproof characteristics with the ability to transmit sound, and is provided with a slim groove for improving the quality of sound transmission.
4. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein positions, corresponding to functional buttons of the electronic device (1), on the main casing frame (8) are sealingly provided with corresponding functional buttons respectively, and the functional buttons comprise at least one of a home button (21), an on/off button (22), a volume button (23), and a mute switch button (24).
5. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein the backplate (9) is provided with a backplate over mold (28), the backplate over mold (28) being a TPE rubber material covering the transparent PC material layer of the backplate (9) acting as an optical reflection barrier, and with positions, corresponding to a camera and a flash of the electronic device (1), in the TPE rubber material layer are provided with a camera lens (29) and a flash lens (30) capable of light transmission respectively.
6. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein the end cover assembly (7) further comprises a foam sealing component (18) for echo cancellation, and the foam sealing component (18) is disposed on the sealing component (13).
7. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 6, wherein the end cover (12) is further provided with a sound channel (32) for guiding sound out of the housing, and the sound channel (32) extends from a position, close to the sealing component (13), on the end cover (12) to at least one end surface of the end cover (12).
8. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 7, wherein an embedded jack plug (34) and an embedded jack (35) connected to each other are disposed in the end cover (12), the embedded jack plug (34) extends into the end cover (12) and is connected to the electronic device (1) in the end cover (12), and a jack of the embedded jack (35) is exposed at a surface of the end cover (12).
9. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein the end cover (12) assembly further comprises a locking/unlocking slide block (14), the main casing frame (8) is correspondingly provided with a hook-shaped locking structure (19) matching the locking/unlocking slide block (14), and the locking/unlocking slide block (14) is disposed between the end cover (12) and the sealing component (13) and able to slide back and forth.
10. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein the end cover (12) is further provided with removable Plug (15) for sealing function interfaces on the end cover (12).
11. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 9, wherein the housing further comprises an earphone extension cable (4) capable of being removed and connected, a plug of the earphone extension cable (4) is inserted in the end cover (12), a jack at the other end of the earphone extension cable (4) extends out of the end cover (12).
12. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 11, the locking/unlocking slide block (14) holds the plug of the earphone extension cable (4) for locking in a locked state, and releases the plug of the earphone extension cable (4) for removal in an unlocked state.
13. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 12, a nose 41 is mounted on the earphone extension cable 4 and corresponding to the bump 142.
14. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein the main casing assembly (6) and a corresponding end portion of the end cover (12) assembly are pivotal connected by a pivoting shaft (37) whereas the end cover assembly (12) can be fixed to the main casing assembly (6) with a Strap (38) or a locking/unlocking slide block (14), to lock the end cover assembly to the main casing frame (8).
15. The housing for an electronic device (1) according to claim 1, wherein two sides of the main casing frame (8) are provided with two side rails (25) and side rail locking feature (26) to be fixed to an accessory (5) respectively, whereas the side rail locking features (26) are to keep the main casing frame (8) securely in place when mounted on the accessory (5) and the main casing assembly (6) is further provided with a lanyard hole.
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