Digital Crown? Meet the Digital Bezel in Samsung's rounded smartwarch
In terms of functionality, Samsung may have added a camera to recognize images, objects, and barcodes, which could prove handy in its Samsung Pay pursuits. If the circular watch is to be a flagship model, it will have to be tightly integrated with the payment service that Samsung is raising to battle Apple Pay, which is taking a significant role in the Apple Watch.
It looks like Samsung has a good idea of where it wants to take its smartwatches now, and if it manages to cram the right hardware in an elegant body (which the company has gotten remarkably good at, judging by the Galaxy S6 and the Gear Fit), it may end up with the a serious Apple Watch competitor. Of course, the final product could actually have little to do with the patent we're seeing, but nevertheless, we expect Samsung to exercise some serious product in the smartwatch codenamed 'Orbis'. The eventual announcement could happen this fall, possibly around the annual IFA conference in Berlin (4-9 September 2015). And that's all we know so far! More news as they come.