Digital Crown? Meet the Digital Bezel in Samsung's rounded smartwarch

Digital Crown? Meet the Digital Bezel in Samsung's rounded smartwarch
It should come as no surprise that Samsung has yet another smartwatch in the cards. And by the looks of it, it's a well-rounded one - at least if a recently unearthed patent from May last year ends up being anywhere near the real thing! It shows a Moto 360-like watch, whose watchface shows the time and an agenda spread over three blocks. Much more interesting, however, is the interactive bezel. Instead of going old-fashion with a digital crown, Samsung added a rotating bezel. 

Not unlike the iPod's touch-sensitive circular controller, this bezel will let you scroll through apps, lists, and menus without having to touch the display and obscure it with your finger. Speaking of menus, this watch will most probably be a Tizen-powered one. Android Wear in its current state is rather light on menus and applications, and it won't really lend itself to a more elaborate interface like the rotating bezel - still, this is just speculating on our part.

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.


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24 Comments

1. ancellim

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Title says "Samsing"

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

hell nah didnt even notice at first

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Well, that's how you pronounce it in Chinese.

25. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Samsung's Digital Bezel reminds me of Samsung (SGH-U700) Ultra Edition 12.1's scrollable round navigation key. I bet Samsung get the idea of capacitive buttons from Samsung U700's touch sensitive keys as well.

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Isn't this almost a year-old news? Even these patent images are old.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

But you see back then Apple Watch wasn't released. So PA couldn't really instigate the Digital Crown vs Digital bezel argument amongst fanboys.

4. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

If apple had this patent there watch would look better

6. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

And you're wrong, they will have both like rolexes. I'm from SamMobile and we released this info way back. It will have a crown and a rotating bezel! Phonearena do your Homework! (dot)sammobile(dot)com/2015/01/22/exclusive-a-few-​features-of-the-ring-on-samsungs-round-smartwatch/

7. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Samsung is going for it with their next watch. Their CEO promised at MWC that the reason they didn't rush the new watch is because they are working on defining the smartwatch concept. I ve also read.multiple reports that Samsung are working with Montblanc for their next watch.

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Well, I hope this works on non-Samsung phones as well. IMHO, it's on of the main reason why people ain't buying the Gear wearables.

9. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

samsing lalalala

10. TAMARETE

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

I will spin it like I spin b jobs.

12. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the watch seems promising. lets see how it works when it gets announced.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This is old news. This came out not long after the Apple Watch was announced back in September.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The patent is from May of last year, four months before Apple announced their watch. It's in the second sentence of the above article. RIF, reading is fundamental.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A much better and more elegant solution than the clumsy digital crown.

15. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Samsung what are you doing, where is your glorious home button?

16. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2145; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple has a patent on this functionality of watch. Always remember, the more moving parts the likelihood of higher failure rate. Thus Apple moved into the digital crown direction rather than the entire face being impacted by turning motion.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I guess you can't read, or your reading and comprehension skills need some work. The article says the "BEZEL" would have motion, not the watch face.

26. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2145; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Yes I read the entire article as you didn't read my comment. Let me retype this... Apple had intentions of doing a round face with "BEZEL" approach, but scrapped the idea "in favor" of the digital crown for zoom, scroll, etc.... Read before you type...

19. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Gee, really? Apple patenting something they don't use? That's hard to believe.

17. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Samsung's Young Hee Lee said that they have brought many smartwatches to the market and they are working on a PERFECT smartwatch. So I am waiting for its announcement. Eventhough I don't like Apple I hoped that apple watch would revolutionize the smartwatch market as many people predicted but same features from Android Wear and Tizen. I hope Orbis will do that.

21. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Rotating bezel reminds me of the rotating bezel ala Breitling (in their Navitimer, Chronomat and Bentley series). The bezel on those are basically slide rulers, a mechanical analog computer.

23. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I had this idea years ago...

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