Samsung patent suggests smartwatch with flexible screen is coming

Samsung patent suggests smartwatch with flexible screen is coming
A patent awarded to Samsung by the Korea Institute of Patent Information just might give away some details about the smartwatch being developed by the Korean OEM. The watch is expected to be unveiled on September 4th, along with the Samsung Galaxy Note III, just prior to the IFA show in Berlin. The model number of the device in the patent, SM-V700, matches the model number recently mentioned in rumors about the watch. The rumors also included a possible name for the smartwatch line, Samsung Gear. In addition, the SM-V700 model number has also been seen on an Indian website that deals with logistics. The site shows that the SM-V700 was shipped by Samsung for R&D reasons.

Now that we've tied these patents to the possible release of a new Samsung smartwatch, we should tell you what the patents reveal. According to the documents, the Samsung smartwatch will feature a speaker and microphone (natch!), a USB port, and back and menu buttons. The most interesting part of the patent leak is that it hints that we could see a flexible display. Of course, just because a certain technology is listed on a patent doesn't necessarily mean that it is ready to be used on a real-life product.

Remembering the advantage that Apple had for years in the tablet market since it seemed to create the product itself with the launch of the OG iPad, Samsung is in a race to get its smartwatch out before Apple launches the iWatch. Smartwatches are not a new product of course, but this generation of the product is expected to offer more extensive smartphone-type functionality.


source: SamMobile via AndroidAuthority

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28 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Made of plastic?

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Iphones shatter quite easily and Apple makes a killing from their apple+ warranty deal. I own nexus, Samsung, and moto android devices and all three have proven to be quiet sturdy, with the RAZR being the best in 'sturdiness'.

27. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

iphone is way durable than s4 and s3. do some fu**ing research before posting a comment :-)

6. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

so what? it's more durable. haters know it but still make fun of it.

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Real metal smartphones are made of steel not crappy aluminum.

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Steel's nice and all, but can't a guy get a little titanium or magnesium alloy love?

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

So you may easily get electrocuted if anything awry happens with the circuitry while you are charging the phone?

12. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Ifan troll so funny. with flexible screen! you think, it made by plastic or metal?.

20. jomzkie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

NOPE ITS METAL!

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm sure the iwatch will be made out of glass and be VERY EXPENSIVE.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

So, I have not owned a watch in 31 years. What value added are these new watches from Apple, Samsung, etc?

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Nothing your smartphone can't already do software wise.

5. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Really none... just a hot new gadget to have and show off. Looking at texts on a watch only takes a miniscule amount less effort then picking up my phone. Of course that conteracted by having to take the time to read texts on a much smaller screen. I guess you can access your music playlists, but again... almost the same amount of effort as looking at a phone and the phone will have much better menu access. The Hot Watch says you can make calls, but then again, you'd have to cup your hand over your ear and basically talk to yourself. There's already a social stigmatism about people using bluetooth earpieces... can you imagine the one that will be assigned to the guy talking to his empty hand?

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm waiting for the SONY SMART WATCH 2 water resistant with it's signature silver power button

10. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Latest leak! It looks like a 1.5 inch Galaxy S4, with a home button in the middle, complete with cheap plastic build. /s

18. jomzkie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

plastic is fantastic! thats why Samsung is Number 1

21. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

yes because what else can be a flexible disply be made out of? retard why are you always hating?

23. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Just ignore the small minded mentality, it's because this will be unveiled alongside the Note 3 and will eclipse whatever Sony/HTC will be unveiling. Notice how the Sony Smartwatch has already been forgotten and how quiet the coverage on the Z Ultra has gone, but when the note 3 and this flexible watch come out with the world's media in awe, the fanboys will be spitting out acid once again at how their so called Honami stole the show.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Let's hope that it won't have any S-Plode or S-Bomb features. lol

15. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Havent you realized that those explosions are actually the fault of third-party accessories?? Dumb

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No sh!t, Sherlock. Humanity has no sense of humor these days, they can't even smile on a joke and calling people dumb. Smile more, dude!

22. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

wow turns out you are in fact stupid...

17. MEeee

Posts: 397; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Old & Stupid.

19. jomzkie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

S-Plode and S-bomb how about i-lectricute with ur Aluminum clad phone that kills. Samsung is not responsible 4 using 3rd party battery. I HOPE UR THE ONE WHOS GOING TO EXPLODE!

14. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yeah... Not seeing any real benefits to these over a normal smartphone other than that you can wear it. They will have outdated specs, probably less features than a smartphone, and the ones they do have will have to fit on a tiny screen. Plus a large price tag to be expected, no thanks!

24. ph00ny

Posts: 1994; Member since: May 26, 2011

microsd and bluetooth audio capability will seal the deal for me

25. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

Samsung haters makes Fun of Polycarbonate covers. Wow, base on the real world experience and tech reviews. S3/S4 lasted longer when it comes to different types of destruction and polycarbonate covers are stronger against scratches but Aluminum/metal DON'T and also Aluminum covers can make an impact to a wifi /network connection. Stop making fun of plastic covers of Samsung, for Billions of people that doesn't matter as long as it feels Classy, has great features like s3/s4 that will be great. Rather than having an Aluminum design but comes out with useless service, outdated Features and O.S. Samsung All the way, KING OF ANDROID!

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