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Galaxy Gear concept video insists on a flexible display smartwatch

A Galaxy Gear concept video shows a smartwatch with a large flexible display - current reports say the first Samsung smartwatch will not offer such a feature.

Published onAugust 20, 2013

Galaxy Gear concept

A video shows off a Galaxy Gear concept “built” around existing Galaxy Gear patents, rumors and speculation about the smartwatch that’s expected to be unveiled in early September alongside the Galaxy Note 3.

While the video is inspired on existing Galaxy Gear online chatter (just like previous renders we’ve seen for the Gear), the folks at T3 who imagined the Galaxy Gear in the video below suggest that the device will have a rather large flexible display and also phone features.

However, recent reports have revealed that the device will not have a flexible display in spite of what a Samsung patent hinted, and that the smartwatch will not work independently as a phone.

Instead, the Galaxy Gear will be an Android-based companion device meant to offer fast access to notifications, fitness apps, and work closely with other Android devices – presumably, only Galaxy-branded products made by Samsung.

That said, the Galaxy Gear concept shown in the video might become reality one day, especially considering that Samsung is really interested in making mobile devices with flexible displays. We will note that the video was likely created before reports saying the smartwatch will not have a flexible display were published. At the same time, we’ll add that images from patent filings do not always show the actual design of upcoming devices.

A very detailed report revealed specs and features for the Galaxy Gear, although they can’t be confirmed just yet.

Samsung is expected to introduce the Galaxy Gear on September 4 in Berlin, Germany.