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Samsung smartwatch concept shown in patent hints at flexible display use

A Samsung smartwatch patent has been discovered in South Korea, with concept images apparently suggesting the device may sport a flexible display of some sort.
August 3, 2013
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A Samsung patent for a smartwatch device has been discovered in South Korea, with concept images apparently revealing that the device could pack a flexible display of some sort.

According to Sam Mobile, the patent found with the Korea Institute of Patent Information mentions SM-V700 model number for the smartwatch, which is the same model number we’ve seen in recent Samsung Gear smartwatch rumors. The Gear name is yet to be confirmed though.

It’s worth pointing out that it’s rather strange to see a product’s model number mentioned in a generic patent, and that the publication doesn’t show any proof for that statement.

The SM-V700 model number has been spotted on an Indian logistics website that seemed to confirm that the handset has been shipped by Samsung for R&D purposes. A subsequent report said that Samsung Germany is currently testing the device, most likely in preparation for an IFA 2013 unveiling event. The device may be announced right alongside the Galaxy Note 3 in early September.

The images in the patent seem to indicate that the smartwatch will include a speaker and microphone, an USB port, but also Back and Menu buttons. The available pictures also seem to suggest that the smartwatch may pack a flexible display.

As you may already know, Samsung is developing its own flexible display technology for mobile devices, and such screens would make even more sense on smartwatches.

However, we will remind you that imagery taken from patent applications will not always describe upcoming devices from a company. Instead, such images serve to showcase the concept described in the patent.

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