The Samsung Gear 4 to could have a foldable display
New patent filings show that Samsung may release two new smartwatches in the future, with one expected to have a foldable screen. Smartwatch sales have been falling, so makers are aiming to provide new and innovative features to attract consumers. Patently Mobile reports the company registering two new patents for smartwatches with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The first one features a display which appears to be for a fitness oriented device, with sensors on the strap. When the strap is moved sideways, the sensors can measure angle and position, and the screen displays UI elements. An additional strap seems to be for extended input control. The patent documents multiple ways the device can be used, wrapped around a user’s neck or hanging it over objects.
The other patent seems to be a foldable wearable that can turn into a bracelet, featuring a wide band flexible display. Samsung has been working on it since 2013. While the company is expected to launch a smartphone with a foldable display, it may introduce a superior smartwatch (?) with bendable display that can allow it to function like a smartphone. Rumours say the two could be variants of the upcoming Samsung Gear 4.
The publication is of the view that even though the company is pegged to launch a smartphone with foldable display, it may surprise its fans by introducing a superior smartphone with a bendable display that can allow it to function like a smartphone.
The previous month, Samsung’s patent for a concept phone with foldable display was revealed. The display could be bent in the center to be used like a flip phone, a patent granted by the USPTO. Interestingly, the concept shows that the display can bend automatically when a certain amount of voltage is present on either of the two electrode layers on the upper and lower ends of the display.
Source: Patently Mobile