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Samsung patents a phone with its own detachable fitness band

Samsung's new detachable patent. (Source: WIPO via 91Mobiles)
Samsung's new detachable patent. (Source: WIPO via 91Mobiles)
Increasingly flexible, well-fitting wearables may become more of an option in the future as the technology improves. Samsung may have this eventuality covered with a new patent that consists of a completely new kind of 2-in-1 device. It consists of a smartphone, the top of which comes off to form a smart band.

Flexible displays are projected to get more effective, durable and ubiquitous in the future, to the point where they might enable the release of truly curved, wraparound wearables and even clothing. A new leak suggests that Samsung is prepared to embrace this future in its own next-gen devices.

It comes in the form of a patent freshly approved by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) on June 22, 2021 that depicts a smartphone with what could be called a secondary display. However, this part of the screen also comes off the top of the main device to form what appears to be a smart band.

This is due to the underlying segments it incorporates that allows it to bend around a wrist to form something like a fitness band. However, should the user prefer not to wear it, it seems designed to snap back on to the rest of the phone using connectors that could be magnetic.

A 2-in-1 smartphone and smart band might be an interesting and cost-effective solution in the future. In addition, the idea of 2-in-1 wearables, such as a smartwatch that can also house TWS earbuds, is not new at this point. Then again, the concept might take quite some time to make it to reality.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-26 (Update: 2021-06-26)