Samsung reportedly working on its own hybrid smartwatch
It could be argued that it's been a decent year for the smartwatch. 2018 saw indications that this category of wearable is increasingly popular, and may also beat their main competitors, the fitness tracker, for market share in the near future. In addition, it also now has FDA-approved electrocardiography capabilities in the form of the Apple Watch 4.
2018 has also seen increased diversity in smartwatch display technology. The TicWatch Pro has a dual display that allows it to overlay some information on a low-power panel that can take over from the more conventional, underlying OLED screen at need. In addition, the LG Watch W7 also combines a conventional analog watch with an electronic display.
It now seems that Samsung thought this was such a good idea that it has developed its own hybrid smartwatch with a handed face. This putative product is described in a patent submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This patent, which was granted yesterday (October 30, 2018), describes a watch with an analog display and a touchscreen.
Therefore, the Galaxy Watch's successor (or one of many, perhaps) could be a departure from the tiny, feature-packed devices on wrist-straps that smartwatches have become. On the other hand, patenting is never a guarantee of following through with a finished product.
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