Samsung reportedly working on its own hybrid smartwatch

A diagram of the watch in the Samsung patent. (Source: USPTO)
A diagram of the watch in the Samsung patent. (Source: USPTO)
2018 could be considered the year of the successful hybrid smartwatch. The LG Watch W7, which has a physical timepiece in addition to a digital display, was received well, as was the dual-display Ticwatch Pro. Now, a new patent suggests that Samsung is at least considering this design choice as well.
Deirdre O Donnell,

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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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-10-31 (Update: 2018-10-31)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.