A smartwatch device patent has been discovered in South Korea, with concept images apparently revealing that the device could pack a flexible display of some sort.
According to SamMobile, 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.
Registered on May 31, the model number SM-V700 is mentioned again in the patent filing, and the images show what seems to be a concept design that may or may not make it to the actual product, though the final design should be something similar. You can make quite a few things, such as the placement of the power button, USB port, speaker/mic, and capacitive back and menu buttons, though again, these could just be part of the concept and may be placed differently.
Samsung will introduce a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear next month that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google's Android operating system and go on sale this year to beat a potentially competing product from Apple, the people said. The device will be unveiled Sept. 4, two days before the IFA consumer electronics show begins in Berlin, one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the plans are private.
For instance, our sources who are familiar with Samsung's plans tell us Samsung has seeded many different variations of the watch design to developers, but most of them are said to have square screens and all have high quality OLED displays that show full spectrum of colors. It is said to be around 2.5 inches diagonally (and 3 inches diagonally including the case), is powered by a dual core processor and should have pretty decent battery life. That information lines up with an earlier SamMobile report suggesting a Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core 1.5GHz with Mali-400 MP4 GPU and a 320 x 320 resolution display.
A lot of details have been surfacing about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch lately, and we have confirmed before that it will be unveiled on September 4th at Samsung UNPACKED event and start shipping from September / October.
According to an "insider" who spoke to SamMobile, the watch will be offered in white, orange, grey, black, and "white gold". The first four of those variants should all go on sale at once, during the 39th week of this year (which begins on September 23 and ends on September 29). The ‘white gold' Galaxy Gear will be in stores the next week, so between September 30 and October 6. This version could become an exclusive to specific regions and / or certain carriers.