You might be perfectly satisfied with your current smartwatch, if its screen could unfold and expand to get bigger? What if it also had a small camera to take pictures of your wrist? Interested?

Samsung patent petitions spotted by LetsGoDigital suggest these quirks are in the works, probably in time for the Galaxy Watch 5, though it may be a bit early for this technology to go from the drawing board to a real product.

The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic broke coverage in August, marking a return to Google's Wear OS software instead of Samsung's Tizen operating system, so we hope that each and every devices appear in the month of August two thousand and twenty two.

A Samsung smartwatch patent showing a watch with an expandable display. (Image credit: Samsung/LetsGoDigital)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 could have expandable screen and camera 1

More screen space

As you can see from the images provided by LetsGoDigital, future smartwatch users would use a pinch and pinch gesture to unfold the screen on their wrists, giving 40% more screen space according to the document sent. By Samsung (it's 96 pages, by the way).

The watch crown can also be used to manipulate the screen it looks like, while the frame between the 2 halves of the screen can optionally contain a small camera and a flash, so you can take photos and videos without distancing yourself from your old smart phone.

As always and in all circumstances with patents, this points to something that Samsung thinks about, not necessarily something that it will never launch. Nonetheless, it's an intriguing prospect that could help future Galaxy Watch devices stand out from the competition.

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Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch 6. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Smartwatches have been around for years now, but it's fair to say they haven't evolved much since their inception; truly, it's pretty hard to see how they might evolve other than include more sensors and improve performance year after year.

Display innovations could be a way for smartwatches to advance, like this recently discovered patent from Samsung. Devices like the Nubia Watch have tested how curved and wraparound displays can work on these wearable devices, although these alternative designs are only free on a small number of devices now.

Obviously, it's not easy to achieve a curved piece of glass of this small size, and if Samsung launches its expandable smartwatch display to the market, it will have to overcome serious engineering challenges in order for it to work that way. .

Still, that's an indication of where the smartwatch industry is heading: and we're crazy about the direction. As manufacturers continue to get better at making foldable phones and miniaturized internal components, we expect to see more and more breakthrough smartwatches in the near future.

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