On June 2, Samsung Electronics filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for an ‘Electronic device comprising a rollable display and display. Filing suggests that Samsung is working on a Galaxy Watch with a rollable display and inbuilt camera. . The 96-page documentation was released and published on December 9, 2021.
Samsung has been experimenting with its foldable and rollable displays on various devices now. The default form factor of the watch is compact, but in a fully extended position, the screen surface is approximately 40% larger. Users can expand and shrink the screen of the Samsung rollable watch accordingly by pressing the crown on the side of the watch case, says the patent.
Both the rollable display and built-in camera would be novel additions to future smartwatches. That doesn’t necessarily mean they would arrive without any warning—Samsung has been experimenting with flexible displays that have built-in cameras for a while now. The company would essentially just be bringing those features from its smartphones to its smartwatches.
The features would help answer the same question on both devices: How can Samsung simultaneously maximize a device’s screen real estate and minimize its overall size? So far it seems the company has settled on switching to flexible displays and finding new places to house cameras. Assuming, of course, this patented gizmo ever becomes a genuine product.