With smartphones like Samsung’s “Edge” series or the LG V-series, both Samsung and LG have toyed with the idea of a secondary display where either the edges or the top portion of the phone could exist separately from the main display, thus offering up newer ways to access apps, information, notifications, and so on.
Now it seems that Samsung could be taking that idea and applying it to smartwatches. In a patent discovered by Patently Apple, it looks like Samsung has filed for a patent for a smartwatch that comes with a secondary display around the rim of the watch, as you can see in the diagram above.
What this means is that the secondary display will display information such as the weather, the date, songs that are currently playing, and so on. We wouldn’t be surprised if it could potentially be used to display notifications or flash a certain light when notifications comes in. This will allow the main face of the watch to display more important information, or it could help with conserving battery when the main face of the watch is off.
However with this only being a patent, it’s hard to say if it will ever become a reality, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it were one day. Recently at Baselworld 2017, Samsung took the wraps off new Gear S3 models and concepts, but none of them were close to sporting this particular design, so perhaps if Samsung were to make such a watch it will be in future models.