Samsung Electronics was granted two patents describing a tablet with a rollable display panel and a wearable equipped with a camera, according to a set of documents that were recently released by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer released smartwatches with cameras in the past like the original Galaxy Gear, the device detailed in its new patent features a lens in the very center of its circular screen, with the piece of optics emerging from the display panel when zooming as it apparently boasts optical zoom capabilities. Another unique feature of the recently patented wearable is a secondary screen that extends across its band and is used for shortcuts and notifications, much like the Edge panels of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S8-series handsets are.
The other patent granted to the Seoul-based tech giant details a tablet with a rollable screen that's wrapped around one of its sides and can be rolled out by pulling the device apart. The actual mechanism is described in a rather vague manner, though the illustration attached to Samsung's filing shows what looks like a tablet with a stretchable display panel instead of a rollable one. Samsung has been developing stretchable displays for numerous years now but has yet to commercialize such offerings, though it remains to be seen whether the company does so with a tablet or another piece of consumer electronics. Refer to the gallery below to see all sketches depicting Samsung's recently approved patents.
It's currently unclear whether the company patented the same inventions in its home country of South Korea, though that's likely the case. Samsung has been in the process of restructuring some of its operations in recent months in an effort to streamline its core business while simultaneously giving more autonomy to its other divisions that are self-sustainable, though the company is still seeking to innovate in consumer electronics, as evidenced by the constant stream of new patents it's granted on a monthly basis. More details on Samsung's upcoming products and inventions will likely be available later this year.