Samsung “Gear S” trademark filing hints at round faced smartwatch
Samsung is allegedly gearing up to release its next smartwatch, which would be the company’s sixth in less than a year. According to a trademark filing last week with the US Patent and Tradeark Office, the new wearable is likely to be called the Gear S, reports SamMobile.
The Korean technology giant current has a portfolio of five smartwatches, three running on its own Tizen OS and the most recent running Google’s Android Wear OS. Although the trademark application does not give much information with a rather broad description, “Gear” is the name Samsung has given to its wearables line.
The “S” part of the trademark could reflect the possibility of the device being a flagship product, and SamMobile also suspects that the wearable computer could be the rumoured Gear Solo, which is expected to be a standalone smartwatch with a SIM card slot and 4G LTE connectivity.
However, as with any trademark filing, there’s no way of making sure if the ideas are indeed going to materialise on the market. The Gear S could be another device all together, or Samsung may not even use the trademark.
A separate report has highlighted that Samsung has patented three new designs for round smartwatches with the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to MobileGeeks, which could be the chassis of the Gear S. Of course, the same theory applies again here, since Samsung’s design patents may not necessary mean that we’ll see this exact device hit the market as a consumer product. Nevertheless, the patent filing shows that Samsung is protecting its design examples which are likely to evolve into real products.
All three models seem to feature cameras or sensors in the bracelet, though only two models sports a circular display with a third having a not quite round display. The patent also details other functions such as a gesture control system and a charging port directly on the device itself. It would be interesting to find out, whether the round smartwatch is indeed the Gear S, and if the Gear S is in fact the Gear Solo, further down the line when Samsung decides to give us more information.