In addition to the standalone smartwatch with a built-in SIM card, Samsung may be looking to offer a smartwatch with a circular display, much like the Moto 360. Patents from last year indicate that the South Korean manufacturer is working on a new interface that is designed to take advantage of the circular display.
The patent filings reveal a gesture-based navigation system as well as the inclusion of an optical sensor on the wristband. Also highlighted is the fact that the smartwatch is not a standalone offering, which means that it needs to be connected to a smartphone or a tablet to show incoming notifications.
While Samsung is scheduled to launch a wearable device that runs on the Android Wear ecosystem, it is likely that the smartwatch in question runs a custom OS like Tizen to facilitate the gesture-based interactions.
Before you go ahead and say that Samsung is copying yet another design from another manufacturer, we have to point out that these patents were filed last August, which was long before there was any mention of Android Wear or the Moto 360.
There is no indication that Samsung would even bring such a device to the market, as most patent applications are never brought to fruition. That being said, Samsung may just launch this smartwatch as an alternative to the Moto 360, which is the only other wearable device by a major manufacturer that sports a circular display.