Soumya Prakash Pradhan

At the Mobile World Congress 2024, Samsung unveiled its own prototype wrist-wearable phone called the 'OLED Cling Band'.

Similar to Motorola's bendable wrist phone, this device features a 6.9-inch screen and can be worn on the wrist without needing a magnetic band.

The OLED Cling Band, showcased by Samsung, is a unique bar-style phone that can flex and wrap around the wrist, boasting a flexible OLED screen made by SDC.

Unlike traditional phones, it has no bezels on the front.

On the rear side, there is a camera module and a heart rate monitor, akin to those found on smartwatches. The heart rate sensor can monitor health metrics when the phone is bent.

One notable feature shared by both devices is their user interface, which adapts automatically to the degree of bending.

This ensures users always have access to the full UI, regardless of how they fold the device.

In comparison, Motorola's concept of the OLED Cling Band includes a rear camera, a loudspeaker, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom.

When the phone is bent and worn on the wrist, the heart rate sensor makes contact with the skin, allowing it to function as a fitness band.

While the idea of wearing a smartphone on the wrist may seem appealing, it is currently impractical due to the risk of the flexible screen developing cracks from repeated bending.

However, it suggests that the next technological revolution could involve wearing smartphones on the wrist, potentially replacing traditional smartwatches.