At its Tech World event in Beijing, China today, Lenovo has introduced a new concept smartwatch that aims to address some of the main pain points of that product category. In addition to the main circular display, the Magic View smartwatch incorporates a second screen between the watch face and strap, using a technology Lenovo calls a "Virtual Interactive Display." Though small in size, Lenovo claims the VID allows users to view images up to 20 times the size of the standard watch face.
The VID, Lenovo says, can help smartwatch users overcome their devices' small screen sizes by letting them view larger maps or photos through the secondary display, while also providing additional privacy for information they might not want showing on their wrists.
Showcasing the Magic View smartwatch concept at the Lenovo TechWorld keynote, Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius says more than 120 patents were developed to bring the watch to life, with custom silicon and the world's thinnest touch panels for the display.
Physically, the concept watch bears more than a passing resemblance to the Moto 360, complete with a cut-off portion at the bottom of the screen. Hortensius says that Magic View is just a concept for the time being, but points out that Lenovo's Yoga line of products — a major product series for the company — started out in such a way.
It's unclear what form any consumer products with the VID technology will take, nor whether they'll be shipped under the Lenovo brand or Moto, but we'll be watching with interest in the months ahead.