Here are some of the purported features of Samsung's rumored Orbis smartwatch

Here are some of the purported features of Samsung's rumored Orbis smartwatch
Just last week, we heard that apart from the much-expected Galaxy S6, Samsung might also unveil a new smartwatch at this year's MWC expo.

Codenamed Project Orbis (see the analogy with Project Zero, a.k.a. the Galaxy S6?), this wearable is said to come with a rotary ring dial at its front, which will allow its users to interact with the gizmo.

SamMobile today revealed some additional features of the rumored wearable. For starters, it won't allow you to make phone calls; instead, you'd only be able to dismiss or accept incoming calls from the smartwatch - of course, you'd only be able to do so if you have paired a compatible smartphone with this wearable.

Some of the other noteworthy features that SamMobile highlights are the rotary dial's ability to cycle through the available apps, settings, and features of the device. Rotating the dial slowly will show one app at a time, while rotating it faster will go through three separate apps at a time. The side-positioned crown of the watch will function as a "back" and a hang-up button. You'd also be enabled to control the on-board music player with the dial and the crown - cycling through songs, pausing, and muting the current music track will be some of the features, SamMobile claims.

From the looks of it, Samsung is trying to set itself apart from the rest of its smartwatch rivals. Apple is about to launch its Apple Watch in the following weeks, which will make use of a rotary crown on the side. Well, we wouldn't want to speculate, but from the looks of it, Samsung might be prepping the Orbis as a direct answer to the Apple Watch.

source: SamMobile

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13 Comments

1. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

I like the rotary idea, kinda stinks no calls tho, im also hoping it stays 200$ or under

2. jessicahogan38

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

My favorite feature on my galaxy gear 2 is the ability to make calls whilst driving, shame they are not putting that in. Looks sharp though.

3. TruthSpeaker unregistered

Using a rotating bezel as a means of control seems like an inspired idea! It's going to make using the crown button on the iwatch seem outdated & fiddly, before it's even been released.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Peter K, you mean a copy of the Apple watch lol!. They cooked this bad it up right after the keynote. It still doesn't have a sapphire version, a haptics engine, a gd version, etc. it will just be a g watch clone with a rotating wheel. It will sit on the shelf right along with the rest of the current smart watches. Most android fanboys are to cheap to buy these things and they are not fashion thinking people. They are more worried about what chip is inside.

5. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

You really ought to get off that cloud of yours...

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1645; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

who knows he might have his dick pics on the net from the hacks as well

13. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

He got out his fool pics here anyway, doesn't matter anymore.

7. willard12 unregistered

1.They cooked this bad it up right after the keynote "the patents were actually filed on March 15th, 2013"http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsungs-latest-patents-show-smartwatches-with-round-faces_id58772 2. It still doesn't have a sapphire version "If you’re worried about scratches diminishing the look of the Galaxy Gear, you can sleep easy knowing that it’s protected by the layer of sapphire glass over it – giving it a very slick feel to the touch."http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-Review_id3441 3. A haptics engine Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Samsung Gear Fit feature Immersion’s haptic technology, TouchSense® software. With a full range of tactile effects for various uses in each device ... see haptic feedback for iphones 4. Most android fanboys are too cheap 80% market share means 80% are too cheap while most iphone users buy using carrier subsidy 5. It will sit on the shelf along with the rest of the current smart watches "Samsung is on their third generation of wearables, 60% market share in this space" 6. Not fashion thinking people See Steve Jobs' turtle neck 7. They are more worried about what chip is inside As are iphone users hoping Samsung makes the A9 for them

8. wilsong17 unregistered

Dam you told him

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Get wrekt...

11. KiwiRoundEye

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

@nctx77, BOOM! U just got lit up

10. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Going. By the patents I think you find Apple copyed Samsung on this one, that why none of the sites are saying Samsung copyed apple

12. tedkord

Posts: 17132; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Please. The rotating bezel is much more practical and elegant. And being round, it will already look better than the ugly iWatch.

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