New Samsung smartwatch with round display might be announced at MWC 2015, Android Wear not in sight

New Samsung smartwatch with round display might be announced at MWC 2015, Android Wear not in sight
It seems that, whatever they’re doing, Samsung and LG almost always end up having products that directly compete with each other. With that in mind, we shouldn’t be surprised to find out that Samsung is reportedly getting ready to announce a smartwatch with a circular display - similar to LG’s Android Wear-based G Watch R.

According to SamMobile, Samsung’s round-faced smartwatch may have the model number SM-R720, currently being codenamed Orbis. Interestingly, the device will not run Android Wear, instead being based on Tizen OS (just like Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the curved Gear S). It’s not the first time we’re hearing about a Samsung-made round smartwatch, with rumors about this being around since last summer.

It’s said that Samsung plans to unveil the Orbis smartwatch at MWC 2015 (2 - 5 March). Details about its features, price, and launch are not available yet, but we do hope to hear more on this soon. 

What do you think, is the idea of a round Samsung smartwatch appealing? And is Samsung doing the right thing by going with Tizen instead of Android Wear for this new device?

source: SamMobile



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Tizen os is a must as the android wear is too primitive and laggy, not to mention poor battery life. I think that both sammy and lg do the right thing by investing in their own systems.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering that Android Wear is a full blown OS which started out as 4.4W KitKat and is now running lollipop (5.0.1). Android Wear can listen to voice actions and commands, reply to text messages, emails, Facebook, BBM, Evernote, keep and more using nothing but your voice. I can pay for coffees using my Android Wear watch. Do quick searches, check sports, weather, news, stocks, play games. You can play Doom, even gameboy games and some play station games. With the latest updates you can install and listen to music directly from the Android Wear watch (via Bluetooth). You don't even have to have your phone with you. You can also lock/unlock doors, start cars, and the list keeps growing. So when you said Android Wear is primitive and laggy. Then all you did was show the world how ignorant you really are, and that you are devoid of any facts.

7. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Couldn't have said it better +1

2. surethom

Posts: 1694; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I do hope that Samsung Finally make this so it can be use with Non Samsung phones, I know it will use Tizen, but lets hope it will also work with All Android phones aswell, (unlikely though)

3. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Android Wear not in watch == Samsung watch not on wrist.

8. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Smartwatch running Tizen would be more fluent and useful as compare to Android wear.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's funny how round watches are now a dime a dozen.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Still outnumbered by the ugly looking square watches like the Apple watch. I would hardly call the new Audi watch just a round watch though. That is the style current Swiss manufacturers use after all.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1366; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Somehow I'm afraid that Samsung will manage to mess up again design; they have presented already at least 5 smartwatches (Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Live, Gear S) and still they all look more gadgets than timepieces. And LG got it right already with their second effort (G Watch R). Motorola even with their first effort...

10. Love_gadgets

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Samsung gear always had the features, but, looks, this design can pave the success of samsung gear.

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