Rumor: Samsung Gear A (Orbis) to be launched in September alongside the Note 5

Rumor: Samsung Gear A (Orbis) to be launched in September alongside the Note 5
According to a new rumor from Sammobile, Samsung won't launch its rounded Gear A smartwatch until September. According to the Samsung-centric tech blog, the Gear A is now scheduled to be unveiled at IFA 2015 alongside the Galaxy Note 5. There's no way to confirm this rumor, meaning that it's probably best to digest this information with a pinch of the proverbial salt.

According to sources quoted by Sammobile, the success of the Apple Watch is one of the main reasons why Samsung decided against launching the Gear A in the upcoming months. Apparently Samsung is waiting for the Apple Watch launch frenzy to cool down before launching a competing product. The manufacturer is also said to take its time with developing the Gear A in order to ensure that the device has what it takes to compete against the Apple Watch, the smartwatch to beat at the moment.

A couple of weeks ago, the manufacturer hinted that it is working on its first smartwatch with a fully circular display, but Samsung made no mention of a potential release date timeframe. Some of the rumored features of the Tizen-based Samsung Gear A smartwatch (said to be codenamed Orbis internally) include a rotating bezel ring that can be used to cycle through apps, a power button with a crown shape, as well as wireless charging capabilities. 

Sources also claimed in the past that aside from the Bluetooth version of the smartwatch, Samsung will also launch a version with 3G data and standalone voice calling.

source: Sammobile

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25 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

A smart move from Samsung. When Apple releases a device. Hell on Android is unleashed. Good job Samsung. Hooe this smartwatch could make a difference. Also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jLgKd0V77 These kids are really smart.

3. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

That video does not exist

5. gaming64 unregistered

LOL if only phoneArena can let us edit our comments in mobile view. Here we go! http://9gag.tv/p/aVn0kB/kids-reaction-are-always-gold-apple-watch

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

when i use my phone i can edit comments but i also use the desktop site cause i don't like their mobile site.

24. samsboy unregistered

Apple kids?

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Apple watch . A Smart watch to beat??? Really PA... apple watch is good watch but not a Smart watch to beat... Samsung gear S and LG g4 urbane will beat s**t out of any Smart watch now ..

4. gaming64 unregistered

Even kids know why you shouldntbuy the Apple Watch -___- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jLgKd0V77Q

6. gaming64 unregistered

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18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I did.. You shared same link in another article... Awesome video...

8. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

No Android watch will beat the Apple watch. Google designer said it himself. "People won't buy one, but one day they will become as normal as an app on your phone". Apple have the whole weird groups of worshipers who don't quite understand what they are buying before they give them their money. No Android manufacture has done this yet. But I still think Apple is way back with the LG G Watch in terms of design on the Watch, plus a HRM. (I prefer the clean edges on the G watch though) So Samsung need to make the watch spectacular, like the S6, in order for the world to notice it. Android Wear has almost been out for a year, and people are shocked by the Apple Watch....

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

that's just not true the apple watch is so ugly compared to lg smartwatches. googles designer is a fool.

11. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Didn't I just say that....? The LG G Watch is ugly too, but I prefer the clean lines of the G watch... I just said that, right up there ^^^ And Google designer isn't a fool, he's saying that about Android Wear and Watch. We need better batteries and more functions first. This is what the Google dude said. And with the new 5.1 Wear update, things will be heading in the right direction. (No phones needed, easier use etc.)

12. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

you said no android watch would beat the apple watch so you sir are a fool along side google's designer because the apple watch doesn't have anything special about it besides force touch that's it nothing else lol

13. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Wow, someone gets butt hurt quick about giant companies for some reason. It's true. No Android Wear watch will, or at least not in the next year or two anyway, in terms of recognition and sales. I still prefer Android Wear watches though, specifically the Moto 360, even with the flat tyre.

22. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

read my post # 21

14. Blazers

Posts: 719; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

No single tizen and/or and android wear watch will beat the Apple watch this year in sales and market penetration. What it has or doesn't have isn't important to the bottom line. Accept it.

21. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

sales don't matter to me but what does matter is what a device has to offer and the apple watch doesn't offer anything i cant get from an android wear or tizen device. The apple watch isn't anything special just an over priced apple product is all.

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Arch_robot lol!

20. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Lol is that your way of calling me a android fanboy? I like it.

16. StandaloneSmartWatchPhone

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2015

What I want from a Smartwatch: 1 - Completely standalone, can work 99% of features without using a smartphone (or at most a one time activation with a tablet but that really shouldn't be neccessary). 2 - 4G Data and Phone (I have verizon so kind of a long shot but samsung did release the gear s on verizon so maybe...). 3. Wireless tether it to any device, basically turn the watch into a wifi hotspot for tablets/laptops/gaming devices. 4. Have basic watch & email/skype/phone notifications. Nothing fancy for me is needed anyway. I might be in an small minority but the idea of using a watch as my main driver for phone/notifications would be nice so I'm not always bringing a 5 inch lcd screen with me just to make sure I don't miss a call from friends/family. 5. oh and also battery life, last at least 12 hours with moderate data usage, but willing to give on this as long as I can charge it in a car.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"the success of the Apple Watch is one of the main reasons why Samsung decided against launching the Gear A in the upcoming months" who care about apple watch, samsung still release Gear A even if apple watch fail..

19. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I think you misunderstood it.. The point is that Samsung is holding orbis because apple watch craze now...

23. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I've used the Gear S...its cool but a compete waste, everything i can do on my Gear S i can do on my Phone with the added benifit of having a better screen + specs, having a "phone" watch is pointless, all your doing is carrying around a second less powerful phone. If the "Gear A" is just a "phone watch" like the Gear S, then it wont sell like the Apple watch full stop.

25. olatgf

Posts: 37; Member since: May 02, 2015

Very hard to share your opinion on here without some bashing from the know-alls and the fanboys. I value productivity and a little bit of suave, LG G Watch Urbane over Apple Watch.

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