Samsung Gear A smartwatch rumored to be unveiled on Aug 13 with limited Samsung Pay capabilities

Samsung Gear A smartwatch rumored to be unveiled on Aug 13 with limited Samsung Pay capabilities
According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will share the stage at the August 13 special event with a new smartwatch that will facilitate a limited rollout of Samsung Pay, the company's mobile payment platform.

Yesterday Samsung confirmed that it is holding a special event on Aug 13, one where the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ are expected to be unveiled. Although the media has largely focused on Samsung's two upcoming handsets in the past couple of months, a new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that the company might also unveil a new Samsung Pay-enabled smartwatch at the same event. The report doesn't call out the Samsung Gear A by name, but this is our best guess given how much was rumored and leaked about the upcoming Samsung smartwatch.

Earlier this year, rumors emerged that Samsung is working on launching its first curved smartwatch, a device that was said to be referred to as Orbis internally. Back in May, Samsung launched a new Gear SDK (Software Development Kit) that showed how Tizen would work on a rounded smartwatch, all but confirming the existence of the Galaxy Gear A.

According to previous rumors, the Samsung Gear A will come with a 1.65-inch curved Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels, a heart rate monitor, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Other rumors also suggested that the Gear A will also come with cellular connectivity. Judging on the leaks and rumors, the Samsung Gear A's most interesting feature will be a rotative dial, one that can be used to navigate through the operating system.

If the sources by the WSJ turn out to be accurate, then the Gear A will launch with Samsung Pay on board, although the report talks of a limited form. At the moment, it's unclear just how much of a limitation we're looking at, and it's also unclear for how long the Gear A will be the only device that can use Samsung Pay.

source: WSJ via Ubergizmo

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44 Comments

1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Waiting for Gear A. Would be a very nice watch I hope. Most probably my first smart watch. Also first curved smart watch is ambiguous as gear S had curved screen, this one probably will be round and flat.

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

but imagine round and curved at the same time (boom) mind blown lol

20. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

This could be my first smartwatch looking forward to it. 13th of August is going to be an exciting day :)

2. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

love to have it with android not tizan

4. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Having used both tizen and android wear now in the moto 360, I would definitely hope it comes with tizen. More fluid, less power hungry with superior battery life. Plus the menus and overall look is way better than what android wear looks like.

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1794; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I agree with you. I have a sw3 and the gear s and I find myself grabbing the gear s before work rather than my sw3. I do miss the google now features but being able to type out text messages and talk through the watch makes up for it. The battery life is way better on the gear s and thats crazy being that it does way more... Lets hope this gear a lives up to the hype...

13. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I think most of the things you can expect from smart watch can be done by tizen based watch and somethings even better. Gear S does have great (curved and big) display and is not overpriced and even supports calling and sim, I thought about buying it but gear A was around the corner and heard it has problem with charger (that it breaks).

38. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

+1 on the fluidity and power consumption. Also, the look of an ui is very subjective but yes, even I think tizen os on watch looks nicer than any android wear out there.

3. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I'm guessing that limited samsung pay means nfc only and no magnetic strip compatibility

5. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The only thing that is keeping me excited for Samsung's event. After yesterday's Edge update, I am super satisfied with how fast and most importantly the unbelievable turn in terms of battery performance. Used to get somewhere between 3:30 and 4 hrs of sot before the update, and now i am on 2:37 of sot with 61% left. Not to mention Samsung has FINALLY fixed the poor ram management.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

Same. I'm not sure what that did but battery life has noticably improved, as has speed. Took it off the charger at 6:20 this morning and under heavy use it lasted till 1:30. Like you, I used to only get roughly 4 hours before.

10. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's crazy right? The great battery i used to get on the Note 4 is nothing compared to this. I literally keep looking at the battery percentage and it barely ever decrease. Samsung used some type of magic to turn things this much around, and they should get credit for it.

12. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Sounds like great update, I guess now active will last for days.

24. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

They probably throttled the CPU back. Do a benchmark to see if performance changed.

26. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

It could be undervolting maybe

28. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I just installed antutu and ran a benchmark test, i got a score of 65498.

29. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Can you try geekbench?

33. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1443 single 4772 multi

31. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Try basemark os II.

34. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Overall 1341 System 3191 Mermory 1037 Graphics 1112 Web 878 A quick note, the phone barely got warm during the benchmark tests.

37. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Hey Maherk, thank you, performance looks great (as before). Actually single core looks better.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My battery life has always been fantastic since launch. I did turn off location services and only turn them on when needed though.

39. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

do u mind sharing the update version no? I mean my wife's edge is running on 5.0.1 and battery life is horrible.....whats ur running on

43. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Go to sammobile, search for your Edge's model number in the firmware section(mine is G925F), and download the latest update.

44. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I would not mind having the Galaxy S6, I would just need Windows Phone/Windows 10 mobile on it. But the upcoming Microsoft Flagships look very nice and I would take those over the Galaxy s6 any day.

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It can not have 1.65 inch display with 360 x 360 resolution and 305 ppi (ppi as in previous leaks). It can either have 1.18 inch display with 360 x 360 resolution and 305 ppi or 1.65 inch display with 500 x 500 resolution and 305 ppi or 1.65 inch display with 360 x 360 resolution and 218 ppi.

11. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Edit: Explanation Because its a circle it can not have diagonal same as square watch, it it was a square watch, with that resolution and ppi, diagonal will be right. But for circle (which will fit in square with 1.65 diagonal) radius will be 1.18. Simple geometry, try with lg watch r and urbane.

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Sapple

14. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You know that Samsung had smart watches before android wear and apple watch?

16. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He is a blind fanboy. Watch hi coming back with the typical "but Apple was already working on the Apple Watch and Samsung rushed it to beat them to the smartwatch market".

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