Samsung Orbis smartwatch with rotary bezel and digital crown to be unveiled at MWC

Samsung Orbis smartwatch with rotary bezel and digital crown to be unveiled at MWC
Samsung is gearing up for a Gear competitor (pun intended) come the MWC expo, it seems. So far it has released several smartwatches under the Galaxy Gear brand, with none earning the accolades that were hoped for from smart wearables. 

Since Apple announced its own Watch gizmo, however, Samsung has apparently been hard at work prepping its own smartwatch blockbuster, tip sources, codenamed Orbis. Last week we heard that Samsung will be announcing a round timepiece during the MWC expo, and today this information got reconfirmed, revealing a few more nuggets of information about Samsung's direct Apple Watch competitor.

The Orbis contraption will apparently be more stylish than the current Samsung endeavors in the field, and sport a rotating ring on its top, which would do away with the most pressing issue of smartwatches - navigating the interface on their tiny displays. Furthermore, Orbis will allegedly sport a "crown-shaped power button," whatever that means. Apple sports something similar on its own clever timepiece that it uses for scrolling, or zooming, but on Orbis those will be reserved for the rotating bezel at the top. The power key will eventually be used for launching stuff, waking up the watch, using S Voice, and so on. In any case, design will be what will make or break the Samsung Orbis, so we can't wait for more leaks to trickle down the rumor pipe.

source: SamMobile

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20 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

The only things that sucks about all these smartwatches are they are only compatible with one OS. Microsoft did it right, allowing the band to be paired with andoid, IOS and Wp. I really want a Moto 360, and I can't get one because it is not compatible

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

or even worse, compatible with only one company's devices, like the samsung and lg smartwatches have been, and apple's inevitably.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I was just thinking two days ago that a rotating ring bezel was a much more elegant solution than the crown, if you don't want tap to zoom. Looks like Samsung beat me to it. Nail it down with a patent quickly.

3. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I agree that the rotary ring is better than a crown (which can be on the wrong side for some people unless the watch is reversible). My thought last year when I modeled my icon was to have a touch interface on the ring that worked with a two finger twisting gesture. It would be smaller than a mechanical ring and also allows for one finger scrolling and selection without touching the face. I like having the touch ring surface just slightly elevated to make touch easier and protect the screen. It is a simpler but still robust version of a G-shock design but with touch screen and ring interface. I'd like it to be android wear but have iOS WP and BB compatibility.

4. G4796

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So 2015 is year of Sammy with Galaxy S6,new Touchwiz and now this watch.... Plz also make next Nexus with 5" screen... They are learning from their mistakes very quickly.... well done Samsung...

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I hope they add camera as well. No ability to take pictures/record, no money from me. Sorry, but the previous models had it and it's a really nice feature to have. Oh, and please, sammy, no 3G bullcrap. Make it a smart watch, not a smartphone on a wrist.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Beware... Samsung has started the photocopiers... new products are coming! :)

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Exactly!

13. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Very funny comment, as Samsung had this patent granted way before moto and lg.

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The rotating bezel and AMOLED display mean that the G Watch and 360 have lost already

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Maybe, but only if this runs Android Wear. If it runs Tizen it has vastly inferior watch face/app ecosystem and is only compatible with Samsung devices. And I personally like G Watch R better looking than this, so they have not lost a bit yet.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Better looking than what? The stick figure drawing in the article?

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Samsung be like, how can we copy the digital crown? Android fanboys be like, the digital crown is pointless! Samsung comes out with digital crown, the robots go wild!

15. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

So Apple now owns the digital crown? Dude, it's only a form of a button. Moto 360 had that round button before Apple Watch for argument's sake

18. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A ring around the watch that you twist is a digital crown. Here's what you meant to say : Apple comes out with a digital crown, I love it. Samsung comes out with a more elegant, easier solution, I have to call it a copy even if it's totally different.

12. Cyagocaliz unregistered

We all prefer Apple Watch over this toy!

14. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nope. YOU do.

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

no! stupid.

16. Topspliff

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

Ihavenoname, why is it so important that it must run Android Wear? My Gear 2 runs on Tizen and with that I get a vastly superior battery life compared to that of Android Wear, also there are thousands of watch faces and many more thousands of apps which is more than enough, and for your information there is a slightly custom ROM which a 5 year old could install which allows the watch to work with any Android phone!, now looking forward to a flagship Samsung phone running Tizen.

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