Samsung confirms rotating bezel ring for the Gear A / Orbis smartwatch

Samsung confirms rotating bezel ring for the Gear A / Orbis smartwatch
A couple of days ago, we told you that the often rumored curved Samsung Gear A / Orbis smartwatch is expected to be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ at Samsung's confirmed August 13 event. Samsung itself previously hinted that the smartwatch will come with a round form factor by launching a new Tizen UI dedicated for rounded smartwatches

Today, the manufacturer indirectly confirmed one of the most interesting details that was previously rumored about the smartwatch. We're talking about the rotative circular dial (some call it a bezel ring) which can be used to cycle through open apps.

Samsung dropped the information today at the company's Tizen Developer Summit 2015 in Bangalore, India. Although the rotative dial was not mentioned as part of the upcoming Gear A, or any specific smartwatch, the feature was introduced as a method of controlling version 2.3.1 of Samsung's open-source Tizen operating system. It remains to be seen if this hardware feature will actually translate into an smoother app switching experience. If so, the rotative dial could be a differential feature for the Gear A / Orbis.

Although Samsung did not confirm any of the hardware specifications, previous reports argued that the Samsung's first rounded smartwatch will come with a dual-core Exynos processor paired with 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage space, and a 250mAh battery. Other rumored specs include a circular 360 x 360 display, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, as well as 2G cellular connectivity. A recent report from the Wall Street Journal says that the Gear A will be the first device to come with Samsung Pay capabilities, although it looks like we're looking towards limited functionality at first.

It looks like the Apple Watch is in for a bit of competition, but specs alone never tell the full story. With Samsung's August 13 event right around the corner, be prepared for an avalanche of official and unofficial information regarding upcoming Samsung products in the upcoming weeks.

source: Sammobile

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20 Comments

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Exciting time :)

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Too excited about this watch, but (if rumors are true,) 1.18 inch screen would be turn off for me.

7. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

The 1.18 inch screen would be a big selling point for me. That is about a 30mm screen size. Add in the bezel and I hope the watch is about 38mm-40mm total. That is a perfect sized watch IMO. If they go the size of the M360 or Watch R, they are going to be alienating a lot of people.

9. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I tried printing out 30mm dial size, feels too small. I think Samsung won't go for too thick bezels, 3-4mm perhaps, giving us 36mm-38mm watch. I always liked 42-44mm dial watches. But lets see.

3. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

As each rumour/leak of the galaxy note 5 makes it more likely I'll be skipping this year's edition of the popular phablet the orbis may just be my first wearable device. Hopefully battery life is good enough this time. At least 400mAh battery would be great (I don't mind some heft/weight on my watch).

4. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

How exactly is the Apple watch in for any competition from this watch? The Apple watch does not work with android and while this watch and other Android wear/Tizen watches can be used with iOS I doubt the majority of consumers will bother using Android Wear/ Tizen watches with their iPhone over The Apple watch and other 3rd party watches.

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Good question, people seemingly just 'prefer' apple's way of doing stuff, even though it objectively has less features and can do less. Been looking around on various documentaries of late, and it all seems to come down to how apple makes you feel for owning their product?

17. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Thaaaatt and it's Apple. I have an S6 for which I use a GearFit and while I dont usea watch with my 6+ I'd probably get the Apple watch. Not because its more advanced but because its meant to go with the phone. Most others dont even seem to know that there are watches other than the Apple watch and even if they did would rather not go through the hassle of working around and not getting all the features. This was just Phonearenas way of somehow mentioning Apple. I haven't seen an Apple Watch article where they mention Android Wear/ Tizen.

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, Apple watch is the only thing that will work 100% with Apple iphone, which yes, makes sense, but at the same time also means people are just accepting that apple is closing everyone else out, remember when consoles tried to do that? gamers weren't happy.

6. Plutonium239

Posts: 1215; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Samsung watches can only be used with Samsung devices. They don't work with other Android devices or with Iphones.

10. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

They can but with workarounds, and people won't go for it. Many even don't know about tizen watches.

11. Plutonium239

Posts: 1215; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

They aren't intended to and doing so limits functionality a small bit. Its not a super easy thing to do(that I am aware of) and most people won't go for it, even if it was. And there is always the risk of bricking the device when doing this sort of thing.

12. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yep I know, normal users won't go for stuff like that neither most of power users.

18. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

No, Most people wont go for it. But if someone Did want to do it there is a way. The functionality might be limited but itsstill better than absolutely no functions of the Apple watch on an android phone. But you bring up my point exactly. hardly anyone is willing to do this. So why does Phonearena mention that the Apple Watch might finally have some competition?

13. willard12 unregistered

Samsung Gear Live

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is false. The Gear S for example will work with an iPhome , just not all the features. Via bluetooth, incoming calls to your phone can be answered with the watch, same for texts. Here lookhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=io-xRnzC-3I

16. Plutonium239

Posts: 1215; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

"Not all of the features". I believe that is entirely the point. Who is going to buy a smartwatch that doesn't allow you to take advantage of all of its capabilities if you don't have the exact phone the manufacturer wants you to have?

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

But if this can be used WITHOUT the need of a phone (eg. Samsung Gear S) to make calls and get data, then it doesn't really matter what phone you have.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Android watch no where better than tizen watch, I laugh so hard when Google cyberdroid keep spamming comment on how well android watch is compare to Apple watch where it doesn't have proper fitness features, no social apps but Google only apps. If tizen watch available on every smartphone, Android watch would have be extinct

15. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

The only features I really expect are the design, smart use of materials, functionality, and the battery life. I am not sure if Samsung could pull all these together, but I hope so.

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