Samsung’s current line of smartwatches didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but details of the company’s next model, informally called the Gear A, are slowly coming to light. The launch date is unknown, but it is apparently a round device rather than square.
Samsung’s round watch to run Tizen?
At this year’s Tizen Developer Summit in Bangalore, India, Samsung said that it has implemented Tizen 2.3.1 – the latest version – and a rotating bezel UI in its next smartwatch, rumoured to be called the Gear A.
The device is said to have a round super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 360 x 360 and will use Tizen 2.3.1 rather than Android Wear. The most unusual thing about the watch is that users should be able to navigate menus by rotating the bezel.
Other companies such as Apple have also sought to overcome the limitations of touchscreens on tiny devices, in that particular case by designing a ‘digital crown’ to scroll and navigate menus.
Samsung’s new device is also said to use the dual-core Exynos 3472 CPU, have 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB of memory, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, an accelerometer, gyroscope, a heart rate sensor and a barometer. That’s a lot of sensors to cram into such a small device, but should mean that the health and fitness aspects will make it a very capable watch.
Samsung is scheduled to demonstrate the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in New York later this month on August 13th, and it’s widely believed that the Gear A will also be unveiled.