If you loved the traditional watch look of Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, there is a good chance you will be easily wooed by Samsung's upcoming efforts as well. The first round-face smartwatch by Samsung, to be called Gear A, has been in the news for quite some time now. Samsung's internally-named Project Orbis is going to set itself apart from the geeky rectangular smartwatch look towards a more traditional wrist watch design, which will play a vital role in positioning itself higher in the wearable race.
Besides a round dial, Samsung has a lot in store to make its upcoming smartwatch unique. An early access to the smartwatch's SDK reveals fresh details. According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung's Gear A will sport a rotating bezel to help users navigate through the UI, scroll through lists, zoom in and out, adjust volume among other things. Additionally, Samsung will add a metal frame and a metal crown to give the smartwatch a premium look.
Complimenting the exteriors of "The Next Gear", Samsung's reference to Gear A in its SDK documents, consumers won't be missing out much on the specifications. As per the documents, the round dial will pack a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels with 305ppi inside a 1.18-inch screen. Under the hood, the smartwatch will pack the usual sensors, including a heart rate monitor, pressure sensor, magnetic sensor, gyro and acceleration sensors. Connectivity options will include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and cellular radio.
Samsung will continue using its home-grown Tizen software for powering up its next Gear. The smartwatch will also come in 3G and non-3G variants to suit customers' needs. The release date for the watch has not been revealed as yet, but rumours suggest that Gear A may arrive at the IFA 2015 in Berlin, where Samsung will announce the flagship Galaxy Note 5.