Samsung's Next Smartwatch To Get NFC For Mobile Payments: Report
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Samsung is likely to make a splash at the upcoming Mobile World Congress tech gathering in March with its fascinating product release.

As per leaked reports, the South Korean tech giant will follow the footsteps of Motorola and LG in the trendy path of round-face smartwatch. Samsung maintained a low profile during last week's Consumer Electronics Show, for which it plans to compensate at the next trade show in March.

Samsung, too, will have its own round dial smartwatch in about two months, according to SamMobile. Leaked reports suggest that the upcoming Samsung smartwatch, codenamed Orbis (SM-R720), will be the company's first major design shift in its wearables portfolio. Also, Orbis means circle or a disc-shaped object. As for the smartwatch's specs, there aren't many details to talk about currently.

SamMobile also links the latest leak to a previous patent filing by Samsung, which was in 2013. In that, Samsung was granted three patents for smartwatches with circular design, where the company showed a unique rotating ring technology. The function of the rotating ring seems new but there is a good chance that Samsung may not fully integrate all the features shown in the patent filing when the final design is ready.

Despite that, a round dial smartwatch is going to be a hit among fans after Motorola and LG have created the trend. Also, it gives a more real watch look instead of a miniature smartphone look that is wrapped around the wrist.

At this year's CES event, wearables made quite an impression. Several tech companies jumped into the arena with their special entries. Garmin, Sony, Alcatel, Withings and others showed several smartwatches and fitness trackers to set the growing trend in motion. Also, Apple is expected to release its coveted watch this year, which will compete against the likes of LG, Sony, Motorola, Samsung and other brand smartwatches.

The wearable industry is booming and a recent Canalys survey revealed that the annual shipments of smartwatches are expected to go beyond 28 million units in 2015 and over 60 million by 2017. It is not surprising to see tech giants trying new ways to win over consumers in the early stages and get a strong foothold of the growing market.