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Samsung’s next smartwatch rumored to launch in September

by Jacob Kleinman | March 16, 2015March 16, 2015 6:00 pm PST

It’s been a while since Samsung announced a new smartwatch—at least considering the firm’s rapid product release cycle. The Galaxy-maker recently said it’s slowing thing down to deliver “perfection” with its next wearable, though it turns out we may not have to wait too long to see its next wearable device.

The rumor comes from Tizen Indonesia, which claims Samsung’s rumored “Orbis” smartwatch will be announced this Sept. at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung unveil the device this fall, but IFA 2015 seems like a more likely venue for the news. CTIA hasn’t been a huge spot for consumer product launches in recent years, while Samsung generally uses IFA to unveil the latest addition to its Galaxy Note phablet lineup.

Based on earlier rumors and a handful of Samsung patents, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new smartwatch. The Orbis will allegedly feature a round touch-screen display and a rotating bezel used to control its Tizen-based softwareTizen Indonesia adds that the device will be able to control your TV, smart appliances and even your car. It may also feature a built-in camera along with a variety of other sensors.

From a design perspective, the Orbis will likely be Samsung’s best smartwatch yet. The device is expected to work primarily as a smartwatch, but will apparently look just as good as a piece of jewelry hanging from your neck or a pocket watch on your keychain. Whether it lives up to the promise of “perfection” remains to be seen.

Hopefully we’ll get an official look at the company’s round-faced smartwatch before the end of the year. With the Apple Watch set to hit stores next month, and the new Pebble Time coming shortly after, we doubt Samsung will wait too much longer to release a new competitor.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...