There wasn’t much doubt that Samsung’s upcoming Orbis smartwatch—or Gear A—would feature a unique way to navigate the device, but the company has gone on and confirmed it anyway.
At a Tizen developer conference in India, Samsung said once the Gear A launches, it’ll feature a rotating bezel as a means of navigation. Think of it as an aperture ring on an old film camera. Rather than solely relying on swiping through a tiny circular screen, this seems like the perfect solution for a more functional smartwatch experience.
Samsung is holding an event on Aug. 13, which is where we’re expecting the company to divulge details. But we really don’t need to wait that long anyway—by now the Gear A’s announcement will be more of a formality. That’s because SamMobile revealed the device’s specs long ago, leaving little doubt about Samsung’s upcoming wearable aspirations.
If SamMobile’s intel is correct (it usually is), the Gear A will include an Exynos 3472 dual-core processor with 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 250mAh battery, all the pertinent sensors, a display with 360×360 pix resolution and a rotating bezel.
Not a bad sounding device, though we’ll have to wait and see what the Tizen experience is like before we determine if the Gear A is the next smartwatch to buy.