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Several Gear A smartwatch models being tested

by Jacob Kleinman | August 10, 2015August 10, 2015 3:00 pm PDT

It’s been a while since Samsung released a new smartwatch, but the company is expected to finally take on the Apple Watch directly this year with the Gear A. Now it turns out the device (codenamed Orbis) could come in three different models, just like the Cupertino wearable.

SamMobile reports that Samsung is testing several Gear A variants, though it’s unclear how many will actually trickle to the market. There’s the Orbis S1 (model number SM-R720), the Orbis S2 (SM-R730) and the Orbis Classic (SM-R732). There’s no word on the actual differences between the three variants, though it’s possible the company could offer different build materials, designs and even connectivity (Wi-Fi/cellular) at various prices.

We’re expecting the Gear A to feature a round display with a 360 x 360 pixel resolution, along with a rotating bezel for navigating its Tizen software. It’s expected to pack an Exynos 3472 chip, 768MB of RAM, a 250mAh battery, 4GB of storage, NFC and a heart rate sensor. It should also support Samsung Pay, which is set to launch in the U.S. and Korea this summer.

It’s still unclear when Samsung plans to announce the Gear A. It’s possible the device could arrive this week at Unpacked on August 13, though we haven’t seen any evidence to suggest that’s the plan. Hopefully it’s not too long before we can get our hands on the new wearable.

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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...

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