A couple of weeks back, Samsung launched an SDK for round-smartwatches, which, along with a leaked spec sheet, prompted rumors that the company was preparing to release a new wearable. Fast forward to today and Samsung has confirmed a number of our expectations.
Speaking at the Tizen Developer Summit in Bangalore, India, Samsung revealed a few specifications about its as yet unannounced round smartwatch, also tentatively known as the Gear A. We now know that it will be running the latest version of its own Tizen 2.3.1 OS, rather than Android Wear, and that the watch will feature a round display with a 360×360 pixel resolution.
Also mentioned during the talk is a new control scheme, which uses a rotating bezel ring and crown to move through the smartwatch’s menus. This may give the Gear A a unique selling point over other round smartwatches, such as those from LG and Motorola.
Other previously rumoured specifications for the Gear A include a dual-core Exynos 3472 SoC, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a little 250mAh battery. A heart rate monitor, GPS and barometer sensors are also expected, along with the usual Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
With Samsung moving up the launch date for its Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus to August 13th, we may also be treated to all of the official details about the Gear A smartwatch next month.