Wearables are now a solid part of the mobile technology category and Samsung was rumoured to launch a round smartwatch at MWC 2015 codenamed the Orbis which is likely to arrive as the Samsung Gear A. Unfortunately, that device was a no-show at Samsung press event. It did, however, unveil the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and a new Samsung Gear VR headset. Here's what we know about the Samsung Gear A including rumoured UK release date, predicted price and specifications.
Update 17 July: It's been a little quiet on the Gear A for a while but we now have new information on the specs for the Gear A, or Orbis, and its possible release date.
Samsung has launched a number of smartwatches and activity trackers including one of the first Android Wear devices. This year, the Korean giant is rumoured to introduce a smartwatch with a round face to rival the likes of the Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch R called the Gear A, codenamed Orbis.
Samsung Gear A smartwatch: Release date and price
According to SamMobile, which had an exclusive on the Orbis, Samsung's circular smartwatch was supposed to be announced at MWC 2015 back at the beginning of March in Barcelona. We now know the Gear A was a no-show at MWC, but with the Apple Watch being officially unveiled on March 9, we expect the Orbis to launch sometime this year.
The latest rumours suggest that the Orbis, or Gear A, will arrive at CTIA (cellular telephone industries association) in which takes place on September 9-11. Those are the same dates as IFA 2015 where Samsung normally announces new mobile products with the Galaxy Note 5 expected this year so we could also see the Gear A, too.
It looks like we're getting closer to a launch as Samsung has shown off a round smartwatch interface on its SamsungExynos Twitter account. "Using your Heart Rate, your Exynos-powered wearable can deliver accurate training information to help you improve." it says but we've not seen a wearable with an Exynos processor so this could be our first look, of sorts, at the Gear A.
Update: Via SamMobile, the Samsung Gear A will launch alongside the Galaxy Note 5 which is rumoured to arrive on August 12 (not at IFA in September). The Unpacked event will also reportedly bring with it the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
If you like the sound of the Gear A already, then you might want to get saving as the site suggests it could cost more than the Gear S which costs £329. However, that does not require a smartphone to work fully so we expect the Orbis to be cheaper and more in-line with rivals such as the Moto 360 and G Watch R which cost around £200.
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