Samsung’s ‘Orbis’ smartwatch tipped with Galaxy S6 chip

Samsung is considering using the Galaxy S6 smartphone’s chipset in its much mooted ‘Orbis’ smartwatch, new reports suggest.

According to several articles (via GforGames)in the Korean media, the electronics giant wants to use a 14nm Exynos 7420 in the upcoming wearable.

The ‘Orbis’, some of you may remember, is a mystery Samsung smartwatch rumoured to carry a round screen. That’s in contrast to the company’s existing array of square-faced timepieces.

Apparently, Samsung wants to make use of the flagship smartphone chip to help improve power consumption.

While it might sound like an odd inclusion, a flagship smartphone chip built with a 14nm manufacturing process is extremely efficient, despite its enormous processing heft.

The reduced dimensions of the chip will help conserve energy, and Samsung will almost definitely under-clock it to help this further.

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This is likely an effort on Samsung’s part to fend off complaints over battery life – a common concern in the wearables sector.

It’s also probably an attempt to further stave off dependence on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series chips, which currently power many existing wearables.

We won’t know what Samsung’s cooking up for a while however, with the Orbis tipped to launch this September at either IFA or CTIA 2015.

It is, however, rumoured that the Orbis will carry a round-face, a luxury build, and run on Samsung’s own Tizen OS.