Samsung to join round smartwatch race with Samsung Gear A
Samsung is set to join the round wearable revolution, with the Samsung Gear A leaking as the company’s first circular smartwatch.
Looking to echo the likes of the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, the Samsung Gear A will reportedly launch in the near future with the option of 3G integration and wrist-based calling.
Having previously done the rounds under the codename ‘Orbis’, the Gear A moniker has now been tipped by SamMobile’s fleet of unnamed insiders.
According to latest reports, the Samsung Gear A will be offered up in both standard Bluetooth and 3G connectivity options.
The 3G variant will reportedly be able to make and receive calls without the need for a synced smartphone, much like the MWC demoed LG Watch Urbane LTE.
It is currently unclear whether the Gear A will echo the likes of the Huawei Watch and run Android Wear or follow the Gear S and adopt Samsung’s preferred Tizen OS.
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According to the leaks, the Gear A will be offered up in a selection of separate guises for different global network standards.
Model numbers for the device include the Bluetooth SM-R720 and the 3D enabled SM-R730.
Details of when the Gear A will make it to market have yet to be confirmed. Past reports, however, have suggested the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge maker will not introduce any new wearables until IFA 2015 this September.
Samsung’s smartwatch hiatus has largely been attributed to the upcoming introduction of the Apple Watch.